Church Staff

  • Karl Stuckenberg: Pastor

    Welcome Pastor Karl Stuckenberg!

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    Karl Stuckenberg has been a United Methodist pastor for over 25 years. Ordained in 1996 after graduating from the Claremont School of Theology, he has served churches in Long Beach, Fullerton, Corona Del Mar, and was the Lead Pastor of a multi-site church in Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.

    Ministry is one of the rare vocations where you get the chance to do so many different things. He loves to teach others about the amazing love of God through preaching, storytelling and bringing the Bible to life. He believes we learn best about God in community and for that reason, he's passionate about church camps, mission trips, Bible studies, and anything else that brings people together. Over the last 10 years, he's lead several pilgrimages to the Holy Lands where people have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience the Bible through a brand new lens. And his love of music and the arts brings a creative edge to all aspects of ministry.

    Most importantly, he's a husband to Kristen and dad to Kayla and Kendal. When he's not at church, he loves spending time with them. And when they are all busy, he loves to play the drums which he's been doing for over 40 years (Just ask the neighbors).

  • Emily Bredthauer, director of Program Ministries

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    Emily Bredthauer has been active in various positions in Children & Family Ministries for the past 13 years. She is currently the Director of Program Ministries at St. Andrew's. One of Emily's greatest joys is to see children, youth, and adults meaningfully connect with God and each other. She has a Master in Social Work with an emphasis on children and families. Emily and her husband of nearly 20 years, Greg, have four children, ages 4-13. She loves God, reading, traveling, sewing, Vacation Bible School, and eating dark chocolate.

  • Maelynn Schlipp, Tyke Time Director

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    Maelynn began her college career at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. She later transferred and graduated from Western Michigan University finishing her degree with a Bachelors in Marketing on a Division I full-ride tennis scholarship. She has held various national roles in the non-profit sector. Becoming a mom changed her life in a very intense way. She soon learned it was much more than what people described to her. Children are such a gift and give so much hope to life that even on her hardest day, she has a great sense of peace. Maelynn has coached tennis to pre-schoolers, volunteered in schools, offered meals and helping hands to moms in need over the years, and always will lend an ear to whatever crazy story parenthood has presented her friends and family. She understands the need for parent support and focus on a child's development during the first five years and is excited to start "Tyke Time", the first child-led play space in San Clemente.

  • Jens Hurty: director of music

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    Jens Hurty has been involved in music all of his life. The son of two choral directors, he grew up singing and playing piano from a young age. In high school Jens realized his passion for choral music and decided to pursue a career in choral conducting after meaningful choral experiences in the Illinois All-State Honors choir during his junior and senior year.
    Jens graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Music Education and Vocal Performance. While attending Augustana, Jens worked as the choral director at South Park Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, Illinois and was the Worship Team Intern for Lutheran Summer Music Academy over the summer of 2014. In addition to his choral ensemble work, he was also active as a bass soloist in recitals and opera performances. For the past four years, Jens has been the full-time Associate Choir Director at Yorkville High School in Yorkville, IL teaching four choirs and piano class. He also performed with two professional choirs in the Chicago area—Cor Cantiamo and The St. Charles Singers.
    Jens is very excited to continue his education at California State University, Fullerton and begin his work as Director of Music at St. Andrew’s.

  • Karyn Hamilton

    Karyn has been with St. Andrew's by-the-Sea's children's programming for seventeen years. Karyn currently teaches Sunday School and works with the Tyke Time program. 

  • Joel drew: youth director

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    Joel Drew is the Youth Director at St. Andrew’s. He has been married to Trisha, an instructor at Cal-State Fullerton, for 29 years. They have lived in San Clemente for 20 years and have two Labrador Retrievers, Sparky and Auggie. Joel has lived in Southern California for the vast majority of his life having graduated from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, UC Irvine, and Cal-State Fullerton. He holds B.A. in Social Science and an M.S. in Education Administration as well as Elementary and Administrative credentials. You may see him out running on the streets of San Clemente, kayaking in the harbor, or playing drums in a local band.


    Joel has spent his entire professional career engaging in education, training, and the positive development of others. He served as a teacher and principal with the Capistrano Schools for nearly 20 years. Following that, he transitioned to the world of instructional design and training. He has worked for a variety of interesting employers including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the County of Orange, and CGI where he still provides technical training to clients throughout the U.S.


    Joel loves working with the youth of St. Andrew’s. It gives him the opportunity to relate to a younger, more hip generation in a fun and enjoyable environment. And, frankly, it gives him an excuse to eat a lot of pizza. He finds that he is always learning something new from those with whom he works and thoroughly enjoys the positive and effusive energy these middle and high school students possess. Look for him and say hello on the patio in between and after the services.      

  • Greg Richardson: Worship Leader

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  • Chandler chilvers: Sound Engineer

  • Luis Sanchez: Custodian

  • Armando hernandez-santillan: sunday custodian