Please refrain from filming the Glendale City Church sign and using the name of our congregation in your reporting. Sharing our name and showing our logo confuses viewers about with which congregation Rev. Rivera used to be affiliated. Prior to his arrest, Rev. Rivera was pastor of God’s Gypsy Christian Church / Renewing Your Mind Ministries, a congregation that rented from our congregation but had no other connection to our organization or our other tenants. Thank you for maintaining this clear distinction in your reporting.



Today we learned that Reverend Douglas Rivera, formerly with God’s Gypsy Christian Church, has been arrested in preparation for trial. Glendale City Church of Seventh-day Adventists continues to pray for all involved, especially those who have been victimized.
At the end of February, God’s Gypsy Christian Church requested that their congregation be released from their rental contract with Glendale City Church. We granted their request and ended our rental relationship with them on March 1, 2018.
On Tuesday, March 13th, Glendale City Church opened its doors to our neighborhood to share this information, to inform them about the programs, services and activities that take place on our campus, and to ask for their input on how we can be a better neighbor.
All media inquiries should be directed to Senior Pastor, Todd Leonard: 818-441-3364 and todd.j.leonard@gmail.com.


After learning today that Reverend Douglas Rivera posted bail and was released from Covina Police custody, Glendale City Church of Seventh-day Adventists (GCCSDA) has communicated with his attorney and his congregation, God’s Gypsy Christian Church / Renew Your Mind Ministries (RYMM) that Rev. Rivera is prohibited from entering our church campus. The Glendale Police Department is also aware of this and is prepared to assist us as necessary.
When our congregation gathered for worship on Saturday, we took time to pray for the victims of this tragic event, for RYMM and for Rev. Rivera. We continue to stand ready to provide support any way we can to those affected by this tragedy.
Todd Leonard, Senior Pastor, Glendale City Church of Seventh-day Adventists


This evening, Glendale City Church of Seventh-day Adventists (GCCSDA) learned about an alleged sexual assault by Rev. Douglas Rivera, pastor of God’s Gypsy Christian Church / Renewing Your Mind Ministries (RYMM).
The relationship between Glendale City Church and RYMM is simply lessor to lessee. RYMM is unaffiliated with the ministry of GCCSDA or the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. RYMM has a worship service on the GCCSDA campus on Sunday evenings and a prayer meeting service on Thursday evenings. We have had this lease relationship since January 2017.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, with the RYMM congregation, with law enforcement and with Rev. Rivera. We pray for justice and healing to win the day.
Todd Leonard, Senior Pastor, Glendale City Church of Seventh-day Adventists

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