Jim Welch, Senior Pastor
Jim and Christie came to Peninsula in 1994, after spending nine years baking in the desert! Jim is a native Californian, who has a B.A. in History from Biola University, and a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary. Jim and Christie were married while they were both school teachers at Brethren High School, then located in Paramount. Their desire is to serve the Lord together and let the world know that living God’s way is always best. Jim loves to travel to Israel (don’t get him started on that subject) and to teach the Scriptures. They have three great kids.
Bruce Junkermann, Associate Pastor of Family Ministries
Bruce has been at PCC since June of 1998. Bruce met his wife Laura while he was attending Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a MABS. They married in 1990 and then moved to Vancouver, Washington where Bruce continued his studies at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity. Bruce and Laura have two beautiful daughters, Haley and Mercy.
Colleen Ishimaru, Director of Children’s Ministries
Colleen Ishimaru joined our staff the spring of 2017. As Director of Children’s Ministries, she is passionate of all things kids – infants through 5th grade, which include Sunday School, Breakout, VBS and other special programs related to kids and families.
Colleen graduated from Hawthorne High School, and is proud to tell everyone that it is the same high school from which the Beach Boys hail, though they are much older! She received her degree in professional studies from Biola University and is a graduate of the Children’s Ministries Institute.
Christina Jaramillo, Communications Director
Christina has been told she puts together a good sandwich. Though she received a BA degree in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach, she has been working as a graphic designer at PCC since 2003. When she is not at Peninsula, Christina can be found on some sort of food-related adventure with her husband Joseph, their amazing daughter, and their adorable twin boys.
Linda Greenlund, Office Manager
Linda has been Office Manager at PCC since the spring of 2008. She home schooled her 2 kids and was an AWANA leader for many years. Linda enjoys cooking, sewing and curling up with a good book. She likes nothing better than to and spend time with her favorite person, her husband Lloyd.
Christie Welch, Preschool Director
Christie has a BA in Family and Consumer Science from California State University, Long Beach, with a Life credential to teach preschool through secondary students. She has served in various ministry capacities at Peninsula Community Church, including Awana Sparks Director and women’s ministry director. Christie is married to Jim (Senior Pastor at Peninsula Community Church) and has three grown children (including two alums of the PCC Preschool).
Joanna Nachef, Choir Director
Joanna is recognized as the first woman conductor from the Middle East. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, she moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Dr. Nachef is Director of Choral Activities at El Camino College. She earned her B.M. in piano performance from CSUDH, her DMA and MM degree in Choral Music from USC. Dr. Nachef is on the faculty of CSUDH, CAMS, and the Artistic Director for Los Cancioñeros Master Chorale. As a church musician, she serves as the choir director at Peninsula Community Church. Dr. Nachef is featured in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 1996, Who’s Who of American Women 2009, recipient of the 2005 “Excellence in Arts Award” in Music, and the 2008 Daily Breeze Director’s Award “Making a Difference.”
Angel Rueda, Custodian
Angel has been our custodian since 1999. He is a dedicated worker and a great friend. You never see Angel with out a smile! Angel has 5 boys, Angel jr., Danny, Hugo, Alex, and Jacob. Angel loves to read and watch the Lakers and football/soccer. Go Mexico!
Danny Welch, Graphic Designer
Danny Welch has been at Peninsula since 1994 when his family moved to pastor the church. Danny is a Peninsula Preschool Alumnus, class of 1998. He participated in Awana, the junior high ministry, and high school ministry. Danny is the Graphic Designer on PCC’s Communication Team. Danny has a BA in Graphic Design from Cal Baptist University and enjoys shapes and colors.
Brooke Adams, Events Coordinator
Brooke Adams began attending Peninsula in 2016 in conjunction with serving on the Bombo Medical Mission trip as the photo journalist. Brooke is PCC’s Event Coordinator, working to plan church-wide and community events. Brooke has a BA in English Literature from Azusa Pacific University. In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, and adventuring outside.