IMG_7734Hello All! I’m Dana. Yes, it is a girl’s name. I didn’t have a say in that decision. I grew up in San Clemente. I went to Shorecliffs Middle School, San Clemente high school, and graduated from Biola University with a degree in Christian Ministry. I am now married to my high school sweetheart Chawna and have a beautiful daughter Daisy Jane.  We live in Laguna Niguel with our dog Moonie. I love leading at Core because I get to share to regularly preach/teach/share the gospel with students and see Jesus change their hearts to trust and love Him more than anything else! It is my hope and prayer that our students come to realize that everything is a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ the Lord of All. I live to know Him and make Him known!



Hello! My name is Steven! I am the music pastor at The Ride and Core. I grew up in Orange County. I married my best friend, Lauren Shaw. We live in Dana Point. I own my own business, it’s called Fitcore, Health and fitness type stuff. I love leading music at South Shores. My wife and I lead at Remix (The 4th sunday service). If you’d like to check our music out, click here. I love leading the singing with the youth because I have a passion to help kids grow in Christ. Teaching my music team what it means to worship our Lord in music and teaching the kids threw song the greatness of God excites me greatly. It’s an honor to be along side such a great group of leaders. Dana is one of my best friends and our passion is the same: to Glorify Christ in all we do. I pray we do it faithfully and help these youngsters grow with wisdom of our wonderful God. Thank You Jesus for all You have done for us!


Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 1.36.58 PMHey ya’ll!  My name is Jenna and I lead the 6th grade girls!  I’ve lived in Dana Point my whole life.  I attended Niguel Hills Middle School then graduated from Dana Hills High School this past year.  I just started my first semester at Saddleback College.  I am majoring in Physical Therapy and plan to transfer to Cal State Fullerton.  A few fun facts about me are that I love surfing and the beach!  You can always find me at San Onofre.  I just started working at Killer Dana Surf Shop.  I am a coffee enthusiast and a chocolate lover.  On a day to day basis, I always end up hanging out with my best friend Caroline who is also my co-leader.  I also am passionate about mission trips.  This past summer, God blessed me with the chance to go to South Africa with South Shores Church.  God did so many amazing things while we were there!  I plan on going back in the next few years.  I have attended South Shores for 3 years now.  Hannah Floch was my leader all throughout high school and now I get the chance to work with her!  My experience here has been and continues to be life changing.  The people in this ministry have welcomed me into the church family and are so encouraging to me and one another.  This is my first year as a leader at The Ride.  I’m so thankful to be able to encourage these middle schoolers and teach them about the love that God has for us and help them grow in their relationships with Christ!


Screen Shot 2015-10-15 at 1.37.05 PMHello friends! My name is Caroline and I lead sixth grade girls! I am a huge fan of wiener dogs, coffee, food, and chapstick (yes, I said chapstick). I grew up in Laguna Niguel with my mom, dad, and two brothers. I just so happen to be the middle child (as my mother calls me, “the easy child”). I am now in my first year of college at Saddleback! My ideal situation consists of rainy days with Jesus, hot coffee, and fuzzy socks. I met my co-leader Jenna back in seventh grade and we have been best friends ever since! I have been a part of South Shores for four years now and I can honestly say that the relationships I have built with the leaders, pastors and fellow students have changed my life! I am super stoked to be a leader for The Ride because I love seeing how young students grow in Jesus and praise His name! It is so awesome to see middle-schoolers strive to be the best they can be for Jesus as well as living a Christ-centered life J I love the community and fellowship of this ministry and I am super blessed to be a part of it!



screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-39-45-pm Hi everyone!! My name is Chuck Denso and I lead the 6th grade boys after serving some time in the High School Ministry with the current 11th grade young men. I’m coming up on 30 years of marriage and am lucky enough to be married to my college sweetheart, Debbie. Yes, this makes me the oldest leader by a long shot. We have lived in Laguna Niguel since 1989 and we have (2) grown sons, Dylan (26) and Tanner (24). I was fortunate to be involved in a Father/Son Bible Study group with both boys for a number of years. Our great Lord has truly blessed our family. We love all sports and spend quite a bit of time at the beach. I feel very honored to be a part of this Youth ministry. This ministry is all about the truth of knowing Jesus and is done in such an engaging manner that the young men and women are very excited to show up each Wednesday. You can feel the love of Jesus every time we meet. Praise Jesus!!!


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Hello! My name is Reza and I also go by the nickname Ray. I was born in Maryland and I moved to California in 2005. I went to Niguel Hills Middle School, Dana Hills High School, Saddleback College, and I am almost done with my schooling at Cal State Fullerton with a degree in accounting. (So I do have wisdom to share with the middle school kids) I live in Laguna Niguel, California. In my free time I like to run (I used to be a very good runner in high school), read, and hang out with friends. I love serving at The Ride because I love encouraging the kids to love Jesus and obey Jesus. I want the kids of the ride to love the gospel of Christ and be willing to share it with other people. I also love serving alongside of great leaders. My best friends are all leaders too. Mike, Matt, Noah, and Adam all serve at The Ride and are my closest friends. It is amazing how biblically solid The Ride is. I look forward to the next few years.


Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.22.53 AMHey, how’s it going! I’m Chris. I grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington. After joining the Marine Corps, I moved to California with my wife Kayleigh and my son Aiden. In May of 2014 God blessed me with Brooks, my second boy. I enjoy about anything outdoors and I love the beach. I gave my life to Christ while deployed in 2013. Ever since God has been working in my life and showing me how amazing He truly is! I have been serving at The Ride since June 2014 and I love it! I really enjoy seeing these Middle School students not only hear the Gospel but truly learn and understand it. I am excited to continue leading our students in a growing relationship with Christ.


Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 8.22.38 AMGreetings unto thee! I’m Noah Gjertsen-Illig. That’s right. Gjertsen-Illig. The one and only. Anyways, I am currently a sophomore at Saddleback College, an Apprentice at South Shores Church (under Dana Dill), and a goofball. I enjoy reading the Scriptures and Bible-saturated books, sharing life with my brothers and sisters in Christ, my family, attending ReMix (South Shore’s 6 PM service), the beach and pool (God is good for creating water), Disneyland, coffee, and great food! I aspire to become a Christ-like husband, father, and pastor in the future. Ever since Christ graciously brought me into His fold, I have delighted in seeing others mature in Him. My aim is to labor for my students’ good, that they may be happy, humble, and holy men who are blessings to others and who love and make much of Jesus. So for that, I am honored and humbled to be a part of The Ride and I look forward to seeing my younger brothers mature and have the gospel pounded into their hearts and the cross seared in their minds, all to the praise of His glorious grace!


Hello my name is Adam Mendez I’m a college student and I’m one of the worship leaders at The Ride. I help serve on Wednesday nights through playing music and singing as we lead the kiddos in songs to the Lord. I became a Christian about two years ago by seeing how nasty my heart is and experiencing God’s love for me through the cross of Jesus Christ. I wished that I had The Ride when I was growing up in middle school because I see how much the kids are growing. I am even growing from The Ride! I love hanging out with the kids on Wednesday nights!


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