SJLC Board of Directors Nominations

As a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, our church is congregationally led.
Therefore, it is very important to secure candidates who have a heart for the ongoing kingdom work at St. John’s here in Bakersfield.

Brian Devitt

My journey with St. John’s began in the early 1990’s when my parents, Dave and Leslie Devitt, brought my sister and me to church at St. John’s Lutheran on New Stine. It is a journey now entering its 30th year and with every new phase of my life, St. John’s has been front and center.
As a child I attended Sunday School, Summer Day Care, 8th Grade Confirmation and competed in the now defunct church softball league. Over 17 years ago, when my wife, Bailey, and I started dating, Saturday night church in the gym with Pastor D became a staple in our lives. When our two kids were born, we knew St. John’s would play a large role in their faith instruction. Grant (12) and Danyn (10), have been raised on the St. John’s campus having attended the Children’s Center, School, Sunday School, VBS, Kids 56 and Junior High Youth Group. Both were baptized at St. John’s by Pastor D. Last spring, Grant completed the confirmation process to become a member of the church and in October Danyn completed the communion class.
Our family values the impact St. John’s has on our community and we can be found serving in a variety of ways. We especially value the role Kids Ministry plays on this campus and our family has been active volunteers in Sunday School, Fall Festival and VBS in the past. My dad, Dave, can be found on campus assisting Dewayne with ground and facilities maintenance.
On a more personal note, I graduated from Stockdale High School in 2000. I went on to earn an Economics Degree with Mathematics and Psychology minors from CSUB, as well as a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. In 2004 I began my career as a teacher and baseball coach with the Kern High School District at West High School. Currently, I serve a variety of roles at Stockdale High School including Career/Tech Education Department Chair, Virtual Enterprise Coordinator, AP Economics teacher and Assistant Dean of Behavior and Student Supports. St. John’s has had an incredible impact on my family’s life, it would be an honor to give back to the place which has given us so much.

Kristin Faure

I am honored to be considered as a Nominee of St. John’s Board of Directors.
I have been a member at St. John’s for approximately 45 years but was born into a family of believers. My family relocated to Bakersfield in 1978 and we joined St. John’s where I was confirmed at our New Stine campus. My husband Jason and I have been married for 30 years and raised our three boys at St. John’s. Jamison, Jacob and Justin attended St. John’s Children’s Center both at the New Stine campus and our beautiful Buena Vista campus. Our family has continued to worship at St. John’s where I have been involved with the Women's Ministry, Hearts in Service, MOPS, Board of Directors, Angel Tree and both a covenant group and a life group. I have loved being a part of the ministries of St. John’s and have enjoyed the outreach and love that is shown to others through our service projects and being an instrument to do the work in His Kingdom.
For the past 30 years I have been a public school teacher in TK, kindergarten, first, second, fourth and sixth grades. I have worked with many different types of families in Bakersfield through both my profession and outreach projects such as VBS, Angel Tree and Get on the Bus at St. John’s. As I’ve seen God lead me through these experiences, I have leaned on Him and His wisdom to develop as a believer and have used these passions to connect with others. I feel that these gifts can be used to help advance God’s Kingdom work through St. John’s by supporting both our church families and our community.
Spiritual gifts are an important part of our church body and reflect our work in God’s overall plan. Discernment, wisdom, leadership, and faith are all part of God’s hand in our lives and as my faith grows and matures, I have a greater understanding of these gifts in our daily lives. The more I learn and study, I have grown in my ability to discern the word of God through His guidance. I am constantly seeking resources to develop a more mature understanding of Biblical principles. Discernment and wisdom both play a role in facilitating our spiritual gifts. Our Women's Ministry has allowed my own faith to grow as I love and support other women within the church. I’d love to see more relationships develop through leadership and faith within the women at St. John’s.
Thank you for considering me for a position on the St. John’s Board of Directors.

Jon Mueller

I have been a member of St. John’s since 2008 when we moved from Seguin, Texas to Bakersfield to purchase the ServiceMaster Franchise.  My father is a Lutheran Missouri-Synod Pastor and I attended up to (through??) 8th Grade in the school at our church.  Finding a Lutheran church/school was important to our family and God led us to St. John’s.
I have had 2 children complete their education at St. John’s, Andrew (17), Grant (15), and Lacey (11) is currently in the 6th Grade.  I am the owner/president of ServiceMaster in Bakersfield and Club Pilates Bakersfield.  Mary Anne, my wife of 19 years, has focused on raising and supporting our children, volunteering at St. John’s, BCHS and has been a Bible study leader with BSF ministries.
St. John’s Church and School have been such a blessing to our family.  Through the years, I have been able to coach my children’s SJLS basketball teams, and I have served as an elder.  Outside of St. John’s, I previously served on the Kern County Boys and Girls Club board, and currently serve on the ServiceMaster National Franchise Council.
Attending and serving at a church has always been an important part of my family’s life.  Having a father, grandfather and uncle that were LCMS pastors; mother and cousins that were LCMS teachers, my vocational calling was different but serving at our church and making a positive impact on other people is something that I strive for in all parts of my life.  My education background is Business-Accounting. I have been blessed in my career to work for individuals that have challenged me to grow, learn and succeed; and being a business owner for the past 14 years has given me the opportunity to pass on those same challenges.  I am naturally an introverted person, but throughout my life I have found myself in positions of leadership. I may not be the loudest one in the room, but I stand up for what I believe.
St. John’s is truly a special place, an amazing school and thriving congregation.  I am not sure there is another like it in the LCMS, I am honored to be considered to lead as a member of the board.

Doug Rossi

I am honored to accept this nomination and look forward to serving in more ways. I was born and raised a St. John’s Lutheran member for the past 37 years. I was baptized and confirmed here and have been actively serving since childhood. I am grateful to have two loving parents who made church and serving an importance throughout my life. You will usually see me on Sunday mornings at the 9 am service driving the golf cart, serving communion or on an usher team.
I attended college at Cal Poly SLO where I met my wife Nicole. We have been married 10 years and have 3 children Ethan (8), Delilah (5) and Reid (1)
After graduating college in 2008 I returned to Bakersfield and started working for a table grape grower in Delano where I have worked my way up to the Sales Manager. I understand what it takes to be a leader.
I am grateful for this opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors. 

BJ Schoneveld

I was born and raised in the southern California city of Chino. I was blessed to be born and raised in a Christian family that attended Calvary Christian Reformed Church for most of my childhood and early adult life. I attended Ontario Christian School from 1st-12th grade where I met my wife Jolene. Both of our families, grandparents and parents, were in the dairy business which we continue today. I have been in the dairy world my whole life, becoming a partner in our business in 1990. In February of 2004 we relocated our dairy to Bakersfield as that opportunity allowed us to grow and expand our business. Being in the dairy business has allowed me to not only provide for my family and others, but work closely with my kids who are now in the business. Jolene and I have 3 kids and 3 grandkids with another on the way in late October. Our oldest is daughter Justine Peterson who is married to Adam and they have 2 boys, Luke and Rhett. Adam is a pilot and Justine has the privilege of being a stay at home mom raising their 2 boys. Our oldest son is John who is married to Erin.  They have one daughter Evie and another on the way. John and Erin manage our dairy which we purchased in 2020 in Dinuba, CA. Owen, our youngest son, manages our dairy in Bakersfield along with me.
Jolene and I have been attending St. John’s for about 10 years, being drawn to it because we like the style of worship. We became friends with Pastor D and Judy through our boys playing basketball at BCHS and tried St John’s from that connection.  Our hopes are that our grandkids will someday become a part of the St Johns school family. When asked to be considered for a board position, I felt it was an opportunity to become a part of and serve the church that we enjoy each Sunday. My experience of serving on boards has been in church and in business. I served as a deacon for several years at Calvary CRC when we lived in Chino. Through that experience I got to understand the business side of a church and the process of making those decisions. I served a 9-year term as a board member of California Dairies Inc., which is a co-op to which we sell our milk. I am currently a board member of California Bioenergy which is a company the builds and manages dairy digesters providing compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel source.
Thank you for your consideration of my nomination.