William Costello, Senior Pastor
Pastor Will was saved as a youngster growing up in a Christian home in the Hudson Valley area of NY, just north of NYC. Pastor Will looks back gratefully on a godly father, Bill Costello, who taught him the Bible since his earliest memories and showed him what it looks like to love God first. Pastor Will married his beautiful wife Annette in 2003, his best friend since College. He is grateful to God for their children—Liam, Ivan, Alina, Anya, Amia and the twins, Jude and Alora.
Will enjoys serving with the faithful people of GBCV, kid time on the living room floor, meeting new people, encouraging old friends, conversations over a meal, writing, and dating his bride at “Cafe Corner” (aka the kitchen table).
Will's heart passion is the exaltation of the glory of Christ through the preaching of every word of Scripture. His perceived giftedness is shepherding, preaching, writing, and visionary leadership. Having completed his doctorate in Expository Preaching from The Masters Seminary in 2017, Will is excited to lead the flock toward Christ and His kingdom mission here in the Central Valley.
Dale Payne, Family Pastor
Dale shares the following story of how God uses godly parenting in his own life:
“I truly value godly parenting because it was the vehicle God used in my life to expose me to the gospel of grace at an early age. My parents and grandparents faithfully told me about Jesus and helped me develop a love for God’s Word. I know the process of the godly influence of my parents in my understanding of the gospel was essential for my personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. I am reminded of Timothy’s testimony of his own mother and grandmother’s part in his personal faith (2 Tim. 1:5). I can honestly say for my own family, 'I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth' (3 John 1:4).”
Dale has been serving in pastoral ministry here since 2002. Dale is a graduate of Biola University and Talbot Seminary. Dale's desire is to help couples build strong marriages, and encourage parents to raise up godly children in this generation. Dale’s passion is a ministry called Man Up, which trains fathers to be men of God and pass their faith on to their boys. It intentionally deals with topics like honor, courage, work ethic, purity, & leadership. The Paynes enjoy outdoor adventurers (rock climbing, backpacking, white water rafting, fishing) and volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Dale’s wife Linda is a CPA who currently specializes in being a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher. Dale and Linda Payne have six children: Jonathan, Jennifer, Joshua, Julieann, James and Jeremiah.
Ken Damko, Pastor of Seniors
Pastor Ken Damko oversees the “Prime Time” ministry to our age 60+ Senior Adults. Ken grew up in a home where religious belief was the norm but the belief wasn't in the shed blood and finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross. You had to do things and go through certain rituals to be right with God. Ken was 32 years old when he began to really study the Bible and realized his sinfulness and his need for a Savior who had already paid the price for his freedom at Calvary. He has grown up with the church, having been a member since 1980. Pastor Ken has served in many capacities during his years of ministry, including ushering, Missions Committee, children and adult Sunday school classes, Impact Group leader, Elder Board and Church Chairman.
Josiah Busenitz, Youth Pastor
Josiah grew up in Southcentral Kansas as part of a solid Christian family. He attended Moody Bible Institute for college and went to The Master’s Seminary for his graduate studies. While at Master’s, he married, Francine, and together they have one daughter—Madeline. At Master’s, he also received his certification as an ACBC counselor. His joy is seeing Jesus being formed in people’s lives (Gal. 4:19). In his time off, Josiah enjoys hiking, running, swimming, reading, playing sports, and spending time with family.