Our Staff

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Pastors Tim & Katie Gavigan

tim@gtsf.org

Pastors Tim & Katie Gavigan

Tim and Katie were both born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Catholic families. Tim had trouble reconciling life’s realities with the God of his upbringing, and so turned to other world religions, hoping to find a spiritual match for the longing in his soul. It wasn’t until his mid-twenties that he slowly became convinced that the God of the Bible was the fulfillment of all his heart’s longings. It was during this time that he met Katie, who was also looking to make God a more central part of her life.

Tim joined the Glad Tidings staff in 2001. Tim and Katie can’t imagine living anywhere else in the United States. Tim loves all San Francisco trivia (ask him and he’ll tell you where the oldest buildings in the City are located!). He especially loves the Presidio, cherry blossoms, and Victorian architecture. Katie loves the year-round flowers, the sunny days, and the Bay Area’s breathtaking views. He and Katie never cease to be thankful for the diversity of culture, lifestyle, and cuisine (Thai food, anyone?) that the Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, and yes, the Tenderloin has to offer.

They are so thrilled about the quality of relationships that are forming within the Glad Tidings community, and passionately convinced that through these relationships, San Franciscans will get a glimpse of the truth that God has designed each one of them for a life of purpose, meaning, and hope. Their imaginations are bursting with wonder at what San Francisco might begin to look like as more and more people begin to live in these life-giving relationships.

Katie and Tim love to wrestle out life’s most important questions with people who are looking to live the fullest kind of lives. Together we keep finding that people are most fulfilled when they live their lives for God’s purposes – to see His dreams come true for the world.

Some of Tim and Katie’s favorites:

  • Store: World Market, any up-and-coming coffee roaster

  • Movie: International-themed, Pride and Prejudice

  • Food: Tawan’s (Thai), Rotee (Indian)

  • SF District: North Beach, Noe Valley

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Virgina Eidman

Church Financial Department


Virgina Eidman

Church Financial Department

Virginia and Walter were raised on or near Native American Reservations here in Northern California. They have 3 children. The Eidmans have worked alongside the Beisers since the 1990s and agreed to follow the Beisers to GT where for the past 12 years and have worked in many arenas from fund raising to construction. They have been a tremendous help on many levels in our growth.

Virginia is a recent graduate of Glad Tidings Bible Institute [she encourages everyone to take a class on Tuesday nights!] She believes that God is looking for ordinary people who are willing to be available to help make a difference in San Francisco. “It is our heart’s desire that everyone in San Francisco would know just how much God really loves them.”

Their Favorites:

  • Missions Trips to anywhere in the world.

  • Playing Tourist Guide in San Francisco when friends come to town.

  • Eating Chinese food.

  • Sailing on the San Francisco Bay.



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Pastor Catherine Avenel

Senior Adult Ministries


Pastor Catherine Avenel

Senior Adult Ministries

Catherine was born in Canada and raised in a large family who remain close to this day. In the eighth year she received the Lord Jesus as her savior during a church service and later that year was given a “Word” that someday she was going to be in San Francisco. As a teenager she moved with her entire family to California as a result of her mother’s illness and need to be in a warmer climate. After the death of her mother she moved from Pomona, California to San Francisco with her father and all of her siblings; later married and raised her two sons.

After completing GTBI and receiving her license, she joined the staff at Glad Tidings Church. She has played an active role in the Seniors Ministry. The primary components of this are weekly services at a local senior retirement facility. She also participates with devotions and discipleship at GT and teaches at the adult level, training believers in their faith. Catherine has an active role in walking people through their painful pasts into a full life in Christ.

Catherine remains in San Francisco believing to be assigned by the Lord from the “Word” received when she was eight years old.



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Vanessa Collins

Director of Operations / Women’s Ministry


Vanessa Collins

Director of Operations / Women’s Ministry

Vanessa first encountered the FIRE of God under Pastor Forrest’s ministry at Living Hope Christian Center in the 90’s. She was baptized in the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, 1996. Further encounters with God’s FIRE at the Brownsville Revival propelled her into a lifelong pursuit of greater holiness and intimacy. She’s now embracing a lifelong call to the ministry and is passionate about seeing the FIRE of God spread to the ends of the earth.

Raised in a Christian home in Connecticut, Vanessa has spent more than half of her life in San Francisco. She discovered at 16 that there’s nothing better than a life spent in service to God (Romans 12:1-2).

Her favorites:

  • Savoring shrimp burritos at La Corneta

  • Staring in awe at the redwoods in Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Gardens

  • Indulging in some Peanut Butter Indulgence from Mitchell’s Ice Cream

  • Walking through Glen Park Canyon

  • Showing off San Francisco’s hidden gems to her mom, a new transplant

Vanessa coordinates women’s activities and would love to tell you more about what’s available for women at GT!



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Pastor Mary Doran

Early Childhood Pastor


Pastor Mary Doran

Early Childhood Pastor

Pastor Mary spreads joy wherever she goes! Her servant’s heart is always visible, whether she’s pointing young ones to Jesus or decorating GT for Christmas. God has had His hand on Mary’s life from a young age. He has captured her heart! Her first desire is for worship – in fact, you’ll often see her on GT’s worship team. She oversees the children’s department (ages 0-5) and applies 15+ years of child development experience to making the PowerHouse a happy training ground for future ministry leaders with a heart after God. She is on FIRE for Jesus and she longs more than anything to fulfill His plans for her life. What a gift she is to GT!

Favorite things about SF

  • Glad Tidings

  • FOG

  • The views all over the City

  • The diversity- in the people, the neighborhoods, the food

Plans for a day off include

  • Hiking near the water

  • Pretending to be a tourist in San Francisco

  • Gourmet burgers

  • Thrifting with my sister

  • Vietnamese coffee!



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Pastor Amanda Weiss

Children's Pastor / Beyond / Hospitality


Pastor Amanda Weiss

Children's Pastor / Beyond / Hospitality

Amanda moved to SF after living all around the world and found SF to be the best city in the world! A graduate of Ball State University in Indiana, she found her true life’s calling here in San Francisco at GT.

Amanda is a graduate of our own GTBI. She has been a tremendous addition to our team here- investing day after day in our GT youth, supporting our lead pastor and jumping into whatever adventure the day brings! Amanda has a full heart that is ready to give in every situation. People are drawn to the light she shines so brightly. She is spontaneous and loves the diversity the City offers- diversity that is not found anywhere else!

Amanda’s favorite things about San Francisco are:

  • The view from Twin Peaks

  • Finding the best ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants , especially BBQ

  • Wandering through the shops in Japantown, striking up conversations in Japanese

  • Basking in the fog at Lands End



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Sam Ali

Children's Pastor / Beyond


Sam Ali

Children's Pastor / Beyond

I fell in love with this big city because I have had tons of good memory with my family. Family has lived in the Excelsior district for generations, seeing the Forty-Niners play, Going to the Cow Palace, Visiting Embarcadero. Deep down inside of me I felt burden for people of San Francisco and in 2013 made a decision to pursue that goal and joined the Glad Tidings Staff soon after.

Favorites:

  • Love, love, love taking the Muni everywhere to different districts.

  • I love the different in cultures In San Francisco.

  • I absolutely love the restaurants in SF.

  • I love the hidden parks and hills in SF.

Samuel is outgoing, friendly, and loves to dance. He has a heart of gold, and often sings aloud to Jesus while he’s working. Sam gets along with everyone as soon as he meets them, and pours his heart out endlessly.



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Thomas Seibert

College Pastor / Art of the Covenant


Thomas Seibert

College Pastor / Art of the Covenant

Thomas was born in Carmichael, California. In May of 2012, Thomas entered San Francisco Teen Challenge and began to embark on a lit path to redemption. It is at SFTC where Thomas began to change; hopes and dreams were rekindled, relationships were restored and an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ was born. Following his completion of the Teen Challenge program, Thomas joined the Glad Tidings staff in 2013.

Thomas is passionate about sharing the gospel. He is creatively gifted and wants to use his talents to glorify God and find new ways to reach people. He is relentless in dedication and has no limit on what he’ll do for people. Also, he has a heart to serve and a burden for the lost in San Francisco. Thomas loves the diversity and variety of cultural foods in San Francisco. He especially loves the scenic views and architecture around the city and enjoys spending time at Golden Gate Park, Lands End, Bernal Heights and the Marina. Thomas is ecstatic about what God is doing in San Francisco and is anticipating so much more.

Some of Thomas’s favorites include:

  • Movie: God's Not Dead, 1000ft Journey, The Secret Life of Walter Mittey

  • Food: Chaat Café in SOMA(Indian); Moonstar Buffet(Oriental), the Samovar Tea Lounge(located in Yerba Buena Gardens right behind San Francisco’s own Metreon)

  • Activities: Eating, Walking, basketball, hanging out with friends, music, and spontaneous adventures.



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Abigail Sonza

Staff Pastor/ Zadok


Abigail Sonza

Staff Pastor/ Zadok

Abigail was born in the Philippines and grew up in San Francisco. Her family and her has been part of Glad Tidings ever since she was twelve. After the Philippines 2014 Missions Trip she decided to pursue God in a different level and answer God’s calling in her life. She is now a youth group leader and is working diligently to see this city saved.

Favorite things about SF:

  • I love seeing different ethnicities and cultures all around San Francisco.

  • This city is full of diversity, by walking to Japan Town to North Beach to the Sunset District …you get to see different faces and experience San Francisco’s finest neighborhood.-San Francisco is the best city for foodies like me. Best city to dine and enjoy different cuisines.

What I like to do on my day off:

  • During my free time I love to jog and get a fresh breath of San Francisco’s air by Ocean Beach, Lake Merced and around the Golden Gate Park.

  • Hike the trail of Land’s End and enjoy the scenery that this beautiful city can offer.

  • End my day with getting two scoops of Bi-Rite ice cream and relax by Dolores park with my two dogs.

Abbey is one of the most positive people I have ever met and she adds something to the staff that is very needed. She is an environment changer and mighty woman of God. She gave up a rising career at a popular hotel in San Francisco to pursue the call of God on her life, I admire her courage and determination. She came into staff with a FIRE and it continues to grow everyday. I can see how she prays with passion and inspires and encourages the people around her. She has a true heart for people and is always ready to minister to anyone in need.



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Henos Haile

Habesha Outreach / Axis 10:21


Henos Haile

Habesha Outreach / Axis 10:21

Henos decided to go to Teen Challenge to stop his drinking addiction once and for all. After graduating from Teen Challenge he wanted more of God and decided to go the 2013 mission trip to the Philippines with Glad Tidings. He was forever marked and changed by this mission trip and decided to stay at GT afterward. Going back to his regular job and working he felt that he needed more discipleship. He felt he had to give it all up and join GTDI to mature as a Christian.

Favorite things about SF:

  • The ocean

  • Running up the hills

  • The views

On his days off he like to be active and go outdoors.



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Alexandra Anderson

Staff / Axis10:21


Alexandra Anderson

Staff / Axis10:21


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Shelsea Cook

Staff / Zadok


Shelsea Cook

Staff / Zadok

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