Pastor Steve grew up in Fountain Valley, CA and believed that professional bowling was his calling in life, until it all changed when he became a born-again Christian at the age of 19. In college, while Pastor Steve studied Linguistics with the intention of teaching languages, events dramatically changed as he felt called into pastoral ministry during his senior year. After several confirmations by mentors, friends and his own heart, Pastor Steve accepted his full-time calling into pastoral ministry. He knew clearly that he was not going to be teaching languages or knocking pins down, but rather teaching the Bible and building people up!
Pastor Steve graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and has served the Korean-American church since 1994. He was ordained in 1998 and is now the lead pastor of Living Grace Church. He loves his wife and two daughters, his church family, and his needs-anger-management dog, Lily.
Pastor Daniel also grew up in Fountain Valley and has been attending LGC since 12 years old. He faithfully served here throughout his junior high, high school and college years and is still going strong to this day. He attended Cal State Fullerton where he majored in Child Development and graduated with a degree in Psychology, hoping to become a history teacher. But while getting his teaching credentials, the Lord instilled in his heart a desire to become a pastor and teach and preach the Gospel instead. After months of prayer and encouragement, he decided to sacrifice his teaching career and enrolled at Talbot Seminary for a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Since 2011, he has served as a Worship Pastor, College Pastor, and is currently an Associate Pastor. His future ministry goals are to become a full-time pastor and to plant another Living Grace Church in an area where God's love and grace are needed. His passions include the Angels and WWE. He hopes to one day throw out the ceremonial first pitch and to attend Wrestlemania at least once in his life.
Pastor Dan also ALSO grew up in Fountain Valley and even went to high school with Pastor Steve. (Disclaimer: Growing up in Fountain Valley is not a requirement to work at LGC....even though our EDU pastor did as well!) But they could never have suspected that in 10 years, in 2000, they would launch a ministry together and work together successfully for almost a decade. In 2008, God moved Pastor Steve on to plant Living Grace Church and, almost another decade later, in 2017, Pastor Dan joined LGC, reunited once again to continue their blessed ministry partnership from years past.
After going to UCLA for Economics, Pastor Dan's passion for music led to the construction and opening of a commercial recording studio. He thought he achieved his dream, doing recording sessions with many famous and up-and-coming Christian artists and traveling all over the world with his bands. But years later, he realized that this was just God's training ground for worship ministry. All those late nights in the studio trying to EQ the perfect sounds and learning how each instrument blended together to create the perfect mix gave him the tools to work with praise teams and tech teams in detail, and he has been building up worship ministries and training praise team members and tech people ever since, including his wife and two kids. By the way, if you love movies, ask him to show you his collection!
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