GOSPEL -- We base our services around the good news of Jesus. He lived, died, and was raised so to set us free from sin and propel us into a life lived for God’s glory. We'd love for you to come and explore the gospel and feel out the implications, even if you're a bit wary of church.
VULNERABILITY -- The gospel allows us to be authentic people. We don't have to hide our brokenness. We seek to be a church that lives real life together: the good, the bad, the ugly. As we practice intentionally exposing ourselves to risk together, we point back to God alone who builds his church.
BEAUTY -- From the ocean to a pretty face, the suburbs of OC hunger for beauty. As we worship and meet together, we reflect a deeper beauty--the beauty of who God is. We get a little appetizer of God's heavenly provision when we love and care for each other, and as we extend ourselves in love for our community and neighborhoods.
Bryce grew up in Laguna Beach and has spent most of his life between Santa Barbara and San Diego. He graduated from Westmont College and received his M.Div. from The University of Glasgow in Scotland. He’s been a pastor since 2006 and has served churches before starting a college ministry (RUF) at the University of Utah in 2009. Bryce and his wife, Ashley have three boys, Ezra, Porter and Camden, and a daughter, Harriet. He loves to meet with people over a craft brew and is on a mission to find the best guacamole in Orange County.
Jason grew up a Cubs fan near Chicago but has spent the last 5 years falling in love with the west (3 in Utah, 2 in Orange County). He met his wife Karla at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where they both graduated. Since he was a teenager, Jason has led music in churches and played in bands. Choosing to return to his passion, Jason left investment banking because of his love for the church and crafting music. Jason and Karla have 3 children: Jack, Charlotte and Lucy. His favorite things are cooking for his family, drinking really good coffee/beer, resting in a hammock and listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket.
Renon grew up in Newport Beach and has spent most of her life on her father's boat, playing tennis, or skiing. She has been married to Sam for 25 years and they enjoy serving in ministry together. They have 5 grown children: Jessica, Meghan, Sam, Johanna and Bella. Renon loves to talk about recipes with others and to follow chefs online.
Ashlee grew up in Chino and graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2005. She married her husband, Ryan, in 2007 while working as an Immigration Paralegal. They have three children together, Rylee, Cade & Brendan and are looking to add one more through the Foster Care system. Ashlee has lived in Rancho Santa Margarita for 3 years and stays at home with her youngest while shuffling her other two around to school. Ashlee enjoys rallying our church family together to help fulfill needs in the community and creating connections that help draw people to the community of the church.
Johanna grew up in Mission Viejo, currently attends Biola University as a Piano Performance major and also teaches piano on the side. You can catch Johanna singing and playing piano for our Worship Band. She is our youth intern and is always surprised at the different ways our students continue to make her laugh! One of her side hobbies includes making the posts for our youth group's Instagram account, @anchoredoc.
Karla grew up in the Midwest and spent most of her adult years living in downtown Chicago. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute which is where she met her husband of 17 years. They have 3 kids: Jack, Charlotte and Lucy. When she is not wrangling her kids, Karla works as a freelance stylist and social media influencer.
Carl grew up in Philadelphia and moved to California in 1986. Carl met his wife of 37-years, Maureen, while at college and they married shortly after graduating. Carl and Maureen have three adult children and two grandchildren. He worked at Western Digital for 24 years developing hard drives for computers. Most of his time is spent taking care of his grandchildren and helping others with fix-it projects. He calls himself “Handy Manny.” Carl enjoys traveling and baking in his spare time.
We are proud to be part of the RUF Church Planting Network. As a church plant with limited infrastructure, we lean on RUF to provide invaluable support in networking, training, and administration.
We are a new church, but we are not making things up as we go--we stand on the shoulders of our Christian brothers and sisters who have gone before us. We are guided by the Westminster Confession of Faith, a biblically rich statement of faith that aims to point us to the overwhelming majesty of God in all things. These documents have instructed biblically faithful churches for hundreds of years.
Officially connected with 2,000 other churches across the country, our relationship with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) provides our new congregation with a sense of rootedness. Rather than being lead by a personality or a mob-mentality, these connections assure our congregation that their pastor and other leaders are accountable.