LEADERSHIP

Our church is led by a board of elders and pastors, who pray and care for the spiritual lives of our members. Get to know the leaders of Lighthouse below.

ERIC WAYMAN

Lead Pastor

Eric was born and raised in Costa Mesa and, although he loves visiting other parts of the world, he’s fallen in love with the people of his hometown. He and his wife Cathy have two sons, Ethan and Grayson, who keep them on their toes. When Eric isn’t studying for a sermon or counseling someone, you might find him bodysurfing at 10th St., Newport Beach or playing basketball anywhere he can find a pick-up game. He also loves a good book and is open to recommendations.

JEFF LEE

Associate Pastor

Jeff was born and raised in Orange County and has lived in San Diego, San Clemente, Big Bear and La Quinta. After having lived all over SoCal, Jeff and Jennifer, his wife of 32 years, are blessed to call Costa Mesa home! They have 3 grown children and one grandson. They both have a heart for loving people and are grateful to have spent the last 25 doing ministry together. Jeff loves mentoring young adults and has a deep passion for the reaching the world with the love of Christ. In his off time, Jeff can be found at 74th Street, Newport Beach, fishing or catching a wave.  He also loves teaching people to fish, so feel free to join him any time.

PETE DAWSON

Elder, Worship Director

Pete is originally from Redding, CA but now lives in Huntington Beach with his wife Nina, and two kids (Chris and Lucy).  When he’s not leading worship at Lighthouse, Pete is a Special Education teacher at a local elementary school.  As the Worship Director at Lighthouse, Pete is passionate about helping others draw near to Jesus. He believes that songs, hymns, and spiritual songs all enable God’s people to communicate with our Creator in ways that ordinary words cannot.  Therefore, he is grateful to serve the Lord at Lighthouse.

JOHN JURCZAK

Elder

John was born and raised in a very small town (pop. 300) in Northern Michigan.  He and his wife Kathy have been married 48 years.  They have two sons, Brian and Michael, as well as two grandchildren, Henry and Xavier.  Though retired now, John spent his career working for Mars, the candy and food company, but it wasn’t as sweet as it sounds. His job was to purchase the raw materials that were used to make pet food. John serves as the church treasurer.  He is an avid golfer and sporadic fisherman.

JON NELSON

Elder

Jon and his wife Liz have been married for 23 years. They moved to Costa Mesa from Richmond, VA in 2010 and joined Lighthouse in August of that year.  At Lighthouse, Jon and Liz have led various life groups as well as Financial Peace University.  Currently, they lead our Starting Point group for anyone who has questions about their faith. Liz has been in sales management for the past 20 years.  As for Jon, after spending 33 years crafting images for media and television commercials, he recently shifted to marketing products and services to adventure travel enthusiasts.  When not at their tiny house near Newport Harbor, Jon and Liz might be found traveling to destinations near other water or mountains, or trying out new funky restaurants.

TOM PHIPPS

Elder

Tom was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and accepted Jesus at 9 in the back of a ‘39 Plymouth. He’s been married to Teri, a woman of God, for almost 45 years, and together they have 6 great kids. Tom and Teri love their church home and are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord here. Tom also serves in a men’s ministry for men called Influencers that connects men from over 40 churches in Orange County. Tom is honored to be on the Board of Elders with the other men of God, but he’s grateful that Jesus is the true head of the church.

RICH ROUPOLI

Elder

Rich is a native Californian, born and raised in San Pedro. He has lived in Orange County since 1980 along with Joyce, his wife of 35 years. They currently live in Huntington Beach, where they raised their family.
Rich and Joyce have been part of the Lighthouse Community family since 1998 when their former church merged with First Baptist church to form Lighthouse. They enjoy the ability to serve, as well as the fellowship and love that Lighthouse offers. Rich is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 35 years of service. He enjoys fishing, traveling or just spending time with Joyce, and “hanging out” with his 9 grandchildren.

RANDY STRAIGHT

Elder

Randy and his wife Patty, who have been married over 40 years, were both born and raised in Southern California. They have a daughter who is passionate about teaching her 6th graders, and her fiancé loves teaching 11th and 12th grades. Randy’s desire to share the Good News has become second nature to him since giving his life to Christ. Forgiven and Blessed are more than just words to him now – they are his reality. Randy enjoys kayaking in the ocean, boating in Newport Bay, volunteering with the Rotary Club, barbecuing and relaxing with a good book.