Meet the MLC Team

Bill Snyder, Senior Pastor

Bill Snyder has served as Senior Pastor at Mission Lutheran Church since 2000. Pastor Bill has a B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University and a M.Div. from Christ Seminary. He formerly served congregations in Texas, Nevada and Arizona. Pastor Bill has also been a Bridgebuilder consultant since its inception in 1992 and is a Healthy Congregations, New Visions, Crossways, and Prepare/Enrich facilitator. Pastor Bill guides us with a clear vision.
“I believe that what God has called us to do is to look beyond ourselves… I believe we are to be a center for mission. A place where people come because they know that God is going to transform lives through his grace. As we gather we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into the world each day, so that in all we do and all the conversations we have, we bring Christ to that place.”
Pastor Bill is married, the father of two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys golf, reading, sports, and staying busy with never ending home improvement projects.
(949) 831-8820 ext. 203 
Email Pastor Bill: BillSnyder@missionlutheran.org

Deb McGowan, Music Director

Deb is Director of Music Ministries at Mission Lutheran Church. She joined us as an experienced music director in 2001. Deb leads the children’s choirs, handbell choirs and the Chancel Choir. She graduated from Carthage College with a B.A. in Music Education. Deb sees music as a way of carrying out our mission and vision.
“Music is an important part of worship. It provides an opportunity for people to grow in faith and share their gifts by being leaders in worship. This is true for children, not just adults. It’s important for children to participate in worship. I want children in front to help lead worship as often as I can get them there!”
Deb is married with two children. In her spare time, you can catch Deb on the slopes in Snowmass, playing for the Southern California Children’s Choir, or cooking a gourmet dinner.
(949) 831-8820 ext. 202
Email Deb: DeborahMcGowan@missionlutheran.org

Kimber Smith, Pastoral Care Coordinator

Kimber is our Pastoral Care Coordinator at Mission Lutheran Church. She joined the church in the spring of 2006. Kimber is one of our active Stephen Ministers (since 2008) and Stephen Leaders (Since 2015). On Sundays, she often volunteers as a spiritual care person at Mission Hospital. Kimber is available to lend a listening ear to those that need it, bring communion to those not able to get to church anymore, and check in on members that have been out.
“I truly believe that God give everyone unique gifts and talents. I feel blessed to use this gift to get to know the people of our congregation through their good times and not so good times.”
Kimber married James in 1999, and they have 2 children. As a family, they make lots of fun memories all over southern California, and later, Kimber scrap books those memories.
Email Kimber: Kimber72@yahoo.com

Alyssa Harper, Dir. of Communications + Design

Alyssa was born in Newport Beach and grew up in Irvine, California. She attended the University of California, Irvine and received her BA in Fine Arts. She has gone to Mission Lutheran Church since she was baptized over 20 years ago and has attended ever since. She is an avid tennis player and world traveler! She also loves Disneyland!
Contact the church for any questions!
Email Alyssa: AlyssaHarper@missionlutheran.org

Kelly Jennings, Community Life Director

Email Kelly: KellyJennings@missionlutheran.org

Natalie Laderer, Sunday School

Email Natalie: NatalieLaderer@missionlutheran.org