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.

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.

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.

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.

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.