Joe White, Lead Pastor
Joe and his wife Heidi are the founders and lead pastors of Neighborhood Church. Joe is the preaching pastor and directional leader for Neighborhoood and has a heart for church planting, leadership development, and urban ministry. He grew up in Fresno’s highest-crime lowest income neighborhood as the son of urban missionaries and has been nurtured and trained in CCD principles (http://www.ccda.org/about/ccd-philosophy) his entire life. He has a BA in Biblical Studies, a Diploma in Urban Ministry, a Diploma in Christian Studies, and a Master of Divinity. Like all the Neighborhood Church Staff, he lives in the Jackson Neighborhood with his wife and 4 kids. They absolutely adore their neighbors and neighborhood. Joe’s passions are rockclimbing, mountaineering, ice-climbing, and skiing.
Mitchell Redondo, Youth Pastor
Mitchell James Redondo was born in downtown Fresno, raised in Clovis, Ca. Mitchell’s life purpose is summed up in one sentence: “So others may live.“ Currently, Mitchell attends Fresno Pacific University, completing a Masters degree in Urban Mission with a Global Emphasis. He attends Neighborhood Church Fresno—a neighborhood focused church in an urban community, intentionally established to carry out holistic change. Mitchell is a proud brother and son, serves at NCF as a pastor to youth and young adults, a chaplain at FPU, and sought-after speaker. He has a passion for food, family, laughing, traveling, dancing, listening to music, exercising, taking long drives, and equipping and empowering the next generation. Mitchell is committed to God and to seeing Fresno thrive.
Grace Spencer, Youth Pastor
When Grace was 4 her parents moved to Fresno to start a church plant. Those are the happiest memories she has of her childhood. She lived in Fresno her entire life, but always dreamed of the day she would move out of Fresno—God had a very different dream for her. Grace is currently a student in the M.Div. program at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. She graduated from Fresno Pacific in 2013 with her bachelors in Biblical Studies. While at Fresno Pacific, Grace became passionate about urban ministry and developed a yearning to see Fresno flourish.
Lawrence Smith, Worship Pastor
Lawrence and his wife Melanie are the worship pastors at Neighborhood Church. Lawrence also is the executive pastor, in charge of finances and organization. He and Melanie moved into the Jackson neighborhood in December of 2015. Lawrence and Melanie have been married for six and a half years. They are excited to serve Jesus and to serve the Jackson neighborhood. Their hope and prayer for the Jackson neighborhood is that each person would have a sense of Jesus’ presence in their lives and that those who do not have a relationship with Jesus would come to know Him.