Director of junior high and high school Ministries
Matt was born and raised in Orange County, attending Compass Aliso Viejo since its inception. In high school, God saved him and gave him a desire to serve the church full-time. He went out to Louisville, KY to study Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently finishing up his B.A. and M.Div online. In June of 2018, he married his high school sweetheart, Karina. They are both excited to serve the students of Compass Tustin!
Director of Kids Ministry
Nathaniel was born and raised in Southern California and has been attending Compass Bible Church since high school. While working as a Manager of Meat and Seafood departments at Sprouts and later Whole Foods, he received a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal State Long Beach. He has been active in Kids Ministry at Compass since 2010, on the weekends teaching ages from 4 years-old to 6th grade and has run the AWANA Club at CBC Tustin as the Commander since the church's inception. He has a passion for taking every opportunity to partner with parents in teaching the truth of God's word to their children. He and Elise, his wife since 2013, have one daughter, Abigail.
Director of College and Fivesix ministries
Mike Otazu was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA before moving to Orange County to study at the University of California, Irvine. He joined the Compass Tustin family in 2016 and was saved by God’s grace through faith soon after. He has since been serving the church in various ministries and seeks to glorify God by reaching the people of Orange County for the kingdom of God. He leads the College and FiveSix ministries here at Compass and is always working to impact the hearts of college students and fifth and sixth graders for the gospel.
Assistant to Pastor Elliott/Director of Womens ministry
Erica was born and raised right here in Orange County and has a deep love for the people of Southern California. Before being called into full-time ministry, Erica was a pre-med student and worked as an assistant for an Orthopedic Surgeon in Newport Beach. She ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries from Cal Baptist University in Riverside, California. Erica began working in ministry full time in 2012. Erica has been married to her husband, Mike, since 2006 and they have three children: Sofia, Olivia and Zachary.
Director of Worship Ministry
Justin and his wife Amanda have been attending Compass ever since moving to California from the east coast in 2012. He completed his BFA in Computer Animation in 2009, and has worked as an artist in advertising and video games since then. He has played guitar and piano in music ministries for over ten years, and has been leading student worship on a volunteer basis at Compass AV for almost four years. He’s now thrilled to join the Tustin team and continue leading God’s people in song on a weekly basis. Justin and Amanda have two boys Jet (3) and Joel (1).
Weekend Coordinator for Kids Ministry
Elise was raised in Southern California and has been attending Compass since she was in High School. After graduating from Concordia University in 2012, Elise was an elementary school teacher for three years. Elise is now excited to take her education and passion for kids and utilize them in Kids Min at CBC Tustin. She has been married to her husband, Nathaniel Mason, since 2013. Elise and Nathaniel and have one daughter, Abigail.
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. Jen is excited to use the skills that she has refined in her years of studying to serve Christ and his church.