Pastor Luke Chen was born in Taiwan but grew up in a predominately German neighborhood of Chicago (Perhaps that’s why he took high school German). He originally wanted to be a doctor and graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor degree in biochemistry-molecular biology. (This explains his occasional nerdiness.) God, however, had other plans for him and called him into the pastoral ministry. God also gave him a wonderful wife, Ruth, who got him organized and introduced him to Jamaican ways of life.
After seminary God took Luke and Ruth to Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Diego (Yay, no more Midwest winters!) mainly to pastor in Chinese American churches, until 2009 (He doesn’t speak much Chinese). In 2009 he and Ruth started GC2 Church with a group of around 30 amazing brothers and sisters in Christ. In addition to his love for the Lord and ministry, Pastor Luke loves his wife, his three grown daughters, and he would love a dog and a cat, if he had them. He also loves to try out new restaurants! In his spare time, he has remodeled his house, re-landscaped his yard, taken strenuous vacations, flown his drone for ministry and fun, played around with his multiple cameras, and taken long drives to nowhere.
Daniel is the newest addition to the GC2 staff, joining us at the beginning of September 2018. He will be serving all around the church and joining in the preaching and teaching but will have a special focus on families and couples. He and his wife, Sarah, bring with them their experience and passion for serving the church, global missions, discipleship, and foster care and adoption. Daniel and Sarah married in 2011 and since then have fostered ten children, three of which they have had the pleasure to adopt - Liz, Gabi, and Jonathan. They currently have the privilege of caring for two foster children, Niameh and Jonah.
Karla Ng - AWANA Club Ministry Director
Karla and her husband, Caleb, San Diegans for 19 years, along with their energetic son, Trevor, who is 8 years old, are blessed in serving together as a family. She graduated from Biola University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and works as a Pediatric nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital. Karla serves as the GC2 Awana Club Ministry Director of GC2. Her children’s ministry experiences include: Sunday school teaching, Vacation Bible School Family Leader, and Community Bible Study Children’s program teacher. “I love children and it is such a blessing to see God’s work in their hearts and lives from the time they are very young. Being the hands and feet of Jesus to His precious children is my passion.”
Jill McMahon - Children's Director
Jill moved to the San Diego area over a decade ago, when her husband’s work transferred them here from Chicago. Both she and her husband were formerly from the Philadelphia area. Originally a classically trained singer, Jill found yet another calling when she became a wife and mom. Working with children and helping them learn about God is incredibly fulfilling. What could be more important?
Sandi is a faithful member of GC2 serving in the welcome ministry and in Awana Club. She also has had previous experiences in admin., social media, and graphics both as a church secretary and in her secular work. She and her husband, Art, have been married 25 years and are actively serving in First Impressions and other areas. Their adult son, Michael, leads the Set-Up Crew and serves with Youth Worship, Main Worship & Youth Ministry.