Church Staff

  • Dan Deckard

    Pastor of Preaching & Teaching          Email:

    Dan originates from Newcastle, California. He served a tour of duty in the Marine Corps, during which time he was converted to Christ. It was this initial experience of conversion and the newly awakened hunger for the Scripture that compelled him to seek a formal education in the Bible. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in theology from The Master's College, a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Dan was called to Parkway Community Church in 1997, where he served as pastor of preaching and teaching. On April 1st, 2001, upon the retirement of John Hanson, Dan assumed his current role as lead pastor. Dan and his wife Deanna reside in the city of Fairfield and have three children - two boys; Daniel and Isaac, and a girl; Allie. 

  • David Kurtz

    Director of Worship          Email:

    David was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA to Christian parents that raised him to know and love God and the church. Though God has used many people and circumstances to shape and mold David into the man he is today, it was this foundation of faith that has been the backbone of his life and ministry. David prayed to receive Christ as Savior at the age of 8 and was baptized by immersion soon after. From a young age, David sensed God's calling in his life to ministry and has been serving the Lord in a variety of capacities ever since. David married Mariel in 2011 and God has since blessed them with three beautiful kids—David Sion (2012), Adelyn Sophie-Grace (2013), and Kayden Alexandria (2016). David was called as interim Director of Worship in December of 2014 and served until he was appointed by the Council of Elders as the Director of Worship in April of 2015. David's aim is to make his whole life about the glory of Jesus Christ in all things as it relates to all of life. Getting to combine his love of people, music, and artistic expression is truly a joy each and every day. His hope for the church at Parkway is that they become a people known for being infectious in their love of God and love for each other; and that they passionately pursue the glory of Christ in all things, for their own true joy and complete satisfaction, to the glorious praise of our great God and risen King!

  • Valerie Ackermann

    Director of Children's Ministries         Email:

    Val was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan, Canada with many wonderful memories of growing up in the church. She graduated with a B.A. in Theology from Briercrest Bible College. While in college, Val met Chris Ackermann from Parkway Community Church in Fairfield, CA. They married in 1997 and after spending a year in Canada, and a full summer working at Hume Lake Christian Camps they came back to Fairfield in 1998 where Val worked in the interior design field. Val began serving as the full time Director of Children's Ministries in 2004. She is also the author of the book THE GOD PUZZLE: HOW THE BIBLE FITS TOGETHER TO REVEAL GOD AS YOUR GREATEST TREASURE. An interactive no prep book that any parent can use to guide kids through the Bible and Christian faith. Chris and Val have the privilege of being the parents to two sons, Blake and Carson.

  • Paulina Polk

    Director of Parkway Tutoring Center          Email:

    Paulina was born in Quito, Ecuador. She came to the United States after finishing High School. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She received her California Teaching Credential and taught at Anna Kyle Elementary in Fairfield. She grew up Catholic and after coming here, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1998. She met her husband, Jacob, in Ecuador while he was studying Spanish. They have three children and have lived in Fairfield since 2003. Paulina has always had a heart for children, and believes God has called her to ministry to them and their families, and to use her Spanish to glorify Him. She has been the Director of the Parkway Tutoring Center since 2007 and absolutely loves her job.

  • Nick fisher

    Interim Director of High School Ministries          Email:

    Nick is excited for this role at Parkway. He has served as Youth Pastor at CrossPoint Baptist Church in Huntington Beach from 2001 - 2013. He loved his time there and was able to serve junior high and high school students in that position. Nick's desire is to lay a foundation for students to fall in love with Jesus and learn habits that will help them be faithful adults, spouses and parents.

    Nick loves spending time with his family, Becky his wife, Reagan, Reese and Judah his kids. His family is excited to get involved in students lives as well. They have been a vital part of his ministry to students.  

  • Brian gustafson

    Director of Junior High Ministries           Email:

    A husband and a father of three boys, Brian has been involved with Quest for over 15 years and an active member of Parkway Community Church for over 28 years. Brian graduated from Biola University in 1985 and married Ingrid Hernandez three weeks later. He is a small business owner and enjoys playing golf, watching sporting events, and working with Junior High Students.

    Brian became a Christian in Sunday School when he was 5 years old and understands the role that the church plays in helping parents to guide kids in their own relationship with God.  He sees the need to mix both spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our Junior High Students. Any given Tuesday night you can see him challenging the students in all these areas.  

  • adam barngraff

    Administrator          Email:

    Adam was born and raised in Fairfield California and became a Christian in Junior high through the Quest Ministry of Parkway Community Church. He graduated with a B.A in Christian Ministry from Briercrest Bible College and is currently in the Master of Science in Leadership program through Grand Canyon University. While at Briercrest he met Rachelle, his wife and best friend, and they were married in 2005. Adam and Rachelle have three children, Bella Mercy, Charlotte Joy, and Ruby Maize. Adam was hired in January of 2017 after working in the human services field since 2005. Adam has a deep love for the gospel and is passionate about creating community in the church.