Art Worthington   

Lead Pastor

phone: 530-343-6022


Pastor Art Worthington came to PEFC in October 2012, having spent the previous 9 1/2 years as the Teaching and Counseling Pastor at Chico Evangelical Free Church. Before he went into ministry,  Pastor Art was a baseball executive with the Oakland A’s, earning a World Series ring in 1989 (which he frequently shows off hoping to impress people!).

Art attended San Francisco State University (BA Journalism, ’82) and Golden Gate Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, ’92).


Art and his wife, Elisabeth, have been married 35 years. She teaches kindergarten at Oroville Christian School. They have three children, Lydia, 27, Alec, 22, and Abbey, 17.

Julia Hughes
Worship Leader

Julia has been leading worship steadily since 2005 and has been at Paradise Evangelical Free since 2007.


Foremost in her life is her relationship with Christ, and spending time with family.


Julia feels overwhelmed that God would entrust her to lead a group of people in worship. That it is her ultimate desire and calling.


'I just want to keep going higher and higher into intimate worship with the King of kings and the Lord of lords and for others to experience His presence in such a way that each Sunday they come expectant of the Lord and experience His Presence like never before!"