Meet the team

Ricky Hemme

Lead Pastor
Ricky is a family man with a heart for people and a passion for reaching the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After years of racing dirt bikes and helping run the family business (Hemme Hay & Feed), Ricky now pursues Jesus with that same all-out passion! His fearless love for Jesus and His Word is evident in how he loves God’s people and seeks after the lost. He also has three other loves in his life: his beautiful wife, Carly, his bright-eyed little girl, Blake, and his energetic son, John.

Ricky has a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, where he researched church methodology and best practices for evangelism. He is an experienced preacher and leader with a heart for mobilizing everyday Christians for the Great Commission.

Chris Correa

Worship Pastor
Bio coming soon.

John Ecker

Executive Pastor
Bio coming soon.

Seth Kurtz

Next Steps Pastor
Bio coming soon.

Jonathan Mondragon

NextGen Pastor
Bio coming soon.

Erin Avery

Children's Director
Bio coming soon.

Teresa Caudell

Front Office
Bio coming soon.

Christy Mullane

Finance Manager
Bio coming soon.

Rigo Ortiz

NextGen Staff
Bio coming soon.

Marcus Zellous

Marcus lives in Lemoore with his wife, Deanna, and their daughter, Adelina. He joined the South Valley staff in 2009 as the children's pastor, and transitioned into communication and social media in 2016.  In addition to his part-time role at South Valley, he is a full-time music teacher in the Lemoore Union Elementary School District.  He is also a visual instructor and choreographer for Red Wave Indoor, Fresno State University's Independent World percussion ensemble.

Marcus holds a degree in music education from Fresno State, and attended Fresno Pacific University to earn his teaching credential, as well as his master's degree in teaching.

Other interests include cooking, traveling, photography, choreographing/consulting for various indoor & outdoor marching arts organizations, and spending time with loved ones.