Leadership

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Scott Ardavanis

Lead Pastor

Scott Ardavanis is the Senior Pastor of Grace Church of the Valley in central California. Scott began his pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church with John MacArthur and also spent seventeen years as a senior pastor in Chicago and California. He is an adjunct professor at The Master’s Seminary in the area of Pastoral Ministry and Homiletics and is the Dean of The Master's Seminary Central Valley distance location campus. Scott is a featured speaker at Bible and Pastors Conferences around the world. He also serves as a board member at The Master's University/Seminary and for Sufficiency of Scripture Ministries (SOS), which impacts lives in Uganda with sound Biblical teaching. Scott has earned his degrees at Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s University), B.A., The Master’s Seminary, M.Div., and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, D.Min. Scott and his wife, Patty, have now been married 35 years and have 7 children and 6 grandchildren.

 

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Blake Boys

Lead Associate Pastor | Worship & Communications

Blake Boys is the Pastor of Worship and Media at Grace Church of the Valley. Raised in Bear Valley Springs, California, Blake began leading worship as a student in his youth group. He attended The Master's College graduating with a bachelor's degree in Music with an emphasis in Theory and Composition. Blake met his wife, Bekah, at Master’s and they were married in 2004. After college, Blake and Bekah moved to Sonoma County, California to serve as the worship leader in a local church plant. It was during that time God made it clear to Blake that he was called to full-time vocational ministry. Blake served for seven years as a pastor of music and media at Lakeside Bible Church in Montgomery, TX before moving to the Central Valley in California. Blake and Bekah have three precious and unique children; Owen, Lucy and Mae.

 

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Shay Thomason

Pastor of Student Ministries

Shay is a southern California native and serves as the pastor of our high school and junior high ministries. He has been involved with local church youth ministry for 18 years and has a passion to see young people love God, love His Word, love His church, and love those around them. After graduating high school, he attended The Master’s College where he studied youth ministry and Christian education, and where he met his wife, Bethany. They were married in 2005 and he worked full-time while serving as a lay leader in their local church in Santa Clarita, California with his friend and mentor, Scott Ardavanis. It was during that time that Shay and Bethany grew in their love for the local church and understood their call to take the Gospel overseas as full-time missionaries. With a passion to see young people come to Christ, they moved their family to Czech Republic in 2014 where they served until moving to Kingsburg in late 2015. Shay and Bethany have four children: Titus, Avery, Karis, and Micah.

 

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Brent Jackson

Pastor

Bio coming soon. 

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Dave Jackson

Pastor

Bio coming soon.

 

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Aaron Logan

Children's Ministry Director

Aaron has a deep passion for serving families and loves figuring out how to present the big truths of the Bible in powerful and easy-to-understand ways. He grew up in Bakersfield, California where he met his high school sweetheart, Anna, and married her soon after graduation. Aaron attended California State University Bakersfield before earning a masters degree in christian education from Talbot School of Theology. He spent seven years serving in youth ministry in the local church before he and Anna moved to Hume Lake where he served as the Camp Director for the Wagon Train and Outdoor Education programs for four years before coming to Grace Church of the Valley in Fall of 2020. Aaron is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and he and Anna have two sons, Grant and Caleb.

 

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Andy Muxlow

Pastor

Bio coming soon.

 

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Tom Rios

Pastor of Spanish Ministries

Bio coming soon.

 

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Dan Jackson

Pastor

Bio coming soon.

 

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Jeff Warkentin

Pastor

Bio coming soon.

 

Ken Harvey

Pastor

Ken was born and raised in southern California. He grew up in the church and came to a saving knowledge of Christ as a teenager. He attended The Master’s College where he grew in his love for the local church and served on youth staff. Ken has been married to Kristin since 2003. They have three children — Zach (16), Tyler (14), and Sammie (12). In 2007, the Lord brought them to Hanford from southern California and they immediately joined the new body at GCV. He has served in many ministries at GCV and even previously served as an elder here from 2011-2015. Ken loves to teach the Word of God and his heart is to see others grow in their love for Christ and in personal holiness. 

 

Ryan Colburn

Pastor

Ryan has been a member of Grace Church of the Valley for eight years. He and Allanah have been married for 11 years. He is the father of Vance (7), Hank (5), Dean (3), Clara (1), and another child due in June! Ryan has served in several areas in the life of our church. He served for two years in prison ministry, four years in high-school ministry, and most recently has served in youth, missions, and member care. Ryan has a deep affection for our church and a desire to see our people fix their eyes on Christ and live gospel minded fulfilling the great commission.

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