Leadership

Bo Lee

Executive Pastor of Global Outreach and Equipping

Bo Lee

Executive Pastor of Global Outreach and Equipping

WHAT I DO: I am privileged to work with our staff as we equip the saints for the work of the ministry, both here and in every area of the world.
MY FAMILY: My wife Cindy and I have three hilarious and well-traveled kids: Lauren, Mia, and JT.
FAVORITE HOBBY: I enjoy the outdoors, sports, and good music. My wife and I love traveling, laughing, and trying new foods together.

Calvin Santos

Pastor for Middle School Ministry

Calvin Santos

Pastor for Middle School Ministry

What I Do: I shepherd middle school students by preaching and teaching God's Word and equipping them in their faith to grow and make disciples.
My Family: I am married to my beautiful wife, Rita, and we have two kids: Tiago and Mila
Favorite Thing to Do: I love to play Baseball and eat Brazilian BBQ!

Cher Richardson

Early Childhood Division Coordinator

Cher Richardson

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.

David Morgan

Pastor for Worship Arts

David Morgan

Pastor for Worship Arts

WHAT I DO: I help lead the corporate worship services through music
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

Shepherding Pastor for Member Care

Dennis Defrates

Shepherding Pastor for Member Care

WHAT I DO: I oversee our Membership/Baptism Process, Benevolence, Visitation, and Memorial/Funeral Ministries. I also focus on Discipleship, Prayer, and Pastoral Counseling.
MY FAMILY: My wife, Jade, and our kids: Blake and Abby (daughter-in-law), Jake, Zack, and Mack.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Building things out of wood.

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.

Eddie Mariscal

Elder

Eddie Mariscal

Elder

WHAT I DO: Along with the other members of the Elder Board, I oversee the ministry and resources of our church.
MY FAMILY: My beautiful wife Lauren and our four very active children Elliana, Uriah, Joshua and Ezra
FAVORITE QUOTE: "There but for the grace of God go I."-John Bradford

Frank Ramirez

Facilities Custodial Assistant

Frank Ramirez

Facilities Custodial Assistant



Gary Abrojena

Elder

Gary Abrojena

Elder

WHAT I DO: I'm honored to serve as a member of the Board of Elders. I oversee the Prayer Ministry that I've been blessed to be part of for many years.
MY FAMILY: My wife and high school sweetheart Linda, and 3 adult sons with 4 grand kids
FAVORITE HOBBY: Recreational tree climbing, 4Wheeling in my jeep and best of all, RVing with my wife --anywhere to enjoy God's creation.

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

Kid's Ministry Pastor

Geoff Weakley

Kid's Ministry Pastor

WHAT I DO: I get to lead the discipleship effort for kids here at GHCC!
MY FAMILY: I married Sarah in 2015 and we have two kids named Henry and Lydia.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I like to think I'm more handy around the house than I am.

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!

Hannah Buckingham

Accountant

Hannah Buckingham

Accountant

What I Do: I oversee all financial activity taking place with GHCC
My Family: China Adoptee. Youngest to three brothers. Aunt to three nieces and three nephews
Favorite Hobby: Mountain Skier & Hiker, Beach Bum, World Traveler, & Fan of Disney

Jenna Hoskins

Global Outreach Coordinator

Jenna Hoskins

Global Outreach Coordinator

WHAT I DO: I help our church stay connected to our Missionaries - who are serving around the world to advance the gospel by taking it to the unreached.
MY FAMILY: Married to Alex and new mama to David!
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: My favorite thing to do is spend time with my friends and family while exploring new places.

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

Johnny Levi

Creative Arts Director

Johnny Levi

Creative Arts Director

What I do: I'm blessed to help in communicating the beauty of the gospel through technology and design.
My Family: My wife - Emily, our daughter - Mae
Favorite Activities: I enjoy watching the Oakland A's, cooking food for the people I love, and playing football and softball.

Josh McCullers

Pastor of Discipling and Young Adults Ministry

Josh McCullers

Pastor of Discipling and Young Adults Ministry

WHAT I DO: I oversee our discipling ministries at GHCC and I lead our Young Adult's Ministry, Kairos
MY FAMILY: Wife-Amanda, Children-Theo and Charlie
FAVORITE HOBBY: Surfing

Julie Mello

Shepherding Ministries Secretary

Julie Mello

Shepherding Ministries Secretary

WHAT I DO: I provide administrative support for Shepherding Ministries.
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

Kelly Matthies

2nd-5th Grade Division Coordinator

Kelly Matthies

2nd-5th Grade Division Coordinator

WHAT I DO: I work with 2nd - 5th graders and volunteers for Sundays and special events.
MY FAMILY: My husband, John and our two kids: Jaxson & Molly.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I love to sew, play card games & go on dates with my husband!

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.

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.

Matt LaValliere

Executive Pastor for Administration

Matt LaValliere

Executive Pastor for Administration


My Family Wife, Tiffany; Daughters; Madeline, Macie, Jocelyn; Sons, Julian, Jonas.
Fun Fact I am a diehard Cleveland Browns fan so, yes, my prayer life is in order!

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.

Melissa Guinn

Kids Ministry Admin

Melissa Guinn

Kids Ministry Admin

WHAT I DO: I provide administrative support for the kid's ministries department.
MY FAMILY: My husband, Blair!
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy interior design and eating good food!

Melissa Vongtama

Women's Ministries Director over MOPS & Events

Melissa Vongtama

Women's Ministries Director over 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.

Phil Ward

Senior Pastor

Phil Ward

Senior Pastor

WHAT I DO: I am blessed to shepherd the church primarily through the ministry of Word and Spirit
MY FAMILY: My wife, Heather, and our two incredible kiddos: Elijah and Savannah.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: I enjoy exploring National Parks with my family, reading, watching college football, and coaching 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.

Richard Schmidt

Deacon

Richard Schmidt

Deacon



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.

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

Somer Ransom

Women's Ministry Director over Bible Studies

Somer Ransom

Women's Ministry Director over 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

Stephen Foster

Audio Visual Technician

Stephen Foster

Audio Visual Technician

What I Do: I try to make things look and sound great at our Sunday services and other events at the church.
My Family: My wife, Jolene and our two kids: Dakota and Lincoln.
Favorite Hobby: I enjoy playing and watching both college and professional basketball.

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

Vanessa Zakas

Student Ministries Admin

Vanessa Zakas

Student Ministries Admin

What I Do: I provide administrative support for the student ministries department.

Hobby: I am an artist.

Vinnie Angelo

Director of Adult Education and Small Groups Curriculum

Vinnie Angelo

Director of Adult Education and Small Groups Curriculum

WHAT I DO: I have the pleasure of overseeing Adult Education classes, as well as helping develop and edit the sermon Study Guide books.
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.