About Life Bible Fellowship Church

A family of people finding hope in Jesus.

We are a Christian church in Upland California focusing on studying God’s Word, Connecting with others, Serving our community, and Sharing the hope of Jesus with others.

We believe you don’t have to be perfect to come here, and you don’t have to have it all together. At LBF Church there are people from all walks of life trying to grow closer to God.

Mission & Vison

We’re focused on Jesus. This is how we plan to pursue Him.

Mission and Vision

What we Believe

We’ve taken the time to outline what our church believes, stands for, and preaches. Read about our beliefs here.

Beliefs

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Elders

Gary Keith
Gary KeithLead Pastor, Elder
Gary is passionate about helping people develop a meaningful and authentic relationship with Jesus. He wants to see LBF Church become a place that provides not only spiritual solutions to people’s problems, but also tangible solutions to basic everyday needs of those in our community. Gary was honored with an award from the California State Assembly recognizing his work and longevity of service here at LBF Church and for our Lord.
Dan Franklin
Dan FranklinTeaching Pastor, Elder
A California native, Dan has a bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from The Master’s College, and a Master of Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been on sta at LBF as the Pastor of Teaching since 2011. Married to Karina, they have three young boys – Matthew, Jack, and David. Besides his family, Dan is also passionate about seeing people overcome significant obstacles and embrace Jesus to find his calling for their lives. His favorite past times include reading, watching movies, playing tennis, riding his bike, and watching baseball and basketball.
Steve Mylar
Steve MylarElder
Steve’s last position was as the Director of Business Operations for LBF Church (now retired). He and Linda married in 1971 and have two kids: Andrew and Sharla. His passion is ministry to other broken men – speaking words of truth from the Scriptures into their lives and sharing his life stories to encourage them as they travel their own journeys. Steve fell off of a waterfall at the age of 19, while lost in the Mt. Wilson vicinity, and believes God physically saved him that day.
Curt Eyster
Curt EysterElder
Curt met his wife, Karla, in college, after he joined the cheerleading squad as
a male lifter. Through 21 years of marriage and three kids, they’ve moved from Pennsylvania to Arizona to Silicon Valley to Cincinnati, Ohio, and then back home to SoCal in 2011. Curt’s worked for Johnson&Johnson on medical device research and development for 20 years. Fun fact: he loves VW Beetles. His first car was a 1970 bug and he drove it cross-country from Cali to Pennsylvania five times. Now he’s restoring a 1965 VW Beetle with his boys.
Stan Klopfenstein
Stan KlopfensteinElder
Stan is a Southern California native, born and raised in the Los Angeles area. He and his wife Sue have lived in Rancho Cucamonga and attended Life Bible Fellowship Church for 15 years. Stan retired as a Division Chief, working 36 years for the fire department. He and Sue work in the marriage ministry at LBF Church, having a strong desire to see marriages flourish as God intended. Stan loves history and he and Sue enjoy traveling the United States with a special interest in historic sites.

Pastors

Gary Keith
Gary KeithLead Pastor, Elder
Gary is passionate about helping people develop a meaningful and authentic relationship with Jesus. He wants to see LBF Church become a place that provides not only spiritual solutions to people’s problems, but also tangible solutions to basic everyday needs of those in our community. Gary was honored with an award from the California State Assembly recognizing his work and longevity of service here at LBF Church and for our Lord.
Dan Franklin
Dan FranklinTeaching Pastor, Elder
A California native, Dan has a bachelor’s in Biblical Studies from The Master’s College, and a Master of Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He has been on sta at LBF as the Pastor of Teaching since 2011. Married to Karina, they have three young boys – Matthew, Jack, and David. Besides his family, Dan is also passionate about seeing people overcome significant obstacles and embrace Jesus to find his calling for their lives. His favorite past times include reading, watching movies, playing tennis, riding his bike, and watching baseball and basketball.
Marnie Grigsby
Marnie GrigsbyWomen's Ministry Pastor
Teaching the Word and encouraging women in their faith became her joy and passion starting in 2004, as she began to teach the staff at an orphanage and Bible school in Mexico. Later, she started a discipleship ministry in her church and an outreach program to a local women’s shelter. She is presently working toward a Masters’ Degree in Women’s Studies. She joined our leadership team this past May and lives in Alta Loma with her youngest daughter.
Troy Spilman
Troy SpilmanLocal Global Serving Pastor
he spent a year working with at-risk youth in Denver, Colorado, before accepting the Junior High youth pastor’s position at Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara. After 19 years he was asked to serve in various roles overseeing Care Ministries and eventually as Executive Pastor. In 2017, the Lord led Troy to LBF Church to help oversee serving opportunities. He has a passion to see the church mobilized for action and for each person to discover their calling. Troy and his wife Heidi have three wonderful children, Caedon, Ariel, and Tate – who continue to keep their spirits humble and their lives exciting.
Phil Shahbaz
Phil ShahbazCommunity Life Pastor
Phil has been on staff at LBF Church since 2008, but prior to that worked as the Director of Student Success at Azusa Pacific University. Phil is the guy that can help get you involved here at LBF Church. He is responsible for the LIFEgroup Program, Assimilation Ministry, and Men’s Ministry. He also programs many family and connecting events for our church community throughout the year. Phil and his wife, Amy, have 3 boys and 1 girl, and live Glendora, CA.
Jeff Taylor
Jeff TaylorStudent Ministries Pastor
Jeff and his wife, Laura, have three children, who he loves to spend time with and is passionate about raising them to love God, to know how special he has made them,
and to love people without reservation. In fact, Jeff desires to help all people see how real God is and how much He loves us, bringing their understanding of God to a deeper more personal level in practical ways.
Andy Watson
Andy WatsonWorship Pastor
Raised in a Christian home, Andy accepted Jesus as his personal savior when he was 16 and began leading worship soon after. During his senior year of high school he knew God was calling him to full-time ministry. Andy is passionate about God’s call for us to care for the orphan, as well as sharing the truth of the gospel in musically creative ways. His favorite artists and musical influences are Delirious, Tim Hughes, Matt Redman, Jesus Culture, Hillsong United, and Phil Wickham.
Mike Cloud
Mike CloudCare and Visitation Pastor
Born in Illinois, but attending most of his schooling in California, Mike and his wife, Pat, have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. They have been a part of LBF Church since 1989. Mike is passionate about leading people to freedom in Christ. Underneath this “family man” persona, Mike is one tough dude. He was awarded the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Medal of Valor for his 9th citizens arrest, and while in the U.S. Navy, escaped from a submarine at 120 feet deep and survived a helicopter crash.

Staff

Laurie Baiz
Laurie BaizLIFEkids Director
Born in San Dimas and raised in Glendora, Laurie is a local who also attended school locally. She has an AA in Liberal Arts from Citrus College and a BFA from Cal State Fullerton. After 5-and-a-half years of dating, Laurie married her husband, Michael, in 1999. They have two children and together their family has been attending LBF Church since 2006. Laurie is passionate about teaching in fun and creative ways. She also loves to organize and plan events, and then watch them transpire.
Kiki Hahs
Kiki HahsPastoral Assistant
Kiki was the first person in her family to get a formal education. She was eventually led to get an LVN degree, graduating with honors at 53 years old. Before she was able to land her first job, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After successfully beating cancer, the opportunity to work at LBF Church opened and she couldn’t turn it down. What a blessing it is to work with a great staff and be a part of the LBF Church family! Married, with two daughters and three grandchildren, she and her husband Greg and have a collection of vintage cars they enjoy sharing with others.
Tim Longo
Tim LongoYouth Small Groups Coordinator
Tim and his family have attended LBF Church since 2002. He has a passionate heart about leading Junior high and High schoolers and seeing their lives transformed through the love and compassion of Jesus. He is also passionate about helping drill clean water wells throughout the world. Some say that his interest in motorcycles is something he should seek help for. He maintains it’s just a healthy interest.
Nick Antonelli
Nick AntonelliYoung Adults and Worship Services Coordinator
Nick comes from the Hills of Chino and has an affinity for exceptionally sweet, sweet guitar tone. His ancestry dates back to the just okay country of Italy. His favorite guitar effect is a helix. His voice has been said to have ended several minor conflicts and wars in the early ’90s. He is married to Sara (his better half) and is a great example of someone who exhibits the true joy that God gives us as Christians.
Lea Lee
Lea LeePrograms Coordinator
Hailing from Vincennes, Indiana, Lea attained a Bachelor’s in graphic design and fine art through Vincennes University and Indiana State University. With most of her family still in Indiana, Lea and her husband, Travis, and step-daughter, Mackenzie live here in Upland. After stumbling upon LBF Church through our website and attending Meet LBF, they quickly made LBF Church their home. Lea is passionate about the Bible, books, food, and musicals.
Emilia Vargas
Emilia VargasFinancial Support
Emilia has been married to her high school sweetheart & best friend for 32 years. She has three married children & two granddaughters. She loves to travel & hike & spend time with her family & friends. She loves her job and feels blessed with a wonderful, supportive church family.
Mike Slocum
Mike SlocumBusiness Operations Director
Mike has been married for 35 years, has 4 adult sons, 6 grandkids and two dogs. Born at Ft. Benning, GA, and has lived in California most of his life. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and eating anything on the Barbecue. He has been in ministry since 1979 and enjoys being on staff here at LBF Church.
Shauntel Raymond
Shauntel RaymondLIFEcare Coordinator
Shauntel grew up in Glendora, California. She and her husband Chad have three children and have been coming to LBF Church for 15 years, where she says, “It’s such a joy to come to a place where the leaders and elders have a such a passion for the word and for God’s truth and the people. We all have a story and I love being able to meet new people and see how God is at work in their lives and what he has in store for their future.”
Kathy Godoy
Kathy GodoyLIFEkids Assistant and Elementary Service Coordinator
Having lived in Upland her whole life, Kathy has attended LBF Church since 2009 and joined the staff in September 2014. She volunteers with the Jr. High Ministry and loves getting to know all of the students. Kathy graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in December 2014. Shortly after she married her high school sweetheart, Ryan. She loves traveling and got to spend three months in Italy for school, and enjoys photography as a creative outlet.
Prem Christian
Prem Christian456 Degree and Exit83 Program Coordinator
Prem not only leads High Schoolers every week during their midweek service but also helps coordinate different activities for Exit83 Student Ministry and 456 Degree groups. You can often find Prem throwing axes at wooden targets on the weekends with his best friend Daniel.
Kim Cooke
Kim CookeEarly Childhood Service Coordinator
Kim Cooke proudly says she’s from Chicago, though her family relocated
to Rancho Cucamonga, California when she was just two years old.
She and her husband, Darrin, still live there and have been members of LBF Church since 1996. They have three daughters – Payton, Taylor, and Lacey. Kim is happiest when camping with her family, watching her girls play volleyball, and cheering for the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox.
Carol Hawkins
Carol HawkinsMissions Coordinator
A native to Upland and Ontario area, Carol’s family has rich roots – from the original orange groves to Biola University. (Ask her about it sometime – she loves to talk about it!) With degrees from Chaffey College and Biola University, Carol has been at LBF Church since 1977. She started overseeing the office that same year, then transitioned to worship assistant, and has been serving as your Missions Coordinator since 2008. Carol loves being a great auntie and is passionate about music.
Ryan Yount
Ryan YountRepairs and Maintenance
Measure twice, cut once.
Ellie Levesque
Ellie LevesqueClassroom Prep Coordinator
From Upland, Ellie and her husband, Gerry, have three grown children. Attending LBF Church since 2000, Ellie joined the staff in 2001 and came back on staff in 2012. She loves to read and travel, particularly about history and to see historical landmarks. Making her a great fit for this position, Ellie loves to organize and teach!
Tyler Townly
Tyler TownlySound and Staging
Tyler runs sound every Sunday at Life Bible Fellowship Church and also helped install much of the lighting and video equipment that makes the campus look and sound great. He’s a valuable part of the staff team. Say hi to Tyler in the sound booth on Sunday mornings!
Mercy Courtright
Mercy CourtrightChildcare Coordinator
Merci volunteers and serves as the co-ministry leader in Celebrate Recovery. She is very passionate about helping others overcome their hurts, habits, and hang-ups through this Christ-Centered recovery ministry here at Life Bible Fellowship. Some of her favorite past times include reading, going to the gym, meeting with friends for coffee, and watching movies! She has an affinity for Marvel movies. She owns every Marvel movie from Iron Man to Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1
Charles Kurtek III
Charles Kurtek IIIGO Teams Coordinator
Charles grew up in the church. He has a background in the military, rescue, safety and risk management and has always had a heart for helping others. He and his family have been members of LBF Church since 2013. Charles and his wife, Sherri, have three kids – twin daughters, Camryn and Sophia, and a son, Jack. He loves spending time with his family. You can also find him at Angel’s games, golfing, hiking, and anything outdoors or where competition is involved. Since his first mission trip, his faith and his passion for spreading the gospel to the unreached people of the world has grown. He is excited to help find and send both short-term and long term missionaries and everything in between!
John Eltiste
John EltisteFacilities Specialist
John is a local boy growing up in Ontario. He and his wife Natalie have been married for 26 years. They have two adult children Zach and Kaitlin. John and Natalie lived in San Antonio for 9 years where they were part of a church plant and different ministries. They have been attending LBF Church since returning to CA for just under two years. John has a passion for people and is looking forward to see how the Lord uses him here at LBF Church.
Ben Karpinski
Ben KarpinskiYouth Ministry Support, Graphic Design Assistant
Quiet and cool, Ben is ultimately is the key to keeping LBF Church running. He owns his own axe throwing lounge and photography business. He is a great all-around guy who one day hopes to replace his hurting hands with robotic replacements.
Elvis Joy
Elvis Joy Graphic Designer
Born and raised in India, Elvis graduated with Bachelor’s in Computer Graphics and Animation. He has over 18years of experience as a designer. He has been a staff at LBF Church since May 2018. He is married to Maggie and they have three young children Mark, Luke, and Brooke. He is passionate about music and loves playing the guitar. His favorite things to do are watching movies, travelling and playing soccer.
Ryan Godoy
Ryan GodoyVideo Coordinator
Born and raised right here in Upland, Ryan graduated with his bachelor’s in Communication at Cal Poly Pomona. He started attending LBF Church in 2004 and volunteers with the jr. high ministry and plays bass guitar on the worship team. Passionate about film-making, Ryan has been on staff as our Video Coordinator since 2012. He and his wife, Kathy, were married in 2014. Something else you should know: his favorite dog is a pug.
Daniel Dukes
Daniel DukesCreative Communications Director
Born and raised here in Upland, Daniel is the youngest of three children. He and his family started attending LBF Church in 2000 and got involved right away. Daniel graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Business and is passionate about God, people, his wife Samantha and son Shepherd. He makes creative things for the church.