Our elder team consists of Victor Hinojosa, Eric Kowes, David Morris, and Joe Segura. To listen to the message preached on the day we affirmed Eric and Joe as elders, click here.
Victor grew up in Roseville, California, where he was blessed with a loving upbringing despite not having any church experience or interest growing up. Through a connection on his high school football team, Victor was invited to a youth group in Fair Oaks. Four years later, Victor accepted the Lord as his Savior at 18. Victor is married to his lovely wife Brittany, and they have one child, Silas, and another on the way! Victor received his degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in 2016, and in 2022, he received his M.Div from The Master's Seminary. He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the elders of Grace Bible Church. Victor's favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Victor strives to live out this verse by being passionate about the life-saving gospel and the local church. In his spare time, Victor enjoys savoring specialty craft coffee (oh yeah) and spending time with his family. His life goals are to love his wife as Christ loves the church, lead his children to Christ, care for Christ's sheep, witness the 49ers winning a Super Bowl, and be used in whatever way God sees fit!
David was born in South Carolina before his family moved to Pennsylvania so David's dad could become a lead pastor. God was kind to give David Christian parents who loved him and taught him the gospel, which he believed when he was six years old. David has been married to Cathy for 21 years, and God has given them Silas, Raina, Meg, and Luca. David got his Masters of Divinity degree at the Master’s Seminary before moving to Kingsburg, CA to help plant Grace Church of the Valley. After serving there for thirteen years, David moved to Ripon to plant Christ Community Church. David enjoys sports, reading, and family time. His favorite Bible books are Romans and Hebrews and his life goals are to faithfully love his wife, disciple his children, and shepherd Christ’s church until he dies.
Joe was born and raised in Manteca and moved to Ripon in 2008. He married his junior high sweetheart, Erica, and God has blessed them with five wonderful children. God was gracious to Joe and placed several people in his life that taught him who Jesus was and about church, but it wasn’t until his early 20’s that Joe came to truly know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. It was through the reading and studying of God’s word, in particular Joe’s favorite passage of scripture (Eph 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”) that the grace of God truly started to make sense to Joe and gave him an understanding of God’s love and His sovereign choosing. Joe loves God’s church and people and is excited to serve in any area he can but has a particular passion for leadership and marriage and family ministries.
Joe works for a utility company and in his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and kids, cooking and entertaining for friends and family, golfing, and fishing…although he admits he’s a terrible fisherman!