The South Bay Church Story.
South Bay Church is a Christian church started by six friends in 2009. These families moved from different places around the country with a desire and vision to impact the Bay Area with the love of God and the message of Christ. Seventeen churches and a couple organizations partnered with South Bay Church to provide support, accountability, and human resources to help us have a successful launch. Our Sunday services are a safe place for people to explore faith, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. At South Bay you can be yourself, make a difference locally and globally, and build real friendships.
Our Staff and Partnerships
Click below to view the rest of the South Bay Church staff and the partnerships that we affiliate with.
Andy Wood, Lead Pastor
Wife: Stacie Wood (blog)
Andy was born in Michigan, where he lived for the first 17 years of his life. Burdened with a desire to start a church for people who are far from God, he moved to South Carolina to study Youth Ministry at Charleston Southern University. In 2003, he moved to Arlington, TX, where he received a master’s degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary and planted his first church. Andy is passionate about training leaders, teaching God’s Word in relevant ways, and creating environments where those far from God come to know Him personally.
Renan Santos, Executive Pastor of Operations
Wife: Juliane Santos
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Renan has moved back and forth between Brazil and America many times, settling in the Bay Area in 2007 to help start South Bay Church. He previously spent several years working at Morumbi Baptist Church in Brazil, and has also served as Chairman of the Willow Creek Association, Brazil. Renan has a mechanical engineering degree, an MBA, and a Master’s of Theology. He and his wife, Juliane, have three children and six grandchildren. Renan is in charge of all operations at South Bay, which keeps him very, very busy.
Filipe was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and first came to America when he was 11 years old. After moving back and forth between Brazil and America, in 1999 he moved to South Carolina to study Theology at Charleston Southern University. He served as a Collegiate Ministry Pastor at Northwood Church in Charleston, SC, and moved to the Bay Area in 2008 to help start South Bay Church. At South Bay Church, Filipe oversee the ministries of the church and works to equip people to lead small groups, volunteer teams, and outreach to the community.
Archie Jackson, Worship and Creative Arts Pastor
Wife: Rebekah Jackson (blog)
Archie is a passionate musician, visual artist, creative thinker, designer and Pastor. He grew up in Niles, Ohio playing drums and graduated from Cumberland College, KY with a degree in Communication and Theatre. While in college he developed a passion for film, stagecraft, lighting and music. He started leading worship from guitar right after college and did a small stint with Berklee College of Music, Boston MA to grow in his skills. He was Associate and Worship Pastor at Crosstowne Church, Charleston SC until 2008 when he and his wife, Rebekah, and dog Capo moved to CA to help start South Bay Church. They have been married almost 10 years and have a son named Luke. Archie loves using his gifts to facilitate spaces where people can experience the love Jesus for the first time.
David Hibiske, Family Pastor
Wife: Kendall Hibiske (blog)
David was born in Florida and grew up in Wilmington, NC. He graduated in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Upon graduating, David moved to Fort Worth, TX, to begin his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While at seminary, he met and married his wife Kendall. David and Kendall both graduated from Southwestern in 2009 and moved to the Bay Area to join the South Bay staff. David is passionate about serving and equipping families. He leads the Family Ministry at South Bay Church, which includes BayKids and IGNITE Student Ministry.