Staff

Pastors

Pastor Steve Balentine
Senior Pastor

Steve has been on pastoral staff since 1996. Since 2002 he has served as the Senior Pastor after overseeing Student Ministries for six years. The son of a pastor, he was born and raised in California, with most of his growing up years being spent on the Central Coast.  He moved back to Southern California to attend college where he met his wife Christy and never left. 

Steve has a B.A. in Biblical Exposition and an M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from The Master’s University and Seminary.  In his free time, he loves to be with his wife and two teenagers (Jonathan and Grace), play golf, make charts, maintain a saltwater aquarium and attempt to find the best coffee shop Southern California has to offer. 

Pastor Greg Golden
Senior Associate Pastor

Greg was raised in a Christian home, but did not repent of his sin and follow Jesus Christ until after his first year in college. The Lord put a deep desire for ministry in his heart following this conversion, and Greg was called to the San Gabriel Community Church pastoral staff in 1981.

Over the years his responsibilities and titles have changed, encompassing student ministries, adult ministries, worship and music ministries, executive roles, school administration, and the SGCC Bible Institute. His current Senior Associate responsibilities involve coordinating ministries on campus, as well as teaching, training/equipping, member care, and involvement with the Worship Team. He is especially enjoying oversight of the upcoming 100th SGCC anniversary celebrations.

Greg and his wife Suzanne met at SGCC where they were involved in music ministry together, and were married in 1982. They have three adult children: Stephen (wife Becca, son Joshua); Tricia (husband Anthony, daughter Jenevieve); and Jonathan.

He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Cal State LA, a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Master of Education degree in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University. For years he taught private piano, and he served as the announcer for a Christian radio program for over a decade. Greg, his siblings and his three children all attended San Gabriel Christian School.

Greg enjoys spending time with family, music, Biblical languages, reading, and projects around the house. His favorite authors include John Piper, Daniel Fuller, C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Pastor Dave Halverson
Associate Pastor, Outreach Ministries

Dave grew up in a Christian home and attended church faithfully, then while at he a junior high winter retreat in the San Bernardino Mountains he truly understood and believed the gospel. Throughout his teen years he was very involved in his church’s youth group, but it wasn’t until he went off to college that he experienced the first real test of his faith. Being immersed in a secular environment forced him to evaluate his faith in Christ, and thankfully at that crucial time, the Lord led him to an on-campus Christian fellowship. During his college years Dave was intentionally discipled by a mature believer for the first time, and God used this to expand his vision for the Great Commission and learn how to share the gospel with others.

Upon graduation, Dave and Kristen were married and then joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. They served for thirteen years with Campus Crusade from 1990-2003, reaching out to high school students in Minnesota and in the San Gabriel Valley. God blessed them during this time and gave them rich experiences impacting communities for Christ, networking with local churches, experiencing cross-cultural and international ministry opportunities, and beginning their family. In 2003 he began to serve at SGCC, first as the youth pastor, and then transitioning in 2006 to his current role in Outreach Ministries.

Dave received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a minor in Religious Studies at USC, and then his Master’s of Divinity degree from Biola’s Talbot School of Theology.

Dave and Kristen were married in 1989 and have four children–Anna (husband Mike), Caleb (wife Heather), Abigail and Luke, as well as two grandchildren.

Dave loves being with his family (and highly recommends grandchildren!), trying new foods, reading great books, Dodger baseball, USC football, The Master’s University baseball and music, and traveling to visit SGCC missionaries.

He is thankful for everyday that he gets to serve Christ at SGCC. Dave believes that he and his family have been blessed by this church fellowship far more than they have ever given.


Staff

Mrs. Diane Acosta
Director of Children's Ministry
Mr. Jon Bialon
Operations Manager
Mr. Donny Hoover
Ministry Assistant
Mrs. Gabby Hoover
Administrative Assistant
Miss Katelyn Parsons
Bookkeeper
Mr. Conor Smith
Supervisor of Facilities
Mr. Geoff Smith
Director of Student Ministries