Senior Pastors Bernie and Janice Samples

Pastor Bernie Samples began ministering in February of 1981. Pastors Bernie and Janice Samples, are both licensed and ordained with Dr. Mark T. Barclay Ministries, and are graduates of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute (SMTI). They have been full time Pastors since 1992 when they began Joy in Living Christian Center in Martinsville, Indiana. In August of 2005 they became pastors of Hi Desert Word Center in Barstow, California. Pastor Bernie Samples is a Bible teacher and simply and clearly teaches the Bible so that people can receive victory in their lives. Also a Bible teacher, Pastor Janice ministers at HDWC and writes the curriculum for our Wednesday night children’s program, Kids Klub. The Samples have eight children and fourteen grandchildren.

Pastors David and Katie Samples

Pastor Dave is our Associate Pastor and Katie serves as HDWC'S Business Administrator. They are both graduates of Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, OK, and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Pastor Dave is also a graduate of West Coast Bible College & Seminary with a Bachelors Degree in General Ministry. They have 4 children: Joel, Isaac, Ellie, and Sam.

Rev. Josh & Julie Samples

Josh and Julie come to us after attending Ascend Masters Commission in Denver, CO and serving for several years at Thrive Church in Denver. Josh is our Worship Pastor and has been serving in worship ministries in various capacities, normally as bass guitarist, since 1998. Julie heads up our custodial department and oversees the church budget. Julie is a graduate of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute with Dr. Mark T. Barclay. Together they oversee our Financial Peace University Class. They have two sons, Jeremias Abishai and Jonas Azariah.

Lawrence and Lea Mata

Lawrence and Lea Mata have been attending HDWC since 2008. They are the directors of our family life ministry. Lea is also the Children’s Church director at HDWC. Lawrence and Lea are graduates of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute with Dr. Mark T. Barclay. They have 4 children Lily, Maylee, Rylan, and Ely.

Robert & Susan Valdez

Robert Valdez serves as the head usher at HDWC. He helps organize several events each year such as our annual Harvest Fest. Robert and Susan have been with HDWC since 1983. They have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Pam Church

Pam oversees our hospitality ministry. She organizes many events such as church dinners and delivering food to members in need. She is also a graduate of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute with Dr. Mark T. Barclay.

Jesse & Desiree Garcia

Jesse and Desiree Garcia have been members of HDWC since 2009. Desiree is our Pastoral Staff Assistant and also oversees our nursery department. She is a graduate of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute with Dr. Mark T. Barclay. Jesse also serves as an usher. The Garcia’s have 3 children, Reyliana, JoJo, and Noah.

Melinda Johnson

Melinda manages the coffee bar, a weekly stop for many HDWC members. She also serves in many other areas of the ministry at HDWC. Melinda is a graduate of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute with Dr. Mark T. Barclay. 

Jose and Heather Cruz

Jose and Heather head up our media department and Jose drums on our worship team. Heather oversees our welcome team, assists with office administration and in other various areas. They have two children Jose, Jr. and Jenna.

Austin and Kaitie Brady

Austin and Kaitie are the leaders of our Student Ministries Department, which includes Upsurge Youth Group, as well as LIFT Young Adults.

Austin spent several years in the United States Marine Corp. Kaitie is a graduate of Supernatural Ministries Training Institute and sings on our worship team.

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