Richard Villanueva

Youth Ministry

Richard Villanueva


I was born and raised in San Bernardino and am happy to call The Rock Church home since 1996. It’s here that I married the love of my life, Michelle, in 2002 and together we are raising three kids: Isabella, Carter, and Juliet Rain.

I gave my heart to the Lord as a teen and I have grown up through The Rock Church. At 14 years old I got my start in ministry doing puppets in Kids Church. I began preaching at the age of 16 in homeless outreaches at the parks of San Bernardino. As a teen, I was active in outreach, youth ministry programs, and even founded a campus ministry that spanned 4 different school districts that focused on discipleship and evangelism.

I’ve had the honor of being in youth ministry since 2000 and love helping them grow through the challenges of adolescence into active, faith-filled adults. After facilitating summer camps & youth conferences, participated in countless school campus outreaches, and attended plenty of water polo competitions, football games, and school plays, Michelle and I have gathered more stories of God’s faithfulness than we can count. I am convinced that God loves and moves through young people.

I graduated from The Rock Bible College in 2002. Later I received my BMin from the Faculty of Theology (FTI), Montebello, earning a top thesis award for work covering a parent's role in family discipleship. I am set to complete my master's degree in 2021, earning an MTS in Theological Studies with an emphasis on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible from Regent University. I’ve enjoyed teaching at The Rock Bible College since 2006, and have shared about Parental Roles in Raising Teens and Adolescent Development at national conferences and ministries.

I am amazed that God allows me to be a part of His Church, helping young people understand how great He is. I love the Inland Empire and believe our teens are a part of God’s design for bringing His life to every part of our community.

Life Scripture

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. - Philippians 3:12


Reading, visiting National Parks, and thinking of the next adventure on the calendar.

Favorite Foods / Restaurant

Any of the great coffee shops in the Inland Empire, like Condron or Arcade. Vince’s Spaghetti in Ontario is always a guilty pleasure for special occasions.

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