DANNY CORTEZ founded New Heart Community Church in 1997 and currently serves as their teaching pastor. In May 2014, his traditional Southern Baptist congregation became a Third Way church, one that has agreed to be in fellowship with one another despite the various beliefs regarding LGBT relationships. He received his M.Div. at Talbot Theological Seminary, Biola University. He also co-founded and serves on the board of My Refuge House, a non-profit ministry that provides a safe home to empower and restore survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse. He resides in La Mirada, CA with his wife Abby, and their 4 children.