Meet the Staff at Sequoia church
Pastor Mark Mahaffie

Pastor Mark Mahaffie

Pastor Mark Mahaffie is the Senior Pastor at Sequoia. He has been with Sequoia as a full time pastor since September 1991. Pastor Mark has received his Masters Degree in Religious Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Marin, CA in 1978. He began his ministry at Camden Avenue Baptist Church in San Jose in 1977 where he ministered for 14 years in the areas of Music and Education. While pastoring, he returned to school to obtain his Doctorate in Worship Studies at Robert Webber Institute of Worship in Florida in 2005. Mark and his wife, Lanell, have two married children: Leisa Moore, a teacher in Thousand Oaks, California and Dan Mahaffie, also a pastor at Sequoia. They have seven grandchildren. Please feel free to e-mail Pastor Mark at

Pastor Dan Mahaffie

Pastor Dan Mahaffie

Pastor Dan Mahaffie was a member of the church as a teen. He received his Associate of Arts degree from San Joaquin Delta College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University in Riverside. He received his Master of Divinity degree at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan worked at Arrowhead Christian Academy in Redlands as Youth Worship Leader, Spiritual Life Director, academic counselor and Bible teacher. He was also the head varsity baseball coach. Just before moving back to Manteca, Dan worked as the senior pastor at Utica Baptist Church in Utica, Indiana. Dan and his wife, Carrie, have four children, a daughter Taylor, 12, a son Cameron, 9, a son Kyle, 7 and a daughter Maya, 5.

Please feel free to email Pastor Dan at

The pastor’s purpose is to help people grow and mature spiritually.  Paul explains that God gave some to be pastors “for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13).  According to these verses the work of a pastor is focused on helping God’s people grow and mature spiritually.  The pastor does this by living an exemplary Christian life, providing spiritual guidance and counsel, and instructing the body of believers through teaching and preaching. 

Jennifer Corder

Jennifer Corder, Pastoral assistant

Jennifer is the pastoral assistant, supporting the pastors. She does weekly publications and keeps the office running. email her at

Sequoia Church
1050 S. Union Road
Manteca, California 95337
Phone: 209.823.2089