After nearly 22 years as Senior Pastor of UBIC, Steve stepped into a halftime role as Executive Pastor where, in addition to overseeing technology, he now oversees Facility. Finance, and the Preschool. Prior to serving the Upland congregation, he served two congregations in Pennsylvania and has been in full-time pastoral ministry for 28 years.
Before being called into ministry, Steve was in the technology business, first as an electronics technician and later as Vice President of Systems Development and Marketing for a systems integration company. Spending time with his wife, Phyllis, their five daughters, and eleven grandchildren is his priority and delight. He also enjoys doing project around the house and the church, as well as an occasional attempt at golf.
Daniel has been serving as Youth Pastor to our Junior High and High School youth for more than five years, along with his wife Esther. Daniel graduated with a Degree in Biblical Studies & Urban Ministries from Moody Bible Institute. Since then he has worked in many roles ministering to young people in Chicago, San Francisco, Texas. Prior to joining UBIC he served as a youth worker in two churches in the United Kingdom where Esther is from.
Esther has a degree in Theology & Counseling from London School of Theology in the United Kingdom. She serves the youth alongside Daniel and is passionate about ministering in the area of marriage and family. In June 2017 Daniel and Esther welcomed their baby boy, Elijah Richard Storm, into the world.
Their heart and vision is to reach those who don’t know Christ, to teach & disciple those who do & build a welcoming, loving and secure environment where youth can grow in their faith & be supported as they wrestle with doubts and questions in their journey.
Children’s Ministry Director
Laura Duncan has attended Upland Brethren In Christ since she was 4 years old. Laura is married to a wonderful man named Morris, and they have two children, Brad and Bethany. The Duncans are avid Disneyland fans, which keeps them all kids at heart. Even more than Disneyland, though, Laura loves to teach children about the love of God through Bible stories, games, crafts, especially helping children build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sharon began attending Upland BIC when she was 12 years old. A family friend brought her and her siblings to Vacation Bible School one summer and she never left. Since then, she has served UBIC in a variety of roles, including Sunday school teacher, summer day camp staff, preschool aid and accounts payable clerk.
Sharon has degrees in Language Arts & Communications and Sociology & Social Work. One day she hopes to complete her Master’s in Education coursework. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, family and friends, hiking to waterfalls, volunteering and service projects, traveling to new places and relaxing on white sand beaches. Next on her bucket list is El Salvador, where her parents and her favorite food (pupusas) are from.
Every day, Sharon strives to be a Proverbs 31 woman, a woman who honors and puts her faith in God, is hard working, capable, wise and loves helping and serving others.
Kera is the director of Brethren In Christ Community Preschool. She has worked at the preschool since 2009 and served as the Assistant Director for seven years. She has my associate degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State San Bernardino. She is married and has two beautiful children, Ethan and Kaylei. Most weekends you will find her on a ball field rooting them on! She chose to work in Early Childhood Education because she felt a calling to guide, mentor and educate the future youth. She loves to teach young children about God’s love and faithfulness. She often prays the “Heart of a Servant” quote: “Give me the heart of a servant, tender and faithful and true. Fill me with love, then use me, O’ Lord, so that the world can see you”.