In loving, caring fellowship, built upon the foundation of Word and Sacrament, we reach out with Gospel ministries to our community.
Joyfully and publicly we gather in the Name of Christ: To worship the Lord - To love and care for one another - To study God's Word and grow in faith - To focus upon Christ Jesus in our daily living - To share the Gospel of Christ with our neighbors through His grace and truth with compassionate zeal!
Rev Mark C. WhittakerPastor
Pastor Mark was installed as pastor at Peace Lutheran Church on July 17, 2011 and is celebrating his 30th year in the ministry. He is married to Jodi and they have three sons (two daughters-in-law), one adopted son (and daughter-in law), and two grandchildren.
Pastor Mark finds great joy in helping people discover the difference God in Christ Jesus makes in the quality of life. He is dedicated to sharing insights into triumphant Christian living that makes the grace (infinite kindness) of God a part of daily life.
Rev Wayne RidderingOutreach Pastor
Pastor Riddering was installed as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church on July 21, 2013.
Wayne and his wife, DeDe, were blessed with 5 children and 10 grandchildren. They were also foster parents to 11 children. Wayne served as President of Denver Lutherans For Life for many years, and as President of the Custer County MInisterial Alliance for 16 years. He enjoys sharing the gospel, bike riding, reading, tennis, playing guitar and babysitting their grandchildren. Wayne and DeDe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 1st, 2013 and look forward to returning to the parish ministry and serving the Lord and the people of the Central Coast with the members of Peace Lutheran Church.
Annette TaylorPreschool Director
Annette Taylor is relatively new to Peace, having started December 5, 2015.
She is a long-time Californian who just celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary. Annette has “two great adult children, three awesome grandchildren, and one handsome dog.” She loves Jesus, her family, the beauty of nature, and working with young children.
Annette brings decades of experience to Peace. She’s served in several capacities at two previous preschools: as lead teacher; assistant director; and director. As director at Calvary Chapel Preschool in Santa Maria since 2003, she was saddened when the church decided to close the school. But she feels the Lord directed her to and placed her at Peace, where she looks forward to continued learning and “growing where I have been planted.”
Quote from Annette: “I am blessed to have our Lord and Savior as such a strong guiding force in my life! I don’t know how people survive without Him! I hope to share the love of Jesus with all I come in contact with.”
Barbara HowardAdministrative Assistant
Barbara joined the Peace staff in April of 2014. Her background includes marketing, administration, and sales. She also does stand-up comedy and bingo calling for various philanthropic fundraisers.
Married to Steve since 1978, they have two grown children, Dayna and Tyler, both of whom attended Peace Preschool in the 80s.
Barbara has been a church member since 1987 and has served in various capacities on both the church and school boards.