Meet Our Staff 

All our staff are friendly and fun-loving people who have a real passion for Jesus.

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DOUG BROWN

Senior Pastor

Over thirty years of living and serving in Europe, Africa and the Middle East has forged in me a fascination with diverse, multi-ethnic, and cross-cultural contexts. I am energized by finding innovative and relevant ways to communicate the gospel.

My passion is Jesus and His kingdom and helping others discover Him so that they might share this passion.

 

I enjoy reading – literature and theology, watching movies, sports and regularly exercising.

 

My beautiful wife, Sue, has a bookkeeping/accounting business and has served churches through various administrative roles, facilitating finance courses and discipleship programs. We are the parents of four children, and at most recent count, twelve grandchildren.

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EIJI OSATO

Associate Pastor Nihongo

I spent 19 years in Thailand to work as a missionary among the Karen hill tribe and joined GVBC as a Japanese pastor in September 2011. I majored in Christian Education at Rikkio University in Tokyo and became a bible teacher at Kanto Gakuin high school.  After 5 years teaching there, God called me to become a missionary.  When I was in Thailand, I was also traveling all over the world to preach and teach at international conferences and seminars as the president of BWA Youth Department.  I earned MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009.

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DANIEL MATSUDA

Associate Pastor

After attaining an MBA at USC and working four years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, I decided in 1998 to pursue full-time ministry. Since 2005, my wife and I have been actively working with people who face difficulties in marriage, major life changes, and parenting issues.

 

I enjoy hiking and camping in national parks, Thai food and Jamba Juice, and spending quality time with my wife, son, and little Chiweenie dog.

 

My passion is to help people discover that Christ and the Body of Christ are the resources that can bring renewed hope in our broken and imperfect relationships.

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JAMES CHANG

Assistant Pastor

I'm a 2nd generation pastor born & raised in an immigrant Taiwanese family that struggled from the ground up to make a home here in America. Prior to GVBC, I graduated from UCLA in math and worked as a local urban high school teacher in order to help transform communities out of vicious cycles of poverty. From there, I graduated Fuller Seminary and, since 2005, God has called me to continue to live and minister and walk around here in Gardena and help our church bring the hope of Jesus Christ locally from our neighborhood out globally into the whole world. 
 

My wife, Yuko, and 4-year old son, Noah, and 1 year old daughter, Hannah, love to go on road trips and Yelp food adventures.

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SUSAN WAKUTA

Children's Director

It is a joy being the Children’s Elementary Director since October 2009. Following 15 years of teaching Sunday School, working 9 years as a paralegal and 10 years as a social worker, God called me to my new position. My passion is for children to know how much God loves them and wants a personal relationship. I look forward to partnering with parents in the spiritual development of their children.

I’m a UCLA Bruin. My husband, Layne, and I are Anaheim Ducks fans and enjoy playing at Disneyland. We’ve been married since 1999 and welcomed our daughter, Kaci, into our family when she was 14.

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MICHELLE YORK

Youth Director

I graduated from Biola University in Christian Ministries in 2013 and am currently earning a MDiv at Talbot School of Theology. I’ve been a member at GVBC since 2004, and I love the “family-vibe” we have here. 

 

I love spending time with people and talking about person profiles (StrengthsFinder, Myers-Briggs, Enneagram)! Traveling, cooking, playing co-op board games, and eating really good acai bowls are things I really enjoy.

 

My passion is to help young people discover how their story is a part of God’s ultimate story and become life-long disciple-makers of Jesus Christ.

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BRAD TOY

College-Age Director

I graduated from UCLA in Engineering in 2000 and currently work full time as an Aerospace Engineer in El Segundo. After serving at GVBC as a layman for several years, the Lord graciously called me to be the Director of the College Ministry at the church I love.

I love spending time with my wife, Grace, and our four kids; Noah, Avery, Isaac and Emma. We enjoy camping, biking, watching movies, sports, and just hanging out together as a family.

 

My passion is to help God’s people deepen their affection for Jesus Christ through the faithful teaching of God’s Word.

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