We believe that healthy and biblical leadership is servant-hearted and team-based.

Leadership Team

Chris and Alyssa Poblete with their daughter Geneva and son Haddon (newborn not pictured)

Chris Poblete

lead pastor / Church Planter

Pastor Chris grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita. After becoming a Christian in his early 20s, he worked and served at Saddleback Church and Reverence Bible Church, working in college ministry, local missions, and men’s ministry.

In 2010, Chris co-founded The Gospel Coalition’s Orange County chapter and began praying with local pastors for a new movement of missional church planting. Through those prayers, a team formed, and he began training at Village Church.

Chris graduated from the Fellowship Associates church planting leadership residency and is completing a Masters of Divinity at Gateway Seminary. He is the author of The Two Fears (Cruciform Press 2012) and is a contributing author for the forthcoming edition of The Gospel Project (LifeWay 2020).

Alyssa Poblete was raised in the midwest and moved to Portola Hills in high school. She became a Christian in college and has served churches in worship ministry, communications, and women’s ministry. As a writer, she has written articles for The Gospel Coalition, Acts 29, and others. Chris and Alyssa have three children and live in RSM.

Oscar and Kelli Navarro, with their three children: Madison, Levi, and Evangeline.

Kelli Navarro

director of family ministries

volunteer coordinator

Kelli grew up in southern Orange County. She is married to her “best”, Oscar. She studied early childhood education in San Luis Obispo. She has spent the last six years actively involved with children’s ministry VBS volunteer leadership. As our director of family and children’s ministries, she believes in building a healthy children’s ministry that partners with parents to cultivate a gospel-centered home.

Kelli and her husband Oscar have three children, two horses, two dogs, and three chickens – and Kelli is very thankful for her husband who puts up with her makeshift farm.

 

Oscar Navarro

groups & connections coordinator

Oscar Navarro serves as Vice President of Advancement for Living Waters and previously served as CMO at Acts 29. He has known Pastor Chris for over a decade and prayed for King’s Cross, even before he knew he’d be a member. He has been an active member of the KXC launch team since inception. Oscar is a board member of Safe Harbor International Relief, Spirit Christian Academy, and Elephant Cooperation, and has consulted other non-profits. He is an avid connoisseur of books, music, and movies. Oscar and his wife, Kelli, have three children.

Scott and Andrea Wilson with their two children.

Scott Wilson

director of Ministries

Scott Wilson is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Veritas International University. He grew up in Costa Mesa where he eventuall planted and pastored Truth Bible Church and developed a love for missional church planting. Scott also serves as the Operations Director for Lasting Change, a non-profit that collaborates with churches, businesses, and the local jail system to achieve lasting change in the lives of those re-entering society as former inmates. Scott is also a krav maga instructor, a sport he enjoys with his whole family. He received his Masters of Divinity from Veritas Evangelical Seminary.

 

Joe and his wife Mykayla

Joe Mayers

Worship Lead

Joe grew up in southern Orange County and has led worship for various churches throughout Orange County and Oregon. He occasionally performs music at The Blind Pig, Parkway Grill, and other local gathering places. Joe received his BA in acting from California Baptist University and travels internationally to perform The Bema Live, a one-man drama about the judgement seat of Christ. 

 

Brian Howard

Interim elder*

Brian is a member of King’s Cross Church and the Network Director of Acts 29 – US West, where he oversees a network of 100 church-planting-churches across the Western United States. Brian is also the Church Multiplication Director for the Pacific Church Network. He co-founded Sojourn Network and is a former church planter himself. Brian has over 24 years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, working with high-level leaders from around the world. He holds a Master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology. Brian and his wife Chandra have been married for 22 years and live in Southern California with thier four children.

Matt Kyser

Interim elder*

Matt has twenty years of vocational ministry experience in church, para-church and seminary settings. He has served in several churches, helped to plant churches, and most recently re-planted The Village Church, in Irvine, CA. Matt is currently the Lead Pastor of The Village Church, and also serves as the Founder and President of Restor Renewal Ministries – a ministry dedicated to the spiritual, physical and vocational renewal of pastors and Christian leaders. Matt is also the Acts 29 Area Director for Orange County, CA. Matt and his wife Dina live in Irvine, California with their three children.

 

As a new church plant, we have an interim advisory board that provides accountability, coaching, and leadership insight until our formal church elder board is formed.

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