The Board of Directors is made up of caring, concerned adults from the community. Our board provides direction, oversight, and vision for the Executive Director. The team meets monthly for prayer, ministry updates, and strategic planning.


Meet our Board

  • Dean Brewer- Serves as our Chair.  Dean has been part of the board since October 2013

  • Eric Layman- Serves as our Vice Chair.  Eric has been part of the board since March 2009.

  • Jeff Steckler - Jeff has been part of the board since 2016.

  • Tessa Gilton - Serves as our Treasurer.  Tessa has been part of the board since 2017

  • David Warter-

    Vice-President of Winemaking and Distillation, E & J Gallo Winery

    David Warter graduated from Stanford University with a Chemical Engineering degree in 1998.  After a season of professional rugby, David joined the E&J Gallo Winery in 1999 as a sales representative.  In 2001, he moved to Modesto to become a process engineer for Gallo. In 2002, he returned to school where he earned both an MS in Viticulture and Enology and an MBA from the University of California, Davis in 2004.  David then started with Gallo’s winemaking team after graduation. He has spent the last fifteen years managing different roles in winemaking, wine supply and distillation.

    David and his wife, Erica, have two children, Jared and Rachel. They live in Modesto and are active in their local church leadership.  David has served on another Christian board as well as a local hospital foundation board in Modesto.  He enjoys coaching and playing soccer as well as cycling.