Orange County 2017
2017 has definitely been a time of great challenge for all of us here in Orange County. The sudden loss of our dear brother, Kevin Mains, reminded all of us of how brief our life is here on this earth and that eternal life with God is why we do what we do in God’s family. We are so grateful that Kevin was such a great example of faith and love to the very end – what a great legacy he has left us all!
When Daniel desperately needed God’s guidance and direction, we read:
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting…” – Daniel 9:3
After much fasting and prayer, and in consultation with so many of the members of the OC Church; the elders, evangelists, and ministry staff would like to provide this update on how we will be organized moving forward…
3 Geographical Ministries
The Orange County Church will be organized into 3 Geographical Ministries called North OC, Mid-County OC, and South OC. The Coastline ministry will be fully planted in mid-2018.
Our vision is that each of these geographic ministries will have a Family and Teen Ministry, a Singles Ministry, and a Campus Ministry. The North and Mid-County Ministries will begin immediately with all of these ministries while the South Ministry will not immediately have a Campus Ministry, but with a vision to start one at Saddleback College.
OC Ministry Full-Time Staff
The Orange County Church of Christ is led by a team of elders and evangelists, along with their wives, the rest of the OC full-time staff and an amazing group of volunteer leaders. Among this team of elders and evangelists, we have designated two senior roles to help guide the overall vision and direction of the OC Church.
Jaeho and Misook Park will serve in a senior role as full-time Elder and Women’s Ministry Leader and will provide shepherding, administrative training and leadership for the church, in addition to leading the International Ministry. Jaeho and Misook have led growing ministries in Los Angeles and Orange County as well as in Korea.
Bruce and Robin Williams will serve as Senior Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader and their primary responsibility will be to train the full-time staff in ministry and evangelism. They come with 45 years of full-time ministry experience, having successfully led churches in South Florida, San Diego, Chicago, Orange County, and Los Angeles and raised up many couples into the full-time ministry.
We are very blessed to have Dave Eskew and Jaeho Park serve as Elders as they shepherd the flock here in Orange County. Along with their wives, Deb and Misook, they have served in these roles since 2011.
Full-Time Staff Leadership for the Geographic Ministries
The South OC ministry will be shepherded by Dave and Deb Eskew and led by Dan and Candice Roditi. Dave and Deb have done a wonderful job leading the Youth & Family Ministry, helping many families be strengthened spiritually. Dan and Candice have faithfully led in the campus, teen, singles, marrieds and Latin ministries of OC. The Roditi’s and Eskew’s will work together in leading the South Family Ministry. Mary Mains will lead and oversee the women in the South Single’s Ministry, serve as Regional Coordinator for our Kingdom Kids Ministry, and be the Administrator for the Shining Stars Preschool. The Teen Ministry will be led by an amazing volunteer couple, Scott & Kelly McIntosh, who will work closely with the Eskew’s. The South OC worship service will be at the Irvine building at 9am on Sundays.
The Mid-County OC ministry will be shepherded by Jaeho and Misook Park and led by Steve and Charley Stevenson. Jaeho and Misook have done a fantastic job leading the International Ministries over the last few years. Steve and Charley have led ministries in Houston, Long Beach, New Jersey, and Virginia and we are thankful to have them just recently join us here in Orange County. Also in the Mid-County OC ministry, we are blessed to have Ryan and Virginia Weekley who have led both the teen and campus ministries here in OC over the last few years. They will now be leading the South OC Campus ministry (UCI & IVC) and the Mid-County Teen Ministry. There will be 2 part-time campus interns assisting them in the campus work. The International Ministry will continue to be led by Jaeho and Misook. The Mid-County OC worship service will be at the Irvine building at 11am on Sundays.
The North OC ministry will continue to be overseen by Bruce and Robin Williams. Marcel and Karina Hall will be in training to lead the North Family Ministry. Marcel and Karina have led campus and teen ministries in LA and the teen ministry here in OC. The Campus Ministry (CS Fullerton & Fullerton College) will be led by two gifted volunteer couples – Sam & Kari Anderson and Gabe & Nirvana Stroebel. They will have 2 part-time campus interns assisting them. The Latin Ministry will have a sermon preached in Spanish on Sundays in the Fellowship Hall. The Latino Family Ministry will be led by a great volunteer couple – Hector & Jasmine Perez. The Singles will be led by awesome volunteers in Steven Morales and Shannon Wollenburg, who will be guided and assisted by Chris & Gina Galassi. The North OC worship service will continue to be in Anaheim at 4pm on Sundays.
Specialized Ministry Regional Coordinators
We will have Singles, Campus and Teen Ministry coordinators for the whole OC Church. Steve & Charley Stevenson will serve as Singles Coordinators, Ryan and Virginia Weekley will serve as Campus Coordinators, and Marcel & Karina will serve as Teen Ministry Coordinators. In addition, the Kids Kingdom Coordinator will be Mary Mains. These coordinators will facilitate any regional activities for each of these ministries.
We realize that because of this new staff configuration and areas of responsibility, we will be more reliant on self-supported (volunteer) “staff” than ever before. We are very grateful that we have been blessed over the years with a tremendous volunteer staff in administration and shepherding and we are faithful that God will work powerfully through our new volunteer staff to lead many of our other numerous ministries as well.
Hot Summer for the OC Teen Ministry!
Summer began in June with the LA Congregational Teen Summer Kick-Off with hundreds of students gathering in Panorama City from the Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Orange County areas to worship together, hear one of their peers preach the word of God, and enjoy great fellowship with one another. That was only the beginning.
Rounding out the month of June, this year’s Teen Camp titled “Sabotage” was launched at a new location, the Murrieta Hot Springs Conference Center. Leaving behind the cabins of Big Bear and entering the air conditioned lodges and luxurious hot springs, Teen Camp was more like Teen “Getaway” this year. The beauty and refreshing atmosphere however, did nothing to undermine the incredible experience of Teen Camp. Lessons addressed Satan’s attacks to sabotage God’s connection with us and his plans for our lives. We also learned that we in turn can sabotage Satan’s plans and choose to have a relationship with God. Teens had an amazing opportunity to connect with God throughout the week during quiet times by the hot springs, daily discussion groups, a moving worship concert and more!
Our summer has continued with over ten teens and parents participating in the HOPE worldwide volunteer signature service program, HOPE Youth Corps. Teens and families served communities throughout the world in Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Hungary. A Junior at El Toro High School, Amanda Nakano recounts her time in Dallas, “HYC was an experience that softened my heart completely as I was shown God’s love through the new relationships and connections I was able to make.” Mattias Franklin who served in Philadelphia concurs, “Youth Corps is life changing… You get closer to God, build relationships and serve with all you heart.” A two week volunteer service has created a lifetime of impact for those served and volunteers alike.
God has certainly used all these wonderful moments to draw our hearts near to him. A number of teens have chosen to engage in personal Bible studies to further learn about God. Last week we met at Inspiration Point to witness and celebrate Jayden Pinson’s decision to get baptized and make Jesus Lord of his life. Several were moved to tears by the love and power of God so clearly displayed in his life.
Please continue to pray for God’s influence in our OC Teen Ministry this summer and throughout the year.
Keys for Kids
Mornings can be hectic in our house. Getting ready, packing lunch, and eating breakfast. When everyone is in the kitchen area, I use the opportunity to open up my iPhone to a bookmark. Kid’s Daily Devotional (Powered by Key’s for Kids Ministry). New lesson updates daily.
I find that this is a great tool with a Bible Reading and a Short Story (a conversation between a parent, child or someone in their life). The story ties back to the scripture. A ‘How About You? section with questions. A Key Thought to take away. Overall it’s 5-10 minutes to start the day.
The first time I started these, my kids were busy doing their own thing and I didn’t get any response. It was discouraging but I continued each day. Whether they were listening or not, I would read it to them. Kids do listen. Slowly I get responses, sometimes they remind me that it is story time.
Today’s Lesson is 1 Corinthian 3:5-10 (Paul plants, Apollos waters but God makes it grow). The story title “The Silent Witness”. The kids went to a pizza place. Later they learned that they had an impact on a man they didn’t even notice. The man visited their pastor’s office. He said he
was annoyed at a large group of kids coming in but was impressed by their behavior, how polite and patience they were with the servers. As he was leaving he saw their church info on the van. That night he thought about how he used to go to church as a kid and he couldn’t stop thinking about God. By their actions, the kids watered the man’s heart.
The Key Thought : Share Jesus through words and action.
Check it out, read it to your children or bookmark it so they can read it for their quiet times.
Kevin Dale Patrick Mains
Kevin Dale Patrick Mains, 59, graduated to heaven on February 2, 2017. He was born September 19, 1957 in Cincinnati, OH to his loving parents Bobbie Jo (residing in Cincinnati) and Marvin Mains (passed 1-2-17). Kevin was the youngest of 3 children; his older siblings are his sister Leslie and his brother Michael.
While attending the University of Cincinnati, he became a disciple on July 9, 1980 and later graduated with a degree in marketing. After beginning his career in sales, Kevin was able to realize his dream of going into the full-time ministry on March 1, 1985, and then 3 months later married his best friend Mary in Cincinnati (after pursuing her for 3 years).
Together Kevin and Mary moved around the country, sharing the good news of the gospel. They were able to serve and lead ministries in Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; and in the Los Angeles church in 3 different regions- Central, South and Orange County.
Kevin was a man who loved his wife and his children wholeheartedly! He is survived by his son Stuart and daughter-in-law Ashley who live in Riverside with their 2 children, Elle (3) and Caden (1). His daughter Olivia and son-in-law Chaz Zenteno live in Westwood; both couples serve in the campus ministry.
Kevin was a man who loved God more than anything. He enjoyed hiking, tennis, biking and playing pickle ball with his best friend – his wife. He loved being Papa to his grandchildren and he was an incredible Papa Fox to all the kids at Youth Camp.
There was no one like him. We will be able tell funny stories of experiences together and his memory will live on in everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him and love him. His memorial will be held on at 11am on February 11, 2017 at the Orange County Church of Christ building located at 10 Goodyear, Irvine, CA 92617.
If the live stream on this page is not working, please check the Orange County Church Of Christ Facebook Page.
Guatemala Service Brigade
What a beautiful experience being able to serve in Guatemala last month! This was my second community brigade with Hope Worldwide. I have never felt more connected to God than when serving others in need. Children traveling 4-5 hours on bus just to ask for Tylenol. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and uncles asking for reading classes to study the bible. Orphans filled with tears when receiving multi-vitamins, wellness checks, access to medicine and dental care for the very first time. I met farmers in desperate need of pain medication only to subdue their aches in order to continue working in the fields and provide for their families.
It’s mind blowing thinking that I take these trips with the intent of “giving” yet God fills my heart in more ways than you can possibly imagine. My life has changed forever. I no longer want to travel for myself….As disciples we are called to help the less fortunate and spread God’s love.
Whatever you’re able to give: time, talent, medical skills, artistic skills, friendship, donations, or just a faith filled heart, there are hundreds of people that God has allowed us to assist. I truly believe this is how we glorify him and find our place in God’s story.