Ministry Staff

Dr. John Fernandez
Pastor/Elder     Email
Pastor John has been the pastor-teacher of Grace Church of Napa Valley since 1994 and in pastoral ministry since 1981 both as a pastor and church planter.
He has a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History from CAL Berkeley, a M.A. from Talbot Seminary; a Masters of Divinity (MDiv.) from The Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, CA and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin.) from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. He was an instructor at Grace School of Theology and Ministry in Pleasant Hill, CA from 1979-2003, and has been an adjunct faculty member of The Cornerstone Seminary since 2004.
John has been blessed with the companionship and love of his precious wife Pam since they were married in 1973. He and Pam have four children and sixteen grandchildren.
Oscar Otero
Business Administrator
The prayers of a faithful, God fearing mother and the power of God to call Oscar from his worldly ways at the age of 27 led him to a new life in Christ. Ephesians 2:4-5 clearly expresses this power and Oscar’s life transformation by the grace of God. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ…” From that time on the Lord gave Oscar the desire to know Him, to develop a deep and personal relationship with Him and to share this relationship with others through proclaiming the gospel in preaching, teaching, counseling and discipleship. Blessed beyond his wildest dreams, the Lord graciously developed a tenderness and understanding in Oscar that has resulted in a strong marriage, children who are seeing a father’s faithful walk with Him and as he expresses it “the privilege to serve as a member of the Elder Board of Grace Church.”
On staff at Grace since 2006, Oscar serves as the Business Administrator for Grace Church. Prior to coming to Grace, Oscar worked in the banking and financial industry. He has over 30 years’ experience in information technology as a system analyst and management. Oscar earned his B.A. at Simpson University. He has also taken courses in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College ISP. Oscar and his wife, Angela, have three grown children.
Jake Schwarze
Director of Worship and Discipleship
Jake grew up in Napa, California before heading off on other adventures in L.A. where he graduated from the Master’s College, then Illinois, Russia, Oregon… and now back to his home church, since 2014, with his wife Olya and 2 boys Matthew and Sam. His love for his family is only outdone by his love for Jesus. Jake leads Grace Church in Worship, directs the choir and heads up Evangelism and Outreach. These things are all related to Worshipping the Lord and the need for others to know and worship Him as well. He takes great pleasure in loving Jesus and loving others!
Wanda Andrade
Office Manager
Wanda came to the Lord in 1995, was baptized and became a member of Grace Church in that same year. In 2001 Wanda’s many talents and capabilities led to the position of Church Office Manager and Church Clerk. She is a local having grown up in Napa Valley attending all Napa schools, graduating from Napa High School and Napa Jr. College. She went on to earn her BA degree in Art from Sacramento State University, graduating in 1971. After graduation, Wanda married and became the mother of 3 children. She used her artistic talents in the stain glass medium, establishing her own business from her home.
Wanda met (“give me a hug”) Don at 4-H Camp where she had been asked to be Camp Mom. Don was Camp Dad leading them to being married 2 years later. Together, they have 6 grown children and 14 grandchildren.
Justin Nunes
Director of Student Ministries
Justin was born and raised in Apple Valley California, a small city northeast of LA. His love for basketball led him to Multnomah Bible College, where he studied Youth Ministries. Justin was called to serve at Grace Church Napa Valley in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Student Ministries. He and his wife Stephanie have three beautiful active children.