Centerville Presbyterian Church Hires Senior Pastor


CENTERVILLE, California- Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont, California has expanded its leadership team by appointing Sam Knottnerus as Senior Pastor. Centerville is a church committed to experiencing Jesus, creating authentic community, and transforming lives.

Sam Knottnerus began a relationship with Christ at a young age and has had a large heart for service. Following his parents’ example of serving the Lord with his whole life, Sam started volunteering in children’s ministry as a young teen. He has since then committed to living a life of ministry for the Lord. Sam has more than 20 years of ministry experience and has a passion to help the church grow in discipleship and outreach. His vision for service and community will be a great fit at Centerville Presbyterian. Sam excels in gathering groups of people and creating a sense of community, which will be a great way to uphold Centerville’s mission of creating an authentic community.

“We often get to see God’s hand in how He puts churches and candidates together.  This was certainly one of those times where we could see God’s handprint through the search process, both for Sam and Centerville Presbyterian. Even the fact that the church vote was all done virtually in the midst of a pandemic gives us an amazing reminder that God is in control. It was a privilege to be able to be a small part of that journey,” said Executive Search Consultant, Jennifer Winge

Sam Knottnerus, his wife, Evie, and their daughter look forward to this coming journey at Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont. Vanderbloemen is honored to have partnered with Centerville Presbyterian Church on this essential and important search, and we’re thrilled for them in this next season of leadership.


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