PASTORS AND STAFF


  • Ray Loo- Senior Pastor

    "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together." Psalms 34:3


    Pastor Ray Loo is the founder and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs, where he teaches five services a week, along with occasionally leading worship, 


    In addition, he leads a weekly prayer meeting, and a men's discipleship group. As the shepherd appointed over the flock at CCSFS, he seeks to lead those in the fellowship in to a deeper relationship with the Lord Jesus.


    He came to know Christ at the age of 16 after a friend invited him to attend Calvary Chapel Downey. 


    Pastor Ray would go on to serve at Calvary Chapel Downey  in the Jr High ministry.  During this time, he connected with a group of young adults who had a passion and love for Jesus. Eventually, he would teach a home Bible study that would serve as the beginning of Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs. 


    He would later attend Biola University and graduate with a degree in Biblical Studies. 


    Pastor Ray was married on January 13, 1990 to his wife, Cynthea. They have four children: Stephen, Alyssa, Abigail, and Kahleen.


    In his free time, Pastor Ray enjoys hanging out with his wife and kids, going to the desert to ride dirt bikes and quads, fishing and playing guitar. 


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  • Greg Gutierrez- Worship Pastor

    "Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!  While I live I will praise the LORD; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being." 

    Psalm 146: 1-2


    Pastor Greg serves as the Worship Pastor and leads the Young Adults ministry. 


    He first received Christ at Calvary Chapel Downey when he was 14 years old, but backslid until 1985 when the death of someone very close to him caused him to question eternity.  


    He rededicated his life to Christ in August of 1985, and later attended Shepherd and Ministry School graduating with a certificate in Biblical Studies. 


    Pastor Greg first became involved in ministry when he attended a small home Bible study in Norwalk.  He was asked to lead worship and as this Bible study grew to become Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs, he continued to lead worship and became the full time Worship Pastor. 


    Pastor Greg got married to his wife, Nancy, in July 1989, and they have three children: Levi, Ethan, and Audrey. 


    During his free time, he likes to play his guitar, walk and talk with his wife, surf, and go to Disneyland with his family. 

  • Dan Valdez-Administrative pastor

    "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." -Colossians 3:23-24


    Pastor Dan Valdez is in charge of Administration, Spanish Ministry, Children's Ministry, Ushers and Greeters Ministry, and Missions. 


    He first received the Lord on March 11, 1980 at a charismatic mass service in a Catholic church. He stayed at the Catholic church for several years, but eventually began attending Calvary Chapel Downey because he wanted to grow deeper in his faith. 


    Pastor Dan began in ministry by serving in the Jr. High ministry at both the Catholic Church and Calvary Chapel Downey. He later become a group leader in a small young adult Bible study where he met Pastor Ray and Pastor Greg. 


    Pastor Dan first began attending CCSFS in 2002 and was given the opportunity to teach in the Main Sanctuary for a Sunday evening service. Shortly after that,  he served for two years in the Jr. High Ministry and then served two more years in the Married Couples Ministry. 


    Pastor Dan also has had many opportunities to travel abroad and spread the gospel through missionary work. He spent five months in Mexico City, five months in Honduras, and five months in Peru. 


    In 2009 Pastor Dan became part of the full time staff at CCSFS.


    Pastor Dan married his wife, Cecilia, on September 23, 1995, and they have four children: Rebekah, Rachel, Emily, and Elizabeth. He enjoys telling "pun-ny" jokes. 



  • Linda Risner

    "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."  Galatians 2:20


    Linda serves in the church office and oversees the LIFT Women's Discipleship and Information Table ministry.  In addition, she is part of the teaching team for the Women's Studies and is involved in counseling.


    Her early years were spent in the beautiful mountains of Virginia surrounded by a loving, supportive family. In her early teens, her family moved to the coast of Virginia where she encountered bullying and a sense of isolation. Her life soon became one dominated by fear and insecurity.


    All of this changed in 1973.  During that time, she met and married Jay, the love of her life.  Most importantly, a few months later, a Baptist missionary came to their home and shared the gospel message.  She yielded her life to the Lord that night, and He filled her with a peace and joy she had never experienced.


    After moving back to California she and Jay began attending Calvary Chapel Downey.  Through the next 40 years they would attend several different Calvary Chapels and serve in a wide variety of ministries.


    In 2001 Linda received a BA from CSULB which opened the door for her to minister to children with learning difficulties and their parents.


    In November 2009 the Lord lead them to Calvary Chapel Santa Fe Springs where they found a loving fellowship that became their church home.


    Linda enjoys long walks with Jay, spending time with her family, reading, gardening, and cooking. 



  • Alyssa loo

    "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."- Phillipians 4:6-7


    Alyssa serves as the Graphic Design artist for the church and oversees the PROCLAIM media ministry. She also co-leads the Children's Christmas and Easter choirs, along with serving in the Worship ministry, and Children's Worship. 


    Alyssa was practically born and raised here at CCSFS, and some might know her as being the daughter of Pastor Ray...but she usually denies it.


    She remembers accepting the Lord in her 1st and 2nd grade classroom. During second grade, she began serving in children's ministry, and in the sixth grade she picked up a guitar and started leading children's worship. It wasn't until August of 2014 after the 2014 Young Adult retreat that she knew God was calling her to ministry. She Started volunteering at the church and was asked to design the church website, along with help run the church Instagram. It was shortly after she changed her major to Graphic Design so she could be of better use to the ministry God had placed her in.


    Alyssa currently is attending Cal State Fullerton where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. She has also earned a Cosmetology license, and studied two years of theatre which she now uses to direct skits for mission trips and for VBS.


    Her goal is to serve God whole heartedly with the gifts and abilities that He has given her.


    Alyssa enjoys singing, dancing, acting, going to see musicals, drawing, running, watching movies, eating, going to Disneyland, and most of all...being a dork!