About DCF's Senior Pastor
Pastor Israel Gamboa
Israel Gamboa was born and raised in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. In 1993, at age 17, he moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and shortly thereafter surrendered his life to Jesus Christ.
In less than two years, at the age of 18, Israel's passion of playing the guitar and studying the Word of God led him to the opportunity to serve as home bible study worship leader with Calvary Chapel Spring Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada for four years.
Israel's dedication to the LORD continued to grow, and by the age of 23, he begun hosting and teaching home bible study groups at Calvary. His secular job with Las Vegas Valley Water District as Certified Backflow Technician did not hinder him in attending formal training at Calvary Chapel Bible College while continually hosting and teaching home bible study groups at the same time.
In 2005, Israel was given the opportunity to lead the Sunday Filipino service at Calvary Chapel Spring Valley and in less than two years after, by the grace of God, Israel was sent out by Pastor John Michaels to plant a new church. In January 2007, Israel was ordained as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, founded Damayan Christian Fellowship, serving as Senior Pastor and worship leader ever since.
He is blessed with a loving wife, Romely and four adorable children, Phoebe, Sophia, Judah and Levi.
Pastor Israel’s commitment is to continue steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers, teaching the infallible Word of God without compromise, and being sensitive to the LORD’s leading for opportunities of planting mission churches locally and abroad.