Staff & Leadership Team

If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them personally. You can contact the church office at: or 562.866.9078.
W E  G E T  T O  S E R V E.

Glenn Garvin

Lead Pastor

Glenn is a "wild brain" thinker, who has trained and inspired hundreds of people to be their very best on behalf of the adults and children they served. Some people buy/sell houses, stocks, bonds, cars & coin. Glenn’s currency is hope and his transactions are daily kindness. He is a hope-broker.

Glenn has served, for over three decades, in Churches and in Non Profit, and now he is our new Lead Pastor here at Life Center Church.

Glenn and his wife, Robin, have been married for thirty seven years and reside in Santa Ana, California. They have three adult, married children and two grandchildren. Glenn is an Ordained Minister of the Assemblies of God, a graduate of Vanguard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree in Leadership.

His hobbies are people, stories, salsa, and tacos.

Emily Sombrito 


Emily loves showing God's love through hospitality and caring for those! Emily is a graduate of Vanguard University and has a Bachelors Degree in Religion, and is an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. She dreams of someday receiving her Master in Degree in Leadership and possibly even writing a book.

She is happily married to her amazing husband, Jacob, and they both share the blessing of beautiful twins, Marty and Maggie. They also have a small, crazy-haired dog named Pixel.

Her hobbies are food (especially baking), photography, arts & crafts, and movies.

Ben Sosa  

ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF Generational Ministries 

Ben has a passion to encourage every day believers (whether they’re 12 years old or 70 years old) to do the work of the gospel. He is a graduate of Biola University, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministries. Ben is also an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. He has been an Associate Pastor, serving Community Outreaches with CityServe, serving with city-wide multi-church ministry teams. Ben has also served in the House of Prayer Movement where he led and equipped church leaders and lay leaders to hear God’s voice, in prayer for healing, intercession and worship with the word.  

Ben and his wife Taylor are recently married as of June of 2022, they have an awesome Dog (his name is Finn), and they're big foodies.

Heather Atkins 

Kids Pastor

Heather has a heart for the community of Lakewood and a passion for Children's Ministries. With over 25 years of Children & Youth Ministry experience and a musical theater &  Disney Theme Parks Entertainment background, she is excited to lead a Godly team of amazing teachers, ministers, and friends with hearts fully involved in Jesus, and Life Center KiDs. At home she loves hanging out with her husband, Briton and their two beautiful kids, Averie & Phineas. Outside of her pursuit of Biblical knowledge and Kidmin fun, you can find her hanging in her Toy Story themed office, her favorite Pixar movie. You're welcome to visit anytime.

CJ Thomas

Worship Pastor

CJ has a passion for Music and Worshiping God. He has been involved with Worship Ministry for the past 15 years. He also enjoys writing and composing music, and loves getting to lead and equip future musicians and inspiring worship leaders.

At home he enjoys spending time with his Lovely wife, Brittany, and crazy dog, Beau.
They both love going to the movie theatre, spending time with family and friends, and trying new places to eat.

Pamela Kennedy 

Custodial Ministry

Kathy Rodriguez 

Finances Manager