DAVID MACER: Lead Pastor

David grew up in Erie, PA.  He attended Penn State University before joining the United States Air Force.  He was stationed at George AFB in Victorville, CA for 7 years and Norton AFB in San Bernardino, CA for another 3 years.  At that time, he realized that his degree in education from Air University, teaching in an Air Force Leadership School and an NCO Academy were all part of God¹s plan to prepare him for ministry.

He left the Air Force after 10 years of service to play professional golf and work in ministry while traveling. Eventually, God led him to Shepherd of the Hills Church where he served as Adult Singles Pastor for 7 years before planting the Shepherd – Antelope Valley Campus in 2008.   The great team from that campus then planted Passion Christian Church in September 2013.  He has a BMin in Evangelism from Londen Institute.

His passion is to lead people to Jesus and make a difference in the lives of people in the Antelope Valley!

David is married to Kari.  They have a 15-year-old son, Matthew, who plays lead guitar with the Worship Team and a 10-year-old daughter, Christina, who loves serving in many areas of the church!

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JERRY HOWELL: Associate Pastor

Jerry was born in Newton, Iowa.  He did his under-graduate studies, and his post-graduate studies in California.  His first appointment to ministry was in 1964 as the Assistant Pastor in Eagle Rock California.  Since then he has been a Pastor, Teacher, and Counselor.

The Scripture that has been his inspiration through the years of his ministry is: “I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s Grace, which was given to me by the working of His power.” Ephesians 3:7.

What are often noticed in his life are the Love, Compassion, and desire for all man kind, to have and share in the wonderful Riches of God’s Kingdom.  It is said by many that Jerry is a hand holder, “he will hold your hand, and walk with you through your challenges, and not just point you in a direction.”

Jerry has been married to Lillian Anderson Howell for 53 years.  They have three grown children with families.  His children are Greg, Wendy, and Aaron.  He and Lillian have 10 Grandchildren and 1 Great-Grandchild.  He lives in Lancaster, California.



 KARI MACER: Director of Worship & Administration

Kari grew up in West Lost Angeles, CA and Coronado, CA.  She studied Journalism in college and worked in the travel industry for 10 years. She has been an assistant to Pastor Dudley Rutherford at Shepherd of the Hills Church for the past 15 years.  She home schools their children Matthew and Christina.

At Passion Christian Church she oversees the Worship Team, the audio/visual team, Sunday service schedule and plays the keyboard in the worship band.

Kari has particular interest in Bible Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare and Discipleship.



DWAYNE SMITH: Children & Youth Director

Dwayne is the oldest of 14 children and was raised on a farm north of Syracuse, New York. An art major in high school, he received an Associate Arts Degree in Animal Science from Morrisville State University before moving to southern California and eventually Lancaster joining the PCC Team.

At home Dwayne continues being busy with his ranch raising goats, rabbits, pigeons and purebred & laying chickens . His love for animals also includes five dogs and a growing cat family.

Dwayne initially joined Dave and Kari when they opened a satellite campus for Shepherd of the Hills Church as a setup and Sunday ministry leader. Growing in the church his duties expanded and his passion lead him to the youth of the church…the next generation of PCC.

At Passion Christian Dwayne’s main passion is overseeing  the children and teen classes as well as teaching the teen HUB group. He also organizes the Sunday serving ministries and occasionally sings on the praise team.


LUZ DELEON: Social Media Coordinator

Luz keeps our Facebook page up to date with what’s happening at our church. For more information on how to find us contact Luz at ldeleon@passionchristian,com