DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE AND FIVESIX MINISTRIES
Mike was born and raised in Los Angeles before moving to Orange County to study at UC Irvine. He got involved with Compass as a college student, and has since grown into a leadership role at the church. In addition to being the Director of College Ministry, Mike oversees the Coffee Ministry and FiveSix Ministry here at Compass. He’s passionate about reaching Orange County’s many college students for Christ and is currently studying at The Master’s Seminary. He and his wife Jen live in Santa Ana and are expecting their first child in early 2020! In his spare time, Mike enjoys mountain biking, camping, watching Star Wars on repeat, eating tacos, and being a coffee nerd.
Jen was born and raised in a Christian home in Oregon where she attended Corban University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, as well as a minor in Biblical Studies. She spent her High School years in Southern California where she met her High School sweetheart, Mike Otazu. She and her husband Mike began attending Compass Bible Church Tustin in late 2016. Her and her husband Mike are expecting their first child in early 2020! In Jen’s free time she enjoys drinking vanilla lattes, going to target, camping, and road trips.
Austin was born in Riverside before moving to Mission Viejo at a young age. He studied communications at California State University Fullerton and now works as a Program Consultant for a marketing agency. He put his trust in Christ when he was a senior in high school and has been an integral part of our Compass Bible Church Tustin family for two years. He got involved in this College Ministry due to his passion for sharing the gospel with college students and seeing them discipled and matured in their faith. In his free time, Austin enjoys playing guitar, exploring new restaurants, hanging out with friends, and riding his motorcycle.
Melissa was born and raised in Tustin, CA. She graduated from Foothill High School in 2003 and went on to study Spanish and Linguistics at UCLA. Melissa attended Compass Bible Church Aliso Viejo with her husband Eric prior to joining the Compass church plant in Tustin. Since the launch of Compass Tustin, she has served in Jr. High and High School ministry, the Compass Connect ministry, and on the Camp Compass drama team. She is excited to be serving in this College Ministry and investing in the lives of college students for the sake of spreading the Gospel and teaching others how it impacts their everyday lives. Melissa and Eric live in Villa Park, where she homeschools their two boys Ethan and Emmett. She enjoys reading aloud to her kids, traveling, and eating gourmet chocolate.
Eric was born and raised in Orange County (Silverado Canyon and Villa Park, to be exact). He studied mechanical engineering at UCLA and was also involved in campus ministry, where he met his future wife Melissa. He graduated in 2008 and they got married that same year. He now works as a research and development engineer at a local medical device company. Eric, Melissa, and their two sons have been attending Compass Bible Church Tustin since its launch in 2016. He has previously served in our Jr. High and High School ministry and in a leadership role over our Compass Connect team. His hobbies include mountain biking, backpacking, camping, learning wilderness survival skills, and anything else outdoorsy.