Meet Our Staff

Doug Gooch

Sr. Pastor


Bio: Doug received a calling to share the Gospel while in his teens.  His time in ministry has been accompanied by varied experiences in dairy processing, procurement and as a business leader.  All this has produced a good understanding of the world into which we are to introduce God's Will as it is in heaven.  He possesses a gift for making the Gospel totally relevant to today's living.  Doug has been a speaker for churches and conferences and has been the keynote speaker at one of the largest Christian men's conferences held in California.

Doug's years in the work place, his knowledge of God's Word, his passion for inspiring excellence and his zeal for breaking down generational lines...all have produced an innovative and exciting man of God. He is a current member of ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministers). He and his wife Taffy live in Upland, CA and have two daughters. Also, if you happen to be eating a meal with Doug and he looks at you like you're crazy, check to see if you have peas on your plate.


Taffy Gooch



Bio: Taffy has been active in ministry ever since she was a young teenager.  In addition to her singing & teaching abilities, Taffy is a gifted speaker, leader & prayer warrior.  Taffy began teaching children’s ministry while she was still in her teens.  Under her direction, the children's ministry began to thrive and Taffy knew that God had blessed her with the gift to lead and equip.  After high school, she entered Azusa Pacific University where she double majored in Christian Education and Chemistry.  During that same time, she began singing for Reba & Country Sonlite performing Southern gospel music throughout California. 


Taffy has been the guest speaker for churches and women's conferences.  She currently serves as co-pastor at WFF and is responsible for guest services and Christian education.  She holds a masters degree from Loma Linda University in Dental Hygiene.  Also, Taffy has been blonde for as long as we've known her.  When asked, she says that's just the way God made her and that's the story she's sticking to.  



Garry Brier

Worship Leader


Bio: Garry has been a worship leader for WFF since 2009.  He has an extensive background with over 30 years in gospel music as a musician, song writer and recording artist.  Garry has been a member of some of the most influential southern gospel groups in California including Reba & Country Sonlite and The Watchmen Quartet.  He has performed on some of the largest stages with the most recognizable names in the gospel music industry.


Garry is the co-owner of a successful accounting firm and he currently serves on the board of directors for Word Faith Fellowship as the financial director.  Garry's deep commitment to God, his passion for gospel music and his firm understanding of scripture are just a few of the personal characteristics that make him a valuable asset to the WFF team.  He is responsible for overseeing the worship/music program at WFF.   Garry and his wife Cathy live in Grand Terrace, CA.  Also, word has it that Garry wasn't always the straight laced, clean-cut accountant looking type.  If you have pictures of Garry with long hair past his shoulders...well, you know the drill.  Please, please, please!

Steve Verdone

Associate Pastor


Bio: Steve is the youth pastor at Word Faith Fellowship.  He has a tremendous passion for seeing young men and women becoming champions for Christ. Steve's personal life story is a testimony to the power of God's redeeming grace.  He has a genuine heart for evangelism and has a strong gift for witnessing God's love and power wherever he goes. Steve's style of preaching includes humor, personal experience and relevance to get his point across.  He currently has an ordination license through Evangelical Christian Alliance of America.  Steve holds a general contractors license and is the owner/operator of his own home improvement company.

Steve and his wife Virginia live in Corona CA and have two sons.  Oh yeah, at the time of this data input, Steve has lost over 40 pounds on his personal weight loss journey so you'll need to come check out the transformation in person.  No need to ask for him.  He'll be the guy standing close to the lobby mirror. LOL

Virginia Verdone

Guest Services Director


Bio: Virginia is currently the guest services director for Word Faith Fellowship.  She has an extensive back ground in the hospitality industry.  Virginia has worked in administration for one of the world's leading hotel chains for more than 25 years and has tremendous experience in the area of guest relations.  In addition to her experience in secular hospitality services, Virginia has a deep passion for serving people in ministry.  She is living proof that God equips those whom He calls.  Virginia also serves on the board of directors for WFF. 

Also, if there is any doubt that Virginia has been blessed with the patience to deal with people, just check out her husband Steve. 


William Parker

Worship Leader

Bio: William Came to WFF in 2010.  Since that time, our worship experiences have shot up to new levels.  William brings a depth to worship that is pure, relevant and powerful.  He is a gifted musician, worship leader and song writer.  He plays a key role in helping to compose and arrange the worship sets in our services.  William comes to us with an extensive background in church leadership.  His educational background spans across the field of liberal arts and holds a licence as a vocational nurse.  He currently plays keyboard for a southern gospel group called the Blue Diamonds and travels throughout California performing gospel music.  He and his wife Tiffany live in Yucaipa, CA and have four children.

Also, William has a reputation for being a calm and gentle man.  But if you want to see the other side of him, just try and reach for his trough of ice cream at Farrell's ice cream parlor.






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