On August 20, 2017 Pastor Steve and Lorraine Moldenhauer passed the "baton of leadership" to Associate Pastor Steven and Jeddah Gatdula. The Gatdula's met during a medical missions trip in the Philippines. Steven grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and Jeddah grew up in Laguna Calamba,  Philippines. After having a long-distance relationship for thirty months, they got married in Annapolis, Maryland on January 4, 2010. Steven studied at the Master's Seminary in Los Angeles, California from fall 2011-Spring 2014 where he earned his Masters of Divinity in pastoral ministry. God blessed them with three children during their time in seminary.  In September 2014, God brought the Gatdula family to Merced and Steven was installed as the associate pastor at Valley Baptist Church. By God's grace, they had their fourth baby in their first year of ministry. After serving for nearly three year, the church voted pastor Steven to be their next lead pastor. Both Pastor Steven and Jeddah are extremely blessed to be serving at their church and are looking forward to a lifetime of ministry in Merced, California.  To God be the glory!