PASTOR DAVID AND MARIA WHITE
Pastor David and Maria White come to the
Porterville Church of God from the San
Francisco Bay Area, but this is more like a
homecoming for them. David grew up in
Selma, and Maria in nearby Traver, and they
met as students at Fresno State in 1995.
They married three years later and went into ministry as youth pastors and
evangelists before making the fulltime plunge into pastoring in April,
bringing them back to their extended family in the Central Valley. He follows
after Pastor Phil Akin, who retired after almost 11 years of faithful service
with his wife Gayle.
David spent the past 17 years as a newspaper sportswriter, first at The
Fresno Bee for 12 years before going to the San Francisco Chronicle to cover
the NFL the past five years. During this time, he ministered part-time at local
Church of God churches in Traver, Grover Beach, Goshen, Dinuba and
Hercules. He obtained his exhorter's license with the Church of God after
completing the Ministerial Internship Program, and graduated to ordained
minister soon after.
Maria has been active in children's and youth ministry since her teenage
years at the Traver Church of God, serving most recently as Children's Pastor
at Full Gospel Fellowship in Hercules. She is a Fresno State graduate with
more than 10 years of lower-elementary teaching experience. David and
Maria have three children: Elise, 6; David, 5; and Ethan, 4, who all love
playing with their -- count 'em -- 19 first cousins, going to the beach and
eating hot cinnamon mini-donuts at Pier 39.
David loves the San Francisco Giants, any barbecue east of the Mississippi
and watching Napoleon Dynamite. Maria loves Facebook, clam chowder at
Splash Cafe and watching What Not To Wear.
They can't wait to see God touch the lives of families in Porterville and beyond
through the wonderful name of their Savior Jesus!
559-784-4348 940 W. Jubilee - Porterville, Ca 93257
Porterville Church Of God