ELDERS

Richard Inman

Richard and his family are among the founding members of Faith Christian Church. Richard has a Christian heritage that can be traced back to his grandparents, but as a teenager he realized that faith was a personal commitment, not one inherited from your family, so he made his commitment to Christ and was baptized at the age of 14. 


Richard has served as an elder at Faith Christian Church since its inception in 1976. He and his wife, Joyce, were married on June 2, 1961 and have two adult daughters, Jennifer and Kathleen. Richard is a semi-retired research scientist. High School is his highest diploma, but he did attend some college and took a few correspondence courses. However, most of what Richard knows about being a scientist he learned during his years in the Navy. 


Richard enjoys reading, and Bible study, and, when possible, camping. Richard is passionate about people knowing that God is alive and sees all that we do. It’s hard for him to pick a favorite verse seeing as how the whole Bible is important, but one verse that Richard is constantly referring back to is Romans 2:1, “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.” This verse plays out everywhere in life; politics, relationships, everywhere.



Bryan Walls

Bryan is happily married to Adriana and the very proud father of Timothy and Ana-Gloria. He was introduced to the church by his parents and his grandfather was a Southern Baptist preacher. Bryan grew up going to church, but when his parents divorced at age 13 he had a tough time understanding and blamed God for all that had gone wrong.

Through a series of life-threatening events in a short three-month time span, God grabbed Bryan’s attention and caused him to follow Christ. He has been serving and studying Christ ever since those events at age 19.

Bryan has worked in a wide range of careers from construction to cellular technology to insurance and finance. He enjoys challenging Bible studies and diving into God’s word.

Bryan’s favorite verse is John 17:22-23: “The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent me and loved them even as You loved me.”

It amazes Bryan that God would love us enough to share His glory with us so that the world may know Him, and he believes that our love for one another is the best example of Christ and His love for us

Pastor Lance Skifter

Pastor Lance was raised in a Christian home and loved going to church. Devoted Christian service can be traced back to his maternal grandparents who ran a ministry to servicemen in Long Beach from 1960-1983.  


Although he was raised in the church and was a relatively good kid growing up, his driving motivation was being accepted by others. This led him to reflect the life of a Christian when he was with Christians and to reflect the life of a non-Christian when he was with non-Christians. Ultimately Lance’s Christian friends became fewer and fewer and, therefore, his life was defined more and more by worldly actions – thus revealing that his heart was not transformed. After a failed marriage and becoming an alcoholic, God got Lance’s attention, and at 26 years old, the Holy Spirit transformed his heart from stone to flesh. From that point on God gave him a passion for the truth and a love for the church.  


Pastor Lance came to Faith Christian Church in 2007 as the youth pastor and has been our Senior Pastor since August 2008. Lance is married to Erin, “the most beautiful girl in the world.” The couple has twin sons, Elijah and Samuel. When asked about his favorite Scripture, Pastor Lance said, “It’s hard to narrow it to just one; however, as a pastor, one verse that I keep reminding myself of is found in Galatians 1:10. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”