Adult Sunday School: 9:00 am
Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 AM
24600 La Plata Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
We would love to have you join us for worship on Sunday!
Grace Church of Laguna Niguel is an independent reformed church committed to the exegetical teaching of God’s word. We hold to the traditions and theology of the reformers and take great pleasure in discovering God through His word.
Our worship includes the reading of Holy Scripture, singing of psalms, hymns and traditional songs, the offering of prayer, the expository preaching of the Word, and the presentation of offerings.
Every Sunday, we as a body confess our faith by corporately reciting the Nicene Creed and observing the Lord’s Supper. We also administer the sacrament of baptism as appropriate.
Grace Church Office:
24600 La Plata Drive
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Driving Directions: From I-5, head toward the ocean. Turn left on La Plata Drive and then enter the second driveway on the right (behind Child Time).
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pastor: James Wenger
Associate Pastor: Clark Gallagher
Office Administrator & Youth Director: Joey Hahne
Who Are We?
About Grace Church
- Grace Church of Laguna Niguel is firmly committed to the authority of God’s Word.
- We are a group of believers bound together through a common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Grace Church is led by a plurality of pastors and elders under the authority of Jesus Christ, the Chief Shepherd.
- At Grace you will be nourished in the Word through a deep commitment to Christ-centered, expository preaching.
- We also place a high value on community life within Grace Church through a variety of ministries and fellowships where deep and edifying friendships can be developed.
- Church Fellowships are a regular part of our weekly and monthly calendar and we purpose to encourage lasting and healthy friendships within our church body.
If you would like to learn more about the church, feel free to call the church office or just explore this website. Our hope is that we can be of service to you as you seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
What We Believe?
Our Statement of Faith is contained in the Westminster Standards (The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism).
We accept the Scriptures as our only authority in matters of faith and practice. Our doctrine may be summarized as follows:
1. We believe in the scriptures of the Old & New Testament as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority (Mat. 5:17-18; Prov. 30:5-6; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; John 10:35; Luke 16:17)
2. We believe in one God eternally existing in one essence, yet co-equal persons, the Trinity: Father, Son & Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5-6; 14, 18, 21-22; Ps. 90;1-2; Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19; Eph. 4:4-6; John 12:26; 15:26; 16:15; 1 Pt.1: 2; Acts 2:32-36; John 6:27; Rom. 1:7; John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; 1 John 5:19-27; Phil. 2:6; Acts 5:4,9
3. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary (John 1:1-14; Mat. 1:18; Luke 1:26-38; Mat. 1:18-25; Is. 7:14; Luke 1:27).
4. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel (John 14:16; Mat. 28:19; John 16:7-11; John 3:5-8; 1 Cor. 12:13; Titus 3:5: Eph. 1:13; 4:30; 1 Cor. 6:19; Rom 8:9,11; 2 Cor. 1:21,22; Eph. 3:16; John 16:13; Rom. 8:4, 14, 26-27; Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16; John 5:15-21; Gal. 5:22-25).
5. We believe that mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature (Gen. 1:27; 5:1; 1 Cor. 11:7; Rom. 6:23; 3:10; 8:7: Gal. 3:22).
6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood (2 Cor. 5:14-21; 1 Cor. 15:22; Heb. 4:15-16; 1 John 3:5; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:8; Rom. 1:13; 1 John 2:2; Gal. 2:16; 3:11; Deut. 25:1; Prov. 17:15; Rom. 3:23-26; 4:5-8, 25; 5:18f; 8:33).
7. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us (Luke 24:23-40; Rom. 10:9, 19; 1 Cor. 15:12-23, 35-37; Acts 1:1-11; 1 Pt. 3:22; John 14:18; Heb. 4:14; 5:1-10; 13:5; 7:25; 8:1,2; 9:11-15).
8. We believe in the blessed hope and the personal, visible return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13; Rom. 8:18-25; 1 Pt. 1:7,13; 4:13; 2 Thess. 1:7: 1 Cor. 1:7; Acts 1:11; Mark 13:33-37; Mat. 24:22,24,29-51; Luke 21:34; 2 Pt. 3:11; Mat. 24:42-51).
9. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life (Rom. 10:14,17; Eph. 2:9; Rom. 3:20; Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:10; Mat. 5:16; James 2:17-26; John 3:7; John 1:13; 3:6; John 3:8; John 3:5; 2 Pt. 1:4; Ez. 11:19; 36:26; 2 Cor. 5:17; John 1:1-12; Rom. 8:9, 14-17; Rom. 8:19-23; 1 John 3:2).
10. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in hell and the fellowship of the saved in heaven (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 20:11-15; 21:8, 27; Mat. 25:31-46; Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3; Acts 13:48; Luke 16:19-31; Mat. 25:30; 24:51; Heb. 12:23; 2 Cor. 5:6-9; Phil. 1:23; Rev. 6:9; 20:4; John 14:1-6; Heb. 1:10-16; Rev. 20:15; Mat. 13:36-43).
11. We believe in the existence of a personal devil, who is still working in the world to destroy the souls of men and that he and all his angels and all who do not receive Christ as their personal Savior will eternally perish in the lake of fire (Isa. 14:12-15; Rev. 20:10, 14, 15, 19:20)
12. We believe in the Church, whose mission it is to preach the Scriptures to all the world, all of its endeavors being guided by a parity/plurality of elders and supported by the wise stewardship of God’s people (Eph. 5:23-32; Col. 1:18; Mat. 18:20; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 2:19; 3:15; Mat. 28:18-20; Rom. 15:6; Eph. 1:15-23; Eph. 3:8-10; 4:15,16; Col. 1:10-28; Mat. 20:25-28; 23:2-3, 8-12; Gal. 2:11-16; Acts 21:18-26; 1 Cor. 16:12; Prov. 15:22; Deut. 17:9; 19:12, 17-19; Acts 14:23; 20:28-31; Mat. 20:8; Gal. 4:2; Luke 16:2,3; 1 Cor. 4:1,2; Titus 1:7; 1 Pt. 4:10; 1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 3:2; Col. 1:25; Lev. 27:30-33; Num. 18:21-29; Deut. 12:5-7, 17-18; Luke 11:42; Mat. 23:23f; Heb. 7:1f; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:24-9:15)
13. We believe that the sacraments of the Church, given by the Lord, are Baptism and the Lord’s Table (Communion) (Rom. 6:3,4; Acts 18:8; 1 Pt. 3:21; Mat. 28;19,20; 16:16; Acts 2:38-41; 8:12, 13, 36, 38; Mat. 26:26-30; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-30; 2 Pt. 2:13)
Pastors, Elders, and Deacons
Pastor: James Wenger
James is one of the founding Pastors of Grace Church. James was born and raised in the local community, and began his full-time ministry life in Romania as a missionary and church planter from 1992 to 1994. It was while ministering in Romania that James met and fell in love with his lovely wife, Ani. He served as Youth & Missions Pastor of Pacific Hills Church, Laguna Hills from 1997 to 1999. James earned his undergraduate degree from Biola University and his Masters from Westminster Theological Seminary. James and Ani have three children.
Associate Pastor: Clark Gallagher
Clark has been a member of Grace Church since 2008 and has served as a Sunday School teacher and as a deacon for several years prior to being ordained as an elder in 2016. He earned his undergraduate degree in Liberal Studies from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA and is currently a student at Reformed Theological Seminary. Clark and his wife, Dana, have been blessed with four children and consider it a great joy and privilege to be a part of and serve Grace Church.
Elder: Guy Baker
Guy and Colleen have been married since 1967 and have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Guy has been active in the community for many years, serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Foundation Board at Mission Hospital, Laguna Niguel YMCA, Chairman of Mexico Christian Missions and Chairman of American Family Living. Guy recently served as President of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international organization with 30,000 members in 75 countries. He is ranked among the top 30 in the industry and has a financial services practice in Irvine. He was recently recognized as one of the top 250 wealth planners in the US by Worth Magazine. Guy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Claremont McKenna College in Economics, a MBA from University of Southern California in finance, a Masters in Financial Services and a Masters in Management from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Guy is a well know author and speaker, having lectured in 15 countries and written more than 6 books, having spoken to audiences around the world on Christian financial principles as well as accepted wealth planning strategies.
Elder: Tony Estrada
Tony responded to God’s gracious call to faith in Christ in 1977 and has been committed to serving Him ever since. He left the corporate world to become the administrator of Pacific Hills Church in 1989, which eventually led to fulltime ministry as pastor/elder for thirteen years. Biblical counseling became a primary responsibility among his ministerial duties. Participation in the Shepherds’ Conferences for seven years, along with courses at Talbot, Moody, and Westminster, aided in his spiritual and theological growth. Tony’s had the great privilege of coordinating and enjoying trips to Israel, often taking mission trips to countries around the world, and assisting in pastoral training for groups of ministers in the Philippines, China, and Peru. Tony and his wife Peggy have been married since 1973, and have a happily married daughter, Brooke.
Elder: Michael Robirds
Michael and his wife Linda have been married for 20 years. They started attending Grace Church in the Summer of 2008. Michael served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987-1991. In the Summer of 1991 the Lord was pleased to save him. Michael graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1997. He had worked as an outside sales rep in the flooring industry for 13 years, but now enjoys working as a placement rep for the elderly in the Home Care industry. Michael has enjoyed coaching High School Football in Orange County, as well as, youth football over the years. Michael served on the Deacon board of his previous Church, and has led various Community Groups while a member of Grace Church. He and Linda have a son David, and they live in Irvine.
Elder: Norm Mathison
Norm and Teri were married in 1969, and have 4 adult children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and 7 grandchildren. By the Grace of God, Norm was brought to salvation by faith in Jesus Christ in 1979. While practicing Architecture, he continued to grow in his faith over the next 20 years. While attending Pacific Hills church (1989 – 1998), Norm became involved in ministry, among other duties, he oversaw the Marriage Fellowship, and pre-marriage counselling, assisted by his wife. In 1998 he answered the call to help plant and pastor a Calvary Chapel affiliate church in North Carolina where he remained for the next 13 years. During this time Norm served as a Chaplin with the local Sheriffs Dept. and was involved in various short term mission trips, both national and international, including multi-church trips to Israel. It was also during this time, by God’s grace, Norm continued to grow in his theology in a decidedly reformed direction, attending seminars and conferences, such as R. C. Sproul (Ligonier Ministries) and Shephard Conferences held by John MacArthur. Norm and his wife joined and settled into Grace Church in 2018 and served as a Deacon before being called to Eldership, where he considers it a privilege to serve this local body of Christ.
Deacons: Matt Morgan, Ken Dilitkanich, Mike Horis, Nathan Priest, Michael Kolster, Chris Goegan and Dan Morgigno
The Apostles created the office of deacon in the early church to be ministers of God’s mercy to the poor and afflicted in the church. As stewards of the resources God entrusts to the church, the board of deacons is responsible for distributing
those resources to those who are in need within the church here at Grace and also to our brothers and sisters elsewhere in the world. Because the Scriptures give great place to the caring of the poor and needy (Psalm 41:1, 1 John 3:17,18) the deaconate at Grace Church serves an important and biblical role as representatives of God’s mercy and grace.
If you have any questions or require assistance please feel reach out to any of the deacons or contact the church office.
At Grace Church we believe it is biblical for Christians to commit themselves to a local church and likewise for the leadership of that church to shepherd them. At our Membership Class (offered twice per year) you will learn about the vision of Grace Church, our leadership, our doctrinal statement, how to become involved in ministry, as well as the privileges and responsibilities of church membership.
When is the next Membership Class? Classes are held once per year.
Our next class will be held in February 21, 2021.
Why Should One Become a Member?
1. Membership is biblical. While the term “church member” is never used, the concept is implicit throughout the New Testament. Believers clearly identified themselves with a specific local body and were challenged to become devoted members of a local body of believers (Acts 2:42; Heb 10:25; Rom 12:5; 1 Tim 3:14; 1 Cor 14:12,26).
2. Membership is valuable to the leaders of the church as they seek to fulfill their God-given task of shepherding. It is important to identify true disciples of Christ that can be counted on to build and sustain the ministries of the church (Gal 6:10; Heb 13:17).
3. Membership benefits the individual. In a culture where commitment is no longer highly valued, membership moves each of us out of the vague cloud of good intentions and into the clear light of committed participation. It is a challenge, yet rewarding, to publicly affirm a commitment to Christ and to a specific local body (1 Cor 12:7).