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 in Costa Mesa and grew up in Orange County; he has lived in San Diego, San Clemente, Big Bear and La Quinta. After having lived all over SoCal, Jeff and Jennifer, his wife of 35 years, are blessed to call Costa Mesa home! They have three grown children, one grandson and one new granddaughter. They both have a heart for loving people and are grateful to have spent the last 30 years doing ministry together. Jeff and Jennifer love to mentor young adults and have a deep passion for 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 come and join him at any time.

GLENN OWEN

Elder

Glenn Owen was raised in Colorado and after much travel, is glad to have found his home in Orange County since 1985.  Glenn and his wife Ann established their church home at Lighthouse over 18 years ago and have since watched God transform the lives of those who attend.  As a producer of media Glenn has a heart for missions and has traveled much of the globe telling stories of what God is doing in those countries.  He is active in his OC production company, still loves to travel and most of all loves spending time with his wife, his dog and family.

TOM PHIPPS

Elder

Tom was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and accepted Jesus when he was 9 years old. 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. He is a prayer warrior who loves interceding for our church. Tom also serves in a men’s ministry called Influencers that connects men from over 40 churches in Orange County.

DEE RENFRO

Elder

Dee grew up in Corona del Mar, surfing, sailing and swimming. After college, he followed his father into the insurance trade. He and his wife Connie have raised four daughters and are blessed with thirteen grandchildren! Dee and Connie have been part of Lighthouse Church for close to two decades, and for the five years they’ve co-led a life group in their home. This would be Dee’s second time on the elder board.

MARK STRACHAN

Elder

Mark and his wife Robyn have lived in Costa Mesa/Huntington Beach all their lives. They’ve been married for 30 years and have two grown children, Matthew and Sarah. Mark began his church service at Beach Cities Community Church, where he was baptized and served as part of the setup and teardown team. Since coming to Lighthouse in 2004, he and Robyn have served consistently. Mark currently serves on the Tech Team and he and Robyn lead a Life Group in their home.

RANDY STRAIGHT

Elder

Randy and his wife Patty, who have been married over 44 years, were both born and raised in Southern California. They have a daughter who is passionate about teaching her 6th graders, and her 18-month-old boy. 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 time with their Grandson, woodworking, kayaking in the ocean, boating in Newport Bay, volunteering at Fresh Beginnings and the Orange Rotary Club, barbecuing and relaxing with a good book.

RUSSEL TOLER

Elder

Russell Toler has lived in Newport and Costa Mesa his whole life – except for a 6-year period between high school and college when he served at a church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was there that he met his wife, Aline. They married in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 and moved back to Costa Mesa in 2011 where they are raising their two kids, Jack and Summer. They have been attending Lighthouse Community Church for several years and are happy to call it home. Russell is a strong believer in the role of the local church and is dedicated to help it thrive. In his free time, he enjoys reading, riding his bike around town, and surfing at Blackies.