SAM Leadership

  • Debbie Saiz

    SAM Director

    Debbie Saiz is the National Singles Director of the UPCI. She also co-directs I Am Original a ministry for young women ages 18 to 30. She holds a B.A. Degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe and a Masters degree from Twin-Cities University. Debbie is the Promotions Director for the SoCal UPCI Ladies Ministries. She has written and published Sunday School Attendance Boosters and Variety Ideas, a five volume set of handbooks for Youth Ministry. Debbie and her husband Steve pastor Bayside Apostolic Center in Torrance, California. They have two children, Vanessa and husband Sasha, Steve Jr. and wife Brittney, as well as Zegna, their Boxer and Chaquita, their Poodle.

    • Chylene Kelley

      SAM Team

      Currently resides in San Francisco, CA and serves as the Singles Director at Abounding Grace, as well as the Singles Director for the Western District, CA. As a fully committed third generation PK, Chylene feels honored to serve in Singles Ministry. Chylene believes two of the most important things in life are to love God and to love people with a compassionate heart. Her hearts desire is to passionately pursue the dreams God has given her and to be an instrument of positive change in the lives of those in her circle of influence. On a personal note, Chylene is an incredibly proud Auntie and as those who know her can attest, she is seriously addicted to spicy ethnic food, crazy adventures and unlimited international travel! A few of her favorite quotes are: People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care and The reach of a manshould exceed his grasp, or what is a heaven for?

      • Cheryl Carter

        SAM Team

        Cheryl Carter was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in the East Texas area. Life took a turn she did not expect when she remained single until marrying at the age of 45. During her time of singleness, a desire was born in her heart to help other single adults. As a result Cheryl became actively involved in Single Adult Ministry on the local church level. Currently, she serves as the Texas District Single Adult Ministry Director where her passion for singles is clear to all who meet her. Her heartbeat is for SAM to be a strong and viable ministry and for the lives of singles to be changed. Cheryl and her husband, Gary, reside in Lufkin, Texas where she works full time at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial hospital and her husband is on staff at Texas Bible College. When she is not spending time with family and friends, she might be found enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee or playing on the piano.

        • Dave Caro

          SAM Team

          In addition to working with Single Adult Ministry, David is currently on staff with Hyphen Louisiana. An avid traveler, the remains of two passports are testament to the many SAM trips he has been on practically every one. A Theology Graduate from Jackson College of Ministries, David is currently pastoring in New Orleans. Although he is extremely shy and introverted, Dave excels at pretending otherwise. Likes: puppies, kids, walks on the beach. Dislikes: roaches, clowns, sitting with his back to a room.

          • Lana Farnell

            SAM Team

            Lana Farnell has been with the General Sunday School Division since 2006, and currently serves as the office manager. She resides in Hazelwood, Missouri. Lana has one daughter, Beth, who is married to Caleb Randol. Most importantly, Lana is the proud Nana of Casyn Randol, born in June of 2014. Lana also enjoys traveling.

            • Mindy Brock

              Media Director

              Mindy is the Media Director at West Monroe Apostolic Church in Herrin, IL. For her amp;#8220;day job", she is a freelance/contract marketer, web developer amp;amp; designer. amp;#8220;Like I heard someone say at a music conference this year, I am amp;#8220;Apple-stolic" through and through. I’m new to singles and SAM, and Iamp;#8217;m excited to be apart of this great movement. Mindy also enjoys traveling.

              • Cheri Grissom

                Educational Resources Coordinator

                Cheri Grissom is a missionary kid who seeks out adventure and serendipity in everyday life – especially if it involves shoes and/or chocolate. She is also a daydreamer, an eternal student, an occasional teacher, and a devoted bookworm. She has served in music/media/missions ministries at her church but currently she serves on the UPCI SAM Committee as the Educational Resources Coordinator and Editor of the “Flying Solo” blog. She also serves on the Texas District Singles Committee. When she is not pursuing her love of words and music she can be found teaching the most amazing students in the world at Texas Bible College where she serves as Dean of Christian Education and Instructor of Missions and Christian Education.