One of the greatest strengths of SLOnaz Church is the incredible pastoral staff. You won’t find “churchy” or “religious” leaders here. There’s no pretense… As you will see below, these are everyday people who desire to live their lives in a way that honors God and encourages people. We guarantee that as soon as you meet these great pastors and their families, you will love and respect them.
Pastor Doug Pittam
Lead Pastor – SLOnaz 11 years
Doug is a dad of three beautiful grown daughters, and is married to his best friend, Sondi. They feel very fortunate to serve the Lord here at SLOnaz Church with some of the best people they’ve ever known. Both the staff and congregation are like family to them.
Doug fully surrendered his life to the Lord as a teenager and God has been faithful to him in 26 years of full time ministry. What an adventure it is…. and what a privilege for them here at SLONAZ Church to live out His calling on them individually and as a church.
Pastor Charles Reece
Children’s Pastor – SLOnaz 1 Year
Charles has been married to his wonderful wife Jen for 28 years and they have two adult daughters – but enough about their kids, let’s talk about their two Labradoodles, Sheriff and Jax!
Their approach to Children’s Ministry is rooted in God’s Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit with the goal to disciple the children, equip them and help them to lead lives that glorify God. Games, Bible stories, Scripture memorization, crafts, FUN and of course a snack are always a part of the program.
They have also been helping adults advance their Spiritual Formation by teaching Sunday School and leading Home Bible Studies. They hold a special place in their hearts for struggling married couples and have been able to minister to many individuals as well as couples.
“We love the message of “Welcome, Encourage and Build” – our motto at SLOnaz – and look forward to welcoming those who are new to our church as well as encouraging and building up those that already attend.” Charles Reece
Pastor Doug Smee
Children’s Pastor – SLOnaz 4 yrs
Doug Smee: a.k.a. Pastor Doug 2.0 or Pastor Doug”less” (to avoid confusion with our Lead Pastor, Pastor Doug Pittam), has been a member of SLOnaz for more years than most people have been attending. He was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, and received his first local preacher’s license from this church. He has been actively involved in the children’s ministry of SLOnaz Church since 1981. He received his B.A. in Pastoral Ministries, from Point Loma and has been a full time pastor in the areas of youth, children’s pastor and young adults. He went on to receive his M.A. in Elementary Administration, a teaching credential, administrative credential and Language Development Specialist credential from Cal Poly. He joined the pastoral staff as Children’s Pastor in 2013, after completing 32 years in elementary education, most of it as a teacher, but five years of it as a elementary school administrator. He is a gifted and prolific writer of children’s materials and musicals and uses that masterfully as a tool to attract and minister to kids in this community. His wife Nancy, an accomplished flutist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, works closely with him in both musical and dramatic areas. They have 3 sons, all married to wonderful Christian women, and 7 amazing grandchildren.
Pastor Cory Nelson
Youth Pastor – SLOnaz 4 yrs
Pastor Cory Nelson was born in San Diego, California. In July of 1992, Pastor Cory felt God’s calling on his life for the first time at a teen camp in Idyllwild, California. Little did he know that God would eventually call him into full time ministry as a pastor. When Pastor Cory was in the 6th grade, he had a project, which asked what his goals for life were. One of the goals he listed was that he wanted to marry a Hawaiian girl and live in Hawaii. In the fall of 1997, he met his Hawaiian girl, Janella, and they were married in May of 2000. In December of 2000, Pastor Cory and Janella decided to make the move to Hawaii to start a family. In January 2002, their daughter Alexis Sara was born and in January 2003, their son Landon was born. Pastor Cory and his family enjoy sports, going to the beach, and taking family trips to Disneyland. Pastor Cory recently finished his degree with Nazarene Bible College in Pastoral Ministries and was ordained in June of 2015 in Pasadena at District Assembly.
Pastor Cory has been involved in youth ministry for 15 years, was a youth pastor in Hawaii for 5 years, since June 1st 2013 has been on the staff as the Student Ministries Pastor at San Luis Obispo Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Cory’s leadership and contagious passion makes him a catalyst to inspire and equip this generation. Using humor, media, creativity, and a well-rounded biblical background, Pastor Cory has the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences the truth and the grace of the Gospel. Pastor Cory desires to see people grow in their spiritual lives through the interchange of ideas. Pastor Cory and his family are blessed and excited to be serving here at San Luis Obispo Church of the Nazarene.