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 (left to right): Mike Boomsma, Tom Wilson, Scott Nelson, Robert Godfrey, Mark Humphreys, Mike Kenyon, and Joe Rider.
Not pictured (2017 Sabbatical): Dan Adelseck, Dan Bakker, and Todd Winkler.
Contact Elders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Kenyon – Lead Pastor
Mike came to Voyagers as Lead Pastor in September 2015. Mike has a B.A. from Concordia University in Irvine, and studied at Fuller and Rockbridge Theological Seminaries, receiving his Masters in Divinity.
Mike is passionate about teaching the Word of God and helping men and women integrate their faith with everyday life. Having been raised in inner city Milwaukee, he has a heart for meeting the spiritual and physical needs of the poor; responding in Christian love and service. Mike’s ultimate desire is that men and women would experience a vibrant relationship with Jesus (grounded in prayer) and actively share the good news of the gospel in whatever setting God calls them.
His interests include taking walks with his family on the Jeffrey Open Space Trail, playing tennis and basketball and singing in various vocal ensembles. A 20 year member of the SAG/AFTRA, Mike has produced the films (CAMP-2013, and Out of the Darkness-Congo Unites-2016).
Mike is married to Allison, and they have two children: Austin and Kylie.
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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.
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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!
Contact Clarke Brogger.
Aaron Tucker – Worship Pastor
Aaron has served as Voyagers’ Worship Pastor since 2013. After growing up in Anaheim, he studied Philosophy and Theology at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, and later gained an M.A. in Theological Studies from Bethel University. Together with his wife Katie, Aaron has twin three-year-old girls, Charlotte and Ella, and a one-year-old boy named Everett, which means Aaron’s favorite part of the day is any time all three kids are napping. In those moments, you can catch him in his backyard working on a robusto while reading a book or gardening.
As the worship pastor, Aaron is grateful to partner with many incredible teams who use the arts to help the Voyagers community see God-Father, Son and Spirit, in all His goodness. Aaron is passionate about developing artists and young leaders, and about seeing the church grow toward the worship experience in Revelation 7, which is passionate, authentic, multicultural, and centered totally on the glory of God.
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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.
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Connor Hass – Junior High Director
An authentic “Voyagers product,” Connor has been at Voyagers since he was eight years old, when he moved here with his wonderful family. This means that he was once a student in the very same junior high ministry which he now leads! Connor is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Communications at Cal State Fullerton, and is excited for the day when he will finally be able to divert his attention from homework to beating students in video games.
In reality, however, it’s not the video games that matter. Connor cares about only one thing in junior high ministry: developing students who are all and only for Jesus Christ. It is his greatest desire to hear students say along with the apostle Paul, “I consider all things loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord!” There is nothing worth pursuing outside of Christ, and Connor longs for the junior high students to fully grasp that wonderful and liberating truth.
When he manages to find free time, Connor loves playing with his three younger brothers, reading, surfing, and stopping by Peet’s Coffee (he might be addicted). And in all of it, his one goal is to glorify Jesus Christ his Lord, whom he loves more than life itself.
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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.
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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.
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Mark Vanlandingham – Associate 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.
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