Meet the Staff
Pastor, Head of Staff
I have been the pastor of Orchard Community Church since 2008 and I absolutely love this great family of faith. I graduated from Westmont College in 1991 with degrees in Religious Studies and Sociology. I got my Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2000 and my Doctor of Ministry in 2013 from Fuller Theological Seminary. During Seminary as part of my pastoral training I served churches in Scotland and New Jersey. Since then I have served churches in California. I have a wonderful wife named Melinda and three great daughters, Bailey, Anna and Ella. I like to read, play guitar and spend time at Lake Tahoe.
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I am so excited for this opportunity to shepherd the youth of Orchard for this season. Having grown up in Ventura, I am elated to come home to the church that very much raised me and allowed me to find my love for youth ministry. Since my early college years where I worked with the middle school group at Orchard, I have spent three summers working for Sonshine Specialized Camping ministries in various roles, and one summer interning under Jeff Porter at Orchard. During the school year, I pursued a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University and now I am finishing up a Masters in Theology at Talbot School of Theology. I have been largely influenced by the different mentors who have discipled me through different periods of my life, and my wife, Joanna, who is my loving support and constant encouragement. I am so excited for this opportunity to impact the youth for Christ.
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Children’s Ministry Director
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I have been a professional musician for over 25 years. I have a passion for Christian Worship. I believe that God has called us to be worshippers and I am thrilled to be able to use my talents to help people draw closer to God through music. I have been involved in staff positions in several churches from 100 to 5,000 member congregations. I am thrilled to be a part of Orchard where we have a mixed blend of ages and a friendly, loving, family of believers. I have been married for 30 years and have 3 boys in college who are all Eagle Scouts. I love skiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, horseback riding, and camping.
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I have been singing in a choir since I was 6 years old, and I’ve been directing the Orchard adult choir since 2011. I believe that a church choir can be fun and interesting but that it must also focus on worshiping and glorifying God – so a church choir should always sing their best for God! In my free time, I run my home-based bakery business, try to keep up with my son, Ben, and hang out with my husband, Jeremy. I prefer pie to cake, love to garden with succulents, and would love to move to France one day.
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I love my job of getting “the word” out about all the fun and amazing things God is doing around and through Orchard. I also am a High School Youth Leader and love hanging out with the students. I am married to Kevin and we have two wonderful daughters – Lily and Olivia. We love being outdoors; softball, camping and hiking.
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I was a professional volunteer until this wonderful opportunity came along, now I get to work with, help, and hang out with my church family. How awesome is that! I have a wonderful husband, Bob and two great kids, Ian and Alex. I love to travel and see all the beautiful places God made for us to enjoy. I went to Culinary School and am a foodie at heart. I love hanging out in the kitchen with family and friends preparing great meals.
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I am blessed to be a part of the music team here at Orchard. Some of you will remember me as teacher Miss Susan at Junior Music Academy. When I’m not at the piano bench you can find me playing with my grandsons, bicycle riding with my husband, walking the hills above Ventura, or eating spicy Thai food. And, I love traveling with my family.
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Sonshine Preschool Director
Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Some of my earliest memories involve me, a chalkboard, and all the younger neighbors. I thought I would teach elementary school until I started taking Early Childhood Education classes in college. This is when I fell in love and realized that so many important things happen with children between their birth and 5th year of life. I went on to complete my Bachelors of Science in Child and Adolescent Studies from Cal State Fullerton in the early 2000’s. Since then, in one way or another, I have worked with preschool age children for the majority of my adult years. I have taught preschoolers, worked in Children’s ministry and become a mother. I couldn’t be happier to be here at Sonshine preschool.
My husband, Jason, and I have two boys, Reef and Ryder. If the weather is nice, you will find us at the beach!
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