We believe the Bible teaches that a team of biblically qualified elders is to lead the local church, men who are equal in authority, serving as under-shepherds to the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
The biblical terms elder, overseer, bishop, and the contemporary terms shepherd-elder and pastor-elder all refer to the same individuals. God’s word speaks of elders exclusively in the plural who share in the overall governance of the church (Acts 14:23; 20:17; Titus 1:5). Although elders may function differently according to their gifting, all are needed to provide overall responsibility and authority to lead the church. Scripture lays out explicit teaching on elder qualifications and characteristics for those who shepherd the local church (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
In short, our elder team is expected to live out their calling as men who, “shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Peter 5:2-4)
Pastor for Preaching
I was born and raised in Southern California where I spent most of my younger years growing up in the small town of Yucca Valley. After high school, I moved to Orange County to pursue a college degree in Biblical Studies. My mom introduced me to Christ at a young age but unfortunately as life progressed I found myself beginning to shift my attention from Creator to creation. Because of this shift I’ve learned my share of tough lessons along the way. Today I live with the realization that it is by God’s grace alone that I stand redeemed and forgiven.
I finished my undergraduate studies in 2008 and have enjoyed serving as the Pastor for Preaching at Roots Community Church since 2010. I am currently working on a Masters of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and loving every bit of the experience so far.
My wife Malia and I live on the Westside of Costa Mesa along with our 4 children (Lola, Judah, River, and Emmaus). As a family, we are consistently humbled by Christ’s work for us and grateful for his continued transformation in us.
I was born in Los Angeles and have lived throughout Southern California, finally settling in Orange County with my family in 1995. Having lived a half-century, I have the benefit of seeing a fair amount of my life in hindsight, and I can say with the utmost confidence, that God is faithful! He is faithful in saving me from my sin through the redemption found in Jesus alone, and in saving me to a life more abundant than I can ever have imagined. He has been faithful in my marriage to my wife Maria (aka Inday), showing me that I need His gospel and power to love her and my kids His way. And He has been faithful to bring me to serve alongside you at Roots.
I genuinely enjoy gathering in a Lifegroup setting, seeking application of the living Word while building one another up and simply doing life together; I always look forward to gathering early the first day of the week in prayer and fellowship as we set up for worship, and I'm eager to reach out to our community in various ways being His witnesses. I'm excited as we walk and grow together in His grace, being transformed into the image of Jesus for our joy and for His glory!
Home for me has always been here in Orange County. As I entered into my high school years my pursuit of sinful pleasures left me chasing "meaningless fun". In 2008, God graciously opened my blind eyes to see and savor Christ as the sufficient sacrifice for my sin. The gospel which once was an aroma of boredom and death became a fragrance of forgiveness of sins and joy unspeakable. In that same year I met Jamie whom I am now privileged to call my best friend, wife, and mother of my children.
In early 2016 my wife and I moved to Louisville, Kentucky as I began to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We settled back in Orange County mid-2017 where I completed the degree and became certified as a biblical counselor through The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). The gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful to save and transform broken and hurting lives as God's word is understood and applied to all of life. This reality gives me great hope and joy in serving as a pastor here at Roots knowing that God will surely justify, sanctify, and glorify those who are called by his name!