Lead Pastor – Dave Samelson
We are so blessed to have Rev. Dr. Dave Samelson with us at Point Pleasant! After serving as the District Superintendent for the Great Northern District, Pastor Dave felt called into ministry at Point Pleasant while the Bishop’s cabinet was discussing appointment plans following Pastor Neal Harrell’s retirement. Pastor Dave is an excellent preacher and shepherd. He is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary and has been a member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference since 1988. He is married to Sonia; they are parents to four children.
Cambodian Language Pastor – Viseth Hou
Pastor Viseth and his lovely wife Socheata have two children. He is a graduate of Ashland Universty and Ashland Theological Seminary. In addition to leading the Point Pleasant Cambodian Language Ministry, Pastor Viseth serves at two other local United Methodist congregations. He is a dedicated servant leader and we are blessed to have him!
Music Ministries – Jeremy Schulz
Our music program rocks! Led by Jeremy Schulz, the music at Point Pleasant has drawn many to our church. Jeremy, who grew up in the Point Pleasant community, conducts the Chancel Choir that blesses our traditional service and is an experienced contemporary worship leader as well. Jeremy is an accomplished singer-songwriter with an extensive background in studio music production. He has an Associate in Arts degree in composition and arranging, and a Certificate of Ministry Studies from Pacific School of Religion. He has written many songs we sing in our contemporary services. Jeremy is married to Heather and has two sons.
Favorite thing about Point Pleasant: “No matter where else I go, or what I do, this place will always feel like home.”
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Ben has been at Point Pleasant since 1996 and Carrie joined him here in 2006. They have been married since April of 2007 and have 3 beautiful children. Ben’s full time job is at a legal firm in Sacramento while Carrie is a full time mom. Carrie received her master’s degree in Missions/Theology from Oral Roberts University in 2006 prior to moving back to California. They both love Jesus fervently and have a passion for helping others love Him more through Bible Study, Community, Worship, and Service. They bring their combined gifts together as a dynamic duo for Family Ministries and Office Administration.
Ben and Carrie’s favorite thing about Point Pleasant: “The people! We love how our kids are loved on by their church family!”
Child Care – Irene Chacon
Irene can be found on Sundays (and sometimes other days!) caring for the children in our safe and bright nursery. She is a preschool teacher by trade and can’t get enough time with our littlest ones. Irene has two grown daughters and is a proud grandma..
Favorite thing about Point Pleasant: “From the first time I came to PPUMC, it felt like home. Over the past 15 years, Pastor Neal and many others have helped me through both my joys and the hardest of times in my life. I am so proud to call Point Pleasant my church family.”