Our Staff

Josiah Canto

Josiah Canto

Children, Youth, and Family Minister

Josiah was born in Flagstaff Arizona and when he turned two moved to China and spent the next five years doing missionary work with his parents. He attended California Lutheran University and graduated with a degree in Christian Leadership and Theology with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministry and minored in English. As the Director of Youth and Family Ministry Josiah will provide vision, leadership and coordination for ministries of faith formation and discipleship for youth and their families within the congregation and intentional outreach to youth in the community. The core of this ministry is building and strengthening relationships between young people and Jesus, their peers, significant adult mentors and parents. Josiah loves to play the guitar, read, watch movies and play basketball.

Julie Mortenson

Julie Mortenson

Administrative Assistant

Julie was born on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has lived in Madison, Atlanta, Georgia, and Ames, Iowa before Julie, her parents and her brother Paul finally settled in Mission Viejo, California to escape Midwestern winters. She attended Capistrano Valley High School. She went on to study at the University of California at Irvine where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. Julie has a daughter, Elizabeth Conner, who currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Julie enjoys a good cheeseburger, good food, food culture and history, tourist traps, and other unique travel locations. She enjoys many modes of transportation such as trains, planes, and ships. Julie likes travel shows and her current favorites are those presented by Rick Steves and Huell Houser.

Sara Lehman

Sara Lehman

Choir Director and Accompanist

Sara was born to choir director parents and attended her first choral rehearsal in their arms when she was just one week old. She sang her heart out and discovered her passion in her first operetta at age six, as well as placing in her first Baroque Festival piano competition. Sara continued competing frequently on the semi-national level throughout her youth and went on to student-direct for the Fountain Valley High School choirs. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree studying vocal and piano performance at Chapman University, then completed a graduate music teaching credential at Concordia University which included a choral directing internship. A highlight of her career was making music with Dr. Marin Jacobson as a professional accompanist at Concordia. Sara is currently completing a second graduate program in Educational Leadership for Faith-Based Organizations at California Baptist University. Her heart comes alive in seeing God’s beauty and sharing it with her four cherished children and her beloved community—making a joyful noise to the Lord, serving with gladness, and coming into God’s presence with singing!