Our Staff



Dan Smith
Senior Pastor

Called “Pastor Dan” by everyone, Dan Smith has blessed our congregation with his zeal for God and the Church, and his love for people everywhere as our Senior Pastor since Fall 2009.  His heart and soul is preaching grace and the character of God, facing the hard questions about faith, and making God and Adventism make sense and look good to seekers and the Next Generation. And his heart for world mission ministry has fueled a love for public evangelism that takes him overseas whenever he gets the chance! OC Grace / GGSDA’s global ministry has been energized by his years of experience in facilitating local ministries in many countries including Ghana, India, Malaysia, Jamaica, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe. The son of missionary parents, Pastor Dan attended high school in Singapore after growing up in Thailand.  From there he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California followed by a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University Theological Seminary in Michigan. Beginning his ministry as an urban youth pastor, he has brought his passion for creative evangelism and nurturing people to every kind of church, from country churches in Oregon, a hospital church in Chicago, and a university church in Riverside, to our urban church in Orange County. His wife Hilda is a college librarian in Riverside, and his oldest son Alex is a PE teacher in Scottsdale, Arizona and his son Eric is a La Sierra University college student.

Dante Marruffo
Young Adult Pastor



Patty Marruffo
Children, Families, and Youth Pastor

Patty Marruffo is passionate about partnering with parents, families and volunteers to embrace all kids, nurture their spirit and help guide them toward discovering and developing a passion for Jesus. She also loves to explore creative ways of merging the community with the church in ways that will help us understand each other’s narrative and find a common narrative in the hope and love of Jesus. Patty is a Chaplain for Riverside County Fire Department. She loves the beach and hanging out with her husband Dante, and two kids Daniel and Jessica.


Ed Carceler
Filipino Fellowship Coordinator

Having come to the United States in 2007 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Ed hails from the Philippines where he worked with Pastor Dan’s mission trip group in 2009!  He joined OC Grace / GGSDA’s staff in September 2013 after completing a Masters in Business Administration with 15 years of experience as a church-planter missionary, hospital chaplain, and pastor in various Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Philippines and United States.  Through Ed’s mentoring the Filipino Fellowship is rapidly growing and the ministry’s lofty dreams of growing a vibrant, caring fellowship to serve OC Filipinos is being realized day-by-day!


Isaiah Duong
Vietnamese Fellowship Coordinator


Helen Sneed
Bible Instructor

Helen has served on Garden Grove’s staff for over fifteen years.  Deeply loved by all who have come under her ministry, she has a tremendous gift and love for spiritual nurturing.



Silvino Briceno
Office Manager

A member of our Young Adult Ministry, Silvino sings, he organizes, he makes it all work!  Wise beyond his years, he grew up in Orange County, sings all over with his wife Melissa, and juggles a dozen tasks at once with grace and respect for everyone.