Youth and Family Staff

Youth and Family Staff

Shelly Ehler

Youth & Family Ministry Leader
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Shelly Ehler was born and raised in Orange County, California. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Family Studies. She and her husband, Brian, moved to Ventura County in 1995 where she has spent many years as an elementary school teacher for the Pleasant Valley School district.

Shelly ventured into new waters in 2009, starting her own business making a special 4 in 1 towel for children that she calls the “ShowNo”. She even appeared on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank where she successfully pitched her business on national TV.

Shelly is a hopeless entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, and an aspiring author. Her spiritual journey led her to VCSL and she is thrilled to find a place that feels like home. Her favorite thing to do is anything with her husband, two sons and 4 pound Yorkshire terrier.

Jill Sarick Santos

Director, Youth & Family
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Jill has been an active member of VCSL since 2011. She is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Wildlands Parks and Recreation Management. She lived in Lake Tahoe for 12 years, working for different environmental organizations before moving to Ventura in 2007.

An adventurous spirit, she has toured parts of Europe on bicycle, climbed to the top of Mt. Whitney, lived in Argentina, teaching English, and has ridden with the Tour de Pink to raise money for breast cancer support.

Jill is in her second year of Practitioner training and is VCSL's Director of Youth & Family. She presently works for the City of Ventura as an Environmental Specialist. Often times, you will see her riding her bike to church with her dear son, Ziggy, or find the two of them walking their old dog, Chulo, at Marina Park.

We are so blessed to have Jill as Director of our Youth & Family program. She is very committed and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the program.

Bill Hadrys

Barbara Pedziwiatr

Office Assistant
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Barb may be contacted through the church at (805) 643-1933 or by email at

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