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, son, and daughter. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac serves on the leadership board for the Regeneration Project and the school board of Pacific Point Christian Schools.

Kevin Kurzenknabe

Discipleship Pastor

Kevin is the Discipleship Pastor and an Elder at SVCC. Before coming on staff in 2016, he had been working with SVCC for years while working his normal career. His passion is to challenge people into living out the Gospel. He has lived in Gilroy for over 16 years with Michelle, his wife of over 20 years, and his two children.

Sam Whittaker

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 Gilroy with his wife Christina and their daughter, Jubilee.

Dean Snyder

Business Manager

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 grand daughter.

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.

Charlene Boyd

Publications Manager

Charlene became a member of SVCC in 1996 and has been on staff for 15 years. She has served as a Nursery worker, Women's Ministry Leader and Usher. What started as a volunteer in the Communications Department preparing the Sunday bulletin became a full time job. Besides working at SVCC, Charlene enjoys cooking, quilting, reading, and traveling with her husband and friends.

Andrea Kovach

Design Specialist

Andrea's parents met at SVCC in 1988, and she has been a lifelong family member of SVCC. She has a bachelor's degree in business marketing and loves to find creative solutions to design, marketing, and business problems. Andrea lives in Gilroy with her family, and she loves to paint flowers, bake cookies, and walk her two dogs during her free time.

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 four 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

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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

Family Ministries Pastor

Jeanine, our Family Ministry Pastor oversees programming for our youth, from birth to college. 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 Director

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 in Jr. High as well as High School. Every week he is involved in bringing to life the different ministries at the Gilroy Campus. He is lighthearted, simple, and fun. He probably has more fun than the students. Stan moved to Gilroy just a few years ago and 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 Ministries since coming to SVCC in 2004. She is passionate about reaching children with the truth of Gods word. She and her husband Bradley have 2 grown children and live in Gilroy.

Macey Mitchell

Family Ministries Administrative Assistant

Macey Lee Mitchell has been a lifelong member of SVCC with more than seven years of experience serving within children’s ministry. Macey loves kids! She has a strong passion for building relationships and encouraging the kids in their spiritual growth. Macey loves God, people and sushi!

Gina Donnelly


Gina has been the SVCC custodian since 2004. She is responsible for housekeeping at the Kelton Campus and main office. She 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 family and friends.

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 is Amy have four children together.

Alex Miranda

Family Ministries Pastor

Alex is the Family Pastor at SVCC-Hollister which includes 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.

Deshae Tolentino

Youth Ministries Assistant

Deshae lives in Hollister with her husband Kyle, 1 year old son Benjamin, and our goat Elsa. She loves being outdoors with her family. Deshae's passion is to bring students closer to Jesus through relationship-building and Bible teaching and witnessing students fall in and grow in love with Jesus is a great blessing.

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

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