Ken Van Vliet has been the Senior Pastor at Monte Vista Chapel since 2004.  He and his wife Michelle have two adult children, Ben (married to Abby) and Rebekah.  Ken grew up on his family farm in Escalon and worked the family business until God called him to ministry.  He went on to receive his Bachelors of Science from CSU Stanislaus in Business Administration, his Master’s of Divinity from Bethel Seminary, and holds a Doctorate in Spiritual Formation from George Fox University where he now acts as a doctoral adviser in the Spiritual Formation department in an adjunct faculty role.


Ken’s idea of a perfect day off is a motorcycle ride through the mountains with a friend or two or a day in Napa with his wife.  He loves to be outdoors either snow skiing or fishing.


As the Senior Pastor at Monte Vista Chapel, Ken leads and casts vision to the staff, Elder Board and congregation.  He gives leadership to the Preaching and Management teams, while also directing The Journey, our own year-long spiritual formation cohort experience.

Ministry Team

  • Chris Giambelluca
    Chris Giambelluca Worship Arts
  • Kelsey Henderson
    Kelsey Henderson Elementary Children
  • Eric Johns
    Eric Johns Preaching Pastor, Marriage & Adult Discipleship
  • Ashley Mutchler Early Childhood & Preschool
  • Dan Navarra Preaching Pastor, Men's & High School
  • Dave Nieuwsma Hospitality & Care
  • Nancy Rapp
    Nancy Rapp Women's & Benevolence
  • Aimee Rasmussen Chapel Soul Care, Counseling & Recovery
  • Gary Sederquist
    Gary Sederquist Missions & Administration
  • Fox Watterson
    Fox Watterson Technical Director
  • Vance Yarbrough
    Vance Yarbrough Junior High


  • Casey Giffen
    Casey Giffen Elder
  • Scott Hogue
    Scott Hogue Elder
  • Jim Maclaren
    Jim Maclaren Elder
  • Rick Moen
    Rick Moen Elder Chairperson
  • Paul Swanson
    Paul Swanson Elder

Administration & Support Team

  • Becky Giffen
    Becky Giffen Nursery Coordinator
  • Donna Geary
    Donna Geary Bookkeeper
  • Sherry Gonzales
    Sherry Gonzales MVCC Director
  • David Ottis
    David Ottis Facilities Director
  • Julie Reich
    Julie Reich Administrative Assistant
  • Brad Smith
    Brad Smith Head Custodian
  • Pam Warda
    Pam Warda Administrative Assistant