Friends Community Church is an elder-led church. Our elders are appointed by a nominating committee and approved by our congregation at our annual business meeting each November. The elders meet with Pastor Rick each month (or more often if needed) and, together, are responsible for the spiritual health of the church body. Significant prayer and consideration go into the selection of each of our elders and we use Scriptures such as Ephesians 4:12 and 1 Timothy 3:1-7 as guides in this process.
Except for decisions required to be made by the congregational meeting, the elders will be the final point of appeal for all matters of unresolved disagreement involving staff, committees and other entities within the congregation.
If you have questions or would like to contact an elder, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chairman of the Elder Board
Erik received Christ as his Savior when he was 15 years old at an APU Mexicali outreach he attended when invited by a friend. He and his wife Danielle met when they were 16 years old working at Baskin Robins in Fullerton. They have been married for 15 years and have two children Hannah and Jonah. Erik later attended APU where he earned master’s degrees in special education and school administration. He taught as a special education teacher before going into administration. He is currently the principal of Buena Park Junior High School.
Erik has served as an usher, helps run slides for various services, and worked alongside his wife in the children’s ministry. Erik enjoys traveling to national parks, tinkering around the house, driving classic Volkswagens, and cheering on the UCLA Bruins. Above all else, Erik’s greatest hope is that his children and his whole household come to know Christ as their Savior and serve Him all of their days.
FAVORITE VERSE: Joshua 24:15 “…but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."
Judy's passion and mission is to draw women into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and she teaches the women's weekly Bible Study at FCC. She's a published author and enjoys both speaking and writing as time allows. For 25 years she had a paralegal business in which she assisted attorneys with legal matters. Judy and her husband Ron have lived in Fullerton for 37 years. They have two grown children and seven delightful grandchildren.
FAVORITE VERSE: 2 Peter 1:2-3 (Because it's the one God used to set her on the path of getting to know Him better and better) "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him..."
Scott and his wife Lori were high school sweethearts and celebrate 40 years of marriage this year. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. They have lived in Brea since 2004 and love the area so much they wish they had moved here sooner. Scott is a Stephen Minister and Leader. He enjoys using his spiritual gifts to help care for the church family at FCC. Scott and Lori feel truly blessed by the faith community at FCC.
FAVORITE VERSE: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
John has been married to Jackie for 45 years. He believes she is obviously very tough and tolerant. They have two married children and 5 grandchildren that they enjoy immensely! John retired from public education as a teacher and coach. Currently, he is the Athletic Director at Hope International University. John and Jackie host a Care Group in their home. John was FCC's first Missions Committee chair and was on the leadership team in building the new sanctuary.
FUN FACT: John would love to visit Africa and Italy, and wishes he had a greater ability to climb mountains.
Ben feels blessed to have grown up in a Christian home that faithfully served the Lord (his father and grandfather were Friends pastors). When Ben was 13, his family moved to Vienna, Austria to plant churches in Eastern Europe. Ben returned to the U.S. his senior year of high school and went on to graduate from Azusa Pacific University.
Ben has worked in education for the past 20 years and is currently principal of Benton Middle School in La Mirada. He’s happily married to Darcy and they have four awesome kids. Their free time is usually dedicated to working around the house or attending their kids’ activities. When they have time, Ben and Darcy enjoy water-skiing and wake-boarding.
FAVORITE VERSE: Deuteronomy 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Robert and his wife Jane have been attending FCC since 2009. They have been married for 13 awesome years and have two children, Logan and Charlotte. Robert's work as a purchasing director for a machine tool company takes him regularly to Asia and Europe. During his travels, he takes every opportunity to learn about different cultures and is especially adventurous in trying new foods.
FAVORITE VERSE: 2 Corinthians 12:9 - But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Jonathan grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, and came to California in college. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Brea, and have a young daughter who keeps them on their toes. They have been attending the church for three years, and both serve on the Missions Committee, as well as in other ministries. Jonathan works at Biola University in the Financial Aid Office, and in his free time loves to read and write poetry. He and his wife also like to travel.
Jonathan grew up as a missionary kid, and became a believer at a young age, but knows the journey of growth in Christ is never done. His favorite verse is:
FAVORITE VERSE: Isaiah 46:3-4:
3 "Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Felix and his family migrated from Malaysia to the States in December 1989 and have lived in Brea since 1993. He and his wife of 37 years, Chris, have been attending FCC since November 2012 and were both baptized at this church. They have two grown-up boys. One of their boys is married, and the Lord has blessed them with a wonderful daughter-in-law and two wonderful grandsons.
Felix is involved in Men’s Ministry and leads one of the Men’s Bible Study groups. He encourages all Men at FCC to plug in and be nourished by the love and fellowship of our men, and by His Word and Truth.
FAVORITE VERSE: Philipians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Judi accepted Christ as her Lord at age 17 and realized the need to turn her life completely over to Jesus. The process of growing and learning to know her Savior has never stopped. She loves being involved in Women’s Bible Study and in other ministries at FCC focused on women.
She met her wonderful husband Doug in high school, and they married nearly 48 years ago. God blessed them with four amazing children married to four equally amazing spouses. They have been blessed with 10 grandchildren (they are beyond amazing!). Judi and Doug love to travel and are working on seeing all 50 states and as many of the National Parks as possible. The Lord has also blessed them with the privilege to do some international travel including ministering in Kenya and Liberia.
FAVORITE VERSE: Phil. 1:6 (NLT) “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
If you would like to contact one of our elders please email us at email@example.com