OUR ELDERS

Pastor Drew Hunsley

Lead Pastor

Pastor Drew and his high school sweetheart, Kari, have five children: Peyton (2012), Sadie (2013), Oliver (2016), Quinn (2019), and Cooper (2021). Drew was initially hired as the Associate Pastor of RockCC in 2019 and became the Lead Pastor in 2020. Drew has a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry, a MAR degree in discipleship, and a MDiv in professional ministries from Liberty University and has been “Pastor Drew” since 2008.

 

What Excites You About Ministry?

            “More than anything, I love having the opportunity to proclaim the good news that God came into the world to save sinners! We have been given the greatest news ever and having the opportunity to tell people that God loves them, teach people about how to follow Him, and invest my time in serving the church is an incredible opportunity and I count it as a blessing to have the role I do. “Making disciples” (followers of Jesus) is the command that Jesus gave to every Christian, but having the opportunity to single-mindedly invest my life into that mission is such an incredible opportunity and it excites me every day!”

 

Favorite Hobbies: Playing golf or spending time with the family

 

Favorite Teams: Duke University, LA Lakers, and Indianapolis Colts

 

Favorite Bible Verses: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

 

Pastor Ron Johnson

Pastor of Disciple-Making and Outreach

Pastor Ron and his wife Kimberly have three children: Micah (2003), Madelyn (2010), and Emma (2011). Ron was hired to be the Pastor of Disciple-Making and Outreach in April of 2022. Ron has a bachelor’s degree from Western Baptist College and an MDiv from The Master’s Seminary and has been “Pastor Ron” since 2000.

 

What Excites You About Ministry?

            “Doing what God has called me to and gifted me for is an amazing honor and I am blessed to be a part of His work. Seeing others come to love, serve, and obey Jesus is such a special opportunity.”

 

Favorite Hobbies: Spending time with the family, going to the beach, and watching baseball or anything Pixar.

 

Favorite Teams: Kansas City Royals and Golden State Warriors

 

Favorite Bible Verse: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Mike Thiemann

Pastor of Family Ministries

Pastor Mike and his wife Erin have three children: Malachi (2007), Kyla (2009), and Alaina (2013). Mike was hired to be the Pastor of Family Ministries at RockCC in August of 2022 after serving locally at another church for 17 years. Mike has a Bachelor's Degree and a MDiv from Liberty University and has been "Pastor Mike" since 2007.

 

What Excites You About Ministry? 

“To watch people grow in their gifting and to be used by the Lord in whatever He calls them to. I also love watching people grasp God's Word and understand His plans and desires for their life. Also... worship excites me because it is the thing we do on this side of eternity that we will continue to do in heaven.”

 

Favorite Hobbies: "...I'm pretty boring..." (Spending time with my kids, reading, fishing, or dove hunting.)

 

Favorite Teams: The LA Lakers

 

Favorite Bible Verses: 

     "He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:12)

 

 

 

Pastor Dave Briggs

Lay Pastor

Dave Briggs and his wife Joanie have two adult daughters, Annie and Allie. Dave has been attending The Rock since 2004 and has been “Pastor Dave” since 2013. Dave has a bachelor’s degree from Biola University and is currently working as the Creative Director with Mousetrappe Studio U.S.A.

 

What Excites You About Ministry? 

“Studying God’s Word is the joy of my life. It is such a blessing to be able to preach and teach God’s Word to others and I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Lord in this way. I love investing in people and enjoy having opportunities to develop deep and meaningful connections with people as we pursue the Lord together.”

 

Favorite Hobbies: Hiking

 

Favorite Teams: The LA Lakers, Dodgers, and Kings

 

Favorite Bible Verses: 

     How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
         How vast is the sum of them!

     If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
         I awake, and I am still with you.

     (Psalm 139:17-18)

Bruce Cook

Lay Elder

Bruce has been married to his wife Toni since 1986 and Bruce has four adult children; Victoria, Richard, Bruce, and Greg. Bruce has been attending The Rock since 2003 and has been serving as an elder since 2015. Bruce is currently working as a Sr. Project Manager with HA Builders.

 

What Excites You About Ministry?

            “We get to see lives changed! The process of ministering to people, preaching the Word of God, and seeing lives changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God is the most incredible blessing I could receive.”

 

Favorite Hobbies: Studying the Bible, reading, or swimming

 

Favorite Teams: USC Trojan Football

 

Favorite Bible Verse: “They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.” (Nehemiah 8:8)

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Rondou

Lay Elder

Dave Rondou and his wife Lisa have two adult daughters, Sierra and Brooklynn. Dave has been attending The Rock since 2003 and has been serving as an elder since 2019. Dave served as a U.S. Marine during Desert Storm and served in Law Enforcement for 26 years. 

 

What Excites You About Ministry?

            “God has called all of us to serve… and the good news is that He equips those who He calls to accomplish His work, so that means that even someone like me can be of use to Him! How cool is that?” 

 

Favorite Hobbies: Working on cars or hiking

 

Favorite Teams: Anaheim Ducks

 

Favorite Bible Verses: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR STAFF & DIRECTORS

Ashlie

Fuller

Director of

Operations & Finance

 

Favorite Hobby: Baking

Favorite Treat: Peanut Butter M&M's

 

Mia

Stark

Office Assistant

 

 

Favorite Hobby: Dancing 

Favorite Treat: Gummy Bears

 

Dave & Lisa

Rondou

Directors of

Student Ministry

 

Favorite Hobby (Lisa): Anything Outdoors

Favorite Treat (Lisa):See's Chocolate

Diana

Drake

Director of

Singles Ministry

 

Favorite Hobby: Cooking with new ingredients

Favorite Treat: Dark Chocolate

Jeff

Shimkus

Director of

Care Ministry

 

Favorite Hobby: Hiking or Gardening

Favorite Treat: Carrot Cake

 

Heather

Cowell

Director of

Women's Ministry

 

Favorite Hobby: Watercolor Painting

Favorite Treat: Milk Duds

 

Tim

Phaler

Director of

Young Adult Ministry

 

Favorite Hobby: "Watching All Things Sports"

Favorite Treat: Lemonheads

Bill

White

Director of

Music Ministry

 

Favorite Hobby: Playing Piano

Favorite Treat: "All the Chocolate!"

 

JOHN WERHAS:

OUR PASTOR EMERITUS

A former Angels and Dodgers player who was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2007, Pastor John served as a senior pastor of Yorba Linda Friends Church for seventeen years. He then founded The Rock Community Church in November 2003. Pastor John retired from weekly ministry at The Rock in 2015 and moved out of SoCal, but is now serving as our Pastor Emeritus and returns to preach and visit periodically.