Pastoral Staff Team Bios
Danny is the founding pastor of Redeemer Community Church. In 2002 he was called and sent to start a new church by Grace Fellowship Community Church, where he served as an elder and a missional leader reaching out to underserved youth in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Prior to founding Redeemer, Danny was a co-founder of Dayspring Technologies, and continues to serve on its board of directors. Dayspring was founded to be a partner to the local church, to train and employ neighborhood youth and to inspire them to pursue higher education and perhaps to explore a career in technology.
Danny came to faith in Jesus Christ through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He served as a campus minister with IVCF at Stanford University, and is an ordained minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Danny is married to Cindi, and they have three children: Brendan, Patti, and Aidan. They have lived in San Francisco since 1994. Danny is still learning to exegete and to love the city. He serves as an advisory board member for SFexegesis.com.
Cindi was sent from Grace Fellowship with her husband Danny and 33 other adults and 14 children to plant Redeemer Community Church in 2002. At that time, she was serving as the youth pastor of Grace Fellowship and overseeing their children's ministry. Over the years Cindi has served in many different capacities at Redeemer. She led out in forming our children's ministry, and when our children grew to be youth, our youth ministry. She also worked with Danny in the first few years to form our liturgy and worship. She led different outreach to our neighborhood, including involvement with our local middle school and a summer camp and game night for children from our neighborhoods and schools. She currently oversees our small groups and adult church school. She is an elder and regularly preaches at Redeemer.
Cindi grew up in an Episcopal Church in Colorado, which developed in her a deep appreciation for liturgy. She came to know Jesus more personally through a Presbyterian church youth group and Young Life in high school where she began to enter more fully into the reality of Jesus as Lord. She experienced the gift of ministry through InterVarsity at Stanford, where she began to sense a call to full-time ministry. Her time at Grace Fellowship showed her the immense treasure of the Church, what it could look like to be the Church in San Francisco, and how one cannot be Christian without being a member of a local church.
Cindi is married to Danny and they have three children, Brendan, Patti, and Aidan. She enjoys engaging with her kids and seeing God at work in their communities through a Spanish Bible Study, coaching cross country, and being a marching band parent. She has lived in San Francisco since 1994, grateful for many years to learn to love our city and see the Lord's work in the beauty and messiness of our city.
Gaylene was born and raised in San Francisco. She grew up going to the local public schools and attended San Francisco State and San Jose State to study and then practice Occupational Therapy. Since giving birth to her children, she has devoted her daytime to serve the church in various capacities. She has been leading the worship ministry at Redeemer since 2006 and is glad and humbled to form the church's worship, song and liturgy. She has been married to her husband, Barry, since 1994 and they have three children, Sophia, Karissa and Nathaniel.
Gaylene grew up in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chinese Church in Chinatown, which was founded in 1894. She was a youth when a group from Cumberland was sent out to plant Grace Fellowship Community Church in 1983. She later joined the young church when she was in college. Undaunted by the challenges of church planting, she and her family joyfully joined another church planting group in 2002 to help start Redeemer Community Church.
Gaylene serves on the PTA and the School Site Council, and helped start the Band Boosters for her children's high school. She finds life in visiting with people, loves music, and enjoys God's creation.
Juliette grew up in the Korean American church where she witnessed close community and was challenged to love Jesus. Then through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Stanford, she realized that faith and love was a radical call to live in light of God’s kingdom. Juliette turned her focus to God’s love for the poor, particularly in urban places.
In 1996, Juliette moved to San Francisco where she served as a language arts teacher at Everett Middle School. That is also when she became a part of Grace Fellowship Community Church and served as youth ministry staff alongside Danny, Cindi, Gaylene and others.
When Grace Fellowship decided to plant another church, Juliette’s family felt called to partner with Danny and Cindi to imagine God’s love and hope for the southeast corner of the city. Currently, she, her husband and three children live in the Bayview neighborhood. Her passions include caring for underserved youth in the city, racial reconciliation, and economic and community development.