Pastor Mike and Diane Bradaric
Pastor Mike and Diane were both born and raised in San Diego, California. Originally, Mike planned for a career in the military after graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy. But in 1971, after four years of service, he surrendered to God’s call to pastoral ministry. As Mike relates, “God had been after me for over ten years about surrendering my life to His call. Like Jacob in the Old Testament, I wrestled long and hard against His call. But God always wins. One night, on a ship bound for Viet Nam, I got on my knees and surrendered my plans and my ways to His will and answered His call to full time ministry. It has been nearly 50 years since that night of surrender and I have never been sorry for the decision to follow Him.” Before coming to Lincoln Hills, Pastor Mike and Diane served churches in Cerritos, Burbank, and Anaheim, CA. Mike has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Preaching and Pastoral Ministries at Biola University and the Regional Minister for North American Baptist Churches in Southern California. Besides the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Mike is a graduate of Biola University from which he holds Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry Degrees. Diane is a graduate of San Diego State University and UCLA, from which she holds a Master of Nursing Degree. Pastor Mike and Diane have been married for 49 years and have three adult children and eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
“My greatest passion,” writes Mike, “is to help believers experience the joy of being a genuine part of God’s family. I dream of Lincoln Hills Community Church being a place where people experience the joy of the Lord through the joyous living of His people. As Romans 14:17 clearly declares to us: The kingdom of God is not a matter of ‘rules and regulations’ but of peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. So come; join the love and the laughter of God’s family.”
J.R. Griggs, Associate Pastor
Pastor J.R. was born in Columbia, South Carolina in the Fort Jackson Army Hospital. J.R.’s father was stationed there at the time. His family moved to Mishawaka, Indiana when J.R. was two years old and he was raised there and finished high school there in 1967. J.R. met his future wife Carol during their freshman year in high school and got married September 23, 1967 soon after graduation. Pastor J.R. and Carol have two children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
After graduation from high school, J.R. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country faithfully for twenty years and retired January 1, 1991. During his military career, J.R. held many positions to include: Medic in charge of Emergency Room and Ambulance Services, Ophthalmology Surgical Technician (AF Academy Hospital), NCO in charge of Administrative and Personnel Services (Recruiting HQs Mather AFB), Administrative Assistant to Wing Commander (Mather AFB), Acting First Sergeant for Military Police Squadron (Mather AFB). J.R. was also a member of the Honor Guard and drill teams performing in parades and providing military salutes at veteran funerals/memorials.
J.R. and Carol are also retired from the State of California. Both held the position of Associate Governmental Program Analyst.
Prior to coming to Sacramento, Pastor J.R. and Carol served at a 600 member Nazarene church in Colorado.
Carol taught Sunday School and was involved in a Discipleship Evangelism program.
J.R. was a member of the choir, sang in a male quartet and as a soloist. J.R. attended the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado majoring in Christian Education and Youth. He was voted in as a Deacon and was distinguished as the youngest member ever to serve on the Board.
J.R. eventually became the youth pastor and he and Carol were the spiritual leaders for one of the largest youth groups in all of Colorado.
J.R. was ordained into the ministry on Feb. 28, 1988 and has held many ministry positions since then to include: Youth Pastor at 3 different churches, Assistant Pastor Capitol Free Will Baptist, Music Pastor (20 yrs) Capitol Free Will Baptist, Elder, Deacon, Trustee, Christian Education Director, Sunday School teacher (Adult and youth), Secretary of Finance Committee, Choir member and member of various singing groups.
Karen Ulijohn, LHCC Music Director
Karen and Harvey Ulijohn met at the American Navy Chapel in London, England when Karen was there as a student and Harvey was a computer peripheral sales and applications engineer. While completing the Post Diploma course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England, Karen was the principal mezzo soloist for the American Church choir and performed light entertainment concerts for the City of London Livery Companies. Her choral group, made up of members of the American Women’s Club, took first place in their division at the City of London Music Festival. She also sang in many concerts throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. She was contralto soloist for a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Ireland, and sang with Gli Amica della Musica in Bournemouth and Christchurch. As well as giving song recitals at St Martins in the Field and the Royal Festival Hall, Karen was guest soloist at St Paul’s Cathedral for the annual American Thanksgiving Day service and soloist for the Women’s World Day of Prayer at St Margaret’s Westminster. Since returning to the United States, Karen has performed with the San Jose Civic Light Opera in Fiddler on the Roof and given her support to a number of musical groups throughout Northern California. She sang the roles of the Mother and the Witch in a concert performance of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel with the Ohlone Symphonic Pops Orchestra. Most recently, she was contralto soloist for a performance of Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and a performance of Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the Vivaldi Gloria.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Karen also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from California State University, Hayward. Karen and Harvey have one daughter and two grandchildren. We are blessed that Karen has agreed to join our staff as Music Director.
Mike Hamil, Facilities Director
Mike Hamil serves as our Facilities Director. Originally, from Southern California, he and his wife, Janet moved to the Sacramento area in 1980. They have two daughters, one living in Huntington Beach, CA and the other in Reno, NV. They also have two granddaughters. Mike has earned two engineering degrees, a BSEE and a MSIE, while employed by McDonnell Douglas in the aerospace industry. His responsibilities included leading a team of engineers in the development of all of the explosive systems for the Saturn space launch vehicle. Following the Apollo launch pad fire in January 1967, Mike was tasked with leading the investigation of the electrical cause of the accident. Later assignments took him to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, in the mid-Pacific Ocean, to manage launch operations for the Spartan anti-ballistic missile (ABM) program. Later, back in California, Mike directed the production planning for the ABM systems.
After 10 years with McDonnell Douglas, Mike was recruited to create a business development process for Ensign Beckford Corp. of Simsbury Connecticut, the oldest manufacturer of explosives in the USA. Most of the ordinance (explosive) systems for the Space Shuttle project were designed, tested and “man rated” during this 2 year assignment.
In 1975, Mike went to work for Aerojet Ordinance Company, a division of the Aerojet General Corp, in Southern California. As a Vice President, his teams developed markets and systems utilizing unique explosives and delivery systems that resulted in the creation of projects producing several hundred million dollars in annual sales revenue.
In 1980 Mike and Janet relocated to Sacramento. As Corporate Vice President of Business Development for Aerojet, he directed teams of engineers and scientists creating a wide range of projects including the world’s largest firefighting system, marine and industrial systems, aero-propulsion systems, and satellite electronics for automobiles,. In 1996 Mike took early retirement and took on the challenge of creating a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business.
The LNG business required the purchase of bulk LNG, having it transported to the international border at Nogales Arizona, crossing the border and then delivering to major manufacturers in northern Mexico. This demanded specialized equipment for cryogenic fluids, vaporization technology and extensive geo-political collaborations. Mike finally retired in 2002.
Throughout his professional career Mike constantly traveled and potential church attendance didn’t get the proper priority. Thanks to the long term patience and dedication of his Christian wife, Janet, Mike was introduced to the Lincoln Hills Community Church. With Pastor Mike’s caring leadership and teaching, Mike joyfully found the Lord and was saved with his being baptized, along with his wife Janet, in 2010. Subsequently, Mike has had increasing involvement with the operations of our church including being a member of men’s ministry, leading the Burnt Offerings cooking team and taking on the responsibility of Facilities Director.
Jim & Denise Brown
Jim Brown serves as our Office Administrator, as well as our Organist. So, you might say that he wears two hats around Lincoln Hills!Jim was born in Torrance, CA and grew up in Roseville, CA. He attended schools throughout the Roseville City, and High School District and graduated from Roseville High School in 1974. Along with his music; Jim was also fascinated with cars and heavy equipment, and had intended to pursue a vocational career as either a mechanic or machinist. Following graduation from high school; Jim attended American River College with the intent of obtaining a degree in heavy equipment mechanics.
With the Vietnam War winding down, and military veterans returning to the classrooms on their GI bills; finding the classes that he needed proved to be quite challenging. In the meantime, with the relationship between he and his then fiancé, Denise, soon heading to the altar; Jim decided that he needed to go in another direction. He soon found that direction when by chance he saw a job opening for the City of Roseville. He successfully passed the written and oral entrance exams, and was hired by the City in October 1976.
At the same time, his musical career was also taking off with being appointed as organist at Big Top Pizza, which was in Carmichael, CA. His love for the organ was instilled in him by his mother, who was also a church organist. His first church position was at Sunrise Community Church, in Fair Oaks, CA, followed by Arcade Baptist Church, in Sacramento, CA, and finally Centerpoint Church, in Roseville, CA. He decided to retire early from the City of Roseville, and with his family, moved to Spokane, WA in December 2005.
Jim then became a school bus driver for the Mead School District in January 2006. He eventually was elected to the executive board with the local 1135 MT driver’s union. While on the board; Jim served as treasurer, vice president, and secretary.
He also served as organist in several churches in the Spokane area, while he and his family were residents there. His most recent position was at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, in Spokane Valley.
Jim and his family decided to return to California in November 2016, after they both became weary of the winters in the Spokane area. They also wanted to be back near their close friends and growing family members, who live in the Sacramento area. God led them to Lincoln Hills Community Church in January 2017. He became Organist in late February 2017, and became Office Administrator in July 2017.
Jim and Denise have one daughter, who also lives in the Lincoln community.