Our STaff

  • James Laing

    lead pastor

    James serves as Lead Pastor and primary communicator on Sunday mornings. James came to Christ through the investment of a friend in High School and he is passionate about leveraging the relationships we have with the 8-15 (or so) people we each connect with on a weekly basis. James has served since 2010 at Christ First in various roles including Worship Leader and Groups Director. He and his wife, Shanna, enjoy living in the Covina area and keeping up with their three children.

  • Thiago Demendonca

    Associate worship pastor

    Thiago (tea-aw-go) leads the Worship Ministry for our Modern and Classic services. 


    Family and Groups Director

    Jennifer has been calling Christ First home since 2004. She served in a variety of roles before coming on staff: drama director, youth ministries, and the college/young adult group. Her desire is to see families grow together and thrive. Jennifer enjoys bringing family and friends together, which is why she believes in the power of groups. Life is better when it's shared. She lives with her husband, Bert, and they cherish time with their three grown children. 

  • Jyl Ranabauer

    assets managER

    The title says Assets Manager, but it's a fancy title for helping to get ministry done. If you have Questions on giving, want Outreach information, or want to volunteer to work on special creative projects, Jyl's the one to call.

  • cameron gillespie

    youth pastor


    communications And Kids Choir director

    Nicole graduated with a BM in Music and worship from Azusa Pacific University. She is currently working on her Masters of Divinity at Azusa Pacific Seminary. She is passionate about kids, worship, and administration, and she loves learning new things. If you have any questions about social media, upcoming events, or volunteering, she's got all the answers.  

  • Nancy Hughes

    Preschool Director

    Nancy has been leading Covina's best preschool for more than a decade. For over 40 years parents have entrusted their preschool and Kindergarten children to our professional and loving preschool staff. Nancy and her staff have a passion for investing in children and families. The children consistently move into their next stage of school over-prepared. 

  • Tom Kreinbring

    ChanCel choir director

    Tom is passionate about leading the Chancel Choir at Christ First. He directs the weekly choral performances along with 3-4 Holiday musicals per year. He is a joy to be around and you can always hear him leading a joyful noise.

  • Brian Scrivens

    Outreach Ministry Team Leader

    Brian is passionate about local and international missions. He leads the Embrace Covina campaign of leveraging local service opportunities to get our people outside the walls of the church. Brian also gives leadership to short-term mission trips and keeps our church family onnected with those on the foreign mission field.