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.
Jennifer has been with LMC family since 2001 and active on staff since 2010. Jennifer serves as pastor for the women and children at LMC and coordinates our media and online outreach ministries.
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 culinary art, science, and music camps. She speaks at women’s events, churches, and retreats bringing a message of hope and healing and pointing women to Jesus as their Savior. 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. She writes the Dwelling Richly Bible study series. 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.
youth & young adults director
Galen has served in worship ministry since 2016 and leads LMC Sunday worship with humble grace and God-focused enthusiasm. He is whole-heartedly committed to the God he serves, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Galen has been blessed to have found his “match made in heaven”, his beautiful wife Lulu whom he married in 2019. He is also the proud father of two beautiful adult daughters, Briana and Aysia. Aysia is married to his handsome son-in-law, Brandon, who is serving in the Army’s 82 Airborne. Galen is thankful and so grateful to be allowed to use his musical abilities to help us move towards and connect with “Thee Ultimate Music Maker” – our Lord, our Savior… our GOD. And WE are thankful and so grateful to have Galen with us to do exactly that.