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Lead Pastor | Dr. Roger Valci
Dr. Roger Valci is the Lead Pastor of Valley Christian Center in Dublin, California, where he is raising up five hundred ministers to reach the Tri-Valley for Jesus Christ.  In 1995, he left his engineering career and traveled to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, to prepare for the pastorate.  He received both his Masters of Divinity degree and his Doctorate in Preaching.  In 2001, he became licensed as an Assembly of God minister, and in 2003, became ordained.  Today, Roger lives in Dublin, California, with his wife of twenty-three years, Janae, and his three children: Matthew (20), Taylor (16), and Erin (13).  Matthew graduated from Valley Christian Schools in 2013, and now attends Biola University.  Taylor and Erin still attend Valley Christian Schools.

Associate Pastor | Pastor Don Dickinson
Pastor Don has been part of the VCC Pastoral Staff since 1989. During that time, he has served as the Sports Ministry Director, Pastor to our Seniors, and most recently as one of our Associate Pastors where he has served in the area of Pastoral care and currently as the Pastor/Dean to our middle school/ high school students. Don and his wife Judy came to Valley Christian in the summer of 1980 where Don’s first assignment was working with our elementary/ junior high school in the area of athletics and overseeing the campus chapels. Don and Judy have 4 adult children, Ashley, Amy, Adam and Aaron. All four attended and graduated from Valley Christian.

Associate Pastor | Pastor Larry Lopez

Executive Pastor | Children’s & Family MinistryPastor Jennifer Davis
For nearly 24 years, Jennifer has served as a licensed/ordained Assemblies of God minister, serving on the pastoral staff of three Bay Area churches. Through the years she has traveled and ministered in 16 countries and spoken at many camps, retreats and conferences. She is most energized by helping people and ideas develop and loves the coaching and facilitating process. She believes that the process is often as important as the end goal. Aside from helping people advance their God-inspired goals, Jennifer loves to spend time with her husband Dwight and their son Keenan, meets monthly for dinner with her childhood friends, has Peet’s Italian Roast brewing daily in her kitchen, and is a serious foodie. Jennifer dreams of living in a coastal town and plans to continue her education. She loves the people and mission of VCC/VCS and is grateful that God has allowed her family to serve here in different capacities and seasons starting in 2002. Jennifer holds a MA in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a BA in Church Leadership from Bethany College.

First Impressions | Pastor Laura McLeod
Laura was born and raised in Cupertino, CA in a Pastor’s home with a younger brother and younger sister. She was baptized at age 8, responded to God at an altar call when she was 12, and since then has been pursuing ministry wherever anyone would let her. She met her husband, Anthony, in her junior year of college at Bethany University, and after its closure, they transferred to Northwest University in Washington. Laura graduated from Northwest with her BA in General Ministries, married Anthony, and became a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God one year after that. One month after getting her pastoral license, Laura and Anthony were installed as the Youth Pastors at Valley Christian, and Laura has been working part time in the youth department and part time in Valley Christian schools ever since. She loves her husband, “her girls” in the youth group, soy chai latte’s from Starbucks, Grandpa’s famous home made caramel squares and buttermilk pancakes.

House Church | Tawni Garcia, House Church Coordinator
We are never alone TOGETHER…

Tawni Garcia is Coordinator of Community Life at Valley Christian Center. She and her family have attended and served here since 2006. Tawni’s passion is to connect individuals and families to House Churches (our version of small groups) where they can experience the unconditional love and acceptance of Christ through others. She recognizes that “belonging often comes before believing” and that most of what we learn is “caught not taught,” so she works hard, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to connect people to the right group at the right time. Tawni’s heart is to see our members grow and thrive in the body of Christ during every season of life. Outside of ministry, Tawni enjoys spending time with her husband of 15 years and their two boys – Grant and Cameron. She is also pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Prayer Ministry | Pastor Jimi Merrell
Jimi Merrell is an Associate Pastor at Valley Christian Center in Dublin, Ca. and is fully ordained with the Assemblies of God. He has served at VCC full time since 1996, serving many different roles, including Youth Pastor, Chapel Director, Activities Director, Bible Teacher, and Bible Dept. Chair (at Valley Christian Junior/Senior High School). His current area of focus is Prayer and Outreach, which leads him to equip and lead the local body in sharing the love of Jesus at Street Fairs, Film Festivals, Federal Prisons/County Jails, and of course Starbucks! He also provides oversight of Cleansing Stream, Celebrate Recovery, Restoring the Foundations, and VCC’s altar workers. Over the years, he has appeared on ABC Family, CBN, PCTV and the Sundance Channel ministering to people on the streets. Jimi resides in Livermore and has been married to his High School sweetheart Holly for 24 years; they have two sons, Christian and Elijah.

Prison Ministry | Linda Lopes

Student Ministry | Pastor Anthony McLeod
Anthony is a 24 year old youth pastor from San Ramon. He is an avid beat boxer, musician, big foot enthusiast, husband, and teller of great jokes. He graduated from Northwest University in 2012 with a degree in ministry and is putting that degree to good use everyday working with the most amazing students in the world. He started his ministry career in San Jose serving as the assistant youth pastor at Family Community Church and leading worship in the youth ministry and then came to Valley Christian in 2012. If he’s not in the office or hanging out with students, you can find Anthony hanging out in Santa Cruz by the beach or playing his guitar and singing at the top of his lungs. If you see him at church, give him a hi five and you’ll be his best friend forever.

The Father’s House | Pastor Ramez Bahu
Pastor Ramez Bahu has a passion for East Dublin, which is beautifully expressed in Revelation 7:9. It paints a picture that conveys the mission of this new church, The Father’s House: to come together from our various backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities to worship God.  We invite you to join us on Saturdays at 6:30 PM at John Green Elementary, located at 3300 Antone Way in Dublin.  With people like you coming from all walks of life, we believe it will look a little like Heaven.  Come, as together we grow in our relationships with God, each other, and the community around us. Learn More>>

Worship Arts | Pastor Jason Gawel
Pastor Jason and his family came to Valley Christian Center in May of 2010. He began serving in ministry at Westside Assembly in Lodi, CA in 2000. What started as an internship became a full time position as youth and worship pastor. There, Jason met Kimberly and they were married in 2002. After seven and a half years in Lodi, they moved to Seaside where Jason became the worship pastor for Monterey Bay Christian Center. They served two and a half years in Seaside before being asked to join the VCC staff. Jason and Kim live in Dublin where they enjoy their two children, Micah (10) and Ruth (9). Jason loves camping, riding horses, a good movie and family game nights.