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Al Tackett

COC Site Safety Supervisor

Al Tackett

COC Site Safety Supervisor

WHAT I DO: I work alongisde our team of volunteers to facilitate Site Safety at the COC, as an Ambassador for Christ.
MY FAMILY: My wife for almost 40 years, our 6 adult children and 19 grandchildren (and counting...)
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Speak Life, Not Death" - Toby Mac

Bill Olson

Antioch Campus Worship Leader

Bill Olson

Antioch Campus Worship Leader

WHAT I DO: I get to facilitate, curate and lead the musical and artistic expressions of worship at the Antioch Campus
MY FAMILY: My brother, sister, sister in law, two nieces and nephew.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Remember...wherever you go...there you are." - Buckaroo Banzai

Cameron Campbell

Audio Visual Producer

Cameron Campbell

Audio Visual Producer

WHAT I DO: I oversee all of the audio and lighting for GHCC.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Kaitlyn, and I were married in 2012 and we have a little boy: Shepherd.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Hell, go on and rage. You can't change a thing. My God. He speaks for me." - My Epic

Cathleen Ravelo

Preschool Division Coordinator

Cathleen Ravelo

Preschool Division Coordinator

WHAT I DO: I work with preschool aged children & volunteers to provide a safe environment to help raise up the next generation of disciples.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Wil, and our four sons.
FUN FACT: I never say "no" to dessert!

Cher Richardson

Childcare & Early Childhood Division Coordinator

Cher Richardson

Childcare & Early Childhood Division Coordinator

WHAT I DO: I prepare lesson plans, coordinate activities and supervise staff for 0-2 year old children in Sunday School, Caring Hands & VBS.
MY FAMILY: My two adult children; plus 4 dogs, 5 cats, 4 geckos, 2 turtles, and a bearded dragon.
FUN FACT: I love pink hair and glittery nails.

Chris Watson

Community Outreach Center Pastor

Chris Watson

Community Outreach Center Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee the ministries of the Community Outreach Center and provide pastoral support for our ministry partners and guests.
WHO I LOVE: My wonderful wife Colene and terrific two sons, Jonathan and Caleb.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy playing board games or card games with friends and family.

Dave Parsons

Community Life Pastor

Dave Parsons

Community Life Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee the prayer ministry, visitations to the sick and homebound, and carry out various shepherding responsibilities.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Pam, and our two grown sons, Chris and Matt, who live in the Pacific Northwest.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love to be outside in God's beautiful creation: walking, hiking and golfing.

David Morgan

Creative Arts Pastor

David Morgan

Creative Arts Pastor

WHAT I DO: I strive to glorify God and communicate His truth through a variety of creative platforms including music and the arts.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Stephanie, and our two kids: Mason and Eden.
FUN FACT: Chocolate mint and black licorice are a result of The Fall. Also, the truly sanctified are Oakland A's fans.

Denise Olson

Clinical Counseling Director

Denise Olson

Clinical Counseling Director

WHAT I DO: I oversee the Counseling Center - a training facility developing therapists who are on track to become state-licensed therapists.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Russ, our sons RJ and Eddie, RJ's bride Whitney & their kids: Ember & Holden
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, kayaking and enjoying the outdoors.

Dennis Defrates

Antioch Campus Pastor

Dennis Defrates

Antioch Campus Pastor

WHAT I DO: I serve as the Campus Pastor to the community on 18th Street and Woodland Drive in Antioch.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Jade, and our kids: Blake, Jake, Zack and Mack
FAVORITE QUOTE: "The gospel is open to all; the most respectable sinner has no more claim on it than the worst." - Martyn Lloyd Jones

Diana Lozano

Membership Data Manager

Diana Lozano

Membership Data Manager

WHAT I DO: I keep our data clean by updating and maintaining our database and providing support to staff and volunteers.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Frank, our son Frankie & his wife Sarah, step-mom to 3 and Babushkah to 5.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "No" is a complete sentence.

Frosty Andrews

Elder

Frosty Andrews

Elder

WHAT I DO: I am a member of the Board of Elders which focuses on the governing & oversight of the church
MY FAMILY: My wife, Sue, our 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love having time with my family!

Gary West

Community Outreach Center Pastor

Gary West

Community Outreach Center Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee the ministries of the Community Outreach Center along with a great team that God is using to impact our community.
MY FAMILY: My wife, our 2 children and 4 grandkids.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy writing and hiking.

Geoff Weakley

Middle School Pastor

Geoff Weakley

Middle School Pastor

WHAT I DO: I get to make disciples of middle school students and help them to do the same with the people that they know.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Sarah, and I got married in 2015 and we had our first son, Henry, in 2017!
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love mechanical things and I'm in the process of restoring my 1983 motorcycle.

Glen Evans

Administration Pastor

Glen Evans

Administration Pastor

WHAT I DO: I provide administrative oversight, prepare church & school budgets, and provide financial counseling to individuals & families.
MY FAMILY: My wife, 3 children and 10 grandchildren
FAVORITE QUOTE: "It's never too late to start doing what is right." - Charles Swindoll

Gloria Thompson

Receptionist

Gloria Thompson

Receptionist

WHAT I DO: I enjoy being the support person for Men's, Women's, Seniors, Marriage and Adult Ministries.
MY FAMILY: My 3 adult kidlets, plus 8 grandkidlets!
FUN FACT: I enjoy being in God's sonshine! The warmth it brings to my soul is beyond measure!

Heidi Carcot

Sunday Morning Children's Ministry Receptionist

Heidi Carcot

Sunday Morning Children's Ministry Receptionist

WHAT I DO: I support our CM volunteer’s & staff and love welcoming and helping our visiting families as well as our longtime attending families!
MY FAMILY: My husband, our 3 daughters and 1 son-in-love
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy crafting with vinyl, shirts, wood and paper

Jim Ayala

Elder

Jim Ayala

Elder

WHAT I DO: I am a member on the Board of Elders with the responsibility to teach church membership classes & a liaison to the Deacon Board.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Pamela.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy spending time delving into God's Word and being with my family, especially my grandchildren.

John Hill

Elder

John Hill

Elder

WHAT I DO: I serve as a Church Overseer as a member of the Board of Elders.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Mary, 3 sons Chris (Steph), Nick (Monica), Greg (Michelle) & Grandkids Nat, Cam, Mal
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love to golf (especially with my three sons), and spending time with family.

Johnie Moore

Adult & Shepherding Ministries Pastor

Johnie Moore

Adult & Shepherding Ministries Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee the Men's, Women's, Marriage and Shepherding Ministries while also directing our Community Initiative
MY FAMILY: My beautiful bride, Becky, and our 2 amazing grown daughters: Darbi and Madison.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Finish Strong" - Steve Farrar

Josh Felise

Video Producer

Josh Felise

Video Producer

WHAT I DO: I create videos and take photos for ministries at our church.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I like playing basketball and eating food; plus I'm a big Laker and Dodger fan.

Josh McCullers

Young Adults Pastor

Josh McCullers

Young Adults Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee the College and Young Adult Ministry at Golden Hills.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Amanda McCullers, and our son: Theodore.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "You need to trust the Lord right now" - my wife

Julie Mello

Creative Arts Secretary

Julie Mello

Creative Arts Secretary

WHAT I DO: I provide administrative support for the A/V Ministry and Worship Ministry.
MY FAMILY: My awesome husband and 2 amazing girls!
FAVORITE QUOTE: "If you don't like something, change it... if you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou

Ken Cross

Connecting Ministries Pastor

Ken Cross

Connecting Ministries Pastor

WHAT I DO: I serve as Counseling Pastor and oversee all of the “front door” ministries of the church.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Peggy, our four adult children, their spouses and a total of 12 grandkids!
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love exercising, cycling, running, exploring the outdoors, and eating amazing food!

Larry Watkins

Facilities Director

Larry Watkins

Facilities Director

WHAT I DO: I provide leadership for the oversight, use, care and renovation of church facilities including buildings, grounds and equipment.
MY FAMILY: My wife Michelle, our 3 children and 4 grandchildren
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.

Lily Hurtado

Executive Administrative Assistant

Lily Hurtado

Executive Administrative Assistant

WHAT I DO: I support and serve as a contact person for Senior Leadership, Global Outreach, Adult Education & Small Groups
MY FAMILY: My husband, Ricardo, and our new little girl: Lia.
FUN FACT: I was born in Nicaragua & my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 3 years old.

Linda Olson

Facilities Secretary

Linda Olson

Facilities Secretary

WHAT I DO: I coordinate and detail the daily use of rooms and resources for our church ministries and outside groups, across all 3 campuses.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Cliff, our three wonderful adult “kids” and a son-in-law.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love spending time with my family in anything we can do together - especially hiking, sightseeing, and traveling abroad.

Linda Suniga

COC Food Services Supervisor

Linda Suniga

COC Food Services Supervisor



Malcolm Hunter

Elder

Malcolm Hunter

Elder

What I Do: I thank the Lord for GHCC being my family's church home since 1991, and I feel even more blessed to now serve on the Elder team!
My Family: My wife Rosanna and sons David (and his wife Courtney) and Benjamin.
Favorite Hobby: Traveling in foreign countries with family and/or friends with my camera in hand.

Mark Wood

Children's Pastor

Mark Wood

Children's Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee the Children's Ministry and help administrate our school, Golden Hills Christian School.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Lisa, and our two adult children: Hannah and Sarah.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love woodworking, making furniture.

Matt Pierce

Small Groups & Recovery Pastor

Matt Pierce

Small Groups & Recovery Pastor

WHAT I DO: I oversee all of our home bible studies as well as our Celebrate Recovery program.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Chris, our 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love to play tennis and hang out with the family.

Melanie Barnes

Church Accountant

Melanie Barnes

Church Accountant

WHAT I DO: I monitor the daily financial activity, provide monthly reporting and serve as the HR admin for the church.
MY FAMILY: My lovely adult daughter, Bree, and our 2 sweet chihuahuas and 2 mischievous cats.
FUN FACT: I enjoyed (in my teen years) mud-sliding on rainy days and dirt bike riding when the sun was out.

Melissa Vongtama

Women's Ministries Director for MOPS & Events

Melissa Vongtama

Women's Ministries Director for MOPS & Events

WHAT I DO: I help to provide direction and vision for Women's Ministries, shepherd and disciple women, and oversee the MOPS & Events ministries.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Dan, and our four children: Raela, Lucas, Joah, and Elias.
FUN FACT: When I was six months old, my family and I fled the Lao Communist regime on a boat, by crossing the Mekong River to a refugee camp in Thailand.

Melissa Wildman

Student Ministries Secretary

Melissa Wildman

Student Ministries Secretary

WHAT I DO: I serve as your contact for Middle School, High School and Kairos Ministries while assisting the Student Ministry Pastors.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Kevin, and our two fur babies.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you’re right." - Henry Ford

Phil Hill

Executive Pastor

Phil Hill

Executive Pastor

WHAT I DO: I work with our staff to help reach the goals of our church through problem solving, troubleshooting, and coaching.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Wanda, and our three married grown children and four grandsons.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I am on a quest with my wife to see all of the 59 National Parks - to date we have made it to 45.

Phil Ward

Senior Pastor

Phil Ward

Senior Pastor

WHAT I DO: I assist with responsibilities of the Senior Pastor like preaching, leading staff, and fulfilling the church's vision and purpose.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Heather, and our two incredible kiddos: Elijah and Savannah.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I have a four-way tie between exploring National Parks, reading books, watching college football, and enjoying the game of baseball.

Rich Boyd

Deacon

Rich Boyd

Deacon

WHAT I DO: I do visitations with Pastor Dave Parsons, direct the ushers at the 10:55 service and lead the men at women's extravaganza
MY FAMILY: My wife, Kathy, and our two girls Becky and Kristen (both at Cal Baptist)
FUN FACT: I came from a Navy family and had the priviledge to go out to sea on some of my dad's ships he commanded.

Rick Moe

Adult Education & Senior Ministries Pastor

Rick Moe

Adult Education & Senior Ministries Pastor

WHAT I DO: I organize and coordinate all our Sunday Adult Education classes while also working with our Senior Adults Ministry (PrimeTimers).
MY FAMILY: My wife, Kathie, and our two adult children, Michelle and David.
FUN FACT: I was born and raised in Japan to missionary parents.

Ron Wall

Maintenance & Custodial Supervisor

Ron Wall

Maintenance & Custodial Supervisor

WHAT I DO: I perform daily upkeep and maintenance projects at our Brentwood Campus, while supervising the cleaning of both campuses.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Sandra, and our 4 children and 10 grandchildren!
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy cooking and baking.

Rotimi Ladeinde

Deacon

Rotimi Ladeinde

Deacon

WHAT I DO: I work with the pastors to serve the congregation, assist with communion and visitation, etc.
MY FAMILY: My wife, our 4 adult children and a grandson.

Russ Russo

Facilities Custodial Assistant

Russ Russo

Facilities Custodial Assistant



Sally Jenkins

Counseling Center & Recovery Secretary

Sally Jenkins

Counseling Center & Recovery Secretary

WHAT I DO: I facilitate the operation, counselor payroll & financial records of Counseling Center and support Celebrate Recovery.
MY FAMILY: My main squeeze and I have been married for over 40 years and have 4 fabulous grandkids.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Chocolate doesn't ask questions; it understands." Dee Lishus

Sara Curiel

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant

Sara Curiel

Student Ministries Administrative Assistant

WHAT I DO: I serve as your contact for Middle School, and High School while assisting the Student Ministry Pastors.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Tino.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "When the darkness of uncertainty and fear hangs over you, don't let go of the one you knew in the light." John Piper

Sara Johnson

1st-3rd Grade Division Coordinator

Sara Johnson

1st-3rd Grade Division Coordinator

WHAT I DO: I work with 1st-3rd grade families and volunteers to help develop our kids into disciples of Jesus by providing age appropriate lessons.
MY FAMILY: Married to husband Marc, and our 2 children Stella and Tucker.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I'm a huge sports fan! I love going to watch any and all sporting events live or on TV.

Somer Ransom

Women's Ministry Director of Bible Studies

Somer Ransom

Women's Ministry Director of Bible Studies

WHAT I DO: I get the honor of serving women's ministry through shepherding, choosing curriculum & teaching for Bible studies & Sunday morning classes.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Jeremy, and our four kids: Lincoln, Kenedy, Brighton & Eleanor
FAVORITE HOBBY: I'm a homeschooling & working mom of four kids... what is a "hobby"?

Sophia Gavino

COC Secretary

Sophia Gavino

COC Secretary

WHAT I DO: I help fulfill the Great Commission and purpose of GHCC by providing secretarial support at the COC
MY FAMILY: My son and daughter!
FAVORITE QUOTE: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

Steven Mendez

High School Pastor

Steven Mendez

High School Pastor

WHAT I DO: I lead and develop a ministry that helps students glorify God as disciples who will impact every area of the world for Christ.
MY FAMILY: My wife/high school sweetheart, Brittney, and our two amazing kids: August and Parker.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I like to do CrossFit and I'm a Lakers/Dodger fan.

Tyler Adams

Graphic Designer

Tyler Adams

Graphic Designer

WHAT I DO: I try to make stuff look good.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Melissa and our 2 boys: Levi & Owen
FAVORITE QUOTE: "The problem with the internet is that one can never trust the authenticity of a source." - Abraham Lincoln

Venita Kelly

Church Admin & Receptionist

Venita Kelly

Church Admin & Receptionist

WHAT I DO: I fill in at the reception desk whenever the help is needed while also assisting the administrative staff as needed.
MY FAMILY: My 3 dogs and 2 cats, plus three amazing grandchildren & my mom
FUN FACT: I enjoy crocheting, gardening, camping, reading, crafting, and all the time I can spend with my grandchildren.

Vinnie Angelo

Small Groups Curriculum Coordinator

Vinnie Angelo

Small Groups Curriculum Coordinator

WHAT I DO: I have the pleasure of helping develop and edit the sermon Study Guide books, as well as the Campaign workbook.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Sheila, and our son Matteo (they are both super adorable).
FUN FACT: I'm a huge fan of Oakland's sports teams, even though they continually break my heart. Oakland fans are basically like Hosea.