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.

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  • 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 40 glorious years. They have two adult sons, Matt and Josh, and are proud grandparents of four 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 39 years and have attended LCC since 1999. They have a grown daughter, Jenny, and son-in-law, Jesse, that also attend here, and who have also blessed them with two wonderful grandchildren, Jazmin and Jeremiah. Pastor Tim considered 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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  • Matthew terry

    Youth & Young adults director

    Matthew is a graduate of School of Life and Ministry, a Bible School located in Folkestone, England. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he served in the infantry with one combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Matthew graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California in May 2019 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Religion with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. He is newly and happily married to his wife, Brittany. Matthew enjoys weight training, reading, traveling, date nights with Brittany, and

    sci-fi and fantasy films/books/games.


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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 recently received the honor of being Ordained with the Assemblies of God. She is happily married to her amazing husband, Jacob, and they both share the blessing of beautiful twin toddlers, Marty and Maggie. Emily enjoys relaxing at the movies, arts and crafts, baking, 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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  • Michael Foss

    WOrship Ministries Director

    Michael went from small town El Centro, CA, on the border of Mexico to Sydney, Australia to study at Hillsong College in 2009. During the year abroad, he started a band that would go on to sign with a record label in LA and met his lovely wife, Heather. Music has been a major part of both Heather and Michael's life and ministry. Heather sang for the world renowned Hillsong United and has been featured on some of their recordings, and Michael has been a music director for the last 8 years, as well as touring professionally from 2009-2013. Fun fact about Michael, he also roasts is own coffee and has consulted with many cafés in OC and LA. 


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  • Julie Buzbee

    Office Manager/Finances

    Julie has been serving at Life Center for over 19 years! Her official title is "Office Manager/Financials," but she serves in so many more ministries. Julie has been married to Pastor Tim for over 39 years. Together, they enjoy traveling -- especially to Kauai, Hawaii. Julie enjoys Yankee Candles, going on walks, and hanging out with her grandkids. 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, Averie and Phineas. 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 married to the love of her life, Ruben, and together they serve in our Young Adults 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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