Pastors & Staff

Jerry Nelson

Senior Pastor 

Jerry loves God and people and considers it a privilege to serve in the job that perfectly fits his loves: pastoral ministry.

Jerry and his bride and beloved confidant, Vicki, live in Woodbridge. They are blessed to have a blended family with five adult children and a growing priceless collection of grandchildren. Jerry is a graduate of Monterey Bay Academy, Pacific Union College (BA in Theology), and Andrews University (Master of Divinity).

His ministry passion involves cooperating with our all-powerful and generous
God to help His people experience their full potential through a living connection with Jesus, as they share love and the hope of Christ’s soon return.
Email: Jerry.Nelson@nccsda.com

Manny Gonzales

Associate/Youth Pastor

Manny has been serving English Oaks and the Lodi community as associate/youth pastor since 2018. Manny is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with people. His goal is to help others (especially young people) form an authentic relationship with Jesus that will impact their relationships and transform them from the inside out.

In order to provide space for this Manny organizes Friday night worship services that involve student led music, games and even opportunities to speak. Manny also leads our morning youth sabbath school that gives opportunities for student to deepen their walk with God through bible study and small group discussion. Not only do they get spiritual food but they also get a variety of physical food such as waffles. Manny has also helped plug in student leaders within the church, such as a student who is an elder, worship leaders and students helping with AV and sound. In addition, Manny is involved at the church schools, Lodi Academy and Lodi SDA Elementary. He provides support through speaking for chapel, teaching senior bible, bible studies with elementary students and being present on campus to support kids and staff. Manny is passionate about journeying with young people to see their faith grow and to be present throughout the good and difficult times of life.

Here are a few way's Manny enjoys life. Aside from God, family is very important to Manny. He is a husband to the love of his life, Katherine Gonzales and a father to his daughter, Gabriella Grace Gonzales (Gigi). Manny loves eating food. His favorite food is Mexican food. Manny also enjoys just being around people, having fun and getting to know them. Living a healthy lifestyle is important to Manny, which includes exercise weekly, playing sports and eating a balanced diet. 

Aside from his email, here are others ways to connect with Manny
Instagram: _manny.g_07
Facebook: Manny Gonzales

Email: manuel.gonzales@nccsda.com

Brooke Allen

Church Administrator

Brooke has been serving as the Office Administrator of  English Oaks since March of 2021. She has been a member of English Oaks Church since she was little. She enjoys speaking with members that come through the office and hopes that she can help everyone in any way she can.

Brooke enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, playing basketball, and getting out doors and hiking as often as possible.  
Email: office@englishoaks.org