Michael Stoops, known as simply "Stoops" to everyone, has been serving as at Good Shepherd since March 2013. He was called as the Lead Pastor in January 2016. Born in Buffalo, NY, Michael has taken a circuitous route to the South Bay, having been raised in Bowling Green, OH and Atlanta, GA. Michael earned degrees from Vanderbilt University and Yale University and is presently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree. He served as a pastor at Community Lutheran Church, Las Vegas, NV, from August 2008 to February 2013. While enjoying the sunshine of Southern California, Michael is passionate about Jesus, Bible-based preaching, and making disciples. Michael is married to Jacqueline, with a wonderful daughter, Iris, and a precocious beagle, Hank. Michael enjoys guitars, sporting clays, college football, and motorcycles.
Jonathan has been leading worship at Good Shepherd since 2013. He is passionate about helping people encounter the presence of God and raising up a new generation of worship leaders. In 2015, he released his first worship album, Heaven’s Harbor. In addition to worship leading, Jonathan also writes music for film and television and teaches music. When not making music, he enjoys exercise, green chili and building community. Jonathan is originally from New Mexico and attended college and graduate school in Oklahoma and Seattle.
Family Ministries Director
Jonny was born and raised under the glorious grey skies of northern England before moving to Arizona in 2007. He has spent the best part of the last decade serving in student ministry, getting a degree, finding a fabulous woman to fall in love with Him, and fathering two beautiful children. He and his wife Mikki moved to Torrance in 2011 to be part of Good Shepherd and have thoroughly enjoyed being spiritual parents to the students here. Relentlessly passionate about seeing students encounter the life-changing love of God, Jonny has one goal in life: to see a generation of young people give their lives whole heatedly to the Kingdom of God
Shepherd Care Coordinator
Kristen has been part of the Good Shepherd Staff since 2005, first as an office assistant and then as the Communications Coordinator. She has attended worship here since 2004 when she married her husband, Carlos. During her time at Good Shepherd, she has volunteered in Kids’ Church and led various Bible Studies and small groups with Carlos. Together they enjoy raising their three young children and spending time together as a family.
Director of Operations
Rafael has been a member at Good Shepherd since 2001. She joined our staff in 2007 and serves as our Director of Operations. During her time at Good Shepherd, Rafael has played a key role in our Neighbor-to-Neighbor partnership and volunteered in Vacation Bible School as well as various other ministries. She is a blessing to have on our team.