Music Ministry

Often described as the heart of Spiritual Life Center, our Music Ministry supports and deepens the spiritual vibration of our services and special events through the universal language of music. Passionate and playful, our musicians perform an eclectic selection from gospel to rock, jazz to classical. Our spirited choir performs once per month while prominent local soloists and touring artists grace other services. Our mission is to spread joy and inspiration!

Paula Mandella

Director of Music & Arts Ministry

Paula Mandella has served as Director of the Music & Arts Ministry at SLC since 2006.  A world class musician, Paula has been playing piano, synthesizers, and percussion professionally for many years. Her career has spanned festival tours, musical theater, nightclubs and music education. Paula has toured throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and the Caribbean, playing with musicians from each of these countries. Blending her classical and jazz roots with this world music experience, Paula brings a colorful versatility to the Music Ministry.

Ann Roach

Principal Soloist & Song Leader

Ann Roach offers the gift of her crystal voice with exquisite emotion that is always sure to be a soul stirring experience of beauty in its purest form.  Her charisma is captivating, and her heart is as big as her talent. Ann’s skillfullness and professionalism make her a highly sought vocalist for all types of occasions. To learn more about Ann, visit her website at

Lejon Walker

Choir Director

Lejon Walker has served as SLC's Choir Director since the fall of 2013, after several occasions as guest conductor and soloist. Lejon grew up singing in church, and from his gospel roots crossed into R&B, pop, hip hop, and jazz, touring with top names in the music industry. His multifaceted talent and strong sense of harmony translate exquisitely into the role of Choir Director as he demonstrates and draws out the heart and soul of music through the choir members. Whether conducting the choir or appearing as a soloist, Mr. Walker is a luminary on the platform!

Ira Mandella

Media Specialist

Soul Light Connection

A talented and dedicated group of musicians that shares its musical talent at The Sunday Experience, and many events held throughout the year at SLC. The band’s versatility and professionalism brings a joyful surprise to each musical experience.

John Gardiner

Percussion & Vocals

John has been playing drums, percussion, and singing at SLC for 16 years. Previously he was a touring musician for 18 years before settling down and focusing on family and expanding his abilities in a wide variety of musical projects. He is the lead vocalist and drummer in the band The Uncovered and plays with various artists in the Sacramento area.  To learn more about John, visit his website at

Steven Sullivan

Bass & Guitar

In addition to traditional guitar sounds, Stephen Sullivan (a.k.a. Sven), utilizes the guitar synthesizer and effects to expand the sound palette of Soul Light Connection. After moving to Sacramento from the Bay Area, Sven has been and continues to be part of the downtown scene in many musical endeavors.

Russell Brown


Coming Soon

SLC Choir

Twice honored as the “Best of Sacramento Church Choir,” the SLC choir is a vibrant family of all ages and skill levels.  We love to sing and to use our collective voice to open the hearts and minds of those who hear us.  We are a dedicated group that welcomes everyone who has the desire to make a joyful noise.

Come join us!

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