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Who We Are
Church Pastors & Staff
Our pastors and staff are available to serve you in whatever capacity they are able. There is always either a Pastor or an Elder on call, so if you have a spiritual emergency, even after office hours, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our church office hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 9am -3 pm.
5699 Academy Drive
Paradise, CA 95969
PO Box 1266
Paradise, CA 95967
Phone: (530) 877-4454 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Keith Jacobson
Keith Jacobson is the Interim Pastor of Paradise Adventist Church. Pastor Keith is a recently retired pastor from the Carmichael SDA church. His roles in church ministry have spanned being a Campus Chaplain at PUC, Associate Country Director ADRA Nepal, Senior Lead Pastor at College View Church, and most recently the Senior Lead Pastor at Carmichael Church in Carmichael, CA. Pastor Jacobson’s main role as interim pastor will be to preach. He is supported by his wife Kari.
The Paradise Adventist Church is looking for a Youth Pastor to lead out in youth ministry. If you feel God’s call on your heart to youth ministry and are interested in ministering to the Paradise Adventist Church youth, send us a messege.
Pastor Tom Adams
Tom is a native Californian, and began his Paradise journey, before he was a year old. He was raised in the Paradise Adventist Church and graduated from Rio Lindo Academy in 1966. In 1969, he and Nancy were married and had 2 sons – Jeremy & Chad. They have been blessed with 5 wonderful grandchildren!
After graduating from PUC and receiving his M.Div. at Andrews University, his Pastoral Ministry has taken him and his Family to the Central California Conference, Hawaii, Washington, Nevada, Southern California, and finally back to Paradise in 1997, Before retiring, he served as a Chaplain at Feather River Hospital, then Chaplain for Paradise Hospice.
Following the Camp Fire, he is serving as a part-time associate Pastor.
Born in Paradise, Dawn has spent most of her life in Northern California. From childhood, Dawn has loved serving God through spending time with people and animals. Those passions have influenced her choices in education and focus in her life. After completing an associate degree in Religious Studies from Weimar College, Dawn took Veterinary Assistant training and completed her B.S. degree in Outdoor Leadership from Southern Adventist University with a Naturalist emphasis and interned at the Chattanooga Zoo. This was a dream come true since Dawn loved caring for animals and sharing the wonders of God’s creation with people through interpretation.
Soon after completing her education, Dawn became a mother to two precious children and chose to stay home for a time to care for her family. Now Dawn loves to serve God by working as an Administrative Assistant for the Paradise Adventist Church office.
In her free time, Dawn and her wonderful husband Devon stay busy caring for their 13 acres in the mountains. Her hobbies include horse back riding with family on the trails surrounding her property, camping, backpacking, four-wheeling, and spending time with friends and family.
Center Street Warehouse Manager
Mark Lockwood was born in Hawaii and grew up in the Central Valley of California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Pacific Union College in 1995, before starting a career in Adventist Academy Finance.
Mark has an amazing wife, Jenny, and three fantastic children. Previously at Lodi Academy, Mark took on the challenge as Business Manager for the Paradise Adventist Church in 2020 and is looking forward to the rebuild of our facility after the fire.
Hiking, dirt bikes, Jeeps, road trips, and potlucks are near and dear to his heart!
Director of Disaster Recovery & Development
Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Joelle attended school from elementary to college on the Pacific Union College campus completing her degree in Nutrition and Food Science at California State University, Chico and her dietetic internship at California State University, Fresno.
After working for two years at Feather River Hospital as a Registered Dietitian, Joelle decided to become a stay at home mom and spent the next 12 years raising and educating her precious children Jacob, Abigail, Caleb & Joshua.
In response to the devastating Camp Fire, Joelle recognized the immense need to get involved in the recovery effort and has spent the last 3 years searching for opportunities for the Paradise Adventist Church to be involved. This passion has lead to Welcome Home Kits, Love Paradise Clean Up days, the Camp Fire Shed Project, Love Delivers, Love Gives and the latest ministry Love Builds.
By far, time in nature is the biggest draw for Joelle outside of her family or community. Whether its backpacking, hiking, camping, waterskiing, snow skiing, or dirt bike riding, as long as it’s outside, she is happy.