Meet the Staff

Main Office

Isaac Serrano

Lead Pastor

Isaac is Lead Teaching Pastor of South Valley Community Church. He likes talking theology, history, and culture. Isaac lives in Gilroy with his wife, two sons, and two daughters. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project.

Kevin Kurzenknabe

Discipleship Pastor

Kevin is the Discipleship and Ministry Pastor as well as an Elder. Before coming on staff in 2016, he helped plant a church and performed several roles behind the scenes at SVCC while working in his business career. He has lived in Gilroy with his wife and two children since 2000.

Sam Whittaker

Teaching & Mission Pastor

Sam Whittaker oversees all of SVCC’s missions and charity work, including all of our global focus country partnerships. He also serves on SVCC's teaching and worship teams. Sam is a member of the Board of Directors for Hope of the Nations, and serves on the Church Partnerships team at Foster the Bay. Sam has been a lifelong member of the SVCC family, and lives in Morgan Hill with his wife Christina and their daughters, Jubilee and Phoebe.

Dean Snyder

Business executive

Dean's business career spanned 46 years, with emphasis in accounting, business planning, and IT Systems Development both domestically and internationally prior to joining SVCC. He currently resides with his wife in Morgan Hill, CA. They have three adult sons, three grandsons, and a great granddaughter.

Ann Anderson

Accounting Manager

Ann has been the Accounting Manager since 2010. She brings her experience from her Business Administration degree, her accounting work for her husband's business, and her work at various non-profits to her duties at SVCC. She is grateful that God has a place for her gifts in service to His church.

Terri Edwards

Accounting Assistant/HR Manager

Terri started attending SVCC in 1986. In 1992, she joined the staff as the Children's Pastor. After ministering to the children and their families for nearly 20 years she decided to pursue a new career by earning an accounting and business degree. Terri returned to the staff in 2014, as the HR Manager and Accounting Assistant.

Tammy Stone

Local Mission Director

Tammy Stone joined our staff 9 years ago. Tammy is very passionate about empowering others to engage in mission while being a light in the community. She is working on her certification in Biblical Counseling in Crisis and Trauma Care. Tammy volunteers in the community as part of the Volunteer in Policing program at the Gilroy Police Department.

Allison Kabai

Administrative/Publications Specialist

Allison grew up in Gilroy and began attending SVCC in 2015. For several years, she has served in the youth ministries as both a small group leader and a worship team member. Recently, she graduated from William Jessup University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Bible & Theology.

Jerry Russell

Technical Support Administrator

As our Technical Support Administrator, Jerry maintains electronics and services we rely on to function in a high tech, connected world. Jerry, his wife, Sheri, and three children moved to Gilroy in 1984 to help start SVCC. He currently serves on the elder board and worship team. He thoroughly enjoys being "Grandpa" to six of the greatest grandkids on this planet!

Adolfo Tellez

Maintenance Facility Coordinator

Adolfo Tellez oversees all maintenance and repairs of building and grounds on multiple sites. He started attending South Valley Community Church in 1996 and joined the staff in 2008. He is a Veteran of the United States Army. He has lived in Gilroy since 1976. He enjoys his family and helping others.

Caroline Brooks


Caroline has been attending SVCC since 1998. She loves serving the Lord, singing and spending quality time with her family. She recently attended a local college and received her AS degree in Health Science. She enjoys tutoring children in English. She is thrilled to be working on staff at SVCC.

Gilroy Campus

Greg Quirke

Campus Pastor

Greg Quirke is the Gilroy Campus pastor. He and his wife Kim live in Gilroy and have attended SVCC for 30 years where they have raised their son and daughter. He also serves as the Chaplain for the Gilroy Police and Fire Departments. He is deeply passionate about connecting with people and seeing the restorative work of the gospel create mission focused lives.

Jeanine Leyva

Gilroy Children's Pastor

Jeanine, our Gilroy Children's Pastor oversees programming for our youth, from birth to elementary. She "gets" kids and brings years of ministry and parenting experience with training in psychology and education to her work at SVCC. Having raised four kids she will be the first to say that humility and laughter are essential in surviving parenthood!

Drew Dowler

Worship & Arts Pastor

Drew has a huge passion for music and leading God's people in worship through song. He deeply loves his wife Lisa and two children and enjoys family time and date nights! Drew is a self-proclaimed synthesizer geek and also enjoys taking photos, ping pong, outdoor running, and visiting new places.

Stan Vajdos

Student Ministries Pastor

Stan serves as the youth pastor for Jr. High and High School. Every week he is involved in bringing the different ministries to life at the Gilroy Campus. He is lighthearted, simple, and fun. He probably has more fun than the students. Stan moved to Gilroy several years ago and currently lives in Gilroy with his wife Noel.

Suzanne Lopez

Campus Manager

Suzanne Lopez is the Gilroy Operations Manager. She also partners with Pastor Greg Quirke to assist in logistics of events, prayer ministry and Sunday Morning activities. She has been on staff since 2005. She is a youth leader with the High School girls. She loves the Lord, people, and her puppies. She especially loves to dance on Sunday mornings.

Lisa Strawhorn

Children's Programming Assistant

Lisa loves serving in the church and has helped in many areas of Children's Ministry since coming to SVCC in 2004. She is passionate about reaching children with the truth of God's Word. She and her husband Bradley have 2 grown children and live in Gilroy.

Gina Donnelly


Gina has been the SVCC custodian since 2004. She is responsible for housekeeping at the Kelton Campus and Main Office. She also leads a small group for women on Monday mornings. She's been a member of SVCC since 1999. Currently, she lives in San Jose and loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Joe Hoiberg

Sound Designer

Joe has been a longtime friend and member of SVCC. He graduated from Expression College with BA in Sound Arts. He loves God, music and video games.

Hollister Campus

Matt Kirkland

Campus Pastor

Matt is the Campus Pastor at SVCC Hollister. He believes the local church shares the good news of Jesus. Matt came to SVCC from the central valley, growing up in Strathmore. He earned his master's degree at the School for Christian Education. Matt loves to play most sports and is always looking for a game of basketball. Matt and his wife Amy have four children together.

Alex Miranda

Family Ministries Pastor

Alex is the Family Pastor at SVCC Hollister and oversees nursery through High School ministry. He has 15 years of Family Ministry experience, earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Bethany University and a Masters Degree from Liberty University. Alex is married to his wife Angela and they have four sons.

Justin Brown

Student Ministries Pastor

Justin grew up in Southern California and has been doing ministry for over 20 years. He has a passion for helping students form relationships with Jesus and equipping them to boldly share their faith with others. He enjoys all things outdoors including dirt biking, hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking. Justin now lives in Hollister with his wife, Tiffany, and their three daughters.

Crystal Ienni

Family Ministry Admin Assistant

Crystal is married to her high school sweetheart and has 3 vibrant kids. She firmly believes that prayer changes situations and people. She is a trained Peer Support Member and an advocate for healthy Christ-centered marriages and homes. Crystal enjoys RV camping, cuddles with her Standard Poodles, and extra hot coffee.

Laurel Rowe

Administrative Assistant

Laurel has been attending SVCC since 2007. She grew up in Hollister, attended school and raised a family there. She is a people person, and loves to help others. She completed the Stephen Ministry training a few years ago, and was then blessed enough to be hired on staff in 2018. She loves the Lord, her three children, her church family, animals, the outdoors, and doing anything creative.

Iglesia Centro

Juan Murillo

Iglesia Centro Pastor

Juan Murillo, Pastor y fundador de la Iglesia Centro. Considerado un predicador apasionado e innovador. Le apasiona el mirar una Iglesia atractiva, dinámica y amena. Con ideas nuevas y métodos actuales pero sin dejar los fundamentos bíblicos y la fe centrada en Jesús. Junto con su esposa Perla e hijos sirven a la comunidad hispana de Gilroy y Hollister.

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