Pastoral Team 

Dr. Ed Sammons is the Senior Pastor at Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition, he is active in local community life serving as the vice-chair of the Antelope Valley Sheriff's Chaplains/Clergy Council, and as a member of the Antelope Valley Hospital Bioethics Committee.

Born in England and raised in Wales, before coming to the United States Ed served as Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor for several churches in Wales. Additionally, for seven years he oversaw Youth Ministry for the Adventist Church in Wales. This involved assisting the development of youth ministry in local churches, organizing outreach and service events, mission trips, camps and retreats at home and abroad. Before coming to Lancaster Ed served as pastor for youth and family ministry in Santa Barbara, CA where he established Connect, a vibrant ministry to young adults.

Ed’s ministry goal is to serve others and help people process God’s extravagant grace and love for them. He is married to Shana and they have two children Jack and Daisy. He enjoys nothing better than spending time with his family, eating good food and travelling (sometimes at the same time), and watching or playing sports, particularly soccer.

Ed received a BA in Biblical & Pastoral Studies (with honors) from Newbold College. Postgraduate diplomas: in Church growth & Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University and Practical Theology from Cardiff University. An MA in Religion from Andrews University; and a Doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary with research focusing on the spirituality of young adults.

Sarah Grover is the Associate Pastor with responsibilities for Youth at the Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Born and raised in the Antelope Valley, Sarah attended AVAS, Desert Christian and AVC where she received an AA in Letters, Arts, & Sciences. Following this she spent time at Focus on the Family Institute – where she was a Youth intern for a local church. Originally considering Teaching as a career, Sarah studied at Azusa Pacific University and Oxford University, UK, before graduating from APU with a BA in English with a Teaching Concentration.

Sensing God's call to ministry Sarah served the Lancaster Adventist Church as Children’s Ministry Director from 2012-2014. After prayerfully considering where to further her education, she attended Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary graduating with an MA in Educational Leadership while serving as Youth Pastor at the Novato Seventh-day Adventist Church. Sarah is currently pursuing her MA in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University.

Sarah is passionate about helping people develop their relationship with God and loves to work with people from various ages and backgrounds. She loves traveling, coffee shops, and volleyball. 

Jessica Nunez is the Children's Ministry Director at the Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
Growing up in the Valley, Jessica was a leader in Children’s and Youth ministry at La Voz Adventist Church, Sylmar, she brings a wealth of experience to our Kidz Ministry. The goal of Kidz Ministry is to share with each child God's amazing and unconditional love. Jessica's prayer for ministry to children at Lancaster Adventist is to help kids grow in their knowledge of God and help them develop a solid relationship with Him. 

Jessica graduated with a BA in Art History from CSU San Bernardino and the Advanced Certificate in Children’s Ministry from the Cory Center and Bethel Seminary. Jessica loves to find ways to creatively teach children about God.