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With 15 years of ministry experience and a B.A. in Bible and Theology from Appalachian Bible College, Matt, along with his wife, Amy, and their three children moved to Southern California in 2010 to attend The Master’s Seminary. The Whites have been involved in Children’s Ministry since their arrival at Grace, and Matt served as a Sunday School teacher and intern before becoming the pastor of Children’s Ministry.
Rich has served in Children’s Ministry since 1986. He also teaches the Parenting for Life class at Grace Community Church. It is his joy to proclaim the gospel to kids and encourage parents to be faithful stewards in God’s hands in the upbringing of their children. He currently serves as an Elder overseeing Children’s Ministry while his wife, Karen, serves as coordinator for The Master’s Kids. Rich and his wife have three children.
Tim became a member of Grace Community Church in 2008. A native of Grand Rapids, MI, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri (B.A.) and a graduate of The Master's Seminary (M.Div.). He joined the Children’s Ministry staff in 2009. Tim and his wife, Julia, have two boys.
Steve Tolopilo arrived at Grace Church as a missionary kid from Mexico in 1985. A product of Children’s Ministry, he returned to serve in Juniors in 2001. Never far from a guitar, he says, "one of the main reasons I love serving through music in children's ministry is because of the influence it had on me as I was growing up here." Steve is married to Katherine. They have two daughters and a son.
Ted has been involved in numerous ministries since his arrival at Grace Community Church in 1999. Along with his service in Children’s Ministry, Ted also serves on the church security team and teaches at a home and men’s Bible study. He currently serves as security advisor for Children's Ministry. Ted served 30 years with the LAPD before retiring as a detective commanding officer. He and his wife, Karen, have two adult children and five grandchildren.
Bud arrived at Grace Community Church in 2010. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of South Carolina and currently pursuing his M.Div. at The Master’s Seminary. Bud and his wife, Tonya, have a passionate desire to minister to children. When asked why he desired to serve in Children’s Ministry, Bud replied: “Ever since we were saved, my wife and I have always worked with children. They are the biggest mission field in most churches and often overlooked. Now that we have two girls and a boy, we especially enjoy ministering alongside others who minister to our children.”
Jon began attending Grace Community Church in 1986. A native of southern California, Jon attended L.A. Baptist high school before graduating with his B.A. in geography from CSU Northridge. Jon and his wife, Helga, are part of a campus fellowship group and home Bible study. They also serve on the short term missionary team for the missionary conferences. Jon views his service to the children and families of Grace Church as an incredible privilege: “Each week I am blessed knowing I had a small part in helping children learn more about our Creator, Savior and King!” Jon and his wife have two sons.
Jerome began serving in Children’s Ministry at Grace Community Church in 2005. He and his wife, Raquel, began serving together in children’s after learning of the need for more teachers in Sunday school and Awana. Jerome and his wife now serve alongside their two children. He and his wife have attended Grace Church since 2003.
Hector and his wife, Teri, began attending Grace Community Church in 1993. A passionate desire to serve children and families is what led them to Children’s Ministry. Educated at UCLA, Hector has ministered to children for 15 years. In addition to serving in Children’s Ministry, Hector and his wife are actively involved in a Children's Ministry Bible study. Hector and Teri have four children.
Bill has been a member of Grace Community Church since August 1984. He and his wife, Kerry, have two sons, Campbell and Cooper. Bill began serving in Children’s Ministry in 2004, and currently serves as one of the Sunday school superintendents. When asked why he chose to serve in Children’s Ministry, Bill responded by saying, “This is a rewarding ministry. It’s a privilege to minister to our church’s children – to see them grow and mature; to know that the seeds of the gospel are being planted.”
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