Elders are responsible for assisting the Pastor in teaching, praying for the church body and shepherding the flock in spiritual matters. In addition, Elders assist the Pastor in the administration of communion and baptism, visit the sick and distressed members of the church, as well as interview applicants for church membership and welcome new members into the congregation.
Pastor Matt Funk
Senior Pastor – Matt Funk Pastor Matt came to Twain Harte Bible Church, first as our Youth Pastor, but after serving in that capacity for 3 years, was then called as our Senior Pastor in 2005 where he has served as a passionate and gifted preacher/teacher of God’s Word, bringing to life the scriptures through his sermons and studies. He and his wife, Kathy are both originally from Canada, as you’ll recognize from their slight accent. Married in 1996, they have four children. Pastor Matt, or PM as he is often referred, thrives on seeing people studying and applying God’s Word to their lives. In an age where many preachers have watered down the Scriptures, PM unashamedly speaks the truth with abandon, considering it a privilege to serve the body at Twain Harte Bible Church.
Steve Thomazin is currently the chairman of our Elder Board. He and his wife, Kelly were married in 1986, after growing up together in the same church in Yucaipa, California. They and their three boys, Joel (not pictured) a graduate of Cal State Stanislaus, Jeremy and Miles, both attending Columbia College, moved to Sonora in 1996 when Steve took a job with Tuol. Co. Public Works Dept. But shortly after that felt the Lord directing them to change jobs and churches. It was then that they began attending Twain Harte Bible Church in 2000, where Steve has since served as a Deacon, and now an Elder. His whole family has served in many capacities while attending here, and Steve and Kelly are currently teachers for Jr High Sunday School. His profession is a Civil Engineer with Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, but in his spare time they love to travel and camp and “see the beautiful world our God has created for us.” They feel “richly blessed” to attend Twain Harte Bible Church.
Barry Lloyd - Chairman
Barry Lloyd has been serving the Lord since he was nine. His service to the Lord has allowed him to teach high school in southern California, be an associate pastor in the Central Valley, and serve guests at a Christian camp in Sierra Nevada’s, where they currently live and work. He thoroughly enjoys taking backpacking trips with his wife, Jennifer and daughters, Shiloh & Kaila. Barry was chairman of the Deacons for several years, and is enjoying serving the Lord as an Elder at Twain Harte Bible Church.
Kevin Koskela - Secretary
Kevin’s passion is to encourage spiritual and relational growth among the body of Christ at Twain Harte Bible Church through one on one mentoring as well as small group leadership. He and his wife Sharon were married in 1982 and have two sons, Matt and Andrew. Matt currently works at AirMap in Santa Monica, a startup specializing in mapping drone airspace. Andrew is off on a new adventure and doing well. Both boys are now married to delightful Godly women whom we love! Kevin works out of his home office as the VP of Applications and Services for Thoroughbred Software, a New Jersey based developer of small to medium sized business application software. In his spare time Kevin enjoys cooking, growing veggies, photography, hiking, fly fishing and spending time outdoors.
Vice Chairman - Dave Babb
During his senior year of college in 1988 Dave began working with the Junior Highers at his home church in Los Altos, Ca. When he graduated with a degree in graphic design he soon realized God was calling him into ministry. The next 20 years were spent in 4 different churches serving mainly in Pastor of Student ministries roles with brief stints as interim pastor as well as time in Christian camping ministry.
Since coming to Twain Harte Bible Church 5 years ago he has been freelancing and sub-contracting in the web and graphic design industry.
In his spare time Dave enjoys fishing, photography, and honing his artistic skills.
Most importantly he desires to be an encourager with a passion for helping equip people to serve our God through the many ministry opportunities at Twain Harte Bible Church
As a congregation, we are blessed to have men of such good moral and godly standards serving in this capacity, and thank the Lord for each of them.
Deacons are responsible for ministering to the practical needs within the Church. This includes meeting both the needs of members of the church body as well as overseeing the physical maintenance of the buildings and property.
Larry was born and raised in San Jose, CA which is where he and his wife Patricia met in 1997. Growing up, he spent many summers visiting and camping in the Stanislaus Forest. In December 2005, he decided to move their family up to the area to make a fresh start. After many years of struggling in his life, in his marriage and in leading his family and trying to make things work without Jesus, he realized that what he needed to do was put Jesus first and foremost. After he asked the Lord into his life, things started to fall into place and progressively got better. His decision to make this change has benefited the entire family including all 5 of their children, their daughter-in-law, and their 4 grandchildren. He and his family became active members of Twain Harte Bible Church, where he was also baptized and was able to participate in the baptism of both his wife and his youngest daughter. Their daughter-in-law also accepted the Lord at Twain Harte Bible. Things in their life together have changed so much since they first started attending Twain Harte Bible, that both Larry and his wife, Patricia, now live and work for Jenness Park Christian Camp, and both he his wife and daughter all actively work and participate in the church. Larry has worked in construction, automotive, and a multitude of other areas where he has used his skills, and is currently working in maintenance at the camp. He decided to join the team of Deacons in order to use his God-given skills to help the church because he felt that God was calling him. He enjoys camping, hiking/backpacking, hanging out and enjoying food with family, and, because of his servant’s heart, he really enjoys helping others. Some of his favorite verses are Ephesians 5:20, 1 Peter 3:7, Ephesians 4:2, James 5:16, Psalm 5:8, Hebrews 10:25, and Psalm 118:14-17
Steve and his wife Chery moved to Sugar Pine in 2004. Steve retired in 2008 after working for the State of California for 28 years. It was during college that Steve grew to desire more from life and learned that Jesus Christ offered the grace and fulfillment he couldn’t find anywhere else, accepting Him as his Lord and Savior. Steve has managed to remain active during his retirement, working as an EMT, and volunteering with the Twain Harte Fire Department. He’s also an amateur radio operator, is part of the local jazz scene as a musician, plays bass and sings as a member of Twain Harte Bible Church’s worship team. Steve loves the outdoors, photography, flying, working with or on computers, and especially loves going on dates or watching old movies with his wife. They have a daughter, Jennifer Darrow, who lives in Sunnyvale, CA. Steve’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31; “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Merritt grew up in Oakdale, California, having moved to this area in 1962. He retired from the Forest Service in 1995. He is now co-owner of Sonora Cyclery in East Sonora. Merritt has three daughters and six grandchildren. He accepted Christ in 1980 and later served as a Deacon in a church in Oakdale. He wanted to find a church closer to home, that is when he found Twain Harte Bible Church in 2008. He was asked to join the Deacon Board in 2016. He desires to help the church in anyway he can. He tries to follow, as a guide for Christian living, Ephesians 5:1-21 and Galatians 5:16-26.
Grant and his wife, Sandy were married the day after Christmas in 1967. After retiring, they moved to Twain Harte from the Tri Valley and now live in Jupiter in the middle of the national forest where they are stewards of a small piece of God’s earth. They love to serve others, travel in their travel trailer, and spend time with family. With projects at the church property, and two adult daughters who have their “daddy-do” lists, plus having guardianship over a teenager, they manage to keep very busy. Quite often you’ll find Grant hard at work on any of the many maintenance projects taking place at the church.
John was raised in a Christian home in Los Banos, CA and accepted Christ as his Savior in July of 1972. He was exposed to “Jesus music” in the early 70’s and still listens to it and loves to talk about it to this day! While working as a custom home builder in Visalia he met Pam and knew she was a keeper. They were married in 1993. Shortly after that their three daughters, Emma, Abby & Molly came along one by one. He gives thanks to God continually for providing for his family allowing them to live such a blessed life here in Twain Harte. Being part of THBC is a big part of their lives and he considers it a great privilege to serve here.
Ron grew up in Pacifica, CA. where he and his wife Julie were married in 1987. After having three children and buying a vacation cabin in Twain Harte they decided to move up full time in 2003. Ron works for the Twain Harte School District and has been attending Twain Harte Bible Church since they moved up. He has joined the Deacon Board to help in any way he can with the building up of the Twain Harte Bible Church, it’s members, and it’s facilities.
I grew up in Pleasanton, Ca and moved to Sonora for school at Columbia College. I met my wife there and have since married and have two kids. I love the mountains and the rivers this area has which is why we call it home. THBC has become a place to raise my family and I want to help meet the needs of the church and help it grow.
Paul was born in Oakland, California and moved to this area in 1997 to work, live, and play.
Paul and his wife began attending Twain Harte Bible Church in 2011. Pastor Matt baptized him in 2013.
Paul is grateful to serve as deacon in any way he can.
Nathan Rohr was raised in a God fearing family, but didn’t realize that he needed to make his relationship with God a priority until attending camp as a young junior higher. That camp experience made God real to him and later on put the desire in his heart to work full time at Jenness Park Christian Camp. He has lived and worked there for about fifteen years now. Nathan and his wife, Jillian, have two sons. Nathan enjoys being in the background, helping the body of Christ where he can.