President and Pastor
Pastor and President Shane Yates is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan. His awards include a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster and a Combat Action Badge. Pastor Yates has over 29 years of combined Military and Law Enforcement experience. His education includes a BA in comparative religion and a Master’s of Divinity. Pastor Yates was ordained in 2007 through the Conservative Lutheran Association (CLA). View Shane’s full biography →
Former volunteer staff and Board of Directors member for Answers in Action, Michael is considered a long-time lay apologist. He retired after 34 years in the grocery industry where he was Produce Manager, Assistant Manager and various support positions to provide more time and energy for his first and greatest passion in Christian leadership, has also served on the Board of Directors of his Church in various positions for six years, including Chairman and Vice Chairman, Head of Property and Member at Large as well as helping to lead worship in both English and Spanish services for the last 11 years where he sings and plays guitar (Trinity Cristo Rey Lutheran Church) in Southern California. Michael is also a member of the Sons of American Legion. He is married to Caryn Borland and has one son.
Wife of Michael Borland, mother of one son. Caryn has a B.A. from Concordia University Irvine, and a M.A. in Spanish from CSU Fullerton. She formerly taught elementary, junior high and adult Spanish as well ad English as a Second Language, is an accomplished singer, song writer, musician, and Christian ministry leader. She is involved in various ministries in her church, including leading worship in both the Spanish and English services. Caryn is also proud to be a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She has spent many years encouraging and supporting Christian churches, denominations, and organizations with practical service, prayer, and spiritual wisdom.
Gary is a Marine Corps veteran (AV8B Harrier Avionics Tech). He and his wife Debora have served as missionaries to Samoa as well as several short-term international mission assignments. The Wonderchecks co-founded the Arts & Learning Conservatory in 2004, providing arts opportunities for kids throughout Orange and Riverside counties. Gary has nearly 20 years experience in both nonprofit and for-profit accounting. He holds a BA in Religion, Biblical Studies from Vanguard University, and was ordained in 2007 into pastoral ministry with Victory Churches of the USA.
Gary and Debora have been married 22 years, they have three children and are currently involved in ministry at The Rock, A Foursquare Church in Anaheim.
Lives in Newbury Park, California. Married with 3 daughters. Father of special needs child. Retired as a Battalion Chief after working 36 years with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Currently volunteers at The Los Angeles County Firefighters Benefit and Welfare Association as the Alternate Director for Retirees. Volunteers as one of the Peer Counselors for the Los Angles County Fire Department. Active in the men’s group at Newbury Park First Christian Church.
David Krisman has served as a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for the past 32 years. He currently holds the rank of Fire Captain. During his career, David has received an international award from Helicopter Association International in 1993 as member of Crew of the Year. In 2012, David received the Medal of Valor from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
David is a husband and a father of 3 children. He presently resides in Camarillo, California, and has been a member of Horizon Baptist Church for the past 5 years. Read more about David →
Dale Lopez currently serves as a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and he entered the Army on 04 January 1996. SFC Lopez attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and completed Initial Entry Training upon graduation, with Honors, from Chaplain Assistant Advanced Individual Training at the United States Army Chaplain Center and School Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
SFC Lopez’s assignments include: Brigade Chaplain Assistant, 8th Military Police Brigade, Yongsan, South Korea; United States Army South Chaplain Assistant and Fort Clayton Chapel NCOIC, Fort Clayton Panama; United States Army South Chaplain Assistant, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Brigade Chaplain NCOIC, 93rd Signal Brigade, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Area Support Group-Kuwait Chaplain NCOIC; United States Army Chaplain Center and School, Officer Training Branch NCOIC & Senior Platoon Sergeant and Personnel Proponency Career Management NCO; Senior Chaplain Assistant NCO IMCOM- Europe Region Headquarters, Heidelberg, Germany; Master Chaplain Assistant NCO IMCOM-Pacific Region Headquarters, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; TRADOC Chaplain’s Office Operations NCO, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan NTM-A and HQs Resolute Support (RS) Joint Command Chaplain Senior Enlisted Leader, SFC Lopez is currently serving as the TRADOC Chaplain’s Office Operations NCO.
SFC Lopez’s military education includes the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Total Army Instructor Trainer Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course, Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Course (FBCB2), Fund Manager Course, Fund Clerk Course, Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Combat LifeSaver Course, the SHARP Certification Course, and the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course (SEJPME).
SFC Lopez’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5OLC), Army Achievement Medal (11OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (7th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), NATO Medal ISAF/RS, and Driver’s Badge.
SFC Lopez is currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management with Ashford University.
SFC Lopez is married to 1SG Elizabeth Perez and is the proud father of Brianna (15 yrs old) and twin boys, Isaiah & Jeremiah, (7 years old).
Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom
Stephen Pauley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1996. He specialized in Cardiac Intensive Care nursing for over 21 years. After answering God’s call to ministry in 2007, he entered the Ohio Army National Guard as a Chaplain Candidate. While attending Seminary at Liberty University he earned a Master of Arts in Religion in 2009 and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling in 2010. He served as Deputy Brigade Chaplain in 2011-2012 while deployed to Afghanistan. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he took a respite from nursing and became the Director of Development for A Child’s Hope Int’l, a Cincinnati-based non-profit dedicated to local, national and international orphan care. In 2016, he transitioned to a full-time chaplain position in the Ohio Army National Guard. He is currently working on the Homeland Defense Force for the FEMA V Region with an emphasis on soldier-care issues. He lives in Maineville, OH with his wife Tricia and children Harrison and Eliza.