SECC Welcomes New Departmental Directors

Posted on Feb 03 2020

In 2019 SECC welcomed new departmental directors to fill several recently vacated positions.

Jon Ciccarelli, Ministerial Director

Jon Ciccarelli, former senior pastor of the Calimesa church, is now serving as ministerial director. He replaces Ernest Furness, who served in this role for more than 20 years, and another 13 years in other positions at SECC. Ciccarelli has been with the conference since 1988, including 17 years at Escondido church and then 10 at Calimesa church.

In spite of feeling the call to ministry early in life, Ciccarelli did not immediately pursue it. But God disrupted other plans, leading him to transfer to La Sierra University (then Loma Linda University), where he graduated with a degree in theology and immediately afterward began his service with SECC.

“I consider it a great honor to serve fellow SECC pastors--friends and colleagues,” he said about his new role. “My heart is to come alongside them with whatever is going on in their lives so they can be as productive as God has called them to be in their ministry.”

Aren Rennacker, Youth Director

As youth director, Aren Rennacker will be filling the role that former director Rudy Carrillo filled for more than 26 years during his total of nearly 38 years of service at SECC.

Heading into Pacific Union College as a freshman, Rennacker had aspirations of becoming a sports writer. But as he got involved in campus ministries and activities, he began to feel a yearning to do something more fulfilling.

Upon graduation he began working as a youth pastor at Oceanside church and then transitioned to Calimesa church, where he served as youth pastor since 2016.

In his new role, Rennacker said, he looks forward to getting to know as many youth pastors and leaders as possible, including volunteers, and evaluating how to best move forward.

“I want to empower them to be the best they can,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having conversations about how to best serve youth and young adults in our territory.”

Brian Schwab, Associate Treasurer for Risk Management and General Services

Brian Schwab has been with SECC for nearly 20 years, having served at Pine Springs Ranch and the moving department prior to his new role as associate treasurer for risk management and general services. He follows former director Chin Kim, who served in this role for nearly four years, and a total of nearly 14 years at SECC.

As a young man, Schwab learned strong practical skills from his father on their family farm and as missionaries in West Africa. After graduating from college, Schwab went on to serve in the Carolina and Central California conferences before coming to SECC.

“I look forward to serving others,” he said of his new role. “I see the primary role of our department as being a support to the ministry of our pastors, teachers, and staff. I want them to know the types of services we provide and how we can collaborate to make processes clear and easy.”

by Cynthia Mendoza