Enumclaw Seventh-day Adventist® Church

Our Leaders

Pastor Vidal & Kathia Mendoza with their two boys, Matthew and Josiah.


Pastor Vidal and Kathia have served in Pastoral Ministry throughout Central America and Washington State over the past nine years. Before being called to ministry, Vidal and Kathia worked in Business Administration. Both of them are Bachelors of Business Administration, have Masters in Finance and in Art of Pastoral Ministry. Their passion is sharing with others how Jesus changed their lives and how everybody can find happiness in Jesus. They are caring and like to reach out to other, always making themselves available to others in need. They are open and accepting, always willing to help in the way of the Gospel.

We are all God’s children.


You can contact our Pastor at:

Email:  pastor@enumclawsda.org

Tel:  (360) 825-4155










Darren  Gronewold, Head Elder

Darren has been a member of the Enumclaw Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church for the past 15 years.  Darren works as an Account Executive for a national company providing products and services for the energy industry.  Darren came to the SDA church through his wife Sharon Covington and was baptized during an evangelistic series.  Both have a desire to reach others in the community, specifically those in need, building meaningful relationships and teaching Bible truths. 

Laurie Sim, Elder

Laurie Sim and her husband, Sovath, have been living in the area for 18 years following several years spent in the mission field in Thailand when their daughter was young.  Laurie has been working as a Registered Nurse for multiple decades and began her career serving as a volunteer nurse in the Cambodian refugee camps on the Thailand/Cambodia border. Later she met Sovath, a former refugee, in France and they were married in 1991. They have one daughter who is serving with her husband and 3 children in Cambodia as a missionary. Laurie is also a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and is passionate about educating people regarding health and disease prevention. She is an avid gardener as well and loves sharing her surplus with her neighbors. Jesus is the center of Laurie’s life and she is not ashamed to share that with neighbors and friends. She believes Jesus is coming soon and our mission is to reach our community for Jesus.

Denise Henry, Elder

I have been a member of Enumclaw SDA church for 30 years. I am a wife, a mother, a grandma, and spent most of my adult life teaching in infant intervention, directing child care centers and teaching in Christian elementary schools. My ministry passion is that everyone knows they don’t have to ‘be good enough’ to come to Jesus. We can’t (on our own), and He already was good enough! His record can be mine by living in a faith relationship with Him. I believe that if we truly know God’s character of love, we will be drawn to Him and become more like Him day by day. Our lives will be blessed and we will want to bless others for their good and God’s glory.


Karen Hackett, Elder

Karen was fortunate to have been taught by her parents from birth that “Jesus Loves her”.  That  translated into “Jesus Loves all human beings”.  In high school she discovered one of her greatest joys; leading Sabbath School lesson study. After marrying, she & her late husband led Sabbath School lesson study together.  Her career in nursing gave Karen the opportunity to pray with many patients and their families.  In 2012, Karen joined the WA Conference 6 am prayer call; every morning since she has seen God’s love working in lives.  Eagerly Karen looks to see Jesus soon return to take us home and loves to share that good news with others.

Gary Raley, Elder

I'm a fourth generation Seventh Day Adventist, and a new born Christian every day.

Christy Sheppard, Treasurer


Ivy Chevalier,  Clerk


Sally Gasser, Women's Ministry Leader


Lorena Noel,  Deaconess - Head

My name is Lori Noel. I have been in this church practically all of my life.  Some of my responsibilities are as follows. I am the children’s story coordinator, on Prayer, ministries team, building committee, I lead the head Deaconess team. I have a passion for serving others and getting involved. I love creating new ideas on how we can serve our God. I’ve been married to George for 30 years and I feel that we are just now getting the hang of it. We have two boys Keith who is 27. Chad is 24. They both live in our amazing town, and I could not be more blessed by having them so close to us.  I also serve in the city of Buckley as one of their chaplains . In my spare time, George and I raise cows with another couple. 

Linda Sakaino, Deaconess - Head

I have been in this church for the last 4 years and here are some of my responsibilities: I serve as the Head Deaconess, also I'm a greeter, and every other sabbath i teach the Early Teens Sabbath School Class. I love the Lord and I'm willing to serve him wherever he call me. I enjoy serving others. I have been happily married for 50 years to Warren Sakaino. We have two children and 4 grandchildrens that we love with all our heart.  I enjoy reading, going on hikes and to play Tennis. 

Kaori Ominato, Health Ministry Director