Pastor Chris has walked with and been in the process of becoming more like Jesus for over 40 years, been married to his wife, Jan, for over 27 years, and is the father of two adult children. Besides pastoring at New Hope, Jesus is using him to makes disciples and train others to make disciples around the world through Church Multiplication Associates, the eXtreme Tour, and Hope for Israel. He is the author of More Than a Sunday Faith, A Personal Walk in the Presence of God, and various articles published online. And oh by the way, he loves to participate in outdoor activities, such as surfing and hiking, with family and friends. Why not join him? You can contact him at email@example.com and/or read his daily blog at morethanasundayfaith.com.
Youth & Associate Pastor, Elder
Gary grew up in Grangeville, Idaho in his early years and moved to Corona, Ca. in 1954. He started 7th grade in Corona and it was at that time that he became acquainted with Sharon Johnston. They started dating in their first year at Chaffey Junior College and both transferred to USC in Sept., 1962. They were married June 8, 1963 and continued at USC until graduation. Sharon (Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Architecture) graduated in 1965 and Gary(Doctor of Pharmacy from School of Pharmacy) graduated in 1966. After the birth of their first daughter (Kimberli) in Nov., 1966,Sharon’s brother visited them to see his new niece. During that time he introduced them to Jesus and both accepted Christ as savior at the same time. They now have 4 children: Kimberli, Mark, Susan and Paul.
Gary and Sharon both grew up in dysfunctional families and were probably headed in the same direction if the Lord had not entered their life. Everything in their life today is due to God’s influence through Jesus Christ. They both have a passion for at-risk youth and so commit as much of their time as possible to Hope Learning Academy where they minister as life coaches. By showing these kids the love of Jesus Christ, many have turned their lives around and started following productive lives in Jesus. They love their family at New Hope and continue to serve.