Chris served as the Student Ministries Pastor at Long Beach Alliance Church from 1993-2000, and after serving on the leadership team at Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley in the Bay Area, returned to LBAC in July, 2004 serving these past 15 years as LBAC’s Lead Pastor.

Chris has been married to Melinda for 25 years, and they are parents to two wonderful ladies, Jessalyn (19), and Makayla (16). The Lankford’s are freakishly fanatical fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers (GO BLUE!) and are often “on the go.” Melinda works with the Salvation Army in Long Beach as the Director of their Corps Capital Campaign and Community Programs. Jessalyn attends Simpson University (a Christian & Missionary Alliance University) in Redding, CA. Makayla is completing her Sophomore year at Millikan High School here in Long Beach, and loves playing goalie on the Women’s Water Polo team.

Pastor Chris Lankford completed his undergraduate studies through Biola University in 1992, and completed his M.Div. program with an emphasis in Evangelism & Discipleship from Talbot School of Theology in 2012. Chris has been licensed with the C&MA since 1993, was Ordained in the C&MA in 2002, and serves with the South Pacific District of the C&MA as a coach and mentor for numerous licensing & ordination candidates.

SCOTT TRICKETT | Associate Pastor

I began full time ministry at LBAC in 2010 after working for over 30 years as a carpenter. The previous years of working a full time job and doing ministry at the same time were fruitful for teaching me the realities of following Jesus. These gospel lessons have shown me the power of God’s great love, they have also convinced me of his deep desire to be in relationship with every one of us! 

My wife Dawn and I have been married for a little over 40 years and have raised our three children here in Long Beach. God has lavished great grace upon us, and he continues to challenge and change me while promising to never abandon me! Considering who Jesus is, that’s a fantastic promise!  

JESSE DUCKETT | Youth Pastor

Jesse was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He started going to youth group at the end of middle school and it really started to take hold in high school. After being a youth leader for over 13 years (give or take) and being in the ARMY for 9 years, he felt the call of God on his life to become a pastor. He studied at Multnomah University and graduated with a double major; Bible and Theology and Youth Ministry. He is married to a beautifully talented wife and has three boys who definitely keep him busy. Jesse is doing everything he can to become a runner, and in his spare time (haha), Jesse loves to go to movies and meet new people.

MICHELLE CRAMMER | Office Manager & Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Michelle grew up in the Long Beach area and has been around LBAC since 3rd grade. She graduated from Cal State University Long Beach, moved to New York City, came back to Long Beach to marry her high school sweetheart (Will), and now has 2 little boys, Liam & Barrett. Working at LBAC is a huge blessing in her life and she is excited for all of the things on LBAC’s horizon!

TINA RAND | Treasurer & Receptionist

Tina Rand is the Treasurer and Receptionist at Long Beach Alliance Church and has been on staff since 2005. She is married to Jim Rand, and they have four wonderful, adult children, Katie, Dylan, Tyler and Kyle, a son in law, Ricky and one grandson, Captain. Both Jim and Tina grew up in Torrance, CA and moved to Lakewood when they got married in 1992. They have attended LBAC since 2001 and have loved getting involved and serving with the church family here. Tina loves traveling and camping with her family (they’ve been to all 50 states) and hopes to continue her travels worldwide someday. How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. (Psalm 104:24)

BEN SHAW | Worship & Celebration Intern

Bio coming soon!

MEGHAN BREARLEY |Children's Ministry Director

After attending LBAC since the 4th grade, Meghan finally joined the staff team in September 2018!  She holds a degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in child development, from Biola University, has been married to her husband, Josh, for 17 years, and has two kids, Griffin (9) and Ruby (8).  She enjoys hanging out with her family, crafting, watching mindless tv shows, and serving on the PTA board at her kids’ school.  Meghan loves the kids at LBAC and is excited to see them grow to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior!


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