Pastor Andy came to serve as Senior Pastor of the UMC of Simi Valley in July of 2010. His passions in ministry are reaching all people through excellence in the arts of worship, preaching, and teaching. A storyteller, Pastor Andy strives to make the story of our faith in Scripture relevant and lively, practical and personal. He has a ten-year history of work with youth and families and has a vision for shepherding the ministries of SVUMC to address the needs of the families of our community.
Andy is married to Rev. Camille Mattick, a deacon who serves as the Pastor of Children, Youth and Families at Simi Valley UMC. They are blessed with two children, Madelyn and Jackson. As a family, they enjoy the kids’ sports, movies, games, and adventures together.
Personally, Andy enjoys riding his bike, technology and computers, guitar, and pop-culture. Andy grew up in the church in many states including Arizona, California, and Nevada. A high school graduate from Las Vegas, Andy studied Religious Studies and Sociology at Southern Methodist University and then received his Masters of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology, where he first met Camille. Commissioned as a Probationary Member in 2007, Andy was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in 2010.
Pastor Camille is an Ordained Deacon, who has spent almost 20 years in ministry to families and children in this area and her native Texas. Growing up in El Paso, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Stephen F. Austin University. She received her Masters of Religious Education from the Claremont School of Theology (CST) where she graduated with the William and Douglass Cook Award in Religion and the Arts. She returned a few years later to serve for a semester as the CST Cook Artist in Residence. She has served churches in the Coachella Valley, Orange County and the West Los Angeles area.
With a love for children as disciples in their own right, a passion for serving families, and joy for mentoring youth leadership, Camille shepherds our children, youth and family faith formation ministries here at SVUMC. Her style combines shared leadership with the hope of engaging the senses, passions, and interests of the children, youth, and families we reach. In her ministry to families, Camille works with the CrossRoads Children’s Center and also offers regular opportunities for spiritual formation within the family unit. Camille also serves as the Artistic Director for All Church Theater (ACT) the community theater program.
In her own family, Camille is married to our Rev. Andy Mattick and they have two wonderful children, Maddie and Jackson.
Some of Lisa’s solo and choral performance highlights include representing the voice of Anne Frank in James Whitbourn’s Annelies; opera choruses for Turandot (LA OPERA CHORUS) and Tosca (REDLANDS BOWL SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL); playing Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (GOLD COAST REPERATORY COMPANY); guest appearances with the All American Jazz trio at iconic NOLA’s A Taste of New Orleans of downtown LA.
Choir has been Lisa’s tribe since childhood. She has sung as a professional soloist and/or chorister with the Prescott Chorale (AZ), the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale, Chorale Bel Canto of Whittier, First United Methodist Church Pasadena, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Los Angeles Symphony, Cal Phil Chorale, and Areté Vocal Ensemble.
What lights this artist’s fire most is studio recording and performing live; Lisa has toured in Northern California and Arizona and is designing plans for the next one. A capable pianist, Lisa has added percussion to her skills in her band, 101 West. When at home in Ventura County, she runs a church music program and maintains a piano teaching studio.
Leslie has served our church as organist for close to 30 years. She is an accomplished pianist who added the study of organ in her later life. In addition, she served as an Administrator and School Principal for over 30 years.
Trudy De Fino is your Administrative Assistant in the church office.
She is so happy to be here at the church and at a workplace that she truly feels happy at everyday. Trudy would like to thank Rev. Andy and Camille for letting her come work for the Simi Valley UMC.
Trudy is a big Los Angeles Kings fan & loves the Los Angeles Rams as well. Trudy has 3 children, Catherine (27) is her oldest and is married with 2 children (Montgomery (2 1/2) and Kennedy (11 mos), Dean (25) is her middle child and Allen (23) is the youngest . Trudy has been married to her husband Richard for 13 years. Her husband works hard at Sony Studios in Culver City.
They also have 4 dogs and a cat. Trudy is looking forward to meeting everyone!
Candace Gray is your Front Office Assistant. She is the daughter of church member Wes Miller. She earned her BA degree in Public Relations from the University of Central Florida. While living in Florida, she met her husband performing stunts together at Disney World in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.
Prior to joining us, Candace worked as a manager of a beauty salon, where she managed all marketing including sales promotions and social media. You might occasionally see her smiling behind the front desk at the Simi Valley Senior Center.
She currently lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband, Jason, her two teenage boys , Shane & Jordan and a beagle named Tobie.
She enjoys volunteering in her extra time with the marketing team of Conejo Players, the special events team at S.C.O.R.E., and with Boy Scout Troop 761.
Michelle Gordon has been the director at CrossRoads Children’s Center since 2006. She has been working in the child development field for over 20 years. Mrs. Gordon knew at a young age she wanted to get her degree in early childhood education. She has an Associate’s Degree in Science: Child Development from Moorpark College. Mrs. Gordon loves giving tours of CrossRoads Children’s Center to new families and showing them what a wonderful staff and program they have.
She really enjoys her free time with her family! Mrs. Gordon and her husband Josh have been married since the summer of 1996. They have two wonderful teenagers, Marley and Rider that keep them busy with softball and baseball. When her children were preschoolers they also attend CrossRoads Children’s Center.
When she is not watching her children play sports, she is watching the LA Dodgers play, teaching Sunday School, camping, going to the beach and trying new adventures with her family.