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 →