Our Staff

Josiah Canto - Director of Youth and Family Ministry

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 - Administrative Assistant

Julie was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in the Lutheran church. As a child she lived in Atlanta, Georgia and Ames, Iowa. In 1976, Julie moved to Southern California with her parents and her brother. Currently, she lives in Rancho Santa Margarita. She enjoys cooking, visiting museums, reading and researching. Julie’s position entails administrative duties such as supporting staff members, assisting CLC members, organizing the newsletter, creating monthly volunteer schedules, coordinating altar care, and advertising.


Tracy Cantin - Treasurer

Tracy was born in New Jersey and moved to California in 1989. She has a BBA in Accounting from James Madison University in Virginia. Before becoming the Treasurer at Community Lutheran Church, she worked as the Controller at Anza Property Management Company in Newport Beach and was the H&R Block Franchise Operations Manager for Annex Marketing in Bischofsheim, Germany. Tracy lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with her husband, Paul, her children Betsy and Brian and her boxer, Luke. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and reading.


Meagan Kraszewski - Director of Saddleback Children's Center

Meagan was born and raised in San Juan Capistrano. She attended Purdue University where she received her BA in Creative Writing and Minor in Psychology. Meagan also met her husband, Kyle, at Purdue and upon graduating they moved out to Chicago where they lived for four years. One year before moving back to California, God surprised Meagan and Kyle with two blessings, twin girls Addison and Kelsey. Meagan began her career in banking, but from the moment her children were brought into her life she has since been inspired to work with children as a profession as she is continually amazed at the world through the eyes of a child. She loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, and just laughing.


Kristin Thomas - Assistant Director of Saddleback Children's Center

Kristin is looking forward to a wonderful year at Saddleback Children's Center. She has always enjoyed young children, spending her teenage years babysitting children in her neighborhood and spending time in preschools during college. She received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University. Kristin also earned her Master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Bilingual & Multicultural Education. She has taught in an elementary school setting for over ten years and is excited to rejoin the workforce after staying home with her son.

Kristin is a native Arizonian who recently relocated to California with her wonderful husband, Brett and their young son. Their extremely affectionate puggle also came along for the ride. Together they enjoy hiking and spending time at the beach. 


Erica Kang - Organist And Piano Accompanist

Erica Kang was born and raised in South Korea. Motivated by her passion for music, she enrolled in a performing arts high school where she began to hone her skills. She received her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of California Irvine and then attended USC, where she earned a graduate certificate in Organ Performance.
 
Erica has over 20 years of experience as both collaborative pianist and accompanist on organ and piano with numerous soloists and choirs. For the past 10 years, she served at Bethel Grace Baptist Church in Bellflower.
 
Besides playing her instruments, Erica’s hobby is travel with an emphasis on learning about the culture and music of South Korea and Japan.

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