Pastor Donald R. Gridiron, Sr. is the founder of Faith Center Ministries (F.C.M.) located in Walnut, California. Established in 1987, with twelve charter members, this dynamic ministry began in the home of Pastor Gridiron and his wife Gloria. F.C.M. has now grown to 400 members and offers a host of ministries and programs to meet the needs of the congregation and community.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Pastor Gridiron accepted the Lord, as his Savior, as a teenager and was called into the ministry at the age of 17. As an ordained Elder of the Church of God in Christ, Pastor Gridiron has served in various leadership capacities with the Southern California First Jurisdiction, for more than 3 decades.
Pastor Gridiron attended East Los Angeles College where he earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Governmental Management. Now retired, Pastor Gridiron had a successful career with the United States Post Office for 33 years. He started as a clerk and worked his way up through the ranks to Director of City Operations in the Inglewood Sectional Center, where he led a team of 100 managers and 1800 employees.
Pastor Gridiron teaches the truths of the Gospel as he ministers to the Spirit, Soul and Body. Under his leadership, Faith Center Ministries sets forth to actualize its’ mission to establish Global Evangelical Ministries that holistically empower people spiritually, educationally, economically and socially, through Faith in God, His Word, His Spirit and themselves.
Adhering to the great commission, Pastor Gridiron has preached the Word of God to thousands throughout the United States, South America and completed African mission trips to Nigeria in 2006 and South Africa in 2008.
Throughout the years, Pastor Gridiron’s passion and commitment to serve others has been recognized and celebrated by various organizations. He was awarded the Inland Valley News “Celebration of Excellence Award” and the “Unsung Hero Award” presented by, Judge Mablean Ephriam.
Pastor & First-Lady Gridiron, have been married for 52 years and their love for one another is admired by all who know them. They have two children; Donald Richard Gridiron, Jr. and his wife Natasha, and a daughter, Lynette Winston, Attorney at Law, and her husband James. They are the proud grandparents of three grandsons and three granddaughters.