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Meet The Staff

The Bible repeatedly calls the principal leaders of the church by three descriptive names. All three of these titles are used synonymously in the New Testament and help to communicate the job of these men who together provide spiritual direction and administrative oversight for the church. The first Greek word is episkopos which is translated “overseer” or “bishop” (Ac.20:28; 1Tim.3:1). The second word is poimen which is translated “pastor” or “shepherd” (1Pt.5:2; Eph.4:11). The third word is presbuteros which is translated “elder” or “presbyter” (Tit.1:5; James.5:14). These interchangeable terms describe one office which is to be occupied by gifted, trained, and qualified men who will sacrificially lead Compass Bible Church. Here is our current team of overseer-pastor-elders.

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Facilities Director
Facilities Staff

Chris is a native Southern Californian who earned his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University. He was a third generation general building contractor in the greater Los Angeles…

Susan Grover

Susan Grover

Director of KIDS Ministry
KIDS Ministry Staff

Susan is a graduate of Biola University and has earned her Masters Degree in Christian Education at Talbot School of Theology. Susan equips Kids Ministry leaders across the country through…

Krysten Snyder

Krysten Snyder

KIDS Ministry Music Leader
KIDS Ministry Staff

Krysten was born and raised in southern California. She attended California State University, Fullerton and obtained a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has an extensive background in kids…

David Mangiameli

David Mangiameli

Senior Facilities Manager
Facilities Staff

Bio coming soon!

Janie Pence

Janie Pence

Weekend Elementary Coordinator/Edge Coordinator
KIDS Ministry Staff

Janie was raised in the Seattle area and moved to Southern California to attend The Master’s College in 1992. She graduated with a degree in Communications and worked as an…

Diana Matthews

Diana Matthews

Weekend Early Childhood Coordinator
KIDS Ministry Staff

Diana was born in Merced, California and raised in Long Island, New York. She attended Marymount of Manhattan College, in New York for Ballet and Hunter College, NY for Modern…

Lillian Francisco

Lillian Francisco

Weekday KIDS Bible Club Coordinator (Tues., Wed.)
KIDS Ministry Staff

Lillian graduated from UCLA with a degree in Physiological Science and a minor in English and earned her Masters degree in Public Health from CSULB.  She considers it pure joy…

Greg Petersen

Greg Petersen

AWANA Commander
KIDS Ministry Staff

Greg is a native Californian, living in San Clemente, with his wife Stacy, and, two daughters, Tinsley and Jaycee. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree…

Aimee Cowell

Aimee Cowell

AWANA Coordinator
KIDS Ministry Staff

Aimee is a native Californian who received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to working at CBC, Aimee taught Jr High and High School…

Tracy Wineke

Tracy Wineke

Weekday KIDS Bible Club Coordinator (Thurs., Fri.)
KIDS Ministry Staff

Tracy has been part of our Compass Bible Church family since 2009. She has a BA in business and finance from U.S.C. and earned her teaching credential from Chapman University. Tracy taught in…

Debbie Schreiner

Debbie Schreiner

Administrative Assistant
KIDS Ministry Staff

Debbie graduated from Messiah College in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education.  Debbie taught public and private for 12 years and served in several…

Adam Duarte

Adam Duarte

Facilities Manager
Facilities Staff

Born and raised in Southern California, Adam has attended Compass Bible Church since its inception in 2005. He began working at Compass in 2010 as a part time member of…

Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie Schwartz

Director of Women's Ministry
Women's Ministry Staff

Stephanie has been with Compass since the church began. Her role as director includes teaching at women’s Bible studies and events, training women’s ministry leaders, engaging in biblical counseling and…

Nanci McMannis

Nanci McMannis

Director of Women's Counseling
Women's Ministry Staff

Nanci earned her Master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College. Together, Nanci and her husband Bob, have four grown children and six grandchildren. A fourth generation Californian, Nanci…

Linda Kavadoy

Linda Kavadoy

Director of Communications
Communications Staff

Linda is a Southern California native and a Cal State Fullerton graduate, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Marketing. Since graduating in 1996, she has worked…

Pastor Mike Fabarez

Pastor Mike Fabarez

Senior Pastor
Pastoral Staff

Pastor Mike is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church. Mike and his wife Carlynn grew up in Long Beach, California, attending high school together and then the Moody Bible…

Gus Ferreira

Gus Ferreira

Director of Technologies
Creative Technologies Staff

Gus is native Californian who received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Video Imaging from Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, California. Gus has extensive experience using his gifts and skills…

Pastor Pete Lasutschinkow

Pastor Pete Lasutschinkow

Associate Pastor
Pastoral Staff

Pete grew up in Connecticut and came to California to complete an undergraduate degree in Business management from Pepperdine University. Pastor Pete has also studied preaching and biblical counseling with…

Evie Mayer

Evie Mayer

Assistant to Women’s Ministry
Women's Ministry Staff

Evie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University Fullerton. She was born and raised in Southern California and has been married to her husband Danny since January…

Debbie Hackett

Debbie Hackett

Bookstore Manager
Compass Books Staff

Debbie worked for 15 years as an Account Executive for an engineering firm before becoming a stay-at-home mom to raise and homeschool her son. In 1994 she had the privilege…

Corinne Budrovic

Corinne Budrovic

Bookstore Assistant
Compass Books Staff

Corinne was born and raised in Southern California. She's been married for almost 30 years to her husband, Marty and they have three adult children. She has a background in retail and the…

Keegan Wilson

Keegan Wilson

Facilities Manager
Facilities Staff

Bio coming soon!

Pastor Lucas Pace

Pastor Lucas Pace

Associate Pastor
Men's Ministry Staff, Pastoral Staff

Lucas was raised in Southern California in a Christ-centered family. In his teenage years Lucas was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During a missions trip to Africa Lucas…

Mike Mierau

Mike Mierau

AVL Director
Creative Technologies Staff

Bio coming soon!

Destyni Moscosa

Destyni Moscosa

Assistant to Navigating Motherhood Ministry
Women's Ministry Staff

Bio coming soon!

Pastor Ben Blakey

Pastor Ben Blakey

Marriage & College Pastor
College Ministry Staff, Marriage Ministry Staff, Pastoral Staff

Ben grew up in a pastor’s family in California and Texas. He graduated from The Master’s College with a degree in Political Studies, but involvement in ministry and trips to…

Chris Heh

Chris Heh

Associate AVL Director
Creative Technologies Staff

Christopher was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Georgia for a short time before moving to Buena Park, California. He later moved to South Orange County with his…

Rick Talcott

Rick Talcott

Business Administrator
Finance Staff

Rick has experience as a real estate developer, homebuilder, and Certified Public Accountant. Rick has served on a number of non-profit boards, overseeing several building and expansion projects. In addition…

Pastor Rod Gomez

Pastor Rod Gomez

High School Pastor
High School Ministry Staff, Pastoral Staff

Rod attended Biola University and a received a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Prior to coming to Compass he has served in youth ministry in various roles since 2003. Most…

Luisa Hughes

Luisa Hughes

Finance Controller
Finance Staff

Bio coming soon!

Taron Defevers

Taron Defevers

Jr. High Director
Jr. High Ministry Staff

Taron was raised in southern Kentucky. In his freshman year of college he turned from his sin and turned to Jesus Christ. Since then, He has served as an Intern for the…

Joe Bennett

Joe Bennett

Jr. High Ministry Staff

Joe is a recent graduate of Cedarville University where he double majored in Biblical Studies and Worship ministry. While at Cedarville Joe gained a lot of experience in worship leading…

Andrew Gutberlet

Andrew Gutberlet

Director of Student Ministries
High School Ministry Staff

Andrew is passionate about teaching God’s word and discipling young people. Andrew lived in Ohio before moving to California to start working at CBC. During his freshman year of college,…

Julie Studebaker

Julie Studebaker

Accounting Assistant
Finance Staff

Julie is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles and raised in La Mirada. Before taking the position of Accounting Assistant, Julie worked as the High School Ministry Assistant. Prior…

Ruth Staggs

Ruth Staggs

Assistant to Pastor Mike
Office Staff

Ruth was born in Munich and spent her early childhood in Germany. Since moving to the United States, she has been a resident of Southern California. Ruth received her Bachelor’s…

Holli Bremer

Holli Bremer

Graphic Designer
Communications Staff

Holli was raised in the Midwest, and moved out to California after high school to work in the film and television industry. After four years of working in LA she…

Aeriel Newton

Aeriel Newton

Assistant to Pastor Pete
Office Staff

Aeriel was born in Minnesota, but had the opportunity to live in Oregon and New Mexico before settling in California.  Prior to working at Compass, she was a Scheduling Lead/Supervisor in…

Gail Jeffcoat

Gail Jeffcoat

Assistant to Pastor Lucas
Men's Ministry Staff, Office Staff

Gail was raised in Southern California and is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach. After graduation she worked as a Legal Assistant and a Loan Processor, then took 10…

Kate Melrose

Kate Melrose

Graphic Designer
Communications Staff

Born and raised in Southern California, Kate has been a part of Compass for over 6 years since her involvement in the True North High School Ministry. She currently serves…

Alyssa Cuccia

Alyssa Cuccia

Assistant to High School Ministry
High School Ministry Staff

Alyssa Cuccia graduated from Biola in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and an emphasis in Special Education. She has always lived in San Clemente and has attended…

Sam DeLoye

Sam DeLoye

Worship Director
Worship Ministry Staff

Sam grew up in Wisconsin before moving to Ohio to attend college. He graduated from Cedarville University in 2015 with a degree in Comprehensive Bible and is currently pursuing an…

Maris Elliott

Maris Elliott

Assistant to Marriage & College Pastor
College Ministry Staff, Marriage Ministry Staff

Maris grew up on the East Coast and Midwest before moving to California in 2011. The youngest of three, she and her siblings grew up in a pastor’s home where…

Keith Hancock

Keith Hancock

Music Director
Worship Ministry Staff

Keith grew up in the Long Beach/Orange County area and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education, Choral Conducting, and Education from Chapman University. In addition to his…

Mariet Timmerman

Mariet Timmerman

Accounting Assistant
Finance Staff

Mariet was born and raised in South Africa, where her extended family still lives. After completing her degree in Accounting and Auditing , she worked as a controller for various…

Vianca McSwain

Vianca McSwain

Assistant to Junior High Ministry
Jr. High Ministry Staff

Vianca grew up in Southern California and began attending Compass in September 2011. That is when the Lord saved her, she got plugged in to the 3rd9 College Ministry and…

Luke Melrose

Luke Melrose

Video Production Specialist
Creative Technologies Staff

Born and raised in Southern California, Luke Melrose has a deep desire for filmography. He has a passion for serving the church with movie making. He came to Compass Bible…

Angela Acosta

Angela Acosta

Receptionist
Office Staff

Born and raised in Aliso Viejo, California, Angela graduated from Capistrano Valley Christian School, and soon after got involved in the 3rd9 College Ministry. She has attended Compass since 2011,…

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

Missions Director
Missions Staff

Bio coming soon!

Kimberly Logier

Kimberly Logier

Administrative Assistant
Missions Staff, Worship Ministry Staff

Kimberly is a recent graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a Minor in Biology. She is an ornithologist at…

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