Leadership & Staff


Jim Meneely

Bro. Jim Meneely has been a member of the Church of Christ since May 18, 1953. He has preached for churches of Christ in Coy, Green forest and North Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a graduate of the Bay Area School of Preaching and completed a BA degree in History at California State Stanislaus in Turlock, CA. He is retired from the State of Washington where he did federal funding for children's services. He was living in Arizona prior to coming to Woodland, CA.






Mark Watkins

Bro. Mark Watkins is a passionate man after God's own heart. Known as smooth gospel preacher, he obeyed the gospel in 1980, and was baptized by Evangelist Robert L Worde, at the 4th & P St. Church of Christ in Merced CA where he was given the opportunity to preach and to teach. He was later recruited by Dr. Bernard Howell to be a pulpit preacher in 1999 at the Davis Church of Christ in Davis, CA, and also helped to instruct and encourage him to finish his Christian education. He has been blessed by these men and their wives and many others. He was also mentored by King Morris at the May Street congregation, where he was a member from 1983 to 2000. He has served as an evangelist at several local congregations in the Sacramento area and is currently the Minister of Evangelism at the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ. Educationally, he has received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southern Christian University, and a Masters of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership and Human Services from Regions University.

He has been married to his wife Audrey Watkins for 26 years, and they have 3 sons, Mark Jr, Myles Watkins, and a Step-Son  Russell E. Black.  One of his favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 9:16-17




Manuel Lopez

Bro. Manuel Lopez, is truly a servant in God's kingdom. His love for people and passion for the Lord, has lead him to serve in many capacities in the Lord's vineyard as a preacher, youth director, and extensive missionary work in Columbia, Panama, Tegucigalpa, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

He received his primary Education at Escuela Delfina de Dfaz Guazapa, San Salvador, el Salvador, an accounting degree from Instituto Nacional de Apopa in San Salvador, El Salavador, and a Bachelor's in Theology from Baxter Institute of Biblical Studies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.





Antonio Gipson

Bro. Antonio (Tony) Gipson Sr., obeyed the gospel in 1997, at the Southside Church of Christ in Richmond, CA, under the mentorship of Brother Mark Sharpe. He has been married to his wife Adia for 23 years and they have two sons, Antonio (TJ) Jr 21, and Jayden 18. He is employed by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, as a Truancy Prevention Specialist/Administrator and has been with the school district for 13 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, a Master's degree in School Education Counseling and is a Board Certified Christian Mental Health Coach. Before coming to the Kentucky Avenue Church, He attended the May Street Church of Christ (Sacramento), were he was actively involved as a ministry leader and was very instrumental in helping to plant the Capital City Church of Christ (formerly May St Church of Christ). He also has served as a Deacon to the Kentucky Avenue Church of Christ from 2015-2018 and currently serves as a Trustee Board member. He love's intimately knowing about God's word, and how application can be applied in ever situation. His passion is ministering to those in need, sharing his faith with others, and being a kid at heart.



Maria Cuevas

Maria stepped into the position of Administrative Assistant in 2019, and has been such a value to the Kentucky Avenue congregation. She is one who loves to worship the Lord, and when not taking care of administrative duties and among other responsibilities, she is actively involved in the Tuesday morning Sisters Connect Bible Study Class. She is a graduate of Amridge University to receive her degree in counseling Summa Cum Laude and a graduate of Light University as a Board Certified Mental Health Coach. We are so appreciative to have her for all she does for us and to the glory of God's kingdom.


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