Senior Pastor:

Daniel Cassels

Wife: Hannah

Children: Jackson & Allison

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17 (CSB)

Pastor Daniel Cassels, his wife Hannah, son Jack and daughter Allie are settling down in Santa Maria area. Daniel grew up in Washington State and Hannah in Globe, Arizona. Though this seems like worlds apart they met while Daniel was serving at Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas Nevada. They were married January 06, 2006, and have served God as a family ever since.

While attending the College at Southwestern (a part of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Fort Worth, Texas they felt a call to go into full time ministry on the west coast. This call brought them to the wonderful church of Life Way Fellowship in Santa Maria California in 2009. They love to serve God by serving people, fellowshipping, and sharing the Good News of Christ.


Ricky Blackshear

Wife: Gloria


Merwyn Utter ( Grant)

Wife: Cindy


Wesley Helzer Sr.

Wife: Jan


Worship Leader:

Stacey Utter

Husband: Jason

Children: Nic, Tavin & Claire


Administrative Assistant:

Johnathan Brady

Wife: Julie

“Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (CSB)

Johnathan Brady and his wife Julie have been with Life Way Fellowship for the past 13 yrs. He has served Life Way Fellowship in many ways during his time here. He has also served on State and Associational Boards/Committees representing Life Way Fellowship. He is currently studying at Laurus College in Web and Graphic Design.


Gloria Blackshear

Husband: Ricky Blackshear

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Gloria is married to Ricky Blackshear who is also one of our deacons. A wonderful lady who has served in the church for many years. Gloria serves in several other ministries including helping on the praise team every Sunday morning.  

Ministry Leaders

Children’s Leaders

Gloria Blackshear

Cecilia Lopez

Jan Helzer

Youth and Middle School

Jennette Stites

Wesley Helzer Jr.


Jason Utter

Stacey Utter


Mike Childs

Johnathan Brady

Wes Helzer Sr.


Hannah Cassels


Johnathan & Julie Brady

David & Anna Duke

Usher / Greeter

Mike Childs

Cafe / Coffee Cart

Johnathan & Julie Brady

David & Anna Duke