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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.

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…

Joe Spurgeon

Facilities Director
Facilities Staff

Prior to working at Compass Joe spent 28 years working in law enforcement. He was selected as Officer of the Year on several occasions and was once named Employee of…

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…

David Mangiameli

Senior Facilities Manager
Facilities Staff

Bio coming soon!

Janie Pence

Elementary 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…

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…

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…

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…

Kim Vrzal

KIDS Camp Coordinator
KIDS Ministry Staff

For the past 20 years, Kim has worked with kids in a variety of roles including coaching, campus supervisor, instruction, team manager and PE teacher. Kim’s passion for teaching kids…

Angela Heckler

KIDS Ministry Team
KIDS Ministry Staff

Angela is a graduate of Biola University with a BA in Christian Education and a minor in Bible. Angela has been part of Compass since its beginning in 2005.  She…

Greg Petersen

AWANA Leader
KIDS Ministry Staff

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

Mackenzie Smith

KIDS Music Lead
KIDS Ministry Staff

Mackenzie graduated from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a minor in Bible. Mackenzie grew up in Medina, OH, as one of…

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…

Brandon Mellor

Director of Communications
Communications Staff

Brandon is a graduate of Florida State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He has an extensive background in digital…

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

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…

Gus Ferreira

Director of Creative Technology
Communications 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 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…

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

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

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…

Keegan Wilson

Facilities Manager
Facilities Staff

Bio coming soon!

Linda Kavadoy

Director of Creative Media
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 Lucas Pace

Associate Pastor
Missions 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

AVL Director
Audio Visual and Lighting

Mike has degrees in Electronic Engineering and Recording Arts and began working at Compass in 2016. In total, he possesses over 25 years of experience, encompassing most aspects in the…

Destyni Thompson

Assistant to Navigating Motherhood Ministry
Women's Ministry Staff

Destyni grew up in Southern California and has been a part of Compass Bible Church since 2010. She studied photography at Saddleback College, and has been married to her husband,…

Pastor PJ Berner

Men's Pastor
College Ministry Staff, Men's Ministry Staff, Pastoral Staff

PJ grew up in Texas in a Christian home. He graduated from The Master’s College with a degree in Biblical studies and later received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary…

Chris Heh

Associate AVL Director
Audio Visual and Lighting

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

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

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

Finance Controller
Finance Staff

Luisa was born in Lima-Peru and raised in Irvine, California. She has a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Luisa has managed the accounting department for companies with up to $12…

John Fabarez

Jr High Ministry Director
Jr. High Ministry Staff

John was born and raised in Southern California attending Compass Bible Church since its founding in 2005. In his freshman year of high school, he repented of his sins and…

Josiah Smith

High School Director
High School Ministry Staff

Josiah is a recent graduate from Cedarville University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Youth Ministry and Christian Education. While at Cedarville he served as a Resident Assistant for…

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…

Pastor Mark Kelley

Marriage & Family Pastor
Marriage Ministry Staff, Pastoral Staff

Mark grew up in Orange County. He graduated from The Master’s College with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and completed an M.Div at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark has…

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 Mangiameli

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

Pastoral Assistant
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

Pastoral Assistant
Missions 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…

Delia Vanciu

Pastoral Assistant
Marriage Ministry Staff

Delia was born in Romania and traveled to the US at the age of 9. She is a licensed pharmacy tech. Delia has served as a Women's Bible Study small…

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…

Luke Melrose

Video Production Specialist
Communications 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…

Aaron Hooper

Graphic Designer
Communications Staff

Aaron was born and raised in Louisville, KY, where he received his BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University. After graduating, he worked at a design agency focused on branding,…

Joseph Lopez

Worship Director
Worship Ministry Staff

Joseph grew up in Orange County and is currently working on a degree in Worship Arts and Ministry at California Baptist University, with the goal of attaining a Master's in…

Kimberly Logier

Pastoral Assistant
College Ministry Staff, Men's Ministry 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…

Rachel Barnett

Assistant to Jr High Ministry
Jr. High Ministry Staff

Rachel was born and raised in Southern California and has attended Compass Bible Church since 2012. Prior to working at Compass, she worked as an administrative assistant for the better…

Francesca Staggs

Office Staff

Francesca was born and raised in Southern California and has been attending Compass Bible Church since 2005. At a young age, she developed a great love for drawing and eventually…

Pastor Wes Couch

Staff Pastor
Pastoral Staff

Pastor Wes was raised in Florida and graduated from The College at Southeastern with a degree in Christian Studies. He spent time at Camp Pendleton while in the United States…

Abby Larson

High School Ministry Staff

Abby was born and raised in Southern California and has attended Compass since it was founded in 2005. God redeemed her through Compass’ junior high ministry and she served in…

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