Our Staff

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Wayne Griswold

Pastor, Elder

Office: 916-781-2013 ext. 201
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Active in youth and college ministry for years, Wayne has served on staff at East Parkway Church since 2000 and was called to be the church’s pastor in July 2009. A gifted speaker, he is committed to expositional preaching and loves engaging people with the practical, everyday truth of God’s Word. He is married to Sally, the wife of his youth, and together they try to keep up with their five children ranging from 2–16 years old (easier said than done!). When time allows, Wayne also enjoys road trips with his family, working in the yard, and watching sports on TV. And tacos. Lots and lots of tacos!

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Andrei Yaholkovsky

Pastoral Assistant, Youth Pastor

Office: 916-781-2013 ext. 203
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Andrei graduated from Biola University in 2012 and has been working at East Parkway Church since 2013. He has attended this church since childhood, and has enjoyed serving alongside the congregation that he grew up in. As youth pastor, he is in charge of the junior high, high school, and college ministries, while also serving as pastoral assistant where he helps out Pastor Wayne with the overall vision of the church. Recently married to his wife Becky, they live at William Jessup University, as she is a Resident Director on campus.

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Lauren Elmendorf

Director of Children's Ministry

Office: 916-781-2013 ext. 205
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Lauren grew up here at East Parkway Church, and has always had a love for children. At Biola University, she majored in Christian Education Ministries while also earning her teaching credential. After college, she taught third grade for many years before serving as our Director of Children’s Ministry. She is married to Ross, whom she met at church, and hopes to have her own children soon. In her free time, Lauren enjoys arts and crafts, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

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Frank Gates

Director of Music Ministry

Office: 916-781-2013 ext. 202
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Having a passion and gift for music from an early age, Frank pursued an advanced education and graduated from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. While traveling this path, he welcomed Jesus into his life, and his desire became to use his love and knowledge of music to praise God. Frank's playing, writing and singing songs for God glory has filled the hearts of those he has led in worship for almost two decades.  He has also studied theology and counseling and holds degrees in both.

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Melinda Chapanian

Office Manager

Office: 916-781-2013 ext. 200
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Melinda has worked in the office for 9 years, but her responsibilities don’t stop with typing and filing! She can be found around the building making sure things run smoothly, meeting with vendors and visitors, and taking care of numerous tasks to aid ministries within our church. Melinda became a Christian in her mid-40s, when Christ moved from that place of intellectual understanding to an indelible place in her heart. Married for 40+ years to her high-school sweetheart, Chuck, she is a fan of Sherlock Holmes and McConnell’s ice cream.