Lead Pastor || email@example.com
Michael Stoops, known as simply "Stoops" to everyone, has been serving 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 (2008-2013). 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.
Family Ministry Director || firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Children’s Ministry Director/Church Communications || email@example.com
Sophia has been working in ministry for over 10 years and is a South Bay native. She joined our team in March 2017 and works alongside parents, volunteers, and our preschool staff to oversee our Children’s Ministry program. Sophia also oversees our church communication, website, graphic design, and plays a vital role in our Women’s Ministry by running bible studies and leading groups. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and being outside.
Worship Leader || firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Director of Operations || email@example.com
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.
Administrative Assistant || firstname.lastname@example.org
La Nelle has also been a member of LCGS since 1998 and she joined our team in February 2017 as the Office Assistant. La Nelle has been married to her husband Samuel Lucero for twenty-six years and they have three children, Tyler, Mason, and Angelina. Outside of work, La Nelle loves to read and spend time with her family. La Nelle brings many years of experience to our team due to her prior employment history with Kansas Judicial Branch and the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Shepherd Care Coordinator || email@example.com
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.
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