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Pastor Dave Halverson

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.

Posts by Pastor Dave Halverson

This month we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 1517 is that remarkable day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Most of us know of Luther, but are less familiar with the other significant figures of that time, or those who came centuries before as “morning stars” to The Reformation. Desiring God has a 31-day series of brief biographies highlighting 31 heroes of The reformation. You can read it or listen to the audio version by going to the link listed below.

http://www.desiringgod.org/here-we-stand

Soli Deo gloria,

Pastor Dave

Beware of fierce wolves!

We’ve all seen the sign “Beware of dog!” It is a warning; to proceed, is to do so at our own peril. The Apostle Paul, says something very similar to the elders of the church in Ephesus, but with a bit of a twist. He says, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not... Read More

You’ve seen the pictures and heard the reports. Demonstrations in the streets. Families stranded in airports. Refugees afraid and uncertain of their future. The issue of immigrants and refugees has been in the news a lot in recent days, especially in light of recent presidential executive orders. If your Facebook newsfeed is like mine, you’ve probably seen many different positions taken and all of them taken passionately! As Christians we should be concerned about the plight of the suffering,... Read More