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Rev. Sarah Heath serves as the teaching and preaching site pastor for SOTH - RSM campus. She received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her Master of Divinity from Duke University in 2005. From 2005 to 2011 Sarah served at University UMC in Irvine, California as Youth Pastor/Campus Minister to UCI and Associate Pastor. Sarah provides leadership for the Rancho Santa Margarita worship services as well as preaching on rotation at Mission Viejo. In addition, she leads the Mission and Outreach, Discipleship, and Human Diversity teams. Sarah loves music, traveling, creating art, playing and watching sports and, of course, laughing!
Craig Brown, Lead Pastor
Pastor Craig Brown has been serving as the Lead Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills since 2005. He has served several churches in his ministry in both Orange and Ventura Counties. He received his B.A. degree in Biblical Studies and Theology from Biola University in La Mirada, CA and his Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Craig provides leadership to the church's worship services as well as teaching during the week.
Additionally, Craig has responsibility for being the chief visionary and leader of Shepherd of the Hills. He enjoys time spent at the beach and a good game of raquetball. He has been married to his wife, Bettina, since 1994 and they have two children together, David and Rachel.
Kim Nason has been Director of Music at Santa Margarita since 1990. Kim directs the Chancel Choir which sings at the 9:30 service on Sundays. She also directs the annual children's summer Music Camp. Kim graduated from USC with a degree in Music Education. She has taught elementary music for the Capistrano Unified School District since 1988.
Kim and her husband Doug have been active in many groups and events at Santa Margarita since they became members in 1990. They live in Mission Viejo with their two children, Samantha and Joshua. Kim loves working with singers of all ages and especially enjoys the fellowship that happens when people are focused on a common goal.
“Worship is not a spectator sport! It is an act of community – a continual process and way of life that is occasionally accompanied by music.” This statement defines Dave’s perspective on worship, and the atmosphere that he creates with a contemporary style that engages the congregation, drawing them into a Spirit-led worship experience.
Dave has worked with several churches and denominations over his career as a vocalist, guitarist, bassist and drummer, and has been the worship leader at Santa Margarita since 2007. He has also served at the Santa Ana District Elementary, Jr High and Sr High camps over the past 9 years. A lifelong musician, Dave learned guitar, bass, drums, and piano in his earlier years and applies those skills to develop and teach others to lead. He is currently working on an independent album to be released in late 2010.
When he is not making music, Dave enjoys building guitars, volunteering with youth, working on computers and spending time with his wife, Ashleigh and his 2 children, Sadie and Chandler.
Doug Nason heads up our worship multi-media teams. Doug is a graduate of Cal Poly, Pomona, and teaches science in elementary schools. He is married to Kim and is a "stay-at-home" dad for much of the week.
At church, Doug ensures that the different parts of media - music, lyrics, slide shows, movie clips, and videos - come together on Sunday mornings. When he's not editing video on the computer or creating new ideas for worship, Doug helps lead music at a few local churches and summer camps.
Bill Lichty, Director of Congregational Care
Bill Lichty is an ordained minister with 40+ years in various roles (lead pastor, youth, music, education, Christian school), an M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Ashland Seminary (Ohio), counselor (indivdual, marriage, family), past college professor, and seminar/workshop leader. Bill has been married 46 years, has two children, and three grandchildren. He is a third generation minister and a lifelong follower of Jesus.
Richard Annett volunteered with the Youth Group at the Mission Viejo campus for three years prior to coming to the Santa Margarita campus in September, 2011. During that time he also attended two winter retreats with the students. For the past two summers, he has attended Lazy W Ranch as a Senior High camp leader. His greatest experience with youth is the moment they realize that Jesus is here among us, watching over us, protecting us, and guiding us in our lives.
Richard is currently going to Fuller Seminary where he is in the process of earning his Master of Divinity. He has lived in Southern California his entire life and in June, 2011 he graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in History. He enjoys being outside, surfing, and talking theology with his friends. Richard prays that the Youth Group at Rancho Santa Margarita will continue to be a place where students can come and experience the love of God.
Ali Lotito currently attends Cal State Fullerton as a Child and Adolescent Development major with a minor in Spanish and teaches preschool during the week. She has volunteered with children's ministry programs including teaching Sunday school at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Mission Viejo campus for four years. Ali was also a camp counselor at the Elementary Church Camp at Lazy W Ranch and is currently a co-leader of the Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo sites' Explorers Club for third through fifth graders.
Ali feels that working with children is her talent and calling from God and plans to continue to do so after graduation. When she is not with children (which is rare) she enjoys playing tennis and soccer, art, rollerblading, going to the beach, and like most girls, shopping.
Beverly Coker-Jones, Receptionist
Beverly has worked for Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Mission Viejo for many years, first as a volunteer then as paid Staff. She is now at our Rancho Santa Margarita campus in the mornings. Beverly really enjoys reading and collecting many kinds of clutter. Beverly has one daughter, Coker Carlyjon Jones, and a cat.
- Worship 9:30 AM: Relaxed Traditional – Traditional and new hymns with our Chancel Choir.
- Worship 11 AM: Contemporary / Modern Worship – Band, Candles, Families.
- Sunday school for children at each hour. Loving nursery care, too.
- Address: We are located at 30605 Avenida de Las Flores, Rancho Santa Margarita.
This Week at RSM Campus
On Sunday we continue our series on "Making All Things New," looking at Colossians 2:1-15. How does God make things new and for what purpose? This week join us as we talk about what newness and living out of fulfillment look like.
Church Wide News & Events
Pastor Craig’s Final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills: Pastor Craig will celebrate his final Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills on June 16th. There will be one worship service at each campus that morning. • Rancho Santa Margarita Campus – 9:00 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching • Mission Viejo Campus – 10:30 a.m. Worship, Pastor Craig Preaching Following worship at the Mission Viejo Campus, there will be a celebration luncheon of Mexican street tacos! After lunch, a gathering will be held in the sanctuary at Mission Viejo.
- Pastoral News: The Rev. Karl Stuckenberg to Be Appointed as the New Lead Pastor at Shepherd of the Hills...
- 'Celebrate Recovery': Launched April 10th at 6:30 pm at the MV Campus (part of "Connect"). The weekly gathering will serve as a support group for dealing with hurts, habits and hang-ups, providing a place to share, fellowship, and embark on a path to healing.
- 'Connect' Gatherings: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Mission Viejo Campus
- Event Highlights: See what events are going on at both campuses here...
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