Kelly was born and raised in San Jose, Ca. From there he moved to Southern California to attend and play baseball at Azusa Pacific University, where he met his wife, Kristin Colace.   Prior to getting married, Kelly worked as a youth pastor in south Orange County while working on a Masters of Divinity at Talbot Theological Seminary. Kelly and Kristin spent 7 years in San Diego prior to moving to the Imperial Valley in 2012. Kelly now works as a V.P. of Operations for a local agriculture company. Kelly and Kristin have three children, Jack, Kate, & Grace.  Kelly is passionate about Jesus’ commission to make disciples and sharing the good news that through the power of the gospel we can experience life to the fullest.

Kelly Strickland

 John made a decision to receive Christ when he was 19 years old following an incident that landed him in jail. He received Christ in an evening bible study at Gateway Church.  John now serves as one of our elders. In 1979 he graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Psychology and Religion. In 1982 he graduated National University with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. In 2006 John graduated San Diego State University with a Master’s in Public Administration.  He married his wife Renee in 1997; they have five children and six grandchildren.

John Grass
Relationships & Care 

 Gil was born 1949 in Selma, CA. - spending the majority of his adult life in the L.A. area. He then met his wife Kathy in 1993 at Calvary Chapel, Chino Ca. They were married in 1995. Their family consists of 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren.  His wish is that all who are lost will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, understanding that Christ desires to be their friend and Redeemer.

Gil Grijalva




Darren Smith
Administration & Finance

Mike Franks

Freddy Saine
Facilities & Grounds 

Chelsea Mamer

Melissa Smith
Women's Ministry

Kristin Strickland
Women's Ministry 




Veronica Garcia
Administrative Assistant 

Gil Grijalva
Assistant Facilities Manager

Freddy Saine
Facilities Manager

Victor Estrada
Worship Leader