Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1
Women's Ministry Director
I have lived my whole life in Costa Mesa, so I am deeply grateful to have found a church that is theologically rich, welcoming, and God glorifying right in my backyard. I have been attending Roots for around 7 years, and in that time, God has continued to build a deep love for his church while teaching me what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Commitment to a specific and local church has been one of the most spiritually formative experiences of my life, and I am thankful for every year God has given us together.
I attended Vanguard University and then continued to University of California, Irvine to earn my MA in English. I currently teach high school English locally, and I’m passionate about educating and mentoring young people in their teenage years. In 2018, after years of participating in Roots activities, the elders asked me to lead the Women’s Ministry and join the leadership team. The rich, family-like, community at Roots drew me in, and I’m grateful to serve alongside elders who strive to continue that strong fellowship among the members of our church. In the Roots Women’s Ministry, I pray God will grow women who are transformed by intimacy with the Father, passionate about his Word, and dedicated to serving and supporting one another.
My story begins in Southern California where I was born and raised until age eleven. At that point in my life, my parents (who were missionaries) moved our family to southwestern Pennsylvania to pursue a ministry opportunity in the rural area of Fredericktown. After four years of serving at a small church there, we moved back to Orange County where I completed high school and then attended the Calvary Chapel School of Worship. During my time at School of Worship, I studied the Bible and music more intentionally than I ever had before, and the Lord created in me the desire to lead worship. After graduating from School of Worship, I enrolled as a full-time college student at OCC. I am currently studying mathematics with hope of becoming a high school math teacher after completing my education.
Roots became my home church in the Spring of 2015 (while I attended School of Worship), and I started leading worship in the Spring of 2016. Since then, the Lord has continued to grow in me a passion to display His love and grace through the songs we sing together every Sunday morning, knowing that worship does not end there. By the mercy of God, we present our bodies as living sacrifices, which is our spiritual worship (Romans 12:1).
What excites me most about being the worship leader at Roots is the opportunity to arrange the songs we sing and lead the voice of our church in corporate worship. Singing the gospel every Sunday morning with my church family is an honor and a blessing.
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 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. After receiving my degree, we settled back in Orange County where I am currently pursuing certification 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 here at Roots knowing that God will surely justify, sanctify, and glorify those who are called by his name!
Children's Ministry Director
I was born and raised in Orange County and lived most of my life in Huntington Beach with my parents and three siblings. I praise God that my parents were committed to raising me in the word of God and the local church. I came to a personal understanding of my absolute need for Jesus Christ to save me from my sins when I was 8 years old. The Lord has been faithful to grow, correct and bring me to a clearer understanding of who he is and how much I truly need him. I met my husband during my senior year in high school and we were married four years later. We have been married for 7 years and have two incredible children. We started going to Roots Community Church in the summer of 2013 and I began serving in the Children's Ministry the next year. I am honored and humbled to be a part of this team and family that strives to bring glory to our God and King in all that we do.