MISSION ADVANCEMENT TEAM
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.
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.
Dr. Randy VanderMey
I was raised in Grand Rapids, MI, and I’ve resided in Santa Barbara, CA for the last three decades. I’m in my last year of teaching English after 32 years at Westmont College, following ten years teaching in Iowa. I’m going to go with eggplant parmesan, though really I like any food that’s well prepared.
I grew up in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, the 5th of 7 children, in a cul-de-sac neighborhood with 25 kids running around! I moved to Ventura when I was 20 years old and have lived in Ventura County for the past 35 years. I have been in full time ministry for 10 years of my adult life and 25 years in business. I currently own my own company, Wolf Media. We help businesses, school districts, and non-profits with managing and developing their online platforms. This includes website development and management, e-commence, digital marketing and social media support services. I love helping companies solve very difficult and exasperating problems. There are a lot of fly-by-night, shady operators in our industry, so we often are tasked with fixing problems other companies create. I love that most of our work is remote. (We were remote before it was “cool” to be remote!) I love the flexibility in my work schedule to be able to have time to do ministry things and family activities. Favorite types of food are SoCal Mexican like surf tacos, burritos (Snapper Jack’s), Gourmet Fish (Lure Fish House), and an excellent burger (In N Out, Finney’s).
Rev. Louis DeLuca
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. 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.