Meet The Staff

staffSteve Smith

Senior Pastor

Steve has been pastor of the Upland Brethren in Christ congregation for more than eighteen years. Prior to serving the Upland congregation, he served two congregations in Pennsylvania and has been in full-time pastoral ministry for 24 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 ten grandchildren is his priority and delight. He also enjoys working around the house on various projects, as well as an occasional attempt at golf.

Jason Chang

Associate Pastor

Jason has been serving in pastoral ministry for over ten years on the east coast in NJ, PA and NY for most of his pastoral ministry. But God answered his prayers of wanting to come to Southern California! Jason has now been serving in California for the past two years and is loving it!

 Jason was called into pastoral ministry at 7 years old, but ran from it for a few years but God finally got hold of him. During that time he spent some time in corporate offices and small businesses but the conviction became too strong to run from anymore and finally enrolled into Biblical Seminary in PA. However, with the current needs of the Church to plant a multisite he later transferred and graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary.

 Jason is married to Angela and they currently have one daughter; Emmanuella. His passions include board games, golf, traveling, trying new foods and spending time with family and friends. His current prayer is to see the Church in America restored and revived to what it first looked like.

Daniel Storm

Youth Director

Daniel has been serving as Youth Pastor to our Junior High and High School youth for more than two 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.


Jimmy Dunn

Worship Pastor

Jimmy has served in church music ministry for more than 20 years, including nearly 10 years as the director of worship and creative arts at an evangelical church in Phoenix, Arizona. Jimmy is an accomplished pianist, accompanist, composer and arranger, with an eclectic expertise in classical, gospel and contemporary music. Jimmy’s motto is, “play it from the part of you that sings! Always give it 110% because God deserves our very best.”

Jimmy’s interests (outside of his full-time passion for music) include golf, golf, and golf. Oh! And also biking, hiking, and playing sports. Jimmy’s greatest passion is spending time with his wife, Robin, and his two daughters and four grandchildren. (He may not look old enough, but he does have 4 grandchildren!)

Joan Bowers

Office Manager

Joan has been serving the Upland Brethren in Christ Church for over 20 years and has been involved since she was 9 years old. She has a son and daughter-in-law and a step-granddaughter. When time allows, she enjoys camping, reading.  One of Joan’s favorite verses is Romans 8:28 – “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”


Laura Duncan

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.


Phyllis Smith

Director Community School

Phyllis has been married to Steve for 44 years; has 5 daughters and 10 grandchildren. As the director of the preschool, she gets to combine her joy of working with children and their families, along with serving the lord. In her spare time, she likes to travel. Pennsylvania is one of her favorite destination spots because that is where 3 of her grandchildren live. The Panama Canal is on her “must see” list.