MARK + AMANDA MCGOVERN
In 2006, Mark and Amanda, “college sweethearts” began to dream about starting a church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up in the Midwest, they decided to do something crazy…. leave all they knew behind and follow God out west to start a new chapter of life with a fresh purpose. Their passion is creating community for people to get closer to Jesus.
There is never a dull moment in the McGovern home with their three children: Max, Jack Jones and Maddie, and their Goldendoodle, “Champ”.
Mark & Amanda are worshippers that love seeing people experience the Presence of God. Both of them have a heart to see people become all that they were created to be.
KALEN + KRISTA KRAMER
LOCATION PASTORS, SAN FRANCISCO
When Kalen & Krista met in 1997, they discovered strangely similar family backgrounds. Both raised in church, born in Florida, and moved to Georgia in elementary school. While their backgrounds were similar, their interests turned out to be wildly different. Kalen, a geologist and avid outdoor fanatic, fell in love with a girl whose passion was everything performing arts. Since being married in 1999, their differences fused together into one family, and they now share those interests with their two teenage daughters, Skye and Raen. In 2012, they packed up their home of 13 years and changed coasts to follow a dream to see God use them in the Bay Area.
Kalen and Krista love people! They have a passion to see strong and healthy marriages, children raised to achieve all the dreams that God has given them, and to see a church community that is like family.
JOY + KIM SAQUING
WORSHIP + CREATIVE PASTORS
Since meeting at Bible college in 1995, Joy & Kim have dreamt about a being a part of a church in a global city where worship & creativity would flourish. They have served in full-time worship ministry for over 22 years in churches in Chicago, Tennessee and Florida. Eight years ago, they were called to the Bay Area, and fell in love with San Francisco. Joy & Kim have two young adult sons, Alec & Julien, and one high school daughter, Bella, all of whom are creatives who actively serve at Experience Church.
Joy & Kim are passionate about empowering the next generation of leaders, and creating experiences through worship & the arts that unite and lead people into the Presence of God. They long to see a city transformed by the love of Jesus.
JOSH + THERESA HILL
LOCATION PASTORS, GREEN VALLEY
Josh & Theresa met in 2010 in Las Vegas while Josh was stationed at Nellis AFB. Coming from two totally different backgrounds was exciting for them both - Josh grew up in rural South Carolina, and Theresa in Los Angeles. They were married in 2012 and two years later the military moved them and their almost two kids, Luna (and the second, Griffin, who was on the way!) to Green Valley. Their Chocolate Lab Moose, joined them in the Summer of 2017!
When they arrived to California, they knew how important it was to become rooted in community, so God led them to Experience Church. Both of them believe God has given them a vision & calling for Community, which is one of the values at EXP Church! They have a heart for serving people and creating community wherever they can!
AUSTIN + MERCY LARGUSA
Austin & Mercy have been married four years and have two sons, Micah and Hendrix (Yes, like Jimi). Austin grew up on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, while Mercy’s family was stationed at various military bases around the world. Eventually they both settled in Northern California. While dating, they found Experience Church, and were present for Green Valley location launch. Now married, Mercy works as a production designer at Papyrus and serves the Youth of Experience Church, while Austin serves the church in Youth, Communications, and Production.
Serving God and the local church has always been important to Austin and Mercy. They are fueled by their desire to see people live out their purpose & potential. Austin and Mercy have a gift at showing students & young adults how Jesus is relevant, and why He matters in their everyday life.
MARK + GAIL SMALLCOMBE
Sixteen years ago, PM and Gail followed the call of God to leave their home in Australia and plant a church in San Francisco. In August of 2017, they handed over leadership to Mark & Amanda McGovern. PM & Gail lead a marriage coaching ministry and love being the "momma & papa" of the house.
After just a few moments with PM & Gail, you will experience their genuine love for people and their passion to help others become all God intended them to be! Experience Church is so grateful for their courageous faith, prayer and wisdom. We adore them!