Mike Platter – Senior Pastor, MikeP@glendoracommunitychurch.org
Mike Platter arrived at Glendora Community Church in January, 2005, after nearly 23 years serving as an associate pastor in several different churches. Mike’s education includes a B.A. in Psychology, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and post-graduate work in the field of Ministry. Mike is passionate about teaching: he has served as adjunct professor at three Christian colleges, and has for years presented seminars and workshops at conference centers and retreats. Mike also has a great love for travel, having visited 49 of the 50 U.S. states, and also having made several trips to Europe, South America, and Asia.
He is an avid reader as well as an occasional author. Mostly, Mike loves God, and believes in celebrating the good things God has given him: his family, his happy life, and the people brought across his path.
Dr. Joel Cliff – Music Minister, JoelC@glendoracommunitychurch.org
Joel Clifft is the Director of Keyboard Studies at Azusa Pacific University, where he teaches music theory, accompanying and ear training courses in addition to private piano lessons. Dr. Clifft is also an adjunct faculty member at USC where he teaches collaborative piano to undergraduate piano majors.
Joel has been actively involved in worship leadership in many churches, including Lake Avenue Congregational in Pasadena, Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, EV Free in Fullerton, and several others. Glendora Community Church is his current church home where he attends with his wife and four children. GCC has proved to be a wonderful place to worship with a warm and genuine family of believers.
He earned his Doctorate from the University of Southern California while studying with Dr. Alan Smith and Bernadene Blaha. Dr. Clifft’s primary area of study was keyboard collaborative arts, with minor fields in solo piano, music theory, and composition. He graduated Pi Kappa Lambda and was chosen as the “Most Outstanding Graduate” at both the Masters and Doctoral levels. Dr. Clifft attended USC on a full scholarship and in addition, was a recipient of the Gwendolyn Koldofsky scholarship.
As an active collaborative pianist, he has performed in concert with such world-class musicians as violinist, Midori, and erhu player, Ma Xiaohui. He also has performed with the Foothill Philharmonic Society, the Debut Orchestra, the Brand Library Concert Series, the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra, and the Idyllwild Faculty Series. Dr. Clifft has been engaged for many master classes, including those given by the Jascha Heifitz society, Alice and Eleanor Schoenfeld, Martin Katz, and Midori.
During the summer of 2010, Dr. Clifft created Music Theory Pro, an iPhone application for music education. The app teaches Music Theory and Ear Training using cutting-edge technology. Today, the app has been downloaded 65,000 times and development of a second app is underway.
Dr. Clifft has extensive international performance experience, appearing in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Korea, China and Singapore. He has also performed at the United Nations headquarters in New York and was commissioned to compose a piece that was premiered at the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, China.
Johnny Deryeghiayan – Student Ministries, JohnnyD@glendoracommunitychurch.org
Johnny Deryeghiayan started serving at Glendora Community Church in March 2015 after serving over 10 years as an Associate / Youth Pastor at the Pasadena Armenian Church of the Nazarene. Johnny graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 with a B.A. in Church Music/Youth Ministry. He graduated from Fuller Seminary in 2006 with a Masters in Biblical Studies and Theology. Currently, he is working on his dissertation as he attends Fuller Seminary finishing up his Doctorate of Ministry, with a focus on Youth, Family and Culture and Spiritual Formation. Johnny is also the Head Sprint Coach at Bonita High School for the last 5 years (he also has his own non-profit Track Club called TopSpeedAthlete). He enjoys playing all types of sports as well as trying out for t.v. shows (he won a car on Price is Right – that story is for another time). He completed professionally as a track and field athlete in the 100m. He became the fasted Armenian in the world when he won two gold medals in the 100m and 200m at the Pan Armenian Olympic Games in 2007. He has also competed as a bodybuilder and physique athlete qualifying twice for USA Nationals.
Johnny has two amazing, Jesus-loving parents, Garbis and Angela, a brother who was and is instrumental to his faith, Jimmy, a wonderful sister-in-law, Tanya, and two precious nephews, Micah and Ethan (his best friends). He is married to Tiffany (April 3, 2016) and looks forward to see all that God has for their future. In his spare time, Johnny love’s hanging out with family and friends, reading theological books, playing/composing music, working out, laughing, eating cotton candy and sno cones and pushing the limits of what his body can do. He loves Acts 13:22, Galatians 2:20, Philippians 1:21, Colossians 3:1-17. You will always hear him preaching about the Kingdom of God in every lesson because, “that’s what Jesus spoke about the most, and so should I,” says Johnny.
Stephen Martin – Choir Director, StephenM@glendoracommunitychurch.org
Stephen Martin has been active as an educator, music pastor, conductor, composer, and arranger for the last 20 years. He has arranged and scored music for film, symphonic orchestra, big band, vocal jazz, and chamber groups. Over the course of two decades, he has led over 250 volunteers in music ministry.
As clinician and educator, Mr. Martin provides training in worship leadership, choral conducting, and composition. He currently serves as Program Director for the Music & Worship program at Azusa Pacific University, teaching courses in worship arts leadership, worship design, arranging, and orchestration. A recipient of the Faith and Fine Arts Award in 2014, (APU College of Music & The Arts) and a Faculty Fellow in the APU Center for Academic Service Learning (2015-17), Mr. Martin actively pursues connecting students with their faith, and what it means to serve in the broader context of Christian community. In 2014-2015, he served as the Project Director for the APU Vital Worship Grant, an endeavor that involved building service-learning into the core curriculum of the APU Music & Worship program.
Mr. Martin is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Claremont Graduate University in Church Music, with an emphasis in Conducting. He holds a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Southern California. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Education, and Composition from Azusa Pacific University. He is married to his beautiful wife Shannon of twenty years, and has three wonderful children, Hannah, Rayna, and Micah.
Cheryl Farino – Children’s Ministry, CherylF@glendoracommunitychurch.org
Cheryl is a California Credentialed Teacher who has taught Pre-School and Elementary grades for 11 years. She currently works as our part time Children’s Pastor.
Cheryl loves working with children of all ages and is excited to have the opportunity to share God’s love with them.
Cheryl has been married to her husband, Chris, for 16 years and they have 2 daughters, Isabella (12), and Eleanor (9). In her spare time she loves to read, make crafts, go to the beach, hang out with friends and family, and is always ready for a good time!
Machenzie Smith – Young Adult’s Ministry, MachenzieS@glendoracommunitychurch.org
Mackenzie began his involvement with Glendora Community Church in 2017. He has graduated from Azusa Pacific University on two different occasions (B.A. and M.Div), and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Mackenzie and his wife, Alyssa, were married in August 2015, and have been partnering together in ministry since they met in 2013. They spend their days seeking to follow Jesus and searching for the presence of God in everyday, ordinary experiences. Mackenzie’s ideal day is some combination of reading, afternoon coffee, Ultimate Frisbee, winning at Settlers of Catan, and watching the Lord of the Rings (again). He hopes to someday continue his studies, possibly write a book, and definitely own a dog.