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.
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.
My family and I came to New Heart in June 2010, and we felt welcomed and supported right away. We saw and experienced the gracious possibilities of belonging to a church family: we heard their honest stories; we were invited to share our own; and we began making memories with, and thinking with, and suffering with, and worshipping with, and telling stories with the people here. It’s an honor, then, to have been invited to be an elder.