Marlan Knittel

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Pastor Marlan is a native Californian of German, Jewish and Italian heritage. Some of his early childhood memories include exploring underneath pews, and testing trajectories of spring-loaded pens, during church service at the Ukiah Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He also remembers helping his father on their small farm outside of Ukiah, learning many practical skills that have come in handy throughout his life.

He was called to pastoral ministry during his sophomore year as an Accounting major at Pacific Union College, and received his Master of Divinity from Andrews University in 1987. Before coming to Hollister, he pastored in Oildale, Taft, Santa Cruz, Soquel, and Bakersfield, CA.

Pastor Marlan is passionate about Bible teaching, helping people understand the evidence for the unique teachings we have, and seeing people grow in small group settings and become active in ministry.

Pastor Marlan’s ministry became a team effort when he married Sylvia in 2010! Outside of ministry, they enjoy road trips, camping, bird-watching, kayaking, hiking, tennis, reading, trying new ethnic foods, and spending time with family and friends.

Joan Stirewalt

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The friendly voice you hear on the other end of the line when you call the church is Joan’s. Joan is responsible for bulletins, monthly calendars, records, ordering supplies, and managing the office.

Her office hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.