Daniel Holmquist

Transitional Senior Pastor –

Pastor Daniel is our Transitional Senior Pastor coming from an extensive pastoral and leadership background.  He began his pastoral ministry in 1988 as an intern in College Ministry and has served many churches and mission organizations in various roles since then.  He was Senior Pastor at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church for 12 years.  Daniel is heavily involved in mission partnerships in Asia where he works intensively in training, coaching, and mentoring pastors and church planters.


Pastor Daniel is pursuing his PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.  He holds a MDiv in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA and BA degrees in Christian Education from Wheaton College.


Pastor Daniel and his wife Linda have been married since 1988 and have been blessed with six children (and recently, one son-in-law!).  Linda runs an independent business.  Daniel and Linda both enjoy working out, exploring culture, reading theology, doing missions, and experiencing the outdoors with their family.


Pastor Daniel’s life verse is 2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.”





Patrick Lee

Executive Pastor –

Pastor Pat is our Executive Pastor after serving as our Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries at CV First since January 2014.  He currently helps oversee all of the facility and finance matters of the church. He continues to be involved with our Crossover Basketball, “A Kid’s Kingdom” Pre-school, VBS, and AWANA ministries. Pastor Pat received his Bachelor’s of Science (1988) and Master’s of Science (1989) degrees in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley.  He later received his Master of Arts degree from Western Seminary (2011). He worked for 5 years in the water resources field before being called into full-time ministry in 1992. Pastor Pat has served as the Youth Pastor at Bay Area Chinese Bible Church (1995-2007), Associate Pastor at Bay Farm Community Church (2007-2009) and the East Bay Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2009-2013). Pastor Pat and his wife, Cynthia, have been married since 1992.  Cynthia works in the business side of health care while also being a mom to their three sons; Tyler, Evan and Max. They have lived in Castro Valley since 1999.  They enjoy sports, musicals, eating ice cream, strolling the mall and watching TV “who-dunnit” crime shows, HGTV and the Sing-Off.


Pat’s life verse is 1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

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Matthew Blevins 

Associate Pastor –

Matty Blevins is Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries at Castro Valley First Baptist Church where he has served for several years. He graduated from San Jose Christian College and Western Seminary and is often invited to speak at retreats and conferences in the areas of missional living, sexuality and suffering. His greatest passion is to encourage Christians to live as missionaries in the strange land called the San Francisco Bay Area and to comfort those who are suffering with comfort God has given him. He has been married to his best friend Mary for over 20 years and has two amazing boys, Elijah (age 10) and Josiah (age 5). His hobbies include all things Middle-earth and experiencing difficult culinary cultures.


Matty’s life verse is  1 Timothy 1:15-17 

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”


Daniel Ennis

Part Time Youth Director

Daniel is the part time Youth Director at CV First.  Daniel has been ministering in our youth ministry for the past 10+ years.  Daniel is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies while working full-time  at ThinkHR as a Customer Success Manager. Daniel is an avid reader that spans from the Christian classics to the recent superhero comic book.  He and his wife Amber have two daughters named Ruth and Abigail.  

James Bohn

Part Time Sunday Worship Director





Arli Jue

Creative Design Director & Administrative/Office Director–

Arli is our Creative Design and Administrative Director since August of 2012 and November 2016, respectively.  Arli has the responsibilities of overseeing the creative aspects of CV First from interior decorating to producing graphic promo materials for our ministries. Recently she has taken on the added responsibility of overseeing our main office to make sure the day to day workings of our ministries flow smoothly. Arli comes to CV First after an extensive time serving with parachurch ministries, such as Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF) and She Is Safe. Arli’s has also worked for an art gallery, has done freelance work and was an elementary school art teacher at Chinese Christian School in Alameda. She graduated from UC Davis in 1987 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Design and minor in Communications. Arli loves the outdoors and can be found biking or running through the hills of our county.  She is a Disneyland enthusiast and makes an annual trek there to run in their Labor Day race.  Arli and her husband Brian have been married since 1990 and have three children Kayla, Micah and Brandon.   They live in Castro Valley along with their dog Tomo.


Arli’s life verses are: Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) and Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB)


” For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”


 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”





Ben Atkinson

Maintenance & Facilities Director –

 Ben currently oversees the maintenance of our church campus as well as assisting with renovation and special projects or events. He has been involved in leadership as a Youth leader and AWANA. Ben is currently pursing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management while specializing in welding. He is the youngest of 3 siblings in the Atkinson family. He enjoys sports, games, good food, camping and more!  Ben has been on our staff team since July 2016. 


Ben’s life verses are Psalms 51:12 and Philippians 14:13

“Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and up hold me with a willing spirit.”


“I can do all thing through him who strengthens me. -“


Volunteer Office Staff

We have a wonderful crew of volunteers who staff our front office on a rotational basis.  These volunteers handle our “first touch” and direct our guests to the appropriate ministries.