Pastors & Staff

Jeff & Darla Whitney

Head Pastor 

My name is Jeff Whitney, and I have served as the Lead Pastor of the Apple Valley Church of the Nazarene since July, 2015.  I was born in Pasadena, CA and spent my childhood in Ontario, CA where my parents both worked in public education.  I remember sensing a call to ministry at 12 years of age.  From that young age, I always knew I would spend my life being a pastor.  It has not always been easy, but it has been so rewarding and fulfilling to see the changes that Jesus can make in all of us!  I went to college at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, and later graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
    I have served in full-time ministry for close to 40 years.  My first assignment was as a Youth and Music Pastor in Greeley, CO and later, I served as a Music Pastor in Overland Park, KS while attending seminary.  You can see that music has been an important part of my life too – I play the trumpet and also enjoy singing in church and with my family. 
    I have served as the Lead Pastor in 3 congregations:  Oakland, CA; Yreka, CA; and now here in Apple Valley.  I would consider myself a life-long learner and have always enjoyed reading and doing all I can to grow and mature as a leader.  In addition to serving as a pastor, I am also involved now as a Life Coach, and am working to become certified with the International Coaching Federation.  I am especially enjoying coaching younger pastors as they face the challenges of ministry in these chaotic days.
      My wife, Darla, is a wonderfully creative pastor’s wife.  She enjoys Bible journaling and has a big heart for women’s ministry.  Our special needs daughter, Krista, still lives with us, but the rest of our 4 children are now out on their own.  We are also blessed to have 5 grandchildren who are the light of our lives.  I have had many different titles and roles in my lifetime, but there is nothing better than to have those little smiling faces look up at you as they call you, “Grandpa!”

Sergio Hernandez & Aleida Hernandez

Hispanic Pastors

Rev. Sergio y Aleida Hernandez pastores llamados a servir a la comunidad
hispana con mas de 30 anos en la iglesia del Nazareno. Discipulando y
capacitando. Para proclamar el Señorío de Jesucristo, y participando con Dios en
la edificacion de la iglesia y la extencion del reino de Cristo en la comunidad de
Apple Valley California.

Rev. Sergio and Aleida Hernandez pastors called to serve the Hispanic
community, over 30 years in the Church of the Nazarene. Discipleship and
training to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and to participate with God in
the building of the church and the extension of the kingdom of Christ in the
community of Apple Valley California.

jacob Alvarez

Next Generation Pastor & Worship Leader

Bio coming soon

Bill Cash & Frank Morley

Big bear Vintage Fellowship Chaplain

My name is William Cash and I have been granted a local minister's license from the Apple Valley Church of the Nazarene to lead the Vintage Fellowship Group that meets in a home setting up in Big Bear on Sunday afternoons. The group consists mainly around seniors from various faiths who enjoy hearing God's Word, prayer, and gathering around the table sharing life's experiences. Blessings! $

Kathy Jonas


Bio coming soon

Diane Sibole


Hi.  I am Diane Sibole and our part-time secretary and discipleship team leader.  I  love being a part of this church both as a member and as staff.  I help keep our church connected through our app and website along with needed church resources on Sunday morning.  I get to help plan fun activities and outings as a church.  I am also a part of our worship team and love leading others in worship of our Heavenly Father.   Connect with us through our site and allow us to minister to you.