PASTOR LARRY & RHONDA IHRIG
Larry and Rhonda became Lead Pastors at Celebration in November 2001. Their vocational ministry experience began in 1974 and has focused their passion for a balanced approach to ministry with an emphasis on teaching, training, and encouragement. They have served as youth pastors, associate pastors, church planters, and as Lead Pastors since 1985. Currently Larry is the Vice President of Grace International (grace-international.tv) and provides oversight for church planting in the US. Rhonda is the Director of Women's Ministry at Celebration and has a passion to provide encouragement to pastor's wives and women in ministry. Rhonda was born in Oregon and Larry is a native Southern Californian. Their partnership in life and ministry gives them an enthusiasm to see lives changed and Christians matured by the grace of God. They have two grown children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
PASTOR CORY HUDSON
Family Life Pastor
Cory Hudson has been a valued member of the Celebration staff since July 2001, assuming a role on the pastoral team in January 2004. Possessing a degree in Speech Communications with a focus on Family Relations, Cory has pursued postgraduate studies in Communication, Education, and Biblical Studies. With a natural aptitude for teaching, she has served both children and adults in various capacities.
Cory takes great joy in facilitating a women's Bible study at Celebration, demonstrating her commitment to fostering spiritual growth. Her passion lies in promoting a deep connection to Christ and encouraging believers to discover their God-given purpose. Cory envisions a church where love for God and His people continues to flourish, with individuals operating in their God-given gifts and walking in the fullness of His plan.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Cory's most cherished role is that of a mother to her two sons, Tucker and Tanner. Through her multifaceted contributions, Cory remains dedicated to the advancement of the church community and the spiritual well-being of its members.
PASTORS ELEAZAR & FLOR ROSALES
Eleazar Rosales and Flor Martínez have been at the forefront of Celebration Church's Hispanic ministry since July 2015. With a journey spanning back to 2006, they've been integral members of the Celebration family and have played an active role in the worship ministry. Alongside this, they've provided support to various ministries in both English and Spanish within the Bay Area, nurturing musicians and worship leaders in diverse Spanish Churches. Their extensive experience in worship ministry and teaching the word of God forms the cornerstone of their dedication and service. Together, Eleazar Rosales and his wife, Flor, are steadfast partners in the ministry. Their fervent desire is to serve the body of Christ and assist you in uncovering your own calling, so that collectively, we may contribute to the Kingdom of God. In addition to their thriving ministry, God has graciously blessed them with two wonderful boys, Mathias Caleb and Santiago Emmanuel.
PASTORS JOSH & DAWN CLARK
Josh and Dawn began attending Celebration Church in October of 1995, where they served in youth, children’s, marriage and family ministry. Their primary area of ministry for 30 years has been focused on youth, with fourteen of those years being in ministry here at Celebration. In early 2000 Dawn worked diligently with the leadership to spearhead a new ministry for Celebration which birthed Celebration Preschool and the Before and After School-age program. Josh and Dawn have a passion to reach this next generation for Christ. Their hearts desire is for students to encounter and experience God's presence and His overwhelming love for them. Dawn also has a passion for women’s ministry and teaching the word of God in verse by verse study. Their desire as a couple is to see people, young and old alike, develop a hunger and thirst for righteousness . . .Set on fire for Jesus!
Josh and Dawn both grew up in Livermore, met at East Avenue Middle school, and married a few years after college. Josh is a bi-vocational pastor who holds a degree in Business Management. They have two adult sons, both married, and one precious little granddaughter who lights up their world!