Pastoral leadership isn’t a personal career choice or the result of a degree. It is a calling to be sure, but it is not a personal, private feeling about what we think God wants us to do independent of my character or the affirmation of the community of God’s people. Rather, biblical leaders must be faithful, compassionate men who are able to lead well and teach God’s Word accurately (Titus 1:6-9), and their giftings and qualifications must be recognized and affirmed by other qualified leaders as well as the congregation of God’s people (2 Tim. 2:2).
At Firm Foundation, we seek to be a church that follows God’s blueprint for pastoral leadership as revealed in His Word. Read on to learn more about our leaders.
Lloyd has been the Pastor-Teacher of Firm Foundation since July of 2018. Prior to this he served in associate roles in churches in Arizona and California for fifteen years. He earned his MDiv from The Master’s Seminary and also has a BA in biblical and pastoral studies. Lloyd and his wife, Christy, grew up near the Quad-City area and are blessed to serve the Lord in the place they love to call home. They have been married since 2003 and have four children, Caleb, Anna, Leah, and Joel.
Tony de la Riva
Tony joined the Firm Foundation leadership team in March of 2020, where he serves primarily as director of worship and communications. As a bi-vocational pastor, he is also art director and designer at de la Riva Brands, his branding and web design studio. Tony has a BA in biblical and pastoral studies and is preparing to resume MDiv work at The Master’s Seminary, which he put on pause in 2018 in view of a growing family and business. A central California native, Tony and his wife Beki have been married since 2007 and have four children, Chloe, Daisy, Manasseh, and Israel.
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