Danny is the founding pastor of New Heart Community Church. He is a graduate of Cal State University, Long Beach (B.A.) and Talbot Theological Seminary (M.Div). Danny is married to Abby, has four children and lives in La Mirada. His favorite show is Miss Saigon and his favorite team is the L.A. Lakers. He is a Board member of The Gay Christian Network (GCN) and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Speaking Team.
Laura Elizabeth Walton
Laura Walton has been attending New Heart since 2006 and pastor at New Heart since 2015. She earned a B.A in Philosophy at Biola University and an M.A in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot Theological Seminary. As a pastor and spiritual director, it is an honor to journey along side individuals to help bring awareness of God’s deep love for all people in every season of life –the profound joins, sorrows, and even in the mundane.
Laura lives in Whittier, CA with her husband, Brian, and son, Paxton and eagerly awaits the arrival of baby #2. She enjoys swimming, nature, movies and tv.
Dalila De Fiesta
My name is Dalila De Fiesta and I am a founding member of New Heart. I have been married to the love of my life, Arnold for 26 years and we have 4 amazing children and 1 fantastic son in law. As I reflect back on the days we use to dream about what New Heart would be, my dreams never included the following statement. I am an elder at New Heart. You see the idea that a woman could hold such a position of leadership was so far fetched it wasn't even a thought in my mind. Yet here I stand.
In February of 2014, Cara sent me a link to a blog post about Pastor Danny. As I watched Danny's video and Drew's, I realized something I had been praying for for 10 years was finally happening right in my neighborhood. I contacted Danny and the church we then attended. Danny responded to my email, and Pasadena Mennonite Church sent Rich and me to come alongside Danny and Abby as they navigated the church's next steps. We came to love and feel the call to New Heart, and a year and a half later, the church asked me to serve as an elder.
I am an Elder at New Heart. I attended NH for about 5 years in the early 2000’s, then left after starting a relationship with my now-wife, Leah, since NH was not gay-affirming at that time. We returned after NH became Third-Way, and have remained ever since.