Our Elders

“And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” –Acts 14:23

Upper Row, Left to Right: Michael D., Bill F., Chris H., David R.
Lower Row, Left to Right: Mike R., Chris S., Tim W.

Send Michael an email
Michael and his wife Tammy have been members at Conejo since 1993, after moving from Austin, Texas. Michael is an English professor at Pepperdine University, while Tammy is a freelance editor. They have two sons, Tyler (married to Cubbie and living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) and Jonathan (a recent Pepperdine graduate with a Psychology major).

Send Bill an email (link will be added soon)
Bill and his wife Melissa have been members at Conejo since….

Send Chris H. an email (link will be added soon)
Chris and Rene Heard, along with their five-year-old son Nathan and not-quite-yet-born son Nicholas, moved to the Conejo Valley in 2003 when Chris was hired to teach Old Testament at Pepperdine University. They quickly found their church home at Conejo. Within a few years, Rene joined the church staff, first as a part-time office manager and later migrating into a role managing church media. Chris has been active in public worship and adult education over the years, and was called to the eldership in the spring of 2022. Chris has a special interest in promoting careful, communal biblical interpretation for the well-being of the church.

Send David an email (link will be added soon)
David and his wife Joy have been members at Conejo since ….

Send Mike an email (link will be added soon)
Mike and his wife Darlene have been members at Conejo since …

Send Chris an email
Chris and his family have been members of the Conejo church since 1988. His wife, Sandy, is a gifted teacher who has served in our children’s classrooms, led children’s choruses, and directed musicals. She has also led worship at our women’s retreats. They have three children: Melody, Holly, and Stacy. Chris has been actively involved in worship ministry for several years, serving on related committees, planning services, and leading our worship assemblies. His desire for the Conejo family is that we worship “in spirit and in truth,” praising the Father from our hearts and making our lives themselves an act of worship. Chris has been an elder since fall, 2001.

Send Tim an email
Tim and his wife, Jan, have been members of Conejo Valley since 1989. Tim teaches Old Testament at Pepperdine University, and Jan teaches English at Oak Park High School. Tim and Jan have three children — Megan is an animator in Vancouver, BC;, Daniel is a professional set designer based in New York City; and Conner is pursuing a teaching career in Boston. Tim has served for several years on the Adult Education Committee. Tim joined the staff of elders in the fall of 2005.