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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!
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