Pastoral Team 

Dr. Ed Sammons is the Senior Pastor at Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition, he serves as vice-hair of the Antelope Valley Clergy Council, a Chaplain with the LA County Sheriff's department and as a director of the Antelope Valley Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency.

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 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 help people process God’s extravagant grace and love for them. He is married to Shana (Horner) 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 Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary focusing on young adult spirituality.

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 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. 

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