Brad is a native of the Westside of Los Angeles. He graduated from Pacific Palisades High School and San Diego State University. After coming to know Christ during rebellious teenage years, he began ministering to the local youth and surfing community, as well as providing an "open house" to those in need. Following college, he accepted an invitation to join the development of a church plant for the international community of Geneva, Switzerland. He then moved to India where he had the opportunity to live and serve in various communities and training centers.
Brad returned to Southern California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary where he completed a Masters of Divinity in Theology and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. During this time he became a part of the Westside Vineyard, in 1987 he joined the pastoral staff and in 1991 accepted the position of Senior Pastor.
Looking back on the years of teenage rebellion he sees how Jesus is the true rebel…the one who confronts the real powers that have ruled us all. From that process, he believes that the call of Jesus is not a call to just be “good” religious people but to receive the power of God to reclaim us as His own… by a love that meets us at the deepest core of our nature. Brad has served the larger Vineyard movement as Area Pastoral Leader and currently as the leader of a U.S. India Partnership.
Now married for over 25 years, Brad’s wife Leah was also born and raised on the Westside. Along with her support of Brad and involvement in the ministry, she enjoys a longstanding career in oncology (cancer) related nursing at UCLA, where she now serves as a Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator.
The Baileys have four children — Travis (college), Jackson (college), Cate (high school) and Cole (middle school.) Together they enjoy the various activities of their children, date nights at the movies, and experiencing God working amidst life’s chaos. Email Brad
Associate Pastor of Community Life and Care
Sandra grew up in Manhattan Beach. After graduating from high school, she lived in Europe for a year and a half. In college she gave her life to Jesus during a battle with a serious illness. As a new Christian she attended the Vineyard for about a year until she became a committed member of Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach.
Sandra went on staff at Hope Chapel in 1995, where she served as an associate pastor for eight years. At Hope Chapel she was responsible for overseeing 70 small groups and trained over two hundred leaders.
She also oversaw the department of ministry, which helped people discover their spiritual gifts and callings and has placed hundreds of Christians into fruitful service. Sandra has a heart for missions and has participated in outreaches to India, South East Asia and China.
Sandra has been on staff at the Westside Vineyard since 2003. Her responsibilities include teaching, Home Church oversight, leadership development, Prayer Ministries, the School of Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Cleansing Stream, and Homeless Ministry. Her passion is to see Christians walk in the fullness of Christ, impacting their world for the cause of Christ.
She loves the beach, sushi and also enjoys traveling. Sandra has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from UCLA and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Pastor Joel was born in Colorado and grew up in New Mexico. He initially experienced God during his teenage years, but it wasn’t until college that Joel resolved to following the Way of Jesus.
He was studying music in a conservatory when God began to stir Joel’s heart to be a part of a new work in his own generation. He began working with youth and college students followed by a pastoral internship in New Mexico. Following college, Joel began pastoral ministry in New Mexico, where he spent six years as pastor of youth and worship arts. Having felt God’s call to a new season of ministry, in the Fall of 2001 Joel accepted the call to join the pastoral leadership of the Westside Vineyard, with a specific emphasis on raising up and releasing younger lives and leaders. He remains passionate towards developing people and teams, and he also oversees operations, worship arts, emerging generations, outreach initiatives and expressions, and our Mission Advisory Council.
Joel's wife of 20 years, Shannon, studied music at Baylor University and the University of Texas, and she currently enjoys her career as a private voice coach and piano instructor on the Westside. Joel and Shannon have two children — a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Kaylee. Email Joel
Pastor of Children and Family Life
Marlo comes to us from Hope Chapel, Hermosa Beach where she began her journey fourteen years ago as the nursery coordinator, moving into a full time role as the Pastor to Students and eventually (until 2007) the role of Pastor of Women's Ministries. Marlo has felt led once again to step into ministry to accept the Lord's call to be the Pastor of Children & Family Life at the Westside Vineyard.
Marlo has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Recreation Therapy; a teaching degree in English as a Second Language; and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from Azusa Pacific University. She and her husband, John, have a son and a daughter.
Pastor of High School and Student Ministries, Worship Leader
Jonathan was born and raised in Upstate New York. He was raised going to church and was very active in his middle and high school youth group. During his college years, he decided that he was going to follow Jesus with his entire life. This started by playing a major role in planting a church on his college campus at SUNY Oswego.
While he was studying at SUNY Oswego and majoring in Adolescence Education / History, Jonathan answered a call to intern at a church in Southeast Michigan as a worship leader. His internship would have more in store than he initially had thought it would. After his first year there, he decided to step up and offer leadership to a void in the area of student ministries. Jonathan then served in a dual role for almost four years as the Director of Creative Arts/Worship and Student Ministries Leader. Over that course of time, Jonathan began to see God's heart for young people to know and experience Him. And that is what Jonathan wants people to see through his life.
In 2011, Jonathan met Aleigha (you'll have to ask them to tell you the story of that first meeting - it's worth asking them!). In planning and preparing for marriage and new life together, Jonathan and Aleigha prayed earnestly for God to lead them where He wanted them to be. And in this seeking of God's direction, Aleigha was led to move to L.A. in the spring of 2014, and Jonathan was then also called to L.A. in the summer of 2015.
Together, Jonathan and Aleigha have two dogs, which they will frequently refer to as "their boys". They are two German shepherd mixes named Maestro and Sully. Email Jonathan
Director of the Learning Zone / Pastor of Middle School & Assistant Director of Children's Ministries
Ron was born and raised in the Northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago. He was baptized Greek Orthodox and went to church every Christmas and Easter. In hindsight, God was always present in his life and heart, but it wasn't until he made a firm commitment to pursue a relationship with Jesus nine years ago that he started to discover and recognize Holy Spirit's presence and began to grasp what it really means to be a Christ follower.
If someone had told Ron long ago when he moved to L.A. with his wife, Tosha, to pursue his stage and film acting, directing and producing career that he would develop a passion for kids, youth and Jesus and pursue a ministry and calling on his life by God, he would not have believed them. Seven years ago, Ron never heard God's voice louder in his life than he did at the end of a sermon where the pastor invited those interested in serving in Kids' Church to come to a meeting. He answered that call and and went to that meeting... and today, Ron can say that The Lord truly meant for him to come to L.A. to pursue his dreams and talents; however, not for the advancement of fame and fortune, but to instead advance His Kingdom on earth!
Three years ago, Ron felt another tremendous call on his life by God - a calling to pastoral leadership for kids. With the guidance of (read: a couple of swift kicks from) the Holy Spirit, strong pastoral mentoring by Pastor Marlo Blandford and some great classes and teachers at Harvest Bible University in Downtown L.A., he has done his best to be faithful to God and answer His call. Ron always told people they need to listen to what God has in store for them, but it was very hard for him to do that himself. Looking back on recent times where he has really just put a colossal amount of faith in The Lord's plan, Ron is truly amazed by the path He has laid out for him. After finally letting go, Ron became the Kids' Ministry Assistant, Director of The Learning ZONE (The Westside Vineyard's after-school mentorship program) and now Pastor of Middle School Youth, truly a dream come true.
Ron's wife, Tosha, shines her light as Assistant to the Clergy at Leo Baeck Temple in L.A. His son, Nikko, shines his at Kester Elementary School and various athletic fields around town. Email Ron
Pastor of Hispanic Ministries
Kevin Ibarra was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in the inner cities of Los Angeles (South Central LA). The son of Pastor Federico Ibarra for 25 years, God stirred Kevin’s heart for His Kingdom as a young child, and Kevin has been involved in worship ministry and missions for years. His new role as Pastor of Comunidad Viña begins early 2017, and he is so excited and humbled to serve. Kevin’s wife, Esther Ibarra and kids Abby (9) and Kevin Jr. (5) take on this new journey with a mixture of humbleness and tenacity. They are excited to see what God will do in this new season of Comunidad Viña and in themselves in this voyage!
Ministry Support Manager (Office Management, Facility Usage)
Heather Bradford, Obl. OSB was born and raised right here on the Westside. In addition to her role on staff, she has also served on several ministry teams here at the Westside Vineyard including Living Waters, Intensive Prayer and Alpha as well as leading a home church. When she's not working, she enjoys reading about theology, monasticism, early church history and the occasional sci-fi adventure novel. She is an Oblate to St. Andrew's Abbey which she likes to think of as being an "undercover monk" and makes monthly retreats there as well as doing her best to live out monastic values in an urban setting. She is also a mom to an amazing daughter, Drake.
With a background developed through business ownership, higher education management and administration, and most recently as Accounting Manager for a large, well-known Los Angeles church, Stephi brings a Christ-centered focus to this important role in our administration. Stephi oversees many of the day-to-day finance, accounting, business and administrative activities essential to us being good stewards of God’s resources at the Westside Vineyard.
Dean was born and raised in the Philadelphia and New Jersey area. He grew up in a traditional liturgical church and went to church every Sunday. However, his commitment to pursue a relationship with Jesus was birthed while serving on a college worship team at Rutgers University. During his senior year in college, he had a life changing moment at a worship conference in Nashville where the Holy Spirit filled and changed his heart, further solidifying his call to worship ministry. After moving to California, he and his wife began attending the Anaheim Vineyard despite the long commute from LA. However, after visiting and connecting at an Altaer home church they felt led to attend and serve at the Westside Vineyard.
For 20 years, Dean has served as a worship leader, mentor and songwriter. He is passionate about leading and writing songs of worship that draw believers closer to Jesus. Over the past 10 years he has had the opportunity to record his songs with local LA musicians as well as with Grammy award winning songwriters, producers and artists in Nashville.
He is a devoted husband to his beautiful wife Flora and father to his energetic daughter Aviela. He enjoys traveling abroad, salsa dancing with his wife, and writing silly songs with his daughter. As an avid fitness/outdoor enthusiast, he can be found biking on the beach, Crossfit training, surfing or hiking trails along the Pacific Coast.