Lead pastors


Sam and Deya are humbled to serve the Lord at Arlington Assembly. Aside from pastoring, Sam and Deya love spending time with family and friends. Sam is an avid soccer fan. He has been a youth pastor, media pastor, small groups pastor, discipleship pastor, next steps pastor and is now the lead pastor of AA. Alongside, Deya is the co-lead pastor, Worship & Music Pastor, and Women’s Ministry Director. She’s also a Blogger and loves making people feel special and making spaces beautiful.

Sam and Deya have two daughters and are grateful for this season where God has brought restoration to their family. The Spano’s love the Pacific Northwest and are committed to serving this community and seeing people’s lives transformed by the message of Jesus Christ. They are so thankful for what God is doing here, but feel we, as a church, are just getting ready to see what God will do with people who are wholeheartedly committed to Him.

Sam and Deya say,

“The Best is Yet to Come! We believe Arlington is about to flourish like never before as God pours out His spirit in this area.”


Anthony Sanchez

YTH/Media Pastor

Kate Sanchez

YTH Worship/Creative Arts 

Anthony and, his wife, Kate serve as the YTH Pastors here at Arlington Assembly. He’s an Arlington native who has a passion for Jesus and loves serving his community. In his free time he loves going on adventures, eating lots of skittles, and hiding around corners scaring people. In his own words, “There is a special joy that comes from seeing people’s reactions when I jump around a corner.” 2021 marks 5 years Anthony, our resident jokester, has been on staff!

On Sunday morning you will probably see him hosting a service, running sound in the media booth or occasionally preaching.
Kate came on staff at Arlington Assembly mid 2020, serving alongside her amazing husband, Anthony. She loves all things creative, learning new skills, adventuring, and being active. She is instrumental in several design elements throughout the church. Kate has a passion for Jesus and lights up every room she enters. She loves to gather with people, entertaining, and sharing her culinary skills for others to enjoy!

On Sundays, you’ll usually find Kate upfront with the worship team, singing or playing keys!

Amy Findley

Admin Asst./Cafe

Taunya Sanchez

Kid's Director

Amy has been a on staff at Arlington Assembly since 2016. She is an Arlington native and will proudly call Arlington home for the rest of her life. Amy and her supportive husband Steve have 4 kids ranging from ages 16-26. She loves to read, journal, hike, and being near the ocean.

Her greatest pleasure in ministry is watching people grow in their relationship with Christ. Being a small part of someone’s transformation wows her every time.

On Sunday morning you will most likely find Amy in the foyer welcoming people, or in the coffee shop whipping up a latte!
Taunya joined the Arlington Assembly staff in 2017 and serves as the Children’s Director. She and her husband Lee, have 3 children, two of whom are married, and one in high school. To relax she likes to garden and soak up the sun. Taunya and Lee love the small-town community feel of Arlington and enjoy spending time with family and friends. She is often entertaining and feeding an army.

One of her greatest joys in ministry is seeing a child accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and getting water baptized. She loves partnering with families and/or individuals, resourcing and equipping them to grow in their walk with the Lord.

If you are looking for Taunya on a Sunday morning you can find her in the Kids area welcoming kids, or in the foyer recruiting volunteers for community events and serve teams!

Carol Lawrence


Jim Tanis

Anthony Ruiz

Campus & Grounds