craig hardinger, regional executive director
Craig has served as the Lead Pastor of Arcade Church since 2010. He has served as a full-time pastor since 1982, and became a preaching pastor in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Corban University, a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University. He also earned certification as a biblical counselor and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Corban University. Craig’s true passion is to equip gospel-centered Christ followers to become fruit-bearing disciple makers through the ministries of counseling, preaching and teaching. Future thinking is also one of the many aspects of ministry that Craig enjoys. Craig has been married to Debbie since 1981 and they have one son, a daughter-in-law and one grandson…Silas, with a granddaughter on the way! Craig is a native Idaho boy, avid cyclist, reader of hard copy books (Kindle is lame) and firmly believes that Willie Mays was the best professional athlete ever.
Dr. David Whitaker, transitioning executive director \ president of CBAmerica
Church ministry is woven into the fabric of Dave's life. A "preacher's kid" born in Iowa, Dave grew up in the east bay town of Pleasanton. After receiving undergraduate and seminary degrees, Dave served seven years as associate pastor of his home church in San Ramon, CA, then thirteen years as senior pastor of Heart to Heart Bible Church in Phoenix, AZ. During the years in Phoenix, Dave received his Doctor of Sacred Ministries degree from Northland International University.
Dave's burden to return to the Bay Area led him in 2004 to become the lead pastor of Morgan Hill Bible Church, serving also as a volunteer chaplain with the Morgan Hill Police Department. Dave also serves on the boards of CBAmerica and Western Seminary.
Dave and his wife, Lanette, have been married for more than 37 years. Their daughter Kaylan lives in Manhattan and son Jonathan and wife Carrie, and their first grandchild, Sylvia, live in Brooklyn, NY. Dave enjoys hanging out with family and friends, reading, golf and playing with his Apple gadgets. Even more, Dave loves studying and communicating the Word, and is passionate about connecting people into a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.
Josh Wroten, Director of Church Planting
Josh is the Lead pastor at Morning Star Church in Newark. In 2002 after graduating from college, Josh and his wife, Cecil, returned to the Bay Area to plant Morning Star Church . God has graciously allowed Morning Star to become rich in ethnic diversity and become a place of true spiritual transformation. They have been blessed with two children, Alanna Joy and Ethan Luke. Josh has a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Seminary. He is responsible for planning NextGen events, organizing church assessments and directing church planting.
Josh Lane, Director of Leadership Education
Josh Lane is the lead pastor of Northside Church in Sacramento. After working for churches in Atwater and Santa Rosa, he returned home to Sacramento where he was born and raised. Josh has been the pastor at Northside Church for over 10 years and has a great love for the diverse community in which he ministers. Josh received his Masters of Divinity from Western Seminary. He oversees the Ministry and Leadership Certificate (MLC) program at NextGen Churches.
David Bennett, Director of Finance & Development
David Bennett grew up in Southeastern Ohio where he met his bride, Karen. Dave and Karen currently live in Roseville, California. They have two sons, Joel (22) and Jay (20). Dave graduated from Cedarville University with a B.A. in English and Bible. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree and an M.A. in Counseling from Ashland University. Dave has pastored in Cleveland, Ohio and served as a Financial Consultant at a major brokerage firm where he and his partner managed over $380 million in customers assets. Dave currently serves by helping individuals and non-profits make wise decisions about their resources so they can accomplish their goals. He does this through developing written step-by-step action plans resulting in increased giving for their regular operating capital projects and for long term resourcing through individual's estates. This has resulted in over $80 million raised for buildings, funding staff, debt reduction, raising support for new churches, scholarships, missions projects and other ministry expansion initiatives.
Victor Connor, Silver Spur Executive Director
On November 2, Vic Conner joined the Silver Spur Christian Camp & Retreat Center team as its new Executive Director. Vic's 17 years of camp experience includes two years as information Services Director at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, five years as Conference Services Director at Point Loma Nazarene University and ten years as Executive Director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Arizona. While at Tonto Rim, Vic also served as Arizona Section President for the Christian Camp and Conference Association. Vic has a B.A. in Social Science from Rockmont College and a M.A. in Christian Education from Denver Seminary. Vic and his wife Kathy have two grown children and two granddaughters.
Wendy Stroh, Accounting Manager
Wendy was hired as our Accounting Manager in 2014. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Advanced Accounting, both from Santa Clara University. She is grateful for the opportunity to use her education and work experience to live out 1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God." Wendy grew up in San Jose but has lived in Gilroy since 1993. She has two beautiful daughters, Jennifer and Michelle, whom she adores.
beth whitney, administrative assistant
Beth Whitney has worked at Arcade Church since 2012, first with Student Ministries and more recently as Assistant to Lead Pastor. Prior to joining the Arcade team, Beth has been involved in ministry, both paid and voluntary, for most of her adult life. She is a certified biblical counselor and also earned a Ministry Leadership Certificate through NextGen Churches and Western Seminary. Beth has a passion for teaching scriptural truths while addressing biblical literacy and does her best to do so in a fun, non-intimidating way. Beth and Bruce have been married since 1994 and together they have three adventurous, independent daughters - Jess, Megan and Sarah. Whether writing, baking, painting, parenting, or anything in between, Beth is sure to bring joy, love, and creativity to each passion she pursues.
Darlene Giles, Administrative Assistant
Darlene was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She met her handsome husband, Tom while he was attending graduate school in Atlanta. A year and a half later they were married and living in Cupertino, California, where she worked as a software engineer for Hewlett Packard. After a visit from a local pastor who presented the gospel, Darlene and Tom both accepted Christ together in 1986 and shortly after moved to Morgan Hill. They quickly got plugged into Morgan Hill Bible Church and began to grow in their relationship with Christ. Darlene loves serving as part of the Women's ministry team at Morgan Hill Bible Church and seeing women grow in their relationship with Christ. In 2012 Darlene joined the NextGen team as the Administrative Assistant after 23 years of being a stay-at-home mom. Darlene and Tom have been married for over 30 years and have a daughter, Jennifer 29 (married to Ryan) and Timothy, 26. Darlene loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys entertaining, cooking, and playing games.
Rachel Hinman, Social Media & Celebrations Manager
Rachel was raised in a Christian family in the countryside of Ohio. She encountered Jesus on a personal level when she was a teenager and committed her heart to Him. She attended college at Oral Roberts University, majoring in Communications and minoring in Church Ministries. She met her husband, Ricky, while attending college and they married in 2013. They served in youth ministry together in Tulsa, OK, for 3.5 years. They have a beautiful and spunky daughter, and now reside in California and call Morgan Hill Bible Church their home church. Rachel enjoys hiking, photography, learning to surf and spending time with family. Rachel believes that everyone has a significant story, and each story plays a part in the Kingdom of God. She has a passion for people as well as seeing the Bay Area culture tip toward the heart of Jesus.