Get to know the LMC Staff
Called to the role of Lead Pastor in 2020, Joe has been on staff at LMC since 2017. He has over a decade of full-time youth ministry experience, working with students ranging from 6th grade all the way up to young adults. Most recently, he was the Director of Junior High Ministries at Forest Home, working with 2,400+ Jr High students and counselors each summer for four years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Youth Ministry from Hope International University (’06) and a Masters Degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (’13). Joe speaks at youth camps including Campus by the Sea, Ponderosa Christian Camp, and Forest Home. Joe and his wife Rachel have been married since June 2007 and have two young children, Emma and RJ. They enjoy Orange County, its beautiful beaches, as well as Ducks Hockey and Angels baseball.
women & children's pastor
Jennifer has been with LMC family since 2001 and active on staff since 2010. She’s a published author and illustrator and has produced two albums of original Scripture-based worship music. Since 1988, she has been an educator in the community teaching elementary-high school and directing summer day camps for kids, and is active in educating in the homeschool community. Jennifer speaks nationally at women’s events, churches, and retreats bringing a message of hope and healing and pointing women to Jesus as their Savior. As the teaching pastor for the women of LMCC, Jennifer’s motto is “have fun – learn a ton!” Her heart is that women would be firm in their Christian faith by having a passion to be with the Lord through prayer and Bible study. Her leadership at LMCC is providing more ways for women to connect and support one another through all stages of life. Jennifer and her husband Glen have been married since 1988 and are the proud parents of their grown son, Jonathan. They’re enjoying this empty nest season and love their ministry at La Mirada. She blogs at www.jennifergrichmond.com and has a daily podcast at DwellingRichly.podbean.com
pastor of worship & community
An experienced worship pastor and ensemble leader, Jess joined our staff in 2017. Having grown up in the LMC children’s ministry in the 90s, Jess went on to earn a degree in Music and Worship Arts from Hope International University. After nearly 2 decades in the ministry, God called her home to LMC, where she is putting her love of the creative arts to good use. Jess’ training in classical and contemporary voice and piano combine with her relational approach to ministry to invite people into honest worship. While she has a passion for multi-generational worship, back-to-basics Bible teaching, speaking, and technology, her greatest joy (other than Jesus) is being wife to her husband, John. When she’s not juggling a million things, you’ll find her spending time in the kitchen (#PerryCulinaryMasterpiece). She is resigned to the fate of her beloved San Diego Padres and has a deep, abiding love for coffee. Get to know Jess more at jessperrymedia.com.
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