STAFF & LEADERSHIP Team

There’s something special about finding someone you can trust, especially when it comes to leadership. Trusting not because you believe they’re perfect, but because you know they’re human. Honest, transparent, real humans. They understand life, because they’re in the middle of it. They know the reality of struggles, because they experience them too.


If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them personally. You can contact the church office at office@lifecenterchurch.com or 562.866.9078.

W E  G E T  T O  S E R V E.

  • CHuck Franco

    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Chuck has been the Lead Pastor of our church since March 2012. He is a graduate of Vanguard University and has a Master's Degree from Azusa Pacific University. He is the preaching and teaching pastor, and he also leads and oversees the ministries of this great church. Pastor Chuck and his wife Sheryl have been married for 38 glorious years. They have two adult sons, Matt and Josh, and are proud grandparents of three wonderful grandchildren. Pastor Chuck enjoys Dodger Baseball, Rams & USC Football, the Lakers, fishing (all kinds), and shooting. He is passionate about seeing people come to know the Lord and to experience the abundant life that Christ offers.


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  • Tim Buzbee

    Associate/Care Pastor

    Pastor Tim wears many hats around here which include Associate Pastoring, Pastoral Care, leading Men's Ministries, and teaching our New Beginnings Class. He and his wife Julie have been married for over 35 years and have attended LCC since 1999. They have a grown daughter, Jenny, and a son-in-law, Jesse, that also attend here, and who have also blessed them with two wonderful grandchildren, Jazmin and Jeremiah. Pastor Tim considers it a blessing to serve alongside Julie. They have the joy of serving together as a part of this amazing ministry team and "get to serve" this wonderful body of believers. Pastor Tim enjoys traveling, photography, and gardening. 


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  • michael bowles

    Youth & Young Adults pastor

    Michael is passionate about reaching the lost at any cost, watching others grow in their relationship with Christ and doing life with them along the way. He truly embodies our value of discipleship. Michael is earning his Bachelor's Degree in Religion with a Biblical and Theological Studies cognate from Liberty University. Michael graduated the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in 2013 where he met his beautiful wife Lauren and since then he has been in full-time ministry serving as a youth pastor over the last four years and on staff at Life Center since March 2017. Michael and Lauren have been married since September 2014 and have a handsome son Cove Anthony.


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  • Emily Sombrito

    Kids Pastor

    Emily loves kids! Her life joy is to lead children to Christ and teach them how to have a personal relationship with Jesus. Emily is a graduate of Vanguard University and has a Bachelors in Religion. She is currently taking classes with SoCal School of Ministry to earn her Ordination through the Assemblies of God. She is happily married to her amazing husband Jacob, and they both share the blessing of beautiful twin babies, Marty and Maggie. Emily enjoys relaxing at the movies, arts and crafts, photography, and going to Disneyland! She says, "It's such a blessing to serve and lead the Kids Ministry alongside this amazing LCC staff! God is SO GOOD!!!" 


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  • Kenny Fillmore

    Worship Ministries Director

    Kenny grew up in the church as a pastor's kid and developed over the years a deep love for the local church. Kenny graduated the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in June of 2017. He is passionate about seeing people come to know the love of Christ and encounter the presence of God in worship. 


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  • Julie Buzbee

    Office Manager/Finances

    Julie has been serving at Life Center for over 17 years! Her official title is "Office Manager," but she serves in so many more ministries. Julie has been married to Pastor Tim for over 35 years. Together, they enjoy traveling -- especially to Kauai, Hawaii. Julie enjoys Yankee Candles, going on walks, and hanging out with her grandbabies, It's also common to find her searching for new additions to her starfish collection. Julie's heart is truly dedicated to supporting others and growing the Kingdom of God.


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  • Heather Atkins

    Office SECRETARY

    Heather has a love for the community and a heart for supporting Pastors. Known as a jack-of-all-trades, you can find her helping out with various different ministries outside of the church office, but Sunday mornings you'll find her leading worship for the LCC Kids.  Outside of the church building, you'll find her enjoying family time with her husband Briton and their two amazing kids. Currently taking classes at the SoCal School of Ministry to earn her credentials, she believes after 21 years involved in youth & children's ministry, that there is no other substitution for what's missing in your life, than the love of Jesus and the Word of God. She enjoys anything Pixar, but especially Toy Story & The Incredibles.


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  • EMILY MARQUINA

    MEDIA DIRECTOR

    Known for her incredible creative gift mix, Emily uses her talents to serve the Lord in many ways. She is passionate about seeing others use their gifts to advance the Kingdom of God. Emily enjoys spending her time watching Doctor Who and doing anything creative, including photography, video, and design. She is newly married to the love of her life, Ruben, and together they serve in our Youth Ministry. You can also find a small collection of piggies in her office and she is still waiting for the day she can permanently live in her favorite place in the world: Disneyland. 


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