Pastors, Elders, and Deacons

Pastors, Elders, and Deacons

Pastors and Elders

Pastor: James Wenger

James is one of the founding Pastors of Grace Church. James was born and raised in the local community, and began his full-time ministry life in Romania as a missionary and church planter from 1992 to 1994. It was while ministering in Romania that James met and fell in love with his lovely wife, Ani. He served as Youth & Missions Pastor of Pacific Hills Church, Laguna Hills from 1997 to 1999. James earned his undergraduate degree from Biola University and his Masters from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is on the Board of Grace Classical Academy, Orange County’s first classical Christian school. James and Ani have three children.

Associate Pastor: Clark Gallagher

Clark has been a member of Grace Church since 2008 and has served as a Sunday School teacher and as a deacon for several years prior to being ordained as an elder in 2016. He earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA and is currently a student at Reformed Theological Seminary. Clark and his wife, Dana, have been blessed with four children and consider it a great joy and privilege to be a part of and serve Grace Church.

Elder: Guy Baker

Guy and Colleen have been married since 1967 and have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. In addition to being an Elder of Grace Church, he also is a founding Board member of Grace Classical Academy. Guy has been active in the community for many years, serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Foundation Board at Mission Hospital, Laguna Niguel YMCA, Chairman of Mexico Christian Missions and Chairman of American Family Living. Guy recently served as President of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international organization with 30,000 members in 75 countries. He is ranked among the top 30 in the industry and has a financial services practice in Irvine. He was recently recognized as one of the top 250 wealth planners in the US by Worth Magazine. Guy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Claremont McKenna College in Economics, a MBA from University of Southern California in finance, a Masters in Financial Services and a Masters in Management from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Guy is a well know author and speaker, having lectured in 15 countries and written more than 6 books, having spoken to audiences around the world on Christian financial principles as well as accepted wealth planning strategies.

Elder: Steve Cebada

Steve and his wife Sherry have been married for over 30 years and have been blessed with 3 wonderful children.  Their family has served God and His church as a team for many years and in various capacities.  Steve has worked all his life in the healthcare field as a clinician and currently in International Product and Business Development for a Medical Device company.  Steve and Sherry both served in the US Military for several years and have lived, worked and been involved in God’s work in other areas outside of California.  They homeschooled all their children in their pre-college school years and feel blessed to have been able to do so.

Elder: Glenn Craft, D.V.M.

In 1997, Glenn and his wife Lisa sold their veterinary practice and served overseas with Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) in northern Thailand for 4 years, with some short-term work in northern Laos and western Nepal, doing community health and development work and working with orphanages. Since returning home from the field in late 2001, they have started a veterinary practice in Laguna Niguel. Glenn also served on the Board of Directors of CVM for 4 years. Glenn received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1976 from Kansas State University, and for a while was enrolled in the Masters program a Westminster Theological Seminary on a part time basis. Lisa and Glenn were married in 1990, and are the parents of two children, Ethan (2006) and Indya (2011), with Ethan enrolled at Grace Classical Academy and Indya soon to be as well.

Elder: Patrick McCafferty

Patrick and Susan McCafferty have been married since 1990 and joined Grace Church in 2000. They previously served at Pacific Hills Church where they met many of Grace Church’s members, including Pastor James. Patrick was born and raised in Santa Ana, a 2nd generation Southern Californian. Patrick began service as an usher for Grace in 2000 and became a Deacon in 2002. He served as Deacon Board Chairman from 2005 until he was invited to serve as Elder in 2009. Patrick earned a BA in Social Psychology and a Masters in Political Science at UC Irvine. He also earned the designation of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter while working for a large insurance company from 1988 to present. Patrick and Susan have a passion for serving the Elderly and lead the Elderly Ministry at Grace Church, visiting with those housed in a local assisted living home monthly for the last 5 years. They have 2 children: Nate who is a Staff Sgt. in the US Marine Corps and Sean who works in construction in the Inland Empire. They also enjoy their two grand daughters: Kelani, 5 and Katie, 1.

Elder: Michael Robirds

Michael and his wife Linda have been married for 11 years. They started attending Grace Church in the Summer of 2008. Michael served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987-1991. In the Summer of 1991 the Lord was pleased to save him. Michael graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1997. He had worked as an outside sales rep in the flooring industry for 13 years, but now enjoys working as a placement rep for the elderly in the Home Care industry. Michael has enjoyed coaching High School Football in Orange County, as well as, youth football over the years. Michael served on the Deacon board of his previous Church, and has led various Community Groups while a member of Grace Church. He and Linda have a son David, and they live in Irvine.

Deacons

The Apostles created the office of deacon in the early church to be ministers of God’s mercy to the poor and afflicted in the church. As stewards of the resources God entrusts to the church, the board of deacons is responsible for distributing those resources to those who are in need within the church here at Grace and also to our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the world. Because the Scriptures give great place to the caring of the poor and needy (Psalm 41:1, 1 John 3:17,18) the deaconate at Grace Church serves an important and biblical role as representatives of God’s mercy and grace.

If you have any questions or require assistance please feel reach out to any of the deacons or contact the church office.