About Life Bible Fellowship Church

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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.

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Elders

  • Gary Keith

    Lead 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 the basic everyday needs of those in our community. Gary has a Master of Divinity degree from Azusa Pacific University. He 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

    Teaching 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 staff 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.
  • Stan Klopfenstein

    Elder

    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.
  • Bob Butler

    Elder

    I was raised in San Dimas and became a believer in Jesus Christ at age 19 thanks to my girlfriend Cathy who later became my wife. We have two wonderful sons, Todd and Drew, and three grandchildren that I adore. Cathy and I started a business in 1985 that’s still going strong! I believe in raising up the next generation of leaders and love teaching children and youth to be Christ-like. I enjoy restoring pre-’65 Porsches and VWs and am excited to see Life Bible Fellowship Church grow in its passionate pursuit of LIFE in Jesus.
  • Dalton Sweaney

    Elder

    Dalton and his family have been members at LBF since 2013. He and his wife, Ally, were born and raised in the Upland area and feel a strong connection to this community. Dalton and Ally lead a life group with other young families and have a passion for focusing on Christ-centered marriages and parenting that points towards Christ. Dalton owns a small business in the Claremont Village and coaches soccer for a local college.
  • Kevin Theilacker

    Elder

    Kevin and his wife Amber have been married 34 years. Along with their adopted children, Aubrey and Peyton, they have been members of LBF Church since 2016. He has been teaching elementary music in Fontana Unified School District for over 32 years. Kevin enjoys playing keyboard and piano on Sundays with the worship team. He says: “There is no sound more holy and beautiful than the voices of our church family joining the praise of heaven with all of the saints of God at His very throne. Soli Deo Gloria!”

Pastors

  • Gary Keith

    Lead 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 the basic everyday needs of those in our community. Gary has a Master of Divinity degree from Azusa Pacific University. He 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

    Teaching 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 staff 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.
  • Andy Watson

    Worship 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.
  • Jeff Taylor

    Student 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.
  • Summer Brown

    Women's Pastor

    Summer would say that she is a California girl in spirit and in lifestyle, but her heart belongs to the nations. She and her husband Greg spent eight years serving the Lord together in a global capacity in Europe, where they welcomed their son Kodiak. She is passionate about gathering and connecting women and bringing them in unity to the feet of Jesus. If there is food, ridiculous games, laughter, dark chocolate, and deep conversations… you can count Summer in!
  • Troy Spilman

    Local, Global, Serving Pastor

  • Phil Shahbaz

    Community 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 College Ministry. He also programs many family and connecting events for our church community throughout the year. Phil and his wife, Amy, have 3 sons and 1 daughter, and live Glendora, CA.
  • Mike Cloud

    Care 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 citizen's arrest, and while in the U.S. Navy, escaped from a submarine at 120 feet deep and survived a helicopter crash

Staff

  • Laurie Baiz

    LIFEkids 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

    Pastoral 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.
  • Garrett Gerhart

    Communications Director

    Garrett has been serving in church ministry since 2003. After receiving a BA in Church Ministry from Hope International University, he was called to Youth Ministry for many years. As a Youth Pastor Garrett got a first-hand look at the implications of the most significant shift in communication in 100 years. This led to an MA in Communications with research into the effects of social media on the Church. He is passionate about how and what LBF Church communicates to its community. He and his wife Stacey have been married since 2007 and have two daughters, Lucy and Adeline.
  • Kathy Godoy

    LIFEkids Assistant

    Having lived in Upland her whole life, Kathy has attended LBF Church since 2009 and joined the staff in September 2014. 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 spending time with her husband and kids.
  • Shauntel Raymond

    LIFEcare 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.”
  • Nichole Landon

    Graphic Designer

    Nichole grew up in the countryside north of Paso Robles, CA. She attended Biola University to study studio arts with an emphasis in design. After graduating she went on to work at LBF Church in 2020 as the graphic designer. She enjoys doing ceramics, drawing, swimming, reading books and spending lots of time with friends and family.
  • Ryan Godoy

    Video Coordinator

    Born and raised right here in Upland, Ryan graduated with his bachelor’s in Communication at Cal Poly Pomona. Passionate about film-making, Ryan has been on staff as LBF’s Video Coordinator since 2012. He and his wife, Kathy, were married in 2014.
  • Ellie Levesque

    Classroom 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!
  • John Eltiste

    Facilities 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 nine years, where they were part of a church plant and different ministries. They have been attending LBF Church since returning to CA. John has a passion for people and is looking forward to seeing how the Lord uses him here at LBF Church.
  • Lea Lee

    Programs 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.
  • Ryan Yount

    Repairs and Maintenance

    Measure twice, cut once.
  • Charles Kurtek III

    Global Outreach 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
  • Tyler Townley

    Sound Engineer, Assistant Video Coordinator

    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!
  • Kim Cooke

    Serving Ministry Assistant

    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.
  • Emilia Vargas

    Financial Admin

    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.
  • Tim Longo

    Youth 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.
  • Ben Karpinski

    Youth Ministry Support

    Quiet and cool, Ben is ultimately the key to keeping LBF Church running. He owns his own ax-throwing lounge and photography business. He is a great all-around guy who one day hopes to replace his hurting hands with robotic replacements.