Meet Our Team
Matt is an educator, musician, speaker, writer and spiritual director living and working in the North San Francisco Bay Area. He is a teacher at Sonoma County Day School in Santa Rosa and has been the worship pastor at The Quest since October of 2017. He is also a spiritual director and support group facilitator with The Christian Closet, which offers web-based counseling, coaching and spiritual direction for LGBTQ Christians.
For seventeen years, Matt worked as a worship pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, serving churches in Redwood City, CA; Houston; Tulsa; Seattle and Santa Rosa. He is a graduate of the Spiritual Director Formation Program at The Journey Center in Santa Rosa and currently serves on its board of directors.
As a gay Christian, Matt is passionate about the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, and he works to create safe, sacred space for people exploring these identities. His TEDx talk, Choosing Gratitude and Hope, with his former wife, Luanne Nightingale, tells their story of mixed-orientation marriage, an evolving understanding of faith and sexuality, and the painful but necessary choice of divorce, all within the context of gratitude and hope.
Matt is the proud father of Joshua (24), Jacob (21), Emily and Zachary (17).
Kid's Quest Director
Christine was born in Manila, grew up in Chicago, and received her general education from the University of the Philippines. She has also lived in Melbourne Australia, Seattle, and San Francisco. She has worked with children for many years, including nursery caregiver and youth group leader at Park Presidio Bible Church in San Francisco, childcare staff at the YMCA in San Rafael, and children’s leader with Bible Study Fellowship International. Christine started out as a volunteer at Kids’ Quest in 2004 and joined the staff in 2007 as Kids’ Quest director. She is also currently an assistant preschool teacher at All Saints Children’s Center in Novato.
Christine and her husband David have lived in Novato for 22 years, have two adult children plus one in high school, and recently became proud grandparents.
Paul grew up in Corte Madera, went to Redwood High School and then University of Oregon to study Math. After that, he moved to Portland and then Washington, D.C., where he taught science to high school students with learning disabilities. More recently, he moved back to San Francisco and started bookkeeping.
Two years ago, he married his best friend of twenty years, Stella. They currently reside in San Rafael. He enjoys cooking, gardening, tennis, sailing, and anything outdoors.
Tony served as an ordained pastor for twenty years and is a graduate of Fuller Seminary. He serves as a pastor at large speaking and teaching congregations all over the Bay Area. He's a SAG-AFTRA actor and loves being behind the camera writing, directing and producing. He has short films on Amazon Prime and he's currently producing, writing and directing feature films.
Tony is passionate about his faith and creativity believing that brave stories have the power to effect change. He writes, directs and produces as a freelance filmmaker and hosts community dialogues with his non-profit BraveMaker. Through monthly film screenings and a summer film fest he faciliates brave/safe spaces on our culture’s most pressing issues.
He and his wife, Wendy have three daughters and live in Redwood City, California. For more info go to www.bravemaker.com.
Suzie has been around the Quest from the very beginning and has filled a variety of volunteer roles. She joined the staff as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor in 2006 and also provides office support for special projects and other ministries here at the Quest. Suzie’s professional background includes various administrative roles in the Novato Unified School District and a customer service position at Autodesk.
She is a local Marin girl, growing up in Greenbrae and graduating from Redwood High School. While playing on the soccer team at Cal Poly, SLO, she met and then married her coach, Scott Steinmetz. They have two daughters, Jessica and Kristina.
Michael grew up in Lucas Valley, went to Terra Linda High and Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, where he studied Computer Science. Following graduation, he went to Japan for a video game internship with the Tecmo Corporation where he worked on games like Monster Rancher and Fatal Frame. He continued living there for another fourteen years, teaching English, managing IT departments and doing tech support, leading and hosting a bilingual Bible Study, learning sound engineering, and immersing himself in Japanese culture.
Michael moved back to the U.S. in December 2015, right back into his childhood home in Lucas Valley, started attending The Quest in April 2019, and joined the staff July 2019. He enjoys tennis, swimming, video games, and anime.