MEET OUR PASTORS
At True Life Church Camarillo, our staff consists of Biblically qualified elders and deacons (1 Tim. 3:1-13) that are committed to providing exceptional service to our growing community. They are the faces behind the daily upkeep of the Church, and the reason behind our ability to smoothly run our events and services. Contact us today and speak with one of our staff members!
Meet Sam Guevara. Sam serves as pastor at True Life Church Camarillo. A former practicing Roman Catholic, Sam was saved from sin and religion at an early age. By God’s grace, Sam heard the gospel of Jesus Christ and God called Sam to serve Him in ministry.
Sam has served the church as Bible teacher, ministry leader and elder over the past 30 years. His ministry background includes children’s church, youth mentorship, college ministry, jail ministry, and family ministry. Sam is the founder and president of Squad Mission Possible Inc. (One Up Higher Education), a youth mentoring ministry aimed at helping high school students succeed in college.
Over the past 25 years, Sam has also worked in senior level corporate executive management in finance and accounting. In 2012, with the support from his pastor, Sam was lead to plant True Life Church Camarillo where he has since served as lead pastor.
Sam and his wife Candy have been married for 18 years. They have two middle school aged sons. Sam is a life-long Ventura County resident and has lived in Camarillo over the past 12 years.
Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, an MBA degree from the University of California Irvine, and is currently earning a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley California.
EMILIO & MARCIA VALDEZ
Missionaries- Nayarit Mexico
Meet Emilio & Marcia Valdez. Emilio served as associate pastor at True Life Church from 2012-2017. Prior to his tenure at True Life Church, Emilio served as pastor, associate pastor, and elder in Oxnard and in the San Fernando Valley.
Emilio grew up in a broken home and as a young man turned to a life of crime and addiction. By God’s grace, the gospel of Jesus Christ saved and transformed Emilio. Emilio and Marcia have been living for Jesus Christ over the past 30+ years. They have been married for over 30 years are blessed with four adult daughters and grandchildren. Their example in marriage is a blessing to our church and for anyone looking for a real-life model for a biblical marriage.
Now retired, Emilio & Marcia are called to plant a church in his hometown in San Juan del Valle in Nayarit, near Puerto Vallarta. They will venture out to the indigenous Wichol Indian villages in the surrounding mountains in Nayarit.
Emilio & Marcia embark on this mission under the covering from True Life Church Camarillo. Although their ministry work will now be primarily in Mexico, Emilio & Marcia remain part of our church during their time in the states. True Life Church is excited about their call to go out to reach villages where the gospel of Jesus Christ has not been preached.