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, three sons, and two daughters. On his days off, he likes to go fishing and venture outdoors. Isaac also 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 is a Teaching Pastor and Missions Pastor at South Valley Community Church. He has been married to his wife Christina for thirteen years and the two of them have three children, Jubilee, Phoebe, and Isaiah. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Sam is a member of the Board of Directors for Hope of the Nations. His main hobbies include studying theology and philosophy, reading, and trail running.

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

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 Specialist

Allison has been a member of SVCC since 2015 and lives in Gilroy with her husband Janos and their daughter Rebekah. She graduated from William Jessup University in 2021 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and a minor in Bible and Theology. In her free time, Allison enjoys going for walks, cooking, and playing piano.

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 seven 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.

Justin Richter

Associate Pastor/Graphic Designer

Justin is an Associate Pastor and graphic designer at SVCC. He has served pastorally in Gilroy for over 15 years and is passionate about preaching and demonstrating the love of Christ to the community. In addition to spending time with his wife Sarah and three kids, Justin enjoys hiking, running, watching live music and sports, and is forever in pursuit of brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

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, overseeing infants through High School ministry. He has 20 years of Family Ministry experience, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethany University and a Master’s Degree from Liberty University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Christian Leadership: Next Generation Ministry. Alex has been married to his wife Angela for 28 years, and they have four sons.

Kim Becerra

Family Ministry Admin Assistant

Kim has been attending SVCC since 2017 and serves joyfully in the Children's Ministry. She loves spending time with her husband Steve and their family in their motorhome at Pismo Beach. Kim also enjoys her Monday night Bible Study Group and hanging out with her grandkids.

Sheila Ienni

Hollister Operations Administrator

Sheila is currently a full-time student, pursuing an English degree at Gavilan College. Apart from being on staff, Sheila also has a heart for serving as a Jr. High youth leader, as well as the student ministries worship leader. In her free time, you will find her by the coast, journaling, grabbing a coffee, or playing with her two adorable dogs.

Ben Morrison

Interim Worship Leader

Benjamin came on staff as the Interim Worship Leader for SVCC Hollister in 2019 and has a heart for serving the Kingdom, especially with praise and worship. He and his beloved wife Yazmin, have three children and love spending family time together outdoors exploring God's great creation or just being silly together with lots of laughter. He served 9 years in the USAF (2005-2014) and is currently a commercial electrician apprentice. Being a native of San Benito County, he has a particular familial love for the community and for bringing the Gospel to its people.

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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