Valley Bible Church - In Memoriam

David Johnston

November 4, 1968 - March 4, 2016

David Johnston was on the staff as our youth pastor for 25 years, leading our junior high and high school ministries at Valley Bible Church. He became a Christian at age 8 after seeing the change Christ made in his father's life, shortly before his father's death.

A Palmdale native, David was introduced to VBC through the college group in 1988. His leadership of Junior High ministry began in 1990 and lasted until early 2015 when he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. He is survived by his wife, DeeDee, and their three children, Andrew, Autumn and Aaron and his ministry will be missed.

George Karlis

May 5, 1922 - April 8, 1989

George was born and raised in Salem, Ohio. At age 13 he prayed to receive Christ. He served 8 years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe during World War II. He was discharged in California where he worked in the aerospace industry from 1954 to 1987. George and his wife, Anita, were married in 1957 and had four children.

In 1972 he rededicated his life to Christ while attending Christ Community Church in Canoga Park, California. He and his family moved to the Antelope Valley in 1976 and began attending Valley Bible Church.

George was involved in founding the AWANA ministries at both Christ Community and Valley Bible and was an AWANA leader for 12 years. He also served as a deacon at VBC for many years. Fellowship and hospitality were always a concern of his for the body of Christ here at Valley Bible.

Gordon Kemble

May 26, 1939 - September 28, 2002

Gordon Kemble was born in Wakarusa, Indiana, and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He accepted God's free gift of salvation at age eight. Gordon received a bachelor of divinity degree from Denver Seminary and served on the staff of Christian Service Brigade, a national youth organization, while working professionally as a graphic designer.

He and his family moved to the Antelope Valley in 1985 and, after a few years, began attending Valley Bible Church. Gordon served as a deacon for several years and took an early retirement to serve full-time with the VBC staff. Gordon's teaching, leadership of our adult education ministries, and leadership of a growth group for young professionals will be missed.