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 50 years.
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.
Steve Montoya, Facilities Director
Steve Montoya has served in the Public School System for 32 years providing support in building and grounds maintenance and custodial services. The last four of those 32 years He was the Director of Facilities, Maintenance, Operations and Transportation for a school district in the foothills of El Dorado County. In that role he provided the support to those in various leadership positions as well as supporting volunteers, who were there to serve in their community at various facilities within the District.
Throughout those years of service he came to realize that leadership is truly
servanthood, both in the public setting and more importantly within the body of Christ.
Steve believes that our service to God, requires our hearts, our commitment, and an unwavering devotion to His Glory alone.
Steve considers it an honor to serve God’s people as the Facilities Manager viewing himself as a steward of a place where God’s people have invested and continue to yield their lives to His service and worship.
“It is always amazing to see God’s people gather together to serve Him with their whole heart. It is my privilege to join together with such people here at Lincoln Hills Community Church, who have devoted themselves to one another for the glory of God.”
Serving the Lord with gladness,
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, and they live in Auburn.