Phanith Yaletchko

Phanith Rama Sovann Yaletchko serves as Care Ministry Pastor and Co-Worship Director at Light and Life. She has been a worship leader for over 20 years. Her calling to worship began early in life. At age four, she was knocking on neighbors' doors and offering to put on worship concerts in their living rooms. By age 12, she volunteered on the worship team at Cambodian Harvest Church as a vocalist and keyboardist, leading music in both English and Khmer, as well as starting a youth worship band.

She also taught liturgical dance and orchestral music to young children for over 10 years. Phanith was a premedical student involved in Alzheimer’s research aspiring to attend medical school, but God had other plans. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women's Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

There is nothing that gives her a sense of belonging and that speaks to the core of whom God created her to be more than when she is leading people into the awareness of the presence of God and caring for people in tangible ways. Her philosophy is that worship happens both on- and offstage. She is incredibly humbled that God would call a former Cambodian refugee into a relationship with Himself and to serve Him and others in her current capacities. Her desire is to see all believers equipped to worship Jesus with their whole beings. Phanith is married to Paul and has two daughters, Faith and Anya.