Our Staff

We love our staff team! We've got a great mix of people who love God and love people and are deeply committed to serving the TerraNova community. Meet a few of them here. Then join us this weekend at TerraNova (Irvine / Lake Forest) for one of our weekend services: Saturday night at 5pm, Sunday at 9:30 and 11am.

our staff team.

 
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John Reed | Lead Pastor

With a focus on teaching and leading, John’s hope has always been that we would create the kind of community where people can come as they are -- no matter what they believe or what they have done -- and begin to connect with God. If he’s not spending quality time with his wife Debbie and their 3 kids, John loves running, reading, and having deep conversations with people about God -- especially with people who are wired a little more skeptically, like him. It’s hard not to see the great things that TerraNova does for others and the community, and John loves that making God’s love famous is something that we thrive on.

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Lyle Castellaw | Pastor

Lyle serves in reaching both local and global communities through projects that seek to  make God's love famous, along with giving momentum to both growth and transformation at TerraNova through lifegroups and providing next steps. Getting people out of their comfort zones is one of Lyle’s passions and he makes sure to do the same whether he’s surfing, mountain biking, hiking or just meeting new people. You’re sure to see his wife, Dana and their 3 sons along for the adventure. Their dog Nellie is a crowd favorite, as well.

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Christian Steffen | Celebration Arts

Christian is passionate about helping people connect to God and his unending grace for them.  He and the celebration arts team are always looking for fresh and creative ways to help us see God’s truth more clearly.  He and his wife Amy live in Lake Forest and are raising 3 awesome (and sometimes crazy) boys with a love for classic rock and superhero movies.  When Christian isn’t on stage at TerraNova, you can usually find him enjoying some espresso, listening to music (vinyl, anyone?) and planning that next guitar purchase.  He loves that TerraNova is a place where people feel right at home, even on their first visit.

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Scott P. Simons | Associate Pastor

Scott works with our Next Gen Ministries and provides coaching and oversight to our ministry leaders. He has spent more than a decade ministering to teens, young adults, and families in Southern California. He and his wife, Lindsay, have two young children - Scott gladly wears the title of least attractive member of the family.  When he's not building blanket forts with Charlotte and Benjamin or listening to a variety of podcasts, he spends his free time micro-managing fantasy basketball teams. He loves that TerraNova is an accessible place for people of different spiritual backgrounds to experience inclusivity, grace, and life-transformation.

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Dana Castellaw | Women

Pastor to women, and mentor to many, Dana engages women to connect with God and one another. She hopes to bring women of all ages closer to God through adventure of body, soul and spirit, and find the freedom that Jesus offers through knowing Him. Hiking, wakeboarding, snowboarding and backpacking with anyone and everyone including her husband Lyle and 3 sons might sound exhausting to most, but Dana finds herself energized by the outdoors, and also by watching a little bit of football here and there with the fam (go Broncos).

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Ashley Neelands | Community Creation

Ashley spends most of her time connecting with people, creating authentic community via social media and overseeing college students. She’s been in ministry since she was 19 years old, specifically pouring into the youth and serving alongside her husband, Zack. Surfing, camping, drinking dark roasts, and listening to Taylor Swift are a few things you’ll also find her doing. Ashley’s hope is that people don’t just feel connected to our space, but to the other people walking through it. Every story matters, and the more we begin to care for each other, the more Jesus comes out in our every day lives.

Rick McKee | SNK Pastor-Coach

With nearly 15 years of ministry experience and 10 years as Manager of the USA Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team, Rick brings a lot to the table when it comes to coaching and leading our hard-working SuperNova Kids Staff.  His hope is that every kid who comes through SuperNova would grow in their love for Jesus. Rick is married to his high school sweetheart, Brenda, and they have 4 daughters and 3 grandkids. Bike riding, swimming, reading and raising their 2 year old grandson are just a few things Rick enjoys. Though it only happens once a year, he also looks forward to the TerraNova Summer VBS!

 

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Doah Lynd | Junior High 

Doah directs the Junior High ministry and has been pouring into 7th & 8th grade students for over 10 years. With several strengths including teaching and mentoring, Doah focuses on instilling healthy identities, specifically in 7th & 8th graders, that are rooted in God, and not cultural perceptions. Weekend gatherings are his favorite and you can usually find him talking movies and music with just about anyone. The Academy Awards are his “superbowl,” and his wife Chrisy and 4 kids will back up his reputation as a movie snob -- in an endearing way of course.

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Zack Neelands | High School

Remaining true to his roots, Zack directs the same high school ministry that he grew up in. If he’s not on a mountain bike or surfing with his wife Ashley, you can find him working on cars and home improvement -- the last 2 mostly by universal force. Zack’s focus is on seeing high school students develop a faith that’s their own, whether they are first learning about Jesus or refining the faith they’ve known since they were a kid. There’s no perfect people allowed at TerraNova, and that’s something that Zack views as a vital part to this community. 

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Oksana Orlik | Office Administrator

Oksana is our behind the scenes guru, our fearless office administrator, and a recent graduate of Vanguard University. It’s always surprising to see her inside at all, as Oksana loves the outdoors, specifically looking at the clouds and thinking about the latest blog she read. If you catch her in a passionate conversation, it’s usually about redemption and what it actually might look like to become more like Jesus. These are just a few of the things Oksana embodies, and she loves sharing them with the high school ministry as one of our core leaders. 

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Lexie Reed | Community Care

Lexie handles our community care by reaching out to those in need and spreading love to everyone through prayer and support. She grew up serving at TerraNova and now fills a vital role in seeing that everyone who walks through our doors knows without a doubt that they are deeply loved and cared for.  Lexie loves being active (a lot!) and has a huge passion for health and wellness and of course her puppy, Harry.  Her support system includes 2 siblings, mom, and her dad. She values TerraNova as a place where everyone is welcome, wanted and accepted.

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Jackie Jordan | One-Step & Singles

Jackie focuses on single parents’ pathways to living fulfilling lives, and helps to make God’s love famous through incarnation projects in our community. Her hope is to get single parents connected to resources and people, and then encourage them to take a step towards Jesus and the accepting community built around Him. 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren fill Jackie’s heart and time, along with two-step and ball-room dancing -- it’s her sport of choice on top of kayaking and reading on sunny afternoons.