our team

Pastors, Staff & Leadership Team

Jonathan Henderson

Lead Pastor

Jonathan Henderson began preaching at the age of 15, and has served as a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for over 25 years, sharing the gospel globally. Jonathan’s main focus in ministry is to help people understand their worth and purpose by knowing God, and experiencing a lasting relationship with their Creator.  Jonathan is the author of the book Worth Every Drop: God's Relentless Pursuit to Prove YOU MATTER. 

Terry Benson

Associate Pastor | Worship Pastor 

Born and raised in Riverside, California, Terry has served as a pastor for over 36 years, and ministered for 20-plus years with his high-school sweetheart, Diana Irizarry, in the Southern California Conference. He carries a lifelong passion for worship arts in the local church and a deep love for Jesus and the Gospel. 

Aivars Ozolins

Associate Pastor  | Pastoral Care/Bible Study

Pastor Aivars Ozolins was born and raised in Latvia, Europe. Aivars felt the call to ministry at an early age and God took he and his family on an unimaginable journey of breathtaking spiritual mountaintops, intermingled with valleys fraught with life challenges. On that journey Aivars discovered the real God and His gospel of grace, and determined with the apostle Paul to “know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” He made a promise to God that he will never preach a sermon, or teach a class, without having Jesus at the heart of it.  And so far he has kept that promise.

This is Aivars' second stint at VDC after spending six years in the Philippines, where he taught Applied Theology at the Seminary of the General Conference run University: Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies.  Aivars is married to Juta, a psychiatric clinical social worker. They have three adult sons, who all graduated from Glendale Adventist Academy before proceeding with their further educational goals, and are blessed with five adorable grandchildren.

Ben Garcia

Associate Pastor | Outreach/Administrative

Ben believes that our journey with Christ is transformational.  One way to experience this transformation is ministering to our surrounding community.  It allows a church family to stretch themselves spiritually and to act compassionately.  "Jesus shows us in Scripture that we are at our best when we care about the least and marginalized in our world."  According to Ben, in modeling Christ in our lives we discover that Christ is relevant today and that the Good News tells us who we are, what our purpose is, and where we are going as children of God.  He is Married to Abigail Garcia and they have a son named Liam Koa.  He has an M.A. in Education, MBA and M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary.  

Helene Urigu Quintana

Choral Minister of Music

Helene began her musical studies at age four, and in spite of her love of sports, at age 10 she became the accompanist of her local SDA Church. Never mind that her rhythms were colored by tango or jazz.

It was later at our River Plate University that she completed her Bachelor of Arts requirements as well as those of the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires.
Although her plans were to study medicine, with music at the side, meeting Ariel Quintana, a gifted fellow musician and future husband, changed the trajectory of her life. Thus a Degree in Music became her professional goal. They studied together at the Conservatory of Buenos Aires, where Helene became the accompanist for the large SDA Church in the capital city.

In 1989, married only a few weeks, they arrived to live and work in Glendale for the next 25 years before moving to the mountains of San Bernardino. It was during this time here in the LA area that she worked and achieved her doctoral studies, became a part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the LAOpera Companies as chorister, and soloist.

Helene & Ariel have a daughter, Antonella, living in Texas, studying at UNT. She is specializing in the training of underprivileged youth as well as Orchestral Conducting. She is a church musician at the First Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.

As the Choral Minister of Music at our church, she inspires her choristers with a spiritual magnetism that demonstrates her passion for the beauty of poetry to be found and shared in the love of God. She does so weekly by inspiring us to “Sing to the Lord a new song! ” Cantate Domino Canticum Novum.

Matt Daley

Praise Team Music Director

Matt believes worshipping God is a privilege, and in addition to helping us connect to the Creator, it helps us to connect with one another. Matt considers it a great honor to inspire others through music and worship-leading; helping others to see Christ is what matters most. In his own words: “Music is a unique means of accomplishing that ultimate goal of seeing Jesus and I love being a part of that process.”

Leading and creating music in churches is something Matt has been doing since childhood. He later worked on improving his gifts and talents receiving a B.M. and M.M. from the University of Maryland, a M.M. from Yale University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California.

He is married to Kristina Daley. In their spare time you can often find them enjoying CCM and gospel concerts throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Anne Leah D. Guia

Office | Administrative Assistant

Anne Leah assists the pastoral staff and church leaders in fulfilling the mission of the gospel. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. Anne Leah graduated from La Sierra University with a BA in Spanish and a BA in Music. She is passionate about ministry, music, Hispanic culture, and serving the community.