Gil was born and raised in East Los Angeles. When he was 10 years old his father came to faith in Christ and that was the start of his family hearing about Jesus. It caused many problems in the home because Mom was against this conversion, but Dad was faithful to always tell the family about Christ and how they needed him alone for salvation.
Gil responded at age 24 to the call that the Savior was putting upon his heart to come to him. His life was turned around from trying to do things his own way. He was set free from things that were not pleasing to Christ, and a healing took place in his marriage, which was struggling. He now gives praise to God for keeping them together since 1977, and he looks forward to many more years with his wife Debbie. Gil and Debbie have three wonderful sons–Joshua, who lives in Fontana; Matthew, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska; and Daniel, who lives in Arcadia. Gil and Debbie have three great daughters-in-law, and four very wonderful grandkids.
He has been at SGCC since 1985 and had the privilege to serve in AWANA children’s ministry for 12 years. At present, he serves in the greeter and prayer ministries. He counts it a great joy to serve the body and Lord Jesus Christ in these areas. He is also part of the Horizons Sunday School Class and at times serves as a substitute teacher. He also has the opportunity to help disciple men which is a real joy.
Gil’s life and favorite verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” This verse has seen Gil and his family through many difficult times. All praise to God!