RICK DARDEN

lead pastor

Rick has lived in the North Orange County area since he was 10 years old. He graduated from CSU Long Beach with a degree in biology and Azusa Pacific University with a Master's Degree in Divinity. He has served as a Pastor since 1990. He has a heart for the Kingdom of God and he believes, God has called his family to the ministry. Rick is married to Lani and they have three boys, Micah, Caleb, and Joshua. As a family they love God's people and the opportunity to serve them, it is then with great excitement and a humbling sense of responsibility that they shepherd Friends Community Church, Brea. 

FUN FACT: When Rick was a kid, he wanted to work at a fish hatchery. 


THADDEUS OMONDI

Associate Pastor

Worship, Missions, Outreach & Prayer

Teddy is Kenyan-American. He graduated from Daystar University, Kenya with a B.A. in Communication and Azusa Pacific University with a Masters of Divinity. Teddy is married to Emily who leads a Young Mom's Ministry. They have a son, Judah, and two daughters, Audrey and Tessa. They also have two good looking cats. Teddy and his family love the call and the opportunity to serve here at FCC and the Kingdom of God.

FUN FACT: Teddy wanted to be a radio DJ.


DARCY WEBSTER

Associate pastor

Operations and Pastoral Care

Darcy is married to Ben and has 4 children, Caleb, Lindley, Lincoln, and Chamberlyn. Darcy was raised in Payson, Arizona. Darcy graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. of Liberal Studies. She has a Master's degree in Education, a teaching credential and is a recorded pastor through the Friends denomination. 

FUN FACT: She loves to bake and work in her garden. 


CHRIS GRATTAN

Associate Pastor

Senior Adults, Young Adults, Adult Bible Classes, Business/Finance

Chris and his wife Barbara have 17 year old twin girls, Christina and Catherine. They have lived in Brea since 2002. Chris has been involved in ministry since he graduated from Faith Tech International Bible School in 1997. Chris previously served in ministry with Christian Services for the Blind, Church of the Good Shepherd, and Cornerstone UMC.

FUN FACT: When Chris was a kid he wanted to be a pro-football player. 


TYLER LEMEN

Associate pastor

Family Ministries

Tyler was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from California Baptist University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and Azusa Pacific Seminary with his Masters of Divinity. Tyler is married to Tracie and they have four children: Ella, Calvin, Wesley, and June. Tyler and Tracie love getting together with family and friends to play board games!

FUN FACT: If Tyler had an unlimited budget he would visit all the National Parks.


Nick lEmonds

PASTOR

Local and Global Impact, Visitor Assimilation, Saturday Night

Nick is from Newberg, OR. He is married to his beautiful bride, Yolanda. Nick has a B.S. in Bible and Theology and is currently pursuing an M.Div. degree from Azusa Pacific University. Nick’s passion is to help people see that God is worthy of all of their worship in every single aspect of their lives. Equipping others to model God’s mission for humanity is Nick’s highest privilege. Seeing lives transformed through discipleship and apprenticeship to Jesus is what excites Nick the most.

FUN FACT: Nick cannot watch enough of the re-runs of the show, The Office.


MICAH DARDEN

pastor

Young Adults & High School

Micah was born and raised right here in Orange County and loves to spend his time playing hockey and hiking. He is married to the beautiful Mia Darden. They have been serving in youth ministry together since 2012! Micah is currently working on a Masters degree at Azusa Pacific University. He loves working with the students here at FCC and has a passion to see the youth develop a strong faith of their own. 

FUN FACT: Micah loves eating ice cream with bacon.


Rob Keller

Pastor

Middle School

Rob Keller, our Middle School Pastor, and his wife April, have three boys and are thankful to be apart of our church family. Rob has several years of experience as a Middle School pastor, as well as, a credentialed teacher. Our 6th, 7th and 8th graders are blessed with a great leadership team and dynamic ministry. 


RICK ELLIS

pastor

Rick and his wife, Monica, have been married since 1982.  They have two daughters. Amanda lives in Oklahoma and is married to Jonny. They had their first child in March, 2013.  Becky is their youngest. Rick has been involved in youth ministry for many years, working for various Friends Churches including a stint at Quaker Meadow Christian Camp. Rick also works fulltime as a store manager in a local health food store in Brea. Rick graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a M.A. in Christian Education with an emphasis in youth ministry. He loves Jesus and His Church with a deep desire to serve others and to demonstrate how to live like Christ. 

FUN FACT:  Rick would love to hike to the top of Mt. Everest... or at least to Base Camp.


FRIEDA RIGSBY

office STAFF

Frieda was born and raised in Southern California and has been married to her best friend, Brian, since 1990. They have four kids (Adam, Allison, Kaitlyn & Koen), a son-in-law (Jared) and a dog named Sable. Frieda is thankful to have the opportunity to work in ministry here at FCC.

FUN FACT: Frieda enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and date nights with her best friend.


Elaine Rosander

office STAFF

Elaine was born and raised in California. She currently resides in Chino with her Husband, Nathan, and young daughter, Pamela. She was raised in the Church along with her three older brothers. Elaine is committed to supporting the church’s many ministries!

FUN FACT: Elaine likes to read, and her favorite book is “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken.


LANI DARDEN

office STAFF

Lani is married to Pastor Rick and in August they'll be celebrating their 25th anniversary. They have 3 awesome boys; Micah, Caleb, Joshua and two daughters in law, Mia and Rachel. Lani graduated from CSULB and taught physical education full time for 3 years before getting to be a stay at home Mom. She's been highly involved at FCC having been on Retreat committees, Christmas committees and the women’s recreation leader (10 yrs). She is a Stephen Minister, WBS group leader, and now the women’s ministry leader. The job most important to her, however, is to be Rick's number one support and encourager. 

FUN FACT: Lani LOVES to surf, mountain bike, hike, and just got her motorcycle license! She enjoys hanging out with friends and finding opportunities to fellowship and encourage one another in the Lord.


Travis Morrill

office STAFF

Travis has attended FCC with his family since its beginning. He graduated from Vanguard University with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Religion. His talents include playing guitar and answering the phone. Travis enjoys reading, watching classic films with his wife, and spending time as a small group leader with the high school ministry. He married his high school sweetheart, Kaylie, in 2017, and they now happily reside in Brea with their dog, Einstein.

FUN FACT: As a small child, Travis memorized Disney's “Angels in the Outfield” ('94) and can probably still recite it verbatim to this day.


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Sydney Quick

office STAFF

Sydney was born and raised in Southern California along with her two sisters Kayley and Grace. She is a graduate from CSULB with a B.F.A. in Sculpture. She previously worked for the City of La Mirada for 5 years in the department of Community Services: Aquatics. Sydney has devoted her heart to God and feels very blessed to be using her creative skills/tendencies for the FCC organization as a way to serve. She also is thankful to be working with an encouraging staff who has strengthened her fellowship in the Lord.

FUN FACT: Sydney loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking with her loved ones whenever possible. In her opinion film photography is far better than digital. She is also taking metal and fabrication night classes in order to obtain a welding certification so she can begin exploring the realm of fabrication.


TRACIE LEMEN

Children's Ministry

Children’s Director

Tracie was born and raised in Southern California. She received her degree in Child and Adolescent Development and Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. Shortly after finishing school, Tracie married her husband Tyler. Tracie and Tyler have four adorable kids: Ella, Calvin, Wesley, and June.

FUN FACT:  In her free time, Tracie enjoys searching Pinterest and completing DIY projects. 


Melinda Watson

Children’s Ministry

Elementary Coordinator (2nd-5th Grade)

Melinda was born & raised in Southern California. She is the second oldest of 6 kids. Melinda graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies. She is married to Jason going on 20 years. After many years of trying to start a family, Jason & Melinda were blessed with not one but two sets of twins. William & Gabriel are the oldest and Thomas & Elizabeth followed 3 years later. Jason & Melinda have been a part of FCC since its second Sunday service back in November 2002. Melinda has participated & served in many areas at FCC including MOPS/Mom’s Connection, Women’s Bible Study, Children’s Ministry, and Care Groups. She is excited to serve in a new way with the children at FCC.

FUN FACT: Melinda values calm, clean, quiet places above all else. Probably because she’s rarely in them!


Whitney Steiger

Children’s Ministry

Nursery Coordinator

Whitney has lived in Orange County her whole life. She is married to Ryan, and they have a son named Hudson and a daughter named Emmarie. In 2008, Whitney graduated from California Baptist University with a BA in Liberal Studies. She also has her multiple subject and resource specialist teaching credentials. She also works part time at Friends Christian School as a Digital Learning Coach.

FUN FACT: Whitney loves being home with her son and serving the families as FCC's nursery coordinator.