OUR STAFF

 
 

THE ELDERS

North Orange Christian Church, desirous of following the New Testament pattern of leadership in the church, is an elder led congregation. The paid staff, including the Senior Minister and Associate Ministers, are given tasks delegated by the elders in order to insure that the policies of the elders are carried out. The Senior Minister is an ex-officio elder, meaning he is part of all elders' meetings (except those involving the discussion of his own evaluation) and interacts with the elders in the discussions and studies they undertake. However, he does not have a vote in the actual decisions that are made.

 

EDMUND BROOKS
ebrooks@nocc.org

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Edmund grew up in the Bay Area and has lived in Orange County since 2013. He has been married to Stephanie since 2002, and they have 3 awesome children. He has his bachelor’s degree from William Jessup University and his master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology. Prior to being called as the Senior Minister to North Orange he served in Student Ministries for 15 years in various churches.

Describe yourself in three words:
Unique, rebel, redeemed

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
I enjoy fitness, hanging out with my family, and watching a good movie.

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
I love the eclectic food options in Orange County. It’s good.

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Fiji has some beautiful beaches. I’d love to visit there with my wife.

What is the best movie of all time?
It would be a western movie for me. I’ll go with Tombstone.

Who do people say you look like?
Aquaman or various Samoan pro wrestlers

What are you passionate about?
Fitness and sharing the gospel.

What is your favorite verse?
1 Corinthians 1:18 -  “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

What do you love most about your ministry?
I love that I get to communicate God’s timeless truths to God’s people.


STEPHEN ULANGCA
sulangca@nocc.org

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Stephen was born in Quezon City, Philippines but Anaheim is his home town. He began his ministry with NOCC in January of 2006. Stephen graduated from Hope International University in May 2001. He has served at various ministries since 1996.

FUN STUFF:
What do you do for fun:
Spend time with my family and catch up on all things in the tech world; I am a geek at heart
What makes you laugh:
Anything funny, nothing crass.
What do you count as the greatest invention of the last 100 years? Why?
Apple iPhone and iOS. I can now have everything in one mobile device. And it keeps improving...
What is your favorite place on the earth?
Anywhere where I can relax.

FAVORITES:
Books:
I really haven’t been much of a reader except when I was a kid. Other than the Bible, I usually only read magazines (worship, technology and car magazines)
Music:
Anything Urban Gospel (my favorites are Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and Israel Houghton)
More recently Bethel, Jesus Culture, and Hillsong
Movies:
Marvel series, The Lord of the Rings series, The Bourne Identity Series, Gladiator, martial arts movies. Plus any movie that’s considered COMEDY (remember my love of laughter!)


CALLIE COE
ccoe@nocc.org

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Callie is from Yorba Linda, CA and has lived in Orange Country for pretty much her entire life. She currently lives in the city of Orange. She has been married to her loving and witty husband, Ben, since July 2016! Callie has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from California Baptist University, has a Masters of Education from Hope International University, and has finished her multiple subject teaching credential program. Callie has attended North Orange Christian Church since birth. Callie served as a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry for nearly 10 years and served as a Children’s Ministry Intern at North Orange while in college. She served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at North Orange from August 2016-December 2018. She is now excited to continue to serve the Lord, families of kids and teens, and college-aged young adults as the Director of NextGen Ministries! 

Describe yourself in three words:
Adopted, Compassionate, Dedicated

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Disneyland really is one of my happiest places on Earth! I also love to just spend time with my husband, family, and friends. Playing card games and board games, talking, eating, and exploring together are some of my favorite things!

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
I love that I can go to the mountains and the beach on the same day if I wanted!

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Greece!

What is the best movie of all time?
I’m really not much of a movie person, but romantic comedies are always my go-to! (And White Christmas during the holidays!)

Who do people say you look like?
I don’t really get this much. But...my husband is practically George McFly’s twin! We dressed up as George McFly and Lorraine for a costume contest in college and won!

What are you passionate about?
Helping people of all ages (kids, teens, and adults) see themselves how God sees them—loved, unique, and created for a purpose!

What is your favorite verse?
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17

What do you love most about your ministry?
I love that I get to be a partner with families in raising their kids to have authentic faith. From birth through college, I get to watch kids grow and develop into disciples of Christ. I love being a part of helping kids and teens discover who God is and who He created them to be! 


CINDY FENNIG
cfennig@nocc.org

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Cindy was born in Detroit, MI and by the time she was 23 had lived in St. Paul, MN, Weberville, MI, Muskegon, MI, Meriden, CT, Camarillo, CA, Waukegan, Il, and back to Camarillo, CA. She is the oldest of 4 children, 3 younger brothers, whose father was a minister. Her BS in Psychology has helped her be a friend, wife, mom and grandma. She has been married to Randy for 41 years. They have 3 married children and 9 grandchildren. She home-schooled her children through high school, taught in the public and private school system, was robbed at gun point while working at a credit union and now serves here in the office.

Describe yourself in three words:
content, loving, friendly

What do you enjoy doing with your free time:
Reading, digital scrap booking, going to the
beach

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
Until this month all of my children and grandchildren were here

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Victoria Gardens

What is the best movie of all time?
I have 3: The Sound of Music, The King and I-original version, The Jazz Singer

Who do people say you look like?
People say I remind them of my Mom and that is such a big compliment to me

What are you passionate about?
Being faithful to Jesus and modeling him to my grandchildren

What is your favorite verse?
Ephesians 3:20 & 21 - “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask
or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in
Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

What do you love most about your ministry?
Every day I get to pray with people, facilitate ministry at North Orange, encourage others and be
encouraged myself.


TIM LAKE
tlake@nocc.org

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Tim Lake was born and raised in Orange, CA. He’s married to the wonderful Gabby Lake and has a cat named Leo who can be as loud as a crying toddler sometimes. He graduated from California State University Fullerton (Go Titans!) with a Bachelors in Computer Science. He has worked at the church as Support Staff since 2016.

Describe yourself in three words:
Introverted inquisitive Christian

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
I like to play D&D and videogames so I try to do either on my free time. I also program videogames and run D&D games from time to time.

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
So many things. I’d say the people for sure. I’ve met so many fantastic people here.

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Europe. There’s so many historical locations and architecture that I’d love to see. I think an East Coast road trip would be fun for similar reasons.

What is the best movie of all time?
Lord of the Rings – Return of the King specifically.

Who do people say you look like?
The Matrix. Oh wait… not nicknames. I don’t know. I don’t get this one a lot.

What are you passionate about?
God, Youth Ministry, games.

What is your favorite verse?
You mean, what are my favorite verses? 1 John 4:7-21. If I must choose one from those then it’d be 1 John 4:8 which says, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

What do you love most about your ministry?
Getting to see the little ways that God uses North Orange to impact peoples lives for the kingdom and getting to be a part of the behind the scenes work that goes into what we do here at North Orange.


LANE GRAHAM
lgraham@nocc.org

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If you were to ask Lane where she’s from, she would probably say that she’s from a bit of everywhere she’s ever been. She’s a romantic and a poet at heart, so what can you do? Most of her family lives in Kentucky, but for the time being Lane seems to prefer the beaches and sunshine of Southern California.

The youngest child of a pastor’s family, Lane was introduced to Christ and taught to trust in Him from an early age. After high school she followed God on an adventure around the globe, including some years spent living as a missionary in Asia. There she was blessed with the opportunity to lead evangelism-centered efforts for her team, as well as being involved in community outreach and the discipleship of young believers. Being back in the States on a full-time basis has taken a little getting used to, but now by God’s grace she is confident and hopeful for the coming seasons of her life and ministry.

Describe yourself in three words:
Snooze Button Puncher

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Reading, painting, and daydreaming about space travel

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
Its proximity to SCUBA diving opportunities

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Antarctica

What is the best movie of all time?
Oh, I can never narrow it down to just one movie, may I interest you in a Top Three?
The Hunt For Red October (1990) Frequency (2000) Willow (1988)

Who do people say you look like?
My mom, and that is high praise

What are you passionate about?
Evangelism and Astronomy

What is your favorite verse?
Galatians 6:14 - “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

What do you love most about your ministry?
The opportunity to be a support to those who minister to the Body of Christ.


MORIAH TUCKER
mtucker@nocc.org

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Job Title: 
Student Ministries Intern


DIANA SUNDELL

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Dianna came from a Navy family and moved to California when she was in 5th grade. Her family settled in Garden Grove where she later raised her own family. Dianna and both of her daughters have had successful careers as educators. They run the gamut from special education to advanced placement to administration. Several years ago, Dianna, her daughter Katy, and son-in-law Bryan purchased a home together in Orange. Since then they have welcomed her grandchildren, Karis and Collin. She also has 2 grandsons, Wilson and Cooper with her daughter, Jennifer. Since retiring as a full time educator, Dianna has welcomed the opportunity to spend more time serving at North Orange.

Describe yourself in three words:
Funny, compassionate, giving.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
When I find free time, I like to go to Disneyland, make a variety of crafts, watch sporting events (go Dodgers and Raiders), bake, read, and volunteer/serve (Girl Scouts, PTA, NOCC).

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
The food! I always tell the 6th graders that is the best part of living in OC. You can get any kind of authentic food!

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
I don’t really have any specific place. Visiting any place new is always an experience.

What is the best movie of all time?
I don’t know that there is one! Some that are high on my list are sports movies, Rudy, Field of Dreams, The Natural. Some other favorites are When Harry Met Sally, A Beautiful Mind, and almost all of the Disney movies!

Who do people say you look like?
When I was younger I was told that I looked like Sarah Ferguson. There’s also a Halloween picture of Heidi Klum that looks like me. Must be the German roots!

What are you passionate about?
Helping people – especially kids – learn how to be kind and care about and take care of each other. Rid the world of violence and hate – learn to embrace each other with love.

What is your favorite verse?
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9

What do you love most about your ministry?
I love the conversations that I get to have with kids. I love when they ask deep meaningful questions, or make connections to their own lives, or use what they have learned to help each other or themselves when they struggle. When a 4 year old tells me, “Don’t worry, God is with you,” I know that we are making a difference.


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GABBY LAKE

Gabby was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up an only child and had always longed for siblings. She thinks it's funny that God sent her a husband who has three brothers! Gabby got her Bachelors in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton where she met her sweet husband Tim Lake :) and also where she came back to Christ in her heart, all in the same semester!

Gabby went on to get a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University and is working towards becoming a counselor one day Lord willing. All things psychology peak her interest and she's thankful for all of the things she has learned about herself and others along this journey.

Gabby has been attending North Orange Christian Church for 8 years and loves her church family. She is thankful for this opportunity to work at the church and learn new skills along the way.

Describe yourself in three words:
Playful, introspective, foodie!

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Spend time with my husband, family, and friends, eat yummy food, spend time with the Lord,
anything outside!

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
Warmer weather and great food options

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Japan, anime and manga played a special role in my life while growing up and so the place and
culture mean a great deal to me. I also LOVE sushi!

What is the best movie of all time?
I love all of the Harry Potter movies and books, they’re the best!

Who do people say you look like?
People say I look like my Mom but have some features of my Dad. I also see parts of both my
Grandmas in me and that makes me happy.

What are you passionate about?
God, my husband, family, loving others, nature, and integrating psychology and Christianity

What is your favorite verse?
I love so many! Here are some of my most cherished ones though:
Isaiah 61:3 - “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of
mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of
righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”
Isaiah 43:19 - “Behold, I am ding a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will
make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a - “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not
proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no
record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

What do you love most about your ministry?
I enjoy helping make the church grounds a nice and welcoming place to be. As a youth leader I
enjoy building relationships with the students and trying to show them God’s love.


VICTOR FERNANDEZ

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Victor is from El Salvador and is the youngest of 10 children. He studied there to be an Electronic Engineering Technician. He came to know Jesus at the age of 19 and took a teaching class so he could minister to the “little ones”.

Describe yourself in three words:
Kind, helpful and God-fearing

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Spending time with my wife

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
Everything!

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
Europe

What is the best movie of all time?
War Room

Who do people say you look like?
Canelo (he is a boxer)

What are you passionate about?
Soccer

What is your favorite verse?
Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

What do you love most about your ministry?
I get to serve God 100% and help people in whatever way I can.


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LARRY COHN
lcohn@nocc.org

Elder


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BRYAN JUE
bjue@nocc.org

Bryan was born and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, in Los Angeles. He first ventured into Orange County when he attended UC Irvine for his undergraduate degree and has never left still being employed by the university. Bryan also had the opportunity to attend Talbot Theological Seminary graduating with a masters in Theology. Since joining NOCC, Bryan has been involved in Student Ministries and being a small group leader. Bryan and his wife, Katy both work in the education fields and are raising their 2 kids here in Orange County spending ample amounts of time at Dodger Games, Laker Games, and Disneyland.

Describe yourself in three words:
Really Nice Guy

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?
Playing with my kids and golfing

What is your favorite thing about Orange County?
The temperature, it’s just right.

What is one place you have always wanted to visit?
I would love to visit Jerusalem and the Holy Land and see the places Jesus walked.

What is the best movie of all time?
Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back

Who do people say you look like?
I was told in China that I looked like a Hong Kong singer, Jackie Chung.

What are you passionate about?
Jesus, the Bible, LA Sports, in that order

What is your favorite verse?
Philippians 2:3-5

What do you love most about your ministry?
I love to connect people into a deeper relationship with God. If I can be of help for them in that
journey, then I can sleep well.


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DOUG LAKE
dlake@nocc.org

Chairman of the Elders


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JOHN REYES
jreyes@nocc.org

Elder