STAFF & ELDERS
Our staff, elders, and ministry leaders play a pivotal role in the life and vitality of BNC’s community. They are the backbone, guiding and nurturing us toward spiritual growth, fellowship, and service. Each member of the church leadership team contributes their unique gifts and talents to enrich the lives of others. They provide support, encouragement, and care, helping us navigate life’s challenges and deepen our relationship with God.
PASTOR DESTINED WRIGHT
I have been a pastor for over 20 years and married for over 20 years. We are a family of 9, some were born to us and some were gifted to us. It is a beautiful story that can be shared over a cup of coffee. I have been a Pastor at BNC for over 16 years. I started as the Youth Pastor and then in 2015, I was demoted to the position of Lead Pastor.
I love being with people whether it is over a cup of coffee, fishing, or playing basketball. I love living and volunteering in this community. Brentwood has been so good to my family and me. I coach locally, mainly at Edna Hill Middle School. Our church is called Brentwood Neighborhood Church, and I want us to be the best neighbors we can be both as a church and individually as missional neighbors.
Lead Pastor & Elder
PASTOR BEN DERUITER
BNC Students Pastor
Hello! My name is Ben DeRuiter, and I am stoked to be joining the BNC community as your youth pastor. A little bit about me, I am married to my wife Krystal, and we have a blended family. We have two kids that we co-parent with, Kamdyn and Kade, and we have a little one of our own, Raelyn. My wife grew up in Oakley, and when we got married, I decided to move out this way from Ripon.
I received my degree in Social Work from Dordt College in Iowa and worked in the Social Work field, primarily with at-risk youth, before sensing the call into ministry. For the last six years, I have served as a youth pastor in the Central Valley while earning my Master's Degree from Knox Theological Seminary. When I’m not sharing Jesus with students, you can find me playing golf, watching pretty much any sport, or fishing on the Delta. As your youth pastor, my hope is to see our students grow in their faith and knowledge of our Savior while having fun in the process. I can’t wait to get started and meet all of you!
BNC Students Pastor
Elder & Second Half Ministry Leader
Rodney Griffin grew up in South Africa. He became a Christian as a young teenager. He completed studies in Comparative Religions through the London Bible Institute and also completed Evening School of the Bible in both Old and New Testament. He is married to Lindy and they have two children, Kerry and Norman, and four grandchildren. While living in Cape Town Rod and Lindy started a church their home. For 10 years Rodney pastored the church which grew to over 200 people. Rodney worked in Actuarial and Systems becoming a CIO. In 2000 Rodney was recruited by a San Francisco company to start a C-Level Consulting practice. They move to Brentwood in 2002. At the end of 2004 Rodney joined BNC’s Elder Board. He has served as Secretary and more recently Treasurer. Rodney retired in 2021 and took over leadership of our Second Half ministry.
PASTOR CARLOS GONZALEZ
Executive and Latino Pastor
I am married to Sorlin Melendez (1992), we have three children- Josue Daniel, Caleb Gabriel, Karla Sorlin. Something you probably don't know: love to play dominoes ("not the pizza", "not the game", the actual sport! Google it.)
Executive Pastor & Elder
I was born and raised in Redwood City, and loved growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area peninsula through the 70’s and 80’s. In the late 80’s God opened up a clear path for me to know Him better, and it has been a non-stop adventure ever since. I met my future wife Lana, got married, and raised 2 amazing boys. We moved to Brentwood because it allowed us to afford a home for a large family, so we had 2 more boys!
I’ve been an avid tech guru since I was born, basically electrocuting myself many times as I dug into equipment to understand how things work. That led me to the artistic heart of video, audio, music, and electronics technology. I eventually began my own video production and sound design company in 1984. These decades of experience and knowledge has landed at BNC, where I can apply these skills in any and every way needed.
Elder Board Advisor
Hello BNC family! I'm Beckie. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Kevin for 13 years, and we have three awesome kids, John (9), Peter (7), and Hank (4). We have been attending BNC for just shy of 6 years. I volunteer at the connect table and in the nursery on Sunday mornings. I’m also a part of the women’s ministry team. This last summer, I volunteered as a Buddy Bears leader and loved every minute of it! In my spare time, I enjoy reading and caring for my plants. This year the Lord has been speaking to me about the importance of the fruit of the Spirit and what it looks like to be led by the Spirit.
Elder Board Advisor
Worship Pastor & Elder
Children's Ministry & Communications
Hi, I’m Jessica! I’m a wife, mom of two boys, nature-lover, and am passionate about being an apprentice of Jesus. I’m so grateful to serve at BNC and love that God has called me to our kids and families. As the daughter of two educators, I knew from a young age that I wanted to be involved in education. Although that has taken many different paths in my life, getting to teach kids about Jesus is something I will never take for granted. I am passionate about seeing our next generations experience the God of the universe, fall in love with Jesus, and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to impact their neighbors for Him. It is literally the coolest job! In my free time I love to cook and bake. I also get really excited about creating comfortable, welcoming environments that bring people together, or as some would call in, interior design.
CHILDREN & COMMUNICATIONS
Hello everyone! My name is Joshua Call. I first came to BNC with my parents in 2004 , and in 2022, my wife, Brittany, and I started attending again with our daughter. Four generations of my family call BNC our church home. Brittany and I met in college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. We got married and moved back to Brentwood in 2014. I attended seminary and worked in middle school ministry for a couple years before becoming a high school math teacher. In 2020, God blessed us with Eleanora and I’ve been learning fatherhood ever since! I serve on the worship team playing the bass and sometimes the cajon. I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing board games and video games. A simple verse that I always find encouraging is Joshua 1:9, “...Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (ESV)