MEET THE TEAM

TODD RODARMEL

LEAD PASTOR

Todd is passionate about everything he does. Whether studying, preaching, praying or surfing, he throws himself into it. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University and ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Todd lives with his wife Traci and their youngest son Luke in Capo Beach.

TRACI RODARMEL

GROUP LIFE PASTOR

Traci Rodarmel has been married to Todd, the lead pastor for 31 years. She is passionate about using her gifts in connecting and empowering people to be the church. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, she is completing her Master’s at North Park Theological Seminary. She has utilized her undergraduate degree in teaching multiple subjects at the early childhood, primary and secondary levels of education as well as teaching bible. She has also worked in the fitness industry and now enjoys combining fitness and connection when she meets with people on walks and workouts. Her favorite pasttime is gathering around the table for conversation and laughter with her children, their spouses and her grandson Captain.

RYAN KIRKLAND

WORSHIP PASTOR

Ryan and Monika left everything that resembled home in search of where God would call them to serve next and finding that place to be Mountain View. Ryan was a touring artist for many years in the band Between The Trees. He’s an authentic creative with a huge heart and a gift for leading others in worship. Ryan and Monika live in San Juan Capistrano with their daughters Eveleigh, Cora and Indiana.

TALEE AUERSWALD

PRAYER & WOMEN'S PASTOR

Talee was born into a missionary family as the youngest of six children. A talented singer and songwriter, Talee soon began serving on the worship team as well as Women’s Ministry and the Restoration Team. She has since become an invaluable member of our staff as our Young Adults Pastor. She is currently completing her Master’s in Divinity, and has used her many gifts to help launch both Unleashed and Crowned here at MVC. She has a passion for loving people and leading them towards the breakthrough and freedom found in Christ. She lives in Dana Point with husband and baby boy, August Stone.

BRYSON KELSO

WORSHIP EXPERIENCE PASTOR

Bryson is a talented worship leader who first began serving at Mountain View as our Youth Worship Leader. He now has transitioned into the role of Worship Experience Pastor where he oversees various aspects of the worship and tech ministries. Bryson’s heart is to simply create spaces for people to encounter God. He lives with his wife and young son, Captain, in San Clemente.

CHERYL KLEM

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Cheryl considers it a blessing to work alongside the staff and overseers and is convinced she works with the most authentic, talented, and dedicated church staff ever! Cheryl has 20+ years in Organizational Development; she is a graduate of Vanguard University and has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University.

BRANDON BRICKLEY

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

Brandon loves being a Dad to his 3 children and being married to his wife Lacey! From early on in his faith he felt God call him to serve and shepherd the people around him. For almost 15 years he poured his life into the youth ministry at MVC, dead set on reaching non believing teenagers and watching God radically change their lives. As he grew in his leadership he developed a gift to raise up leaders around him and create teams that embody and implement a clear vision and mission. Now Brandon does just that in his role as Director of Ministries. He oversees many of the ministries at MVC, developing the staff and equipping them to be the very best they can be while creating an environment and culture of honor ensuring the core values and mission of MVC bleed throughout each and every ministry.

HANNAH FREY

JR. HIGH DIRECTOR

Hannah heard her calling to ministry when she was in her second year of college. God made it clear to her that she was called to adolescents. After volunteering with Young Life, then later being on staff, she learned the best way to love kids and teach them about Jesus is to be in their lives! Then God called her to Mountain View. She is excited to share adventure, friendship, and Jesus with kids at MVC! She lives with her husband, Louis Frey, in San Clemente. She loves hearing people stories, a good dance party and the enneagram, in which she is a four.

MATT CAREY

HIGH SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Matt was invited to Mountain View after receiving a helmet ticket at the skatepark, and completed his service hours through the High School Ministry by coming early to set up with Brandon Brickley. He finished his hours, but didn’t stop coming and later joined student leadership. Through Brick’s discipleship and years of being an intern and volunteer leader at Mountain View, Matt became the Jr. High Director and is now the Director of the High School Ministry. Matt has a deep love for Jesus, people, and all things outdoors. He and his soon-to-be wife Mackenzie are passionate about serving the youth and walking alongside students together.

KIM COUNTS

KIDS DIRECTOR

Kim has a heart for children that was cultivated in her own childhood of being raised in the church and always feeling loved, pursued and known by those who lead her in Sunday School. She has volunteered in church kids’ programs throughout her adult life and has regularly taught in the elementary classes since coming to Mountain View Church in 2016. She has a background in teaching in the public school system with a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Kim and her husband have been foster parents for 10 years and have two adopted children who are now adults. She has a love for kids and desires for them to feel loved and known at MVC and above all else, to experience Jesus.

TAYLOR BEDOYA

KIDS MINISTRY FAMILY PASTOR

Taylor and her husband Ryan love raising their 2 year old son, Rowan, with tons of grace, adventure, and laughter. After graduating from California Baptist University and working in ministry for 8 years, she discovered a gifting and passion for coming alongside and equipping kids and families to follow Jesus and receive His generous love all the days of their lives. She can’t wait to grow with your family!

STRATTON PALMER

DIRECTOR OF SUMMIT, SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

Stratton found his passion for working with children with special needs at a very young age. At the age of 12, he volunteered as an assistant coach for Laguna Niguel Lions in the V.I.P. Soccer League, a league for children with disabilities. This led Stratton to be a vital part of the Best Buddies Program all 4 years as a student at Dana Hills High School. During these years, Stratton realized this was his passion and what he felt called to do in life. Stratton began is professional career in 2008 working for the Capistrano Unified School District. Throughout is working career Stratton has had the chance to work with all age groups at a moderate/severe Disability level. More recently, Stratton has been in charge of managing behaviors working 1 on 1 with students with behavioral issues. Stratton’s passion for this field of work led him to Mountain View Church, where he leads our Disability ministry.

KAREN ZELAYA

DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIONS

Karen is passionate about connecting with people and helping them feel welcomed. She has been at Mountain View for over five years and truly found her calling here. Her heart of serving flows out of her love and adoration for God. She lives in Dana Point with her two sons, Andrew and Jayden.

DAVID CEJA

PASTOR OF EVANGELISM | CHURCH PLANTER

David Ceja is planting a church to reach our Latino population in San Juan Capistrano. He and his wife Joyce moved here last summer with the daughter Zamar and they have another little girl due this summer. With dual passions for evangelism and music, David and Joyce teach music, work with kids and are reaching adults in Spanish and English.

PAM NIPELLE

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Pam has been at Mountain View from the very beginning and found Christ here as our first new believer 21 years ago. Shortly after she came on staff to“help out“ and the rest is history. She has been with her husband Steve for 37 years and they have 2 kids (well actually adults) Treavor 28 and Bailey 25. As a left brain / right brain person she takes care of the administrative duties and gets to stretch her creative muscle in the design and decor at MVC.

EDWIN VILLA

AUDIO ENGINEER

Edwin has been working on the audio industry since 2014 in many different churches and companies, but has found a home and community with his wife Liz at Mountain View where he is excited to serve every week.

JEN THORDSEN

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

Jen was born and raised in Orange County and is married to her high school sweetheart, Dan. They have three children together with one on the way, Jayden, Riley, Ryder, and Baby Jace. Jen feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the Mountain View family and work alongside the amazing staff, who have helped her grow in her relationship with God.

MONIKA KIRKLAND

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

As a long time member of Mountain View, Monika has recently come on staff to oversee our church communications. She is passionate about building up the church and seeing lives transformed. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 10 years and together they have three beautiful daughters.

ANDY MCCRAW

OVERSEER

JULIANNA WAKELING

OVERSEER

ANDY VALENCIA

OVERSEER

LISA KRATER | SECRETARY

OVERSEER

JODY GILES

OVERSEER

MARTY MANCE

OVERSEER

MONTY KELSO

OVERSEER | CHAIRMAN