About Us


our pastors

Pastors Russ and Tanya Sturm are Bay Area natives. They are both ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God. Pastor Russ graduated from Bethany University in Santa Cruz and successfully planted churches in Berkeley and Rodeo before joining Central Assembly as Lead Pastor in June 2014. Our pastors are committed to helping believers learn the Word of God and experience a life-changing, power-filled relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

our story

Central Assembly Church was founded in 1953 under the leadership of Pastor Russell Griffin. The first services were held in the Veteran's Memorial Building in Richmond, California. Within ten years, the Lord blessed the growing congregation to purchase the property in El Sobrante where we are located today. 
In addition to establishing a church, Pastor Griffin also had a vision to provide quality, Christian-based education to the children in our community. In 1971, Pastor Griffin's vision became a reality when the church established El Sobrante Christian School. The school began with one campus and 24 students. Today, El Sobrante Christian School offers classes for grades K-12 and has grown to two campuses with more than 200 students enrolled.