MISSION ADVANCEMENT TEAM

Dr. Dave DeVries

Dr. Dave DeVries

I was born in Northridge Hospital and grew up in Canoga Park with a few early years in Pomona. I serve as the Executive Director of Vinia and I love being in this role because I get to encourage and strengthen leaders and pastors! Since I enjoy so many kinds of food, choosing a favorite is hard. I love ribs and pizza and sushi – and a favorite choice is Indian!

Rev. Doug Colby

I am from Oxnard, CA, and am the Lead Pastor at Ventura Missionary Church. I love serving our church and our community! My favorite food is my wife’s cooking. (I cook also, but hers is always better!)

Rev. Paul Madson

I was born in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m the Founder and President of the Global Training Network where I love influencing the next generation of pastors and leaders globally for greater Kingdom impact. My favorite food is Mexican food, especially tacos and burritos.

Dave Schmutte

I was born and raised in California. I am retired and enjoy American food.

Rev. Phil Graf

I was born in Stony Brook, NY. I have several jobs: with Vinia, I’m the Assistant Executive Director and Director of Coaching; with the Global Training Network, Senior Executive Lead Team member, and co-founder of Divine Expedition; with The Barn, church planter, team leader, and coach; and with Hidden Manna, team leader. In all those roles, I enjoy engaging those who are not yet followers of Christ and introducing them to Him, coaching church planters, walking people through deep pain and into freedom, and empowering leaders for Kingdom movement. I love any food my wife Laina makes that doesn’t include coconut or brussel sprouts, and chocolate.

Dr. Doug Posey

I was born in Detroit MI, but am almost a native Californian having moved here at age 2.5. I grew up in Thousand Oaks, CA. After 40+ years in pastoral ministry, I transitioned to training pastors in Majority World countries with Global Training Network. I love interacting with the church leaders of other lands and cultures, the lasting relationships, and sharing their joy in being better equipped to shepherd their flocks. My single favorite food is steak, medium rare. But my favorite food type is Mexican. So, a steak burrito or taco is a win-win.

Dr. Dave Stegman

I am a mid-westerner, born in Marshalltown, Iowa. I went to Notre Dame for pre-med, medical school at Creighton in Omaha, internship in Minneapolis and family practice residency in Ventura (68-70). I was drafted during Vietnam and spent 4 years in Europe (SETAF) where I met an army nurse – the love of my life – Linda, now my wife of 46 years. I returned to California to practice family medicine in Santa Paula and Fillmore. I retired in 2002, volunteered at the Salvation Army clinic for 12 years and went on short term medical missionary trips to Mexico, Honduras and Nigeria. I have been a member of VMC for 37 years. We have two grown children living in the area and two grandchildren. I have been abundantly blessed by God. I eat anything and like to try new foods.

Charles Clemons

I was born in Long Branch, New Jersey. I serve as Chaplain Resident for UCLA Health and I love coming alongside people to share Christ during difficult times and to see His Kingdom advance among different kinds of people. I enjoy barbeque & soul food (Beef & Pork Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, Red Beans & Rice, and Sweet Potato Pie).

Rev. Louis DeLuca

Rev. Edwin Recinos

I was born in Guatemala City, Central America. I’m so blessed to be married to the girl with whom I’ve been in love since 1983. We have two adult children and four grandchildren. I’m a naturalized citizen of this my new beloved country, the USA.

I’m the founder and lead pastor of CITY ON A HILL CHURCH in Santa Clarita, California. We planted this congregation in 1994. We have first, second, third and fourth generations of Latinos in the USA.

I love to serve and teach the Word of God; I also love to see people transformed by a genuine relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

I love every type of food. In fact, I like to explore and find out which restaurant serves the best ethnic dishes. But if I had to choose right now, I would go for a thick juicy Prime Rib with a big baked potato.

In 2018 I received an Honorary PhD in Divinity from El Camino Christian College of Southern California.

Sandi Balli

Sandi Balli is a woman who loves God and His Word and desires that all women would intimately know Him. She acknowledges that her identity is deeply rooted in the fact that she is a daughter of the King. She finds her sole purpose in pursuing more of Him each and every day. As she has sought His presence, He continues to develop her purpose in life. She is the wife of a pastor, a mother of four adult children, the grandmother of six, a sister, a friend, a Bible teacher, a counselor, a coach, and an encourager. Twenty years ago, God called her on a mission trip to Uganda. That trip birthed a new love and clarified one more of her purposes to expand the kingdom of God in Uganda. She is now the CEO of a non-profit ministry “AICM” that meets the needs of the most vulnerable children in Uganda. Besides helping her husband lead and love the congregation in Turlock, California, and running the non-profit, she finds deep joy in teaching women how to love and follow God.

Advisors

Rev. Mike Somers

I live in Camarillo, Ca and grew up in So Cal. I’m the regional executive pastor. I love the HUGE variety of tasks and relationships I get to engage in. Collaborating with our great team makes the job especially rewarding. My favorite food is a nice filet with Parmesan risotto and cheese cake and coffee for dessert. Yumm!

Rev. Toby Lazo

Pastor Toby was born in El Salvador and came to the US when he was 17 years old. He is married to Rosa and they have three children. In 2004, Pastor Toby started Ministerio Casa de Dios in Burbank, CA. In 2006, he began his role with the MCWR. And he has been involved with the Keystone Project since 2008.

Rev. Rick Dunn

Rick grew up in Montclair, CA, outside of Los Angeles, and he now lives in Point Loma, CA. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling, collecting classic cars, cooking, gardening, and reading good books. If he could go anywhere in the world, it would be New Zealand.