Scott Ardavanis | Lead Pastor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Ardavanis is the Senior Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley in central California. Scott began his pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church with John MacArthur and also spent seventeen years as a senior pastor in Chicago and California. He is an adjunct professor at The Master’s College and The Master’s Seminary in the area of Pastoral Ministry and Homiletics. Scott is a featured speaker at Bible and Pastors Conferences around the world. He also serves as a board member for Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS), which impacts lives in Uganda through humanitarian aid and sound Biblical teaching. Scott has earned his degrees at Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College), B.A., The Master’s Seminary, M.Div., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Scott and his wife, Patty, have now been married 25 years and are the parents of 7 children.
David Morris | Associate Pastor | email@example.com
David was born in Greenville, South Carolina where he lived until he was six. God was kind to give him Christian parents who loved him and taught him the Gospel, which he believed when he was six years old. His family then moved to Meyersdale, Pennsylvania so his dad could become a lead pastor. David met Cathy the summer after high school, and they got married as soon as David finished college. They moved to Los Angeles so David could get a Masters of Divinity at the Master’s Seminary, where God further blessed their family by adding Silas. The Morrises moved to Kingsburg in June of 2007 to help start Grace Church of the Valley, where he has loved serving ever since as a pastor for children’s ministries and a variety of other roles. God added Raina and Meg to their family since coming to Kingsburg, and the Morrises eagerly await the addition of a son through adoption. David’s favorite Bible books are Romans and Hebrews, his most loved verse Romans 1:16, his greatest praise God’s grace in Jesus, his favorite activies reading and family time, and his life goals are to faithfully love his wife and shepherd Christ’s church until he dies.
Blake Boys | Pastor of Worship & Media | firstname.lastname@example.org
Blake Boys is the Pastor of Worship and Media at Grace Church of the Valley. Raised in Bear Valley Springs, California, Blake began leading worship as a student in his youth group. He attended The Master's College graduating with a bachelor's degree in Music with an emphasis in Theory and Composition. Blake met his wife, Bekah, at Master’s and they were married in 2004. After college, Blake and Bekah moved to Sonoma County, California to serve as the worship leader in a local church plant. It was during that time God made it clear to Blake that he was called to full-time vocational ministry. Blake served for seven years as a pastor of music and media at Lakeside Bible Church in Montgomery, TX before moving to the Central Valley in California. Blake and Bekah have three precious and unique children; Owen, Lucy and Mae.
Shay Thomason | Director of Student Ministries | email@example.com
Shay is a southern California native and serves as the director of our high school and junior ministries. He has been involved with local church youth ministry for over 12 years. After graduating high school, he attended The Master’s College where he studied youth ministry and Christian education, and where he met his wife, Bethany. They were married in 2005 and he worked full-time while serving as a lay leader in their local church in Santa Clarita, California with his friend and mentor, Scott Ardavanis. It was during that time that Shay and Bethany grew in their love for the local church and understood their call to take the Gospel overseas as full-time missionaries. With a passion to see young people come to Christ, they moved their family to Czech Republic in 2014 where they served until recently moving back to California. Shay and Bethany have three children: Titus, Avery, and Karis.
Dominic Avila | Director of Equipping & Discipleship | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominic Avila grew up in East Los Angeles, surrendering his life to the lordship of Christ at the age of 20 just before attending The Master’s College on a basketball scholarship. At the Master’s College he met his wife Jessica, got engaged on the Sea of Galilee through the IBEX program and they both obtained a B.A. in Biblical Exposition. Upon graduating from the Master’s College Dominic immediately started teaching Bible and other subjects to junior high and high school students at Santa Clarita Christian School. Nine years later Dominic was invited to become the Student Ministry Pastor at Cypress Community Church in Salinas, CA near Jessica’s hometown. While serving at Cypress Community Church, Dominic earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the Master’s College and developed a deep passion for teaching the Word of God and for discipling men toward maturity in the faith through pastoral ministry. Dominic and Jessica have three children: a daughter, Makyla, and two sons, Titus and Judah. The entire family enjoys reading books and playing outdoors.
Tom Rios | Pastor of Spanish Ministries | email@example.com