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.
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.
Path to Forgiveness
We are inviting women to please join us for a workshop based on the the book by Linda Brumley:
“Hand in Hand with God: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness”
Saturday, March 5th, 9am to 12pm
Please join us for light snacks and coffee beginning at 8am.
Dress casually and meet us at the church building at 10 Goodyear, Irvine.
We are honored to have Linda Brumley, the author share her book with us. Linda has served in the women’s ministry for over 30 years. She and her husband Ron have been married for 55 years and have 4 married children and 10 grandchildren. This is Linda’s second book and it has just been published in Spanish. She has led women’s workshops and seminars on many Biblical topics across the country and abroad.
The cost is $20/person & $10/teenagers and full-time college students. This registration price includes receiving the book.
Upside Down Play in 2016
Early-Bird Tickets Available!
Many of us remember Upside Down with tears, laughter and excitement as the book of Acts was brought to life in an astonishing way. (and, who can forget Claudius, Abby and Simon the Sorcerer?!)
Link to Trailer:
Upside Down Trailer
Upside Down 2016 will include many of the great songs, scenes and moments from the original. PLUS it will include innovative new wizardry and music in a terrific venue alongside the conference. We’ll even see Upside Down merchandise!
Almost 60% of all tickets to Upside Down 2016 has been sold. With almost 16,000 expected, there won’t be enough seats for even half the registrants to attend. (sorry, we tried – 5 shows in 4 days is a lot!)
Early Bird Pricing Until December 31st
We have decided to offer early bird pricing to all early registrants — who register by December 31st.
There Are Seats Left, But They Won’t Last
The best seats are left (box and orchestra), but they won’t last. General ticket sales opened in early October – but in the meantime enjoy your exclusive opportunity to get in and see Upside Down 2016 before all the seats sell out!!!!
The best seats are left – just CLICK BELOW to purchase…
See you in St. Louis!
With love & grace,
The Upside Down Ministry team
Our theme for 2016 is “Just Jesus”. In our busy lives and even in the church it is easy to get caught up in the fast paced life that we live. In fact at times we can get so caught up in all we have to do and accomplish we can lose the whole reason we are here, who we are living for and how does He want to go about our lives. Hebrews 12:2 says, “Fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfected of our faith.” This verse tells us that Jesus authored our faith. In other words, He created it. It also tells us that He lived it perfectly. Wow! That is an upward call. Because of these things, God wants us to fix our eyes on Jesus. There are so many different aspects of Jesus life that are important for us to examine. We could focus on His love, His power, the saving element of His blood, or His dependence on God. We could focus on His sinless life or His words of truth. The list is endless and each aspect of Jesus life and character that we examine will bring about tremendous growth in different areas of our own lives. In 2 Corinth 3:17-18 God teaches us whenever anyone turns to the Lord there is freedom from ourselves and our sin so that we can be transformed into His image with ever increasing glory. So as we begin 2016 with our attention fixed on Jesus we can be assured that we are in for an exciting journey of transformation. We will be transformed into Jesus’ image. 2016 will be filled with sermons about Christ. Our family group lessons during the week will take those sermons and make them very practical for our daily lives. We will have a three day fast together at the beginning of the year imitating Christ’s fast at the beginning of His ministry. We will have scripture memory as well as a Bible reading plan in the gospels so we are all on the same page spiritually. Each ministry will also be adding their own touches to the “Just Jesus” theme. I can’t wait to see what God will do as we examine, worship, imitate and honor Christ in 2016. Here is the link to the Reading Plan and Scripture Memory: Just Jesus Memory.