Our elders devote themselves to prayer and to the ministry of God’s Word as they govern over our church (Acts 6:4). They shepherd our congregation with the love of Christ (1Peter 5:1-3). They encourage the body of Christ at Voyagers and live life in his Spirit.
Elders: Mike Boomsma, Scott Nelson, Mark Schulz, Dan Adelseck, Robert Godfrey, Dan Bakker (sabbatical).
Contact Elders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Hedrick – Associate Pastor
Chris came to Voyagers via Arizona. After 10 years of serving in children’s ministry in two wonderful churches he knew God was moving him and his amazing family out to Orange County. Chris graduated from Hope International University with a major in Biblical studies. His greatest passion in the church is teaching, kids, youth and adults he loves it all.
Chris’s hope and prayer for the children of Voyagers is that they would grow in an ever-deepening relationship with Jesus. He loves to see when the kids really start to understand the magnitude of who Jesus really is. He also loves kids getting to know each other; he is convinced church should never be a place where anyone is lonely.
Chris is currently in seminary at Talbot (and loving it). He loves his wife and three amazing kids. He’s a decent mountain biker, a solid ping-pong player and as for surfing, he tries really hard.
Contact Chris Hedrick
Clarke Brogger – Community Life Pastor
Clarke came to Voyagers in the fall of 2016, and has said from day one that he couldn’t be happier to have been called to VBC. Clarke has a degree in Social Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and studied at both Western and Vanguard Universities to attain his Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies.
Clarke LOVES people and looks forward to connecting with you if he hasn’t already. His hope is that the community at VBC would be one that thrives and strives. His vision is that EVERYONE would experience Rooted and then be part of a Home Group, be involved in some area of service at the church, and take part in a global missions trip. Clarke wants this to be a safe place to discover what a life with Jesus is supposed to look like (Ephesians 4:1). This includes working out our salvation, sharing our struggles and celebrating our victories with each other under the umbrella of Christ’s compassion and God’s grace. To that end, Clarke says, “let’s do this!”
Clarke was born and raised in Newport Beach, and has been a passionate surfer his whole life. Ironically, he primarily considers himself a mountain man as he is an avid rock and mountain climber. He loves the adventure of both of these and other pursuits as he feels they are a great mirror of the Christian life… adventurous, fun, and never boring!
Clarke is married to Annie and they have two children, Solace and Evie. Family time is his greatest joy in life. He wants you to know that at VBC, #communitydoes #lifetogether #inChrist!
Contact Clarke Brogger.
Jordan Whilden – High School Pastor
Originally from a seaside town in New Jersey, Jordan has traded coasts and is serving as Voyagers’ High School Ministry Pastor. He graduated from Wheaton College with a BA in Interpersonal Communications and received his M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary.
It’s Jordan’s prayer that Voyagers’ High School Ministry would continue to develop devoted disciples, with missional mindsets who catalyze change. Because spiritual growth occurs through relationships, Jordan and the Student Ministries’ Team seek to make the High School Ministry a welcoming and supportive place for students to journey towards intimacy with Jesus.
Jordan finds relaxation in cooking and time at the beach. He and his wife, Brittany, enjoy biking and surfing. The two of them enjoy doing mission trips together and seeing how God is moving around the globe. Oh, they also both really like bubble tea.
Contact Jordan Whilden
Aaron Cardinio – Jr. High Director
Aaron was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and then moved to the San Joaquin Valley in 4th grade where his family settled in Lodi, CA. In 2011 he moved to Orange County and began volunteering as a 7th grade boys small group leader at Grace Fellowship Church in Costa Mesa. Three years late he left to work for Irvine Younglife to help build a Junior High Ministry.
He came to Voyagers Bible Church after 2 years with Irvine Younglife. The Lord has placed on his heart a calling for Junior High Ministry. His deepest desire is to help students grow in a better understanding of who God is and help them figure out ways to implement that understanding in the communities that they are in. He also has a huge passion for training and empowering leaders to make an impact in the lives of students. He believes anyone can make a huge impact in the life of a student with the proper training and encouragement.
After 4 years of dating and 8 months of engagement Aaron just recently was married to his best friend Casey. They now live in Costa Mesa and she works as a 1st-grade teacher at Deerfield Elementary. If Aaron is not thinking about Junior High Ministry he is probably spending time with Casey, fishing, or surfing down in Newport Beach. In addition, He loves time with close friends and any sort of travel when he has the chance.
Contact Aaron Cardinio.
Zack Thompson – Children’s Ministry Pastor
Zack started at Voyagers in September 2016 after serving Jr High through Young Families ministries in a few different churches over the course of eight years. Born and raised in Southern California, he made his way from the Inland Empire to Orange County for Biola University and stayed here when he kept going back to Biola for seminary twice.
Zack loves helping people know and love God more each day. He is especially excited with working with kids on this journey since it is such an important part in someone’s life. He is passionate about connecting with parents and helping them in their role of passing down faith to their children.
Zack and his wife Emily love exploring new places whether that is some corner of a local city or a foreign country. Zack also is constantly disappointed by the Colorado Avalanche and Sunderland A.F.C., but breakfast burritos help his recovery.
Contact Zack Thompson.
Michael Risley – Pastor of Prayer and Disciple-making
Michael served in 3 churches (Lake Avenue Church-Pasadena, Rolling Hills Covenant Church-Rolling Hills Estates, Mariners Church-Irvine) before the Lord led him to Voyagers in 2002. He has a bachelor’s degree from Biola University, a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Michael’s identity and mission is based upon Philippians 1:21 and states “My life is all about Christ–to be all and only for Jesus Christ: To know Him, love Him and obey Him, and to help others live the same (John 17:3; 14:21: Matt.28:19-20).” Three of Michael’s main responsibilities and passions at church are small group discipleship, leadership development, and prayer.
Michael and his wife Joanie have been married since 1978. They have three adult children and three grandkids who call him, “Funpa.” He enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, wrestling grandkids, and spending time with his best friend Joanie.
Contact Michael Risley
Mark Vanlandingham – Care and Counseling Pastor
Mark and his wife Sherry have been members of the Voyagers family since 1982. One of their joys of having attended the church for so many years has been to observe God’s faithfulness to the Voyagers community and to see the church “grow” in so many ways.
Mark was a member of the Elder Board for over 20 years before joining the pastoral team. Following 30 years in the corporate arena, Mark joined the staff in 2011. In his role as Associate Pastor, his ministry emphasis includes counseling and community building. His vision for ministry is a hope to see others go deep in their relationship with Jesus Christ and to experience a true feeling of “family” at Voyagers Bible Church.
Mark attended Cal Lutheran University and received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology which has been instrumental in his role of counseling, directing individuals towards healing and restoration.
Mark and his wife Sherry love spending time with family and the joy of grandchildren. Movie nights, sports, travel and spending time with friends are some of Mark’s favorite outings.
Contact Mark Vanlandingham
Marjie Mueller – Worship Intern