With Jesus as our example, the staff of Lighthouse are privileged to lead, guide and serve. Get to know the staff below.


Youth Ministry Director

Joshua Espinoza was born and raised in Glendale, Arizona before moving to Costa Mesa to attend Vanguard University. He received his bachelors in religion, with pastoral emphasis in 2016. Joshua is also a sub-elite runner training for the Olympic trials. He is the head cross country and track and field coach at Pacifica Christian High School in Newport Beach and has a heart for young athletes and kids who want to learn more about God’s love.


Office Manager

Jeanne is a Southern California native who loves to travel and then loves to come home. She and her husband, Charlie, have been married for 32 years and have been blessed with two adult sons. Jeanne is active in Women’s Connection and several Bible Studies. She also loves walking alongside people who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis a subject close to home for her.


Lil’ Lighthouse Preschool Director

Marge was born on a dairy farm in the great state of Wisconsin. Therefore, she is a die-hard Green Bay Packer fan. She moved to Southern California in the fall of 1977 where she began her teaching career at a Christian school near Disneyland. She and her husband, Nissim, have a daughter Gloria who keeps them busy and young!! Marge is passionate about sharing the love of God with the preschoolers and their families. She also loves Bible studies, walking, biking, and cheering on the Packers.


Family Ministry Director

Cheri grew up in Southern California and has been a Costa Mesa resident for most of her life. Cheri and her husband Ben have been married for 15 years, and have two children, Dylan and Sophia. Cheri has worked in children’s ministry for many years and is passionate about bringing kids to know and love Jesus. She has a heart for family ministry and strives to equip parents, grandparents and caregivers with resources to raise the next generation. In her free time, you can find her on the pool deck or gymnastic studio with her kids, BBQing new recipes with her husband, or finding some time to try a new coffee shop.


Worship Director

Shelley was born in Saginaw Michigan and grew up playing piano and singing in the church where her grandfather was pastor and mother was the minister of music.  Shelley, her father and mother traveled as a musical trio to churches, rescue missions and camp meetings from the time she was very young. As a professional singer, vocal coach, keyboardist and worship leader, Shelley has a passion to teach and train worship leaders, singers, musicians and choirs, taking them to the next level technically and cultivating a lifestyle of worship. Shelley and Steve are happy to have moved to Southern California in 2019 and enjoy biking, hiking, the beach, and trying new restaurants.


Local and Global Missions

Don, aka “Pirate Don,” is originally from South Africa, but crossed the Atlantic to the U.S. in his 20’s as a crewmember on a small sailboat (without any prior sailing experience). In his earlier years, he was a trapeze artist, then a soldier in the Angolan War. Don met Jill, an Orange County native with an MBA and a love for other cultures, about 35 years ago, and together they raised two boys who have now successfully “launched” (well, almost). They have a heart for missions, once taking the kids and spending a year sailing around the Caribbean showing the Jesus film. Don and Jill love helping people step outside of their comfort-zone to serve others in Jesus’ name, both at home and abroad.


Finance and Facilities

Robyn has lived in Costa Mesa/Huntington Beach her entire life. She and her husband, Mark, have two grown children, Matthew and Sarah. They recently added another son to the family when Sarah married her high school sweetheart, Michael. Robyn has worked at Lighthouse for over 17 years, starting in the front office. She now oversees the finances for both the church and preschool, as well as coordinating all facility operations. Her passion is singing and she is a diehard fan of the Angels – win or lose!


Here at Lighthouse, we love training up the next generation of church leaders.


Jr. High Youth

Matthew is interning with our Jr. High Youth. He is currently working on his degree in Chemistry at Vanguard University. He has a passion for juggling and playing the piano. He is also the author of “Juggling the Issues: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome,” which provides a firsthand perspective of how autistic people interpret things differently than the rest of the world. Matthew loves teaching and mentoring youth, just as he had others who have invested in him.