Church Staff

Senior Pastor

Associate Pastor

Pastor Ed Perez

Pastor Ed is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.  He graduated from Talbot Seminary of Biola University with an M.Div in Christian Education and later with a Th.M. in Exposition.

Pastor Ed has served as the Sr. Pastor of Sierra Vista Baptist Church since 2004.  Together with his staff, Pastor Ed’s ministry is marked by solid biblical truths shared through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word along with caring for God’s people. Pastor Ed’s teaching style is expositional.  He is committed to the systematic teaching of the Bible - one paragraph at a time - through exploring the historical background of the writing’s setting, genre, and its associated grammatical meaning toward application in everyday life.

Pastor Ed has been married to Carla for 29 years. Together they have raised four boys, all now adults.  Carla is a homeschool mom, writer, and Biola University instructor.

Pastor Ed was raised in Vista, California in a nominal Roman Catholic home before finding Christ at age 19.  He served with Campus Crusade for Christ while in college and went on three short term missions trips.  He has also worked with a number of church ministries.  Having raised boys, he has also managed several Little League teams.


Pastor Lennie Gonzales

Lennie grew up in a nominal Catholic home and was converted to Christ at nineteen. Soon after his salvation, he sensed a calling into pastoral ministry and later received his B.A. from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA) and M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary (Sun Valley, CA). Upon graduating from The Master’s Seminary Lennie served on pastoral staff as a high school Pastor and then as an Associate Pastor with Sunrise Church in California from 2000-2007. He also served as Senior Pastor at Seaside First Baptist Church in northern California in 2009.

Lennie lives in the local mountains married to his high school sweetheart of 21 years and together they have three wonderful boys. He currently serves at Sierra Vista Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor, with special emphasis in youth and college ministry.

His passion is best summed up in Acts 20:24, “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. “


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