Grace Bible Chapel follows a leadership model known as “Biblical eldership.” This is likely the oldest form of leadership going back to the primitive church of the pages of the New Testament. While God regularly uses other forms of leadership, our local church follows this pattern. It amounts to leadership by a team of equal volunteer elder/shepherd/pastors who share the job of caring for our local church family. This team is aided by others who form a working group of men that pray and work through the decisions of the local church; from mundane (roof repairs) to highly important (spiritual care of the church family).
Ken & Carol Daughters
Ken Daughters is one of the shepherding elders at Grace. Ken has shepherded at local churches in both California and Iowa. For many years Ken was the president of Emmaus Bible College. Currently he lives in Fullerton and works at Biola University. Ken is married to Carol, who grew up as a “missionary kid” in South America. Ken regularly preaches at Grace and elsewhere throughout the country. Carol organize much of the food and hospitality events (e.g. “Cooking with Grace” program). You won’t get by Carol without a smile and warm conversation.
Jesse and Ella Gentile
Jesse shares in eldership/shepherding/teaching work at Grace along with Ken. He helps out with music and web design as well. Jesse is completing his PhD in theology at Fuller Seminary, and has an MA in philosophy at Biola university and an MaBS in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. His wife Ella is an experienced California and Florida attorney. She attended UCLA for undergrad and Florida State for law school.
G.V. is the president emeritus of India Evangelical Mission (Click Here https://indiaevangelical.org ). G. V. regularly ministers in India throughout much of the year.
Jason and Fanny John
Jason John serves as the primary deacon at Grace. He coordinates most of the administrative activities and building projects at Grace. Jason has been attending Grace his entire life. Currently he works in business with his wife. Prior to this for 15 years he worked corporate with AT&T. Fanny works in the nationalization and immigration field. She is active in the ladies ministry at Grace and leads the ladies prayer meetings.
Jimmy and Malou John
Jimmy grew up in fellowship at Grace Bible Chapel along with his brothers Justin and Jason. Their family has a long history here. Jimmy shares in Sunday school teaching at Grace as well as in some speaking. Jimmy works in the medical field. His wife Malou is also active at Grace. She is an active nurse at a local hospital and is a wealth of information on a variety of local medical policies and practices. She brings a warm smile and multilingual conversation to friends and families she meets.
Richard and Nisha Gunasekara
Dr. Richard Gunasekara is from Sri Lanka. Currently he teaches biology and genetics research at Biola University. Dr. Nisha is an anesthesiologist. Richard is part of the leadership team at Grace. Both he and Nisha also help with music when needed.
Ritchie & Lidya Mathew. Ritchie is an integral part of the work at Grace. He serves in both helping with certain office tasks as well as operating the sound and live-stream during services. Ritchie works in the banking industry. Lidya works in the medical field and actively serves the local fellowship.