Paul Buttrey
Paul and his wife Mary Jeanne are retirees living in Torrance who first worshipped at PCC in 1974, when they moved to California after graduate study. They have one daughter, Gail, who is a speech pathologist at a school in Orange County. Paul enjoys hiking, bicycling, baking bread, theater, and studying the Bible.

Paul has ministered God’s grace for over forty years. After graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he served among university students for five years in the Los Angeles area as a staff member with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. In response to God’s call Paul and Mary Jeanne moved to Taiwan to serve as missionaries with OMF International in 1980. After going through the pains of Mandarin language study, at various time periods in his missions career he served among students and young adults, held the responsibility of mission leadership for the Taiwan team, helped edit a missions magazine, trained pastors and lay leaders in a Taiwan seminary, introduced the Biblically-based Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills workshops to the missionary community and Taiwan church, and served as the Taiwan finance manager for OMF International.

Paul loves the Bible and God’s people. He hopes that PCC and its people would be a shining light for all that is good, true, right, and holy in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in the South Bay area.

Ken Garland
Ken Garland retired at the end of 2015 after a nearly 50-year career in ministry and seminary professorship. He resides with his wife of 50 years, Karen in Rancho Palos Verdes. Ken and Karen have four married children and 11 grandchildren. He teaches an adult Sunday school class at PCC and preaches a few times each year at the request of Pastor Jim Welch.

Tim Maier
Tim Maier was born and raised here in Palos Verdes and lives in Torrance. He and his beautiful wife Erin were married here at Peninsula. They currently have three children: Brayden who is 7, Jhane 3, Tristan 1, and one on the way! Tim is passionate about God and finds great joy in serving Him, the family He has given him, and His church. He loves studying His word and encouraging others to do the same. The couple chose to home school and thus far Brayden has excelled and is thriving.

For work, Tim operates the family car wash supply business which has been a great privilege and blessing for him and his family. In his free time, he loves surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding – he has actually done all three in the same day!

Roger Miller
Roger and his wife Phyllis have attended PCC since 1996 when they moved to PVE. They have three adult daughters and two grandchildren. Roger recently retired as an application engineer for a major semiconductor manufacturer.

Roger enjoys learning about the latest discoveries in the Human Genome and presenting the evidence for Intelligent Design which supports a Biblical World View.  Roger teaches an adult Sunday school class and has led a weekly care group for fifteen years.

Hani Nachef
Hani grew up in Lebanon and migrated to the United States in 1973. He has been married to his wife, Joanna, for 26 years, and they have two wonderful children, Hannah and Timothy. Peninsula Community Church has been his home church since 1985. Hani has served on the board of deacons, as head usher, and small group leader. He also has served on various committees including finance, debt retirement, and pastoral search. Hani currently owns and operates a Jersey Mike’s in Gardena. He enjoys cooking, golfing, gardening, and walking.

Mike Potier
Mike became born-again in October 2003 and married Joanne English on July 7, 2007. Their merged families include Mike’s three natural sons: Justin (the Eagle Scout), Brandon (Justin’s twin), Christopher (and grandson Tyler) and stepson: Chasen along with Joanne’s son David, grandson Alec and granddaughter Kayla.

Mike is a real estate broker who owns his own brokerage in Long Beach, is an ex-surfer who used to surf almost daily, enjoys golf and loves dancing with Joanne. Mike has a real heart for sharing the gospel and is the Journey Class director, active with the Beacon Light Ministry Team and is involved in other ministries wherever the Lord may lead.

Dennis Shaffer
Dennis grew up in Hemet, California, and has lived on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since graduating from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He has worked his entire career as a mortgage broker in Palos Verdes for California Funding Group. Married for 23 years to his wife Sissy, they have a 20 year-old-daughter, Katy, who attends UCLA. An avid golfer, Dennis is a member of Palos Verdes Golf Club and has been Club Champion twice.

The Shaffers have attended Peninsula Community Church for the last 15 years. Dennis is a member of the Tuesday morning men’s Bible study and Monday night men’s small group, and served on the Deaconate prior to becoming an Elder.

Les Sheckman
Les is married to Joei and although they have no children, they have a Bengal cat named Maccabee. In addition to being on the current elder board, Les (and Joei) heads up the PCC Small Group ministry and is a Journey Guide. He grew up on the east coast (Delaware) and retired from the Air Force in 1990, when he and Joei moved to the South Bay.  Other then a 2-year return to the east coast (Washington, DC) they have lived in Hermosa Beach and Hollywood Riviera since moving west. He retired from Raytheon in 2017.  He enjoys traveling and finding new restaurants. Although he now lives on the west coast, his favorite professional sports teams are the Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies, Eagles and 76’ers.

Tony Vula
Anthony “Tony” Vula, his wife Demares, and son Calebb have called Peninsula Community Church home since 2008. Prior to living in Rancho Palos Verdes, Tony grew up in Fiji and worked in Australia. He is currently a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for Qantas Airways, and is a dedicated Children’s Ministry leader for Breakout, Sunday School, and VBS.

Jim Welch, Senior Pastor
Jim is married to Christie and the father of three great kids: Jeremy, Lindsey, and Danny. He is the Senior Pastor at Peninsula Community Church. He grew up in Downey, and spent four years in Dallas and nine in Rancho Mirage. He has lived in the South Bay for almost 17 years – and loves every cool breeze that blows! He enjoys going to Israel and college football…especially the Trojans.

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