Meet our Pastoral Team...


Senior Pastor David WHite

Pastor David began his first pastorate here at the Porterville Church of God April 1, 2011. An Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, he serves alongside his wife Maria and three kids - Elise, David and Ethan. 

Pastor David is active in our youth and young adult ministries, and is passionate about reaching the lost, discipling believers and caring for the hurt in our church and the local community.

He also serves as the state Youth and Discipleship Director of the California-Nevada Church of God, and writes a Sunday sports column for the Fresno Bee - a throwback to a previous career that saw him cover the NFL for the San Francisco Chronicle before answering the call to full-time ministry.    

Children's Pastor Maria White

Maria White has directed our Sunday children's ministry since April 2011, and heads our Kingdom Kid's Church in coordination with children's teacher Jesse Casillas. 

A lower elementary school teacher for 12 years, Maria served as Children's Ministry Director at the Church of God in Hercules before moving to Porterville with her husband David to begin their first pastorate. She is a Fresno State graduate who has served in ministry in the Church of God since she was a teenager. 

Maria loves to minister to children and train them up in God's incredible Word.


Associate Pastor Jeff Akin

Rev. Jeff Akin has served in the ministry at the Porterville Church of God since June 2000, and has served as the associate pastor since 2013. 

A graduate with a theology degree from Lee University, Bro. Jeff is a dynamic bible teacher with an emphasis on end-times scripture, and a gifted musician and songwriter. He is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God and follows in the ministry steps of his father Phil Akin and grandfather George Akin, both longtime Church of God pastors. 


Worship Pastor Monica Timmerman

Monica has lead our worship team since April 2012, and is a Spirit-filled vocalist with an anointing to lead others in praise and worship. 

Monica specializes in a contemporary style of praise and worship and has been the lead vocalist on several Christian music recordings. 

She ministers alongside her family: husband Darren operates the sound equipment, daughter Maegan runs the multimedia, and son-in-law Josh Peton plays acoustic and backs up on vocals on the worship team.


Missions Pastors Joseph and Leah Lindvall

The Lindvalls have lead our church in the world missions field since 2012, helping us spread the Gospel in Mexico, Ecuador, the Philippines and Turkey. 

The Lindvalls have served as local coordinators of Perspectives of the World Christian Movement, a world-wide missions ministry of Frontier Ventures, and coordinated our church's inaugural city wide World Missions conference. They have collectively ministered on mission trips to Mexico, India, the Philippines, Turkey and China. 

Joseph and Leah have been married since 2012 and have two boys and a girl. They are passionate about equipping and mobilizing believers to minister in the worlds missions field!  


Youth pastor becky heflin

Becky joined our staff in April 18 to lead Altitude, our growing youth group of middle school and high school students ages 12-18. 

Called to ministry as a teenager at a Pacific Northwest summer camp, Becky has been involved in youth ministry in Washington, Oregon and, most recently, San Jose. A trained youth counsellor, she specializes in working one-on-one with students, particularly at-risk youth.