Pastors & Staff

dr tyrone Partee

senior pastor 

Pastor Partee stepped in as Senior Pastor on April 1, 2021.

Pastor Partee received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Augustana College. In 1986, he graduated with a Master of Divinity and later, a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Lutheran School of Theology.

After he was ordained in the ministry in 1987, he served as senior pastor at three inner-city congregations in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. He has also served as a prison chaplain in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Norway and as a police chaplain in New Orleans.

Founding Pastor Emeritus

2 Corinthians 5:17 -  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!

Pastor Alicia Partee

Executive pastor

Pastor Alicia came to Maranatha in 2000.  After serving on the board of trustees as treasure for 7 years and in several ministries, she became the Administrative Pastor.  In 2009 she married Dr. Tyrone Partee, moved to Los Angeles and then to Norway 2013. Alicia’s diverse experience prepared her for her role as Executive Pastor.

Rev. Steve pinkston  M.Ed., M.Th.


Rev. Steve Pinkston has been serving as an associate pastor at Maranatha Christian Center in San Jose for the past 32 years.  There, he is involved in the teaching ministry and coordinates the prison and jail outreach ministries.   He has been volunteering at Juvenile Hall, Elmwood Jail and San Quentin State Prison for 30 years.

Hon. Shelyna Brown


The Honorable Shelyna V. Brown has a passion for delivering God’s word in a unique and powerful way that provides relevant scripture-based teachings to enlighten, encourage, and empower individuals to live out God’s word. From a young age, growing up in a marginalized community, she saw first-hand the challenges and obstacles that those with similar backgrounds encountered in society. She came to the realization that in order to change the outcome, one had to have a strong faith in God and a place and a voice at the table.

office manager

Proverbs  3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

church administrator

Colossians 3:23-25 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.