Grace Community Church

Pastoral Ministry

Andrew Gutierrez | Pastor

Andrew serves as the high school pastor at Grace Community Church. Previously, he served in children’s ministry, college ministry, and a singles ministry. Andrew is a graduate of California State University, Northridge where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Before graduating from The Master’s Seminary he was a high school teacher and vice principal. He and his wife, Michelle, have 3 boys, Weston, Gabriel, and Grady.

Intern

Jason Drumm | Pastoral Intern

Jason serves as the ministerial resident to Andrew Gutierrez in High School ministry while attending The Master’s Seminary and shepherding Grace Bible Study. He also orchestrates Camp Regeneration, the summer camp of high school ministries from all over the nation that meets in the mountains of Glorieta, New Mexico. He is madly in love with his wife, Claire, and can be seen regularly playing in North Hollywood Park with their two daughters, Sophia and Alaythia.

Will  Peterson | Intern

Will was born in Texas and moved with his family to northern Indiana when he was 8. He was raised by a mother who loves The Lord and by God's grace was also saved. Will developed a desire to preach God's Word shortly after returning from Iraq where he served in the Army. He is now a student at the Master's Seminary and serves as an intern for high school ministry.

Grace Bible Study

Henry  Carey | Staff

Emily Taylor | Staff

Emily has been privileged to attend Grace Community Church all her life. Having gone through the junior high and high school ministries at Grace, Emily considers it a tremendous blessing to serve in the ministry that meant so much in her own life and walk with the Lord.

Larry and Lauren Brown | Shepherd

Jason and Claire Drumm | Shepherd

In May of 2010, Jason and Claire moved from Texas to North Hollywood in order to attend Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary. At their previous church, they served in high school ministry, on the worship team, and Jason was the assistant to their senior pastor. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership from The College of Biblical Studies – Houston, and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at TMS while serving as Ministerial Resident in High School ministry. Jason and Claire just celebrated their 7-year anniversary, and have two daughters, Sophia and Alaythia.

Jonathan Castro | Staff

Jonathan was born in Honduras and moved with his family to Florida at the age of eight and was raised for the most part in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. He was a member of Estrella de Belen Baptist Church for 15 years until he moved to Glendale, CA in 2008 to take an IT Administrator position. His attendance to Grace Community began in May of 2009 and has served since in Crossroads’ Foundation Bible Study. The Lord opened the doors to serve in ONEIGHTY ministries this year after being part of the Games Crew for the last two years at Camp Regeneration. He enjoys playing soccer, ultimate Frisbee, long boarding, snowboarding, camping, hiking and just about any fun activity involving the great outdoors.

Bethany Pena | Staff

Bethany grew up in a Christian home and was homeschooled throughout her high school days. She came to know Jesus at a young age. She did not fully accept Him as Lord until age 19. She started going to Grace Community about 5 years ago. She graduated from The Master's College in December 2011 with an English degree. She enjoys traveling and exploring Los Angeles. She works in administration at a small brokers office in Mission Hills. She served on the Games Crew for Camp Regeneration for 2 years. After that she wanted to work with high schoolers and God provided her that opportunity in Oneighty ministry. It has been such a joy for her.

Tyler and Katie Van Halteren | Staff

Tyler was born in the wonderful and beautiful country of Canada. Christ saved him at the age of 16 when he clearly saw his sin and desperate need for a Savior. Shortly after that, in college, Tyler started becoming passionate about evangelism and student ministries. He decided after finishing his undergrad he would pursue his masters at TMS. After his first year of seminary he went back to Canada and discovered the sun, moon, and stars also known as Katie Wilson, and one year and one month later they were married. Katie joined high school staff in September 2013 and is pleased and thrilled to be serving along side her husband in their first year of marriage.

Chelsea Hartwig | Staff

Chelsea grew up in a little house on the prairie in Illinois amongst cows, corn, soybeans, and a little Bible-teaching church where she was saved at a young age. Her high school years at Southern View Chapel were foundational to her faith in Christ as she went to public school. While Chelsea attended Cedarville University in Ohio, she met dozens of students who had not grown up with strong Biblical teaching, and she became passionate about high school ministry. She graduated with a pre-medical degree in 2010, and now attends USC Keck School of Medicine to become a physician assistant.

Amor Leal | Staff

Amor grew up on the tiny island of Guam and moved to Southern California to attend Pepperdine University. Growing up in a Catholic home but going to Christian schools as a young child, she did not fully come to understand the gospel until God opened her heart to come to Christ in 2005. Amor is currently a high school English and History teacher and considers it a joy to serve with the staff at Oneighty.

Laura Stauffer | Staff

Born and raised in Southern California, Laura has attended Grace Community Church her entire life where she accepted Jesus as her Savior at a young age. She was educated at Village Christian Schools for most of her life and graduated in 2009. She then attended The Master's College where she received a degree in Literature in May 2012 and recieved a teaching credential a year later. Laura looks forward to her career as an English teacher and the blessing of being part of Oneighty ministry.

Jenny Wong | Staff

Jenny was born in San Francisco Chinatown and was raised in Hercules, CA in the San Francisco East Bay Area. She was saved at a very early age, but recommitted herself to Christ in 2003 at Valley Bible Church where she also served on the Jr. High staff for 5 years. Jenny also graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2003 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology. She came to Grace Community Church in early 2012 while pursuing a degree in nursing. She now works at Glendale Adventist Medical Center as an ICU nurse. Jenny is extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to serve her Lord and Savior through the Oneighty ministry and especially GBS!

Dan and Katie  Talcott | Staff

North Santa Clarita Bible Study

Dave and Melissa Norton | Shepherd

Dave Norton attended church and was sent to private Christian schools from Kindergarten through his senior year in high school. However, he did not repent and embrace Christ as his Savior until the summer before 12th grade. He was largely influenced by observing and spending time with Christian friends and their families. He met his wife in junior high, began a relationship with her during their senior year, and got married about 2 years later. Melissa has attended Grace Community Church since she was an infant and has grown to love and appreciate her church, pastor and the truth of God's Word even more as the years have gone on. She is blessed to be married to her high school sweetheart, Dave and loves being a mommy to their 3 awesome kids: Zack, Kayla Joy and Emma Grace. Melissa has enjoyed serving alongside her husband in Oneighty the past several years, which includes hosting the NSC Bible study in their home. She is thankful to the Lord for saving her at a young age and is continually amazed by His grace, patience and forgiveness.

Jay Street | Shepherd

Jay was born and raised in Ohio, where his dad served as a pastor for 20 years before being called out to California to take a job in the Biblical Counseling department at the Master's College. At the age of 12, Jay began a new life in Santa Clarita and grew up going to Grace Community, attending the Junior High and High School ministries. Jay graduated from Valencia High School in 2006, and currently attends the Master's College on a 5 year plan, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biblical Counseling and Mathematics.

Jeremy and Hilary Ames | Staff

Paul Gordon | Staff

Paul has served as a volunteer in youth ministry for over ten years. Originally, he is from Redmond, Washington and currently works as Creative Director for The Welch Group in Valencia.

Jennifer Baughman | Staff

Jennifer grew up in Idaho, where she was raised in a wonderful family and attended a Bible-believing church. She came to California to attend The Master’s College in 2007. After graduation she decided to stay so she could get plugged-in-to, serve, and learn from the fine people of Grace Community Church.

Carolina Peluffo | Staff

Carolina was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she grew up in a Christian home. She heard and believed the message of the gospel at the age of 6; since then, God has used many people and circumstances to help her grow in the knowledge of him, including her move to California and attending public school. At the age of 13, she came to California with her family because her dad went to the seminary at Grace. She went to Hart High School in Santa Clarita, and was involved in Oneighty and Spanish ministry. During that time, God used many leaders to make her more like Him. Now, she is attending The Masters College and loves being able to serve Her Savior and the students in Oneighty

Lauren Bradley | Staff

Erlend and Henriette Hardang | Staff

South Santa Clarita Bible Study

Tim and Wendy Kane | Staff

Tim was born into a non-Christian home. He is the sixth of 9 children and an instrument of God’s grace. He grew up in a divorced family living on welfare, went through foster care, and the Lord saved him at the age of 19. God provided a full baseball scholarship to The Master’s College. He met his wife Wendy his sophomore year. They have five children JT 24, Whitney 22 (married to Bryan Lucas), Tanner 19 (serving in the Army overseas), McKinley 18, and a little surprise, Wilson 3. Attending The Master’s College taught him how to filter ALL of life through the grid of Scripture. He has attended Grace Community Church since 1984. After 10 years of service and co-shepherding a Bible study in the adult fellowship group Cornerstone, he and Wendy joined high school staff in 2005. Tim serves in the South Santa Clarita Bible Study.

Tim and Chelley Brenner | Shepherd

Tim and Chelley have been married 22 years and live in Santa Clarita. They have 5 children: Landon 19, Brooke 17, Aburee 11, Alissa 8 and Carley Rose 3. Tim works in landscape and irrigation sales. Tim and Chelley have been attending Grace Community Church for 26 years and have been involved in a number of ministries. They have been on high school staff for the past 4 years.

Kristen Smith | Staff

Kristen was raised in Santa Clarita, CA. Her parents involved her in everything at Grace Church from Kinder Gym to AWANA. The Lord saved her in the Jr. High Ministry. After high school she attended college and received a degree in Business Administration. She moved back to Southern California to look for a job. She is now working at an insurance company in Pasadena. She loves serving on high school staff, spending time with her family, and watching Olympic synchronized swimming.

Corey + Kylie Williams | Shepherd

Michael Crawford | Staff

Tad and Monika Mehringer | Staff

Tad credits his dad with the initial encouragement to pursue youth ministries during the busy college years. After spending 9 years as a part of the Junior High staff, Tad and his wife, Monika, 'graduated' and joined 180 in May of 2012. Youth ministry is such an important dynamic of the church because you are training the next generation of lay pastoral leaders in the church - plus it's fun to act like a kid sometime. Tad met his wife Monika during their time at The Master's College, and she began serving with him in Junior High ministry in 2005 during their dating years. They have a daughter Hayden, and a deep love and care for the South Santa Clarita Bible Study that they are involved in.

Carly Cullen | Staff

Westside Bible Study

Luke and Rebekah Cherry | Staff

Luke Cherry, raised in rural Ohio, is in his second year of serving the high school ministry. His lovely bride is Rebekah Cherry to whom he has been married 2 months. He graduated from Taylor University with a B.A. in Education in 2004 and finished his Master’s work from the University of Toledo in Administration. He now serves in the Development office at The Master’s College. Rebekah, born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii, moved to California to major in Deaf Studies at CSUN. She was immediately introduced to Grace Community Church and vowed that she would never leave (unless of course she got married and her husband led her to). She loves the accurate teaching of God’s Word and the members who dare to live holy lives at Grace Church. It was at this beloved church where she met her kind husband, Luke. And yes, she loves spam and rice.

Will Chung | Staff

Will was born in New York but grew up in southern California. Raised in the San Fernando Valley he attended L.A. Baptist High School (junior high) and graduated from Granada Hills High School. Will first came to Grace Community while attending college at UCLA where he graduated with a degree in biology. He now works at the District Attorney’s Office in San Fernando. Will has been on high school staff since September 2008.

Lukas and Susannah VanDyke | Staff

Lukas was born in the cold Midwest and was redeemed from his sins at a very young age. In 1987 he came with his parents to Grace Community Church. The influence of the people at Grace Church during his High school years gave him the desire to pass on some of that knowledge and love for Christ to the current generation. Lukas is a full time photographer which leaves him plenty of time for ministry in Oneighty. He was married in 2009 to his incredibly beautiful and godly wife Susannah, and together they love life, photography, ministry, and God's pending plan for their lives. Susannah, born in Panama City, Panama, bounced between many states on the east coast before moving out to California after high school. The first person she met upon arrival led her to Grace Community Church, and that was that! Suzy currently works with her husband Lukas as a photographer, and enjoys traveling around the country taking pictures. She loves Grace Church, surfing, and high schoolers.

Will and Katie Peterson | Shepherd

Will and Katie moved from Indiana to the Los Angeles area in 2011 for Will to attend school at The Master's Seminary. Will also serves as an intern for high school ministry, and Katie works as a Physician Assistant in Santa Clarita. They met in 2006 in Indiana at a wedding and began dating 2 years later. They were married in 2010 and absolutely love being married! Both Will and Katie were drawn to serve in high school ministry because of the opportunity to disciple students and be discipled by other staff members. They love living in Southern California and are incredibly blessed to be part of the church body at Grace Community Church.

Jared and Macie Torres | Staff

Jared was born and raised in Visalia, CA and Macie in Bakersfield, CA. They were married in July 2010 and after a year of living in Kingsburg, CA, moved to Shadow Hills for Jared to begin his seminary training at The Master's Seminary. Jared currently works part-time at Ram Board, a company in Burbank that sells temporary floor protection and Macie is a stay-at-home mom to their daughter, Reagan. Jared and Macie love the students and staff at Westside Bible study where they serve as small group leaders.

Matt and Jenny Poladian | Shepherd

Matt was raised in the San Fernando Valley by parents who taught him about the Lord at a young age. After he was saved, be began serving with the Jr. High ministry in their local church, where he first met Jenny. She was raised Catholic, but had been saved in high school. They both went away to college and then returned to Los Angeles after graduating. They attended Grace Community Church and The Foundry before they were married and served again in youth ministry with OneEighty. They lived in Orange County for several years and have recently moved back and rejoined the OneEighty staff. Matt is an HR Business Partner at The Walt Disney Company and Jenny is an Education Specialist for homeschooling families. They have an adorable son, Cooper and a sweet little girl named Reagan.

Erika  Scott | Staff

Erika grew up in a Christian home and has attended Grace Community Church her entire life. She was saved in the junior high ministry and loved being involved in Oneighty in high school. She went to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she received an International Business Management degree and then she moved back to Southern California to find a job and to serve at Grace Church once again. She currently has the best job ever working for Austin Duncan. Andrew Gutierrez and Andrew Curry as the Student Ministries Secretary at Grace Church and she feels so blessed to be on high school staff at Westside Bible Study!

Stephen Duwe | Staff

Stephen was raised in a Christian family outside of Seattle, Washington and came to California to play golf for The Master's College. At Master's, he came to know the fullness of God's grace in salvation and believes he was saved toward the end of his education at TMC or shortly thereafter. He graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance in 2010 and then worked as an auditor for two years. He came to Grace Community in 2011 and began seminary at TMS in 2013. He is excited to be involved in One Eighty and the Westside Bible Study.

Leadership

Chad and Carly Brannon | Staff

Chad and Carly have been married for 7 years and they have four children. Chad and Carly have been serving on staff since 2003. Chad has served as a shepherd, small group leader, worship leader, preached and taught in Oneighty Ministries. Chad is an actor and voice actor.

Chris and Ann Hamilton | Staff

Chris and Ann have been married for 23 years and they have three daughters. Chris is involved in discipling 180 staff, teaching, and he serves as the lay elder in 180 Ministries. The rest of his time is spent working in a CPA firm.