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I first started attending GVBC when I was in the 6 th grade. I was a youth ministry regular through middle and high school, and then at the age of 21 I started volunteering as a Middle School Leader. After 20 years of volunteering, the Lord led me to pursue full-time Youth Ministry in 2008. I attended Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology and interned at GVBC as Director of Middle School Ministry. I graduated from Talbot in 2012 with an MA in Christian Education, and I currently serve as Youth Director where I oversee the Greenhouse Middle School and 180 High School Ministries. My passion for the

students I work with is to help them understand what it means to follow Jesus Christ and serve others like he did.

My awesome wife, Susan, is also on staff here at GVBC as Children’s Director, and we have an incredible daughter, Kaci, who will be attending Cal. State Fullerton as an Early Childhood Education major. I am an unabashed comic book/sci-fi/fantasy geek, and my personal faves are Star Wars, Batman, Godzilla, Lord of the Rings, Agents of SHIELD, and Walking Dead. In fact, being a Star Wars geek is what got me into long-distance running as the 2015 Star Wars Half-Marathon was my very first race. I have also been a lifetime Disneyphile, I bleed Anaheim Ducks orange, and I have rocked-out to U2 since the 80’s. Come visit my office and be amazed!

Layne Wakuta

Youth Ministry Director

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