YOUTH PASTOR

JESSE DUCKETT



I have been a youth pastor at Long Beach Alliance Church since June, 2015 after graduating from Multnomah University with a double major in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministry.

I have been married since November, 2009 and have three brilliantly wild and amazingly kind boys.

What is your favorite thing about youth ministry?
My favorite thing about youth ministry is being able to welcome students into an environment that loves, cares, and encourages them to realize how deeply and profound God’s love is for them and then to equip them to share and demonstrate those same things into their worlds.

What are some fun facts about you?
– I served in the Army for nine years
– I am colorblind (and yet my favorite color is still blue)
– I love the American version of The Office
– I have never read or watched anything from the world of Harry Potter.

JUNIOR HIGH LEADERS

JEREMIAH HOLDEN



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated in 2003 from Valley Center High School

How long have you been a youth leader?
I have been a leader since December 2011, roughly 7 years.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
I love when kids go from goofy to serious. They are often silly, but in a moment they can say some profound words that shows the Spirit is working in their lives.

What are some fun facts about you?
– I was in the Navy for 10 years
– I have 3 brothers (1 older, 2 younger)
– I enjoy snowboarding
– I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

MADISON ECKHARDT



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated in 2009 from …

How long have you been a youth leader?
I’ve been a leader since 2015. I did three years as a High School leader and then moved to  Junior High.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
My favorite thing about being a youth leader is being able to show the youth that loving and getting to know Jesus is fun!

What are some fun facts about you?
– I once was an extra on the TV show glee and I worked two 15 hour days on the show.
– I came home from a three week trip to Greece and we had a giant pet tortoise
– I am really upbeat person until I am expressing myself creatively, then I am just actively listening but chances are I may not say anything.
– I’m a sucker for chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream

KYLE RAND



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated in 2018 from Lakewood High School.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I’ve been a leader since 2018.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
My favorite thing about being a leader is seeing growth in the kids and getting to build relationships with them.

What are some fun facts about you?
– I am going to join the Army in a couple of years.
– I drive a motorcycle.
– I am an excellent soccer player.

LEXI HON



When did you graduate High School?
I WILL BE graduating from Los Alamitos High School in 2021.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I’ve been a leader since 2018.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
i love building relationships with the kids and being able to teach them about God, as well as learn a little bit from them too!

What are some fun facts about you?
– I love animals.
– I have touched the hands of all three Jonas Brothers
– I like to paint.

HIGH SCHOOL LEADERS

MATTHEW TAGGART



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated from Millikan High School in 2008.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I have been a youth leader since 2012.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
I love sharing Jesus with the youth. Showing them what jesus has done in my life and encouraging them to discover what He is doing in theirs.

What are some fun facts about you?
– I have Dj’d in Europe
– I love all frisbee related activities
– I am married to another youth leader
– I used to inline and I love rollerblading

TIFFANY TAGGART



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated from Garden Grove High School in 2011.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I have been a youth leader since 2018.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
My favorite thing is building relationships and watching students grow in their walk with God.

What are some fun facts about you?
– I speak Hungarian
– I am a teacher
– I love dogs
– I am married to another youth group leader

SARAH THOMAS



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated from Garden Grove High School in 2012.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I have been a youth leader since 2018.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
Being able to connect, comfort, encourage, and show a small reflection of what the endless love of God looks like and to show the youth that if they feel like no one else accepts them that I will and will love them always, despite what life throws at them or what they’ve gone through.

What are some fun facts about you?

– I love working out and being active
– I was a competitive dancer
– I’m patriotic and love the military
– I’ve been to Japan twice

LOUIS BONSTEEL



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated from Palm Bay Senior High, Melbourne, FL in 1985.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I have been a youth leader at LBAC since 2018, but I have 24 years in total youth leadership.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
I was called to ministry many years ago and working with youth in high school came as a natural calling. I have taught bbw for many years working teaching 6th grade…and have been blessed watching those kids grow and see Christ work in their lives.

What are some fun facts about you?

– I have swam with an alligator or two
– I have completed 6 marathons lost count on half marathons..love using God’s gift to give Him the glory
– I am married for 32 years and counting
– I teach at the high school grease was filmed in

MERCEDES SEQUOIA



When did you graduate High School?
I graduated from Wilson High School in 2006.

How long have you been a youth leader?
I have been a youth leader at LBAC since 2015.

What is your favorite thing about being a youth leader?
Getting to know our students on a deeper level and watching how they process the fact that God loves them and is active in their lives.

What are some fun facts about you?

– My second home is Disneyland
– My favorite song to play on my ukulele is Part of Your World
– I love petting my cat Sophia’s soft belly (and she loves it too)
– I could eat sushi and flaming hot Cheetos daily (but I don’t, and not together).

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