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.

DAN BLOOD

Elder

Dan and his wife Patti committed their lives to Jesus Christ back in 1977 at a beach baptism in Corona del Mar. Coincidentally, this was the same year they got married. They have been walking with the Lord and with one another ever since. In that time, God has blessed them with three children and seven grandsons. Dan works in auto finance and Patti is helping raise her grandsons as an on-call nanny. They both enjoy staying active as well as investing into the lives of others. They are excited about the Spiritual energy level at Lighthouse and look forward to contributing to God’s purpose and plans for our church community.

BILL NELSON

Elder

Bill was raised in a military family in Long Beach, Ca. He accepted Jesus in 1972 and was called to ministry shortly after high school. Bill began pastoring in 1980 and has worked as a pastor or missionary for the last 39 years. He married his wife and ministry partner, Cathy in 1981, and together they founded Fresh Beginnings Ministries, which is a Pastoral Care ministry that specializes in training mentors as well as providing food and basic necessities to hurting people in Orange County. Bill and Cathy have raised three daughters who all love Jesus, and are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Bill and Cathy have made Lighthouse Community Church their home place of worship because it feels like home. They look forward to serving with the Lighthouse church family and helping us move beyond the walls of the church to care for our community.

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 37 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.

BYRON WINEKE

Elder

Byron and Dianne have been married over fifty years and both attended Huntington Beach High School. They have raised their two children here in Costa Mesa and are blessed with four wonderful grandchildren. Byron loves the outdoors and enjoys horseback riding and stand-up paddle boarding among other activities. Dianne serves on the Woman’s Connection Team. Now that they are retired they have devoted themselves to investing into the spiritual lives of others. They lead a life group that meets in their home, mentor young couples and serve in other capacities around Lighthouse. They love our church family and are excited for this next season of ministry.