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Meet Our Team


Zach Pope

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Zach is the founding pastor of Haven Baptist Church.  After serving for 7 years as Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church of Union Grove, North Carolina, He and his family moved to Santa Clarita to plant Haven.  He and his wife Amber have been married for 14 years and have 4 children. Zach has written many songs and in 2021 he wrote his first book entitled Songs in the Storm.

Zach enjoys spending time with his family, preaching, traveling, drinking coffee, reading books about theology, and riding his mountain bike.


Carole Fitzwater

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Carole has been a part of Haven since day one.  She was the first person to attend a Bible Study at pastor's home in February of 2017.  Ever since, she has played an important role in the function of our church.  She currently serves as our Financial secretary, she is a member of our leadership team and she serves as a hostess at all of our church gatherings.

She is a proud mother and grandmother.  She loves eating sushi and spending time with friends and family.


Matt Ito

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Matt and his wife Hannah have been married for 8 years.  They joined our team in May of 2017 when we were still meeting at the Courtyard by Marriott in Santa Clarita and have been faithful members ever since. They serve on our worship team, lead+teach community groups, and host HomeGroups.  Matt also serves as an advisor on our leadership team.


Matt is passionate about worship, his business, and the Los Angeles Lakers. 


    Jerilynn McAdams

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      Jerilynn has been with us for three years and has been a great addition to our Haven team. She has a huge heart for children.  Jerilynn leads the Kids Haven ministry and teaches a variety of ages.  She is also involved in Concord Academy—Our Home School Cooperative group.

      Jerilynn is an awesome mom of three. She loves to read, scrapbook, and use her cricut in lots of creative ways. 

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