ABOUT US

We are an open book. We want to be as transparent as a church as possible. We are very open with our goals and ambitions through Christ. Feel free to ask us anything you need.


It is our hopes that this pages answers three basic questions. We want to make sure that you understand the personality of the church. We love God, love people, and would love for you to join us. 


BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN THE LOST AND GOD


OUR TEAM

Pastor Brenda Wood

Pastor Brenda Wood serves as the Founding & Lead Pastor of our Church. She has a heart for Riverside and for the nations. She is a firm believer of knowing who you are in Christ and staying on the path that God has called you to. For over 20 years Brenda has dedicated her life to serving God and the community. Brenda graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA with MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and MA in Theology. She oversees over 150 Word of Life churches in Africa and Asia. Brenda is the Riverside Area Director for International Convention of Faith Ministries and organizes the National Day of Prayer event in Riverside, CA for city leaders. Brenda has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Path of Life Ministries non-profit service agency committed to serving the greater Riverside homeless, challenged youth and family population with the goal to rescue, restore and rebuild lives in our community as well as Health to Hope, a non-profit that provides healthcare to low-income and homeless population. She encourages all believers to stand in faith knowing that God will bring to pass what He has promised. She is married to Ross, a Chaplain in the US Army Reserves, for 36 years and their children are Leslie and Will and Jared and Jenn and four grandchildren.


Chaplain Ross Wood

Chaplain Ross Wood is the Co-Founder of Word of Life Ministries and is currently mobilized on active duty to Fort Bliss, Texas as the only Conus Replacement Center chaplain in the Army. Chaplain Wood performs or provides religious services for Soldiers, Department of Defense personnel, Civilian Contractors and their families as they prepare to deploy to austere environments around the globe. Chaplain Wood is endorsed and ordained by International Convention of Faith Ministries and holds an earned Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena CA.  He and Pastor Brenda have been married for 36 years and have two children and four grandchildren.



Leslie & Will Gayk

Leslie and Will Gayk both serve as Associate Pastors of our church.  WIll heads up the evangelistic ministries such as Men's and Women's Ministries, the Evangelism Team and the Word of Life Softball League. Leslie is the Worship Pastor and leads the congregation in powerful and anointed worship. She also oversees social media, audio and visual, and the website. Will is a paramedic and has been for 10 years. He is currently going to school to become a Physician's Assistant. Leslie has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Vanguard University and is currently a Probation Officer who works with people who are trying to overcome addiction and criminal backgrounds. They have been married for 4 years and have two children, a son who is 3 years old and a daughter who is 9 months old. 

Jesse Salinas

Jesse is the newest member to the team and serves as the Youth Minister. He is an army veteran and has a passion for serving others and loving the lost and broken. Jesse wants to make an impact on the youth of today so they can impact their community. He sersves on the worship team, as our guitar player and vocalist. Jesse is also a full time Chef and runs three kitchens. 


Julie Villasenor

Julie serves as the Children's Pastor for Word of Life. She has a passion for teaching children about God and helping them develop their own relationship with God. She serves as a valuable member of the worship team, ushering the congregation into worship. Julie is also a full time teacher, and has been teaching for the Jurupa Unified School District for 11 years. She has a Masters in Education from California Baptist Univeristy in 2012. She has taught transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. She is currently teaching kindergarten.  



Tina Lomas

Tina has attended Word of Life for 20 years and has always had a passion for helping people. She heads up our helps and hospitality ministries. Her main goal is that people who walk in our doors feel like they are a part of our family. She also serves in the Children's Ministry and serves wherever she is needed. 


TESTIMONIALS

"Word of Life is a family oriented church that makes you feel welcomed and at home. Their messages are inspirational and life changing. If I ever cannot make it on Sunday, I like to catch their live streaming of the service through their Facebook page. It's a great way to stay in touch with the word."

Anita Thomas

"I would highly recommend this church to anyone who is feeling lost, empty, or just looking to connect and grow with God. I was a non-believer before coming to Word of Life church and now I have had a chance to build my relationship with Christ. It has been an awesome experience."

Michael Kromstain