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Lauren McGunigale

Lauren McGunigale

Worship + Creativeoffice: (714) 550-2363

What do you do at Calvary?
I am so grateful to wear a few different hats here at Calvary. Firstly, I am the Associate Worship Pastor, so I get to work alongside Josh Wathen to lead our volunteer Worship Teams and build our Worship Community. We also play a part in the creative process of planning Calvary's weekend services. I also teach Middle School Drama at CCS.

How did you become a follower of Jesus?
I accepted Jesus into my life when I was 4 years old in the parking lot of my preschool after listening to Chuck Smith on the radio! Something clicked as he was talking and I knew I wanted to experience whatever it was. After that, I remained actively involved in the church and was deeply involved as a young person and college student. I worked in Full-Time ministry beginning in my early twenties as a Communications Director and as an Adult Ministry Program Director. I left in 2020 to go into the nonprofit world, but knew my calling to serve the Lord with my gifts would always be something I pursued in my life. Our family moved to Tustin and made Calvary our home shortly after - I am blessed to be back in vocational ministry with the Worship Department!

Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
Education / Training: Vanguard University (BA in Communication Studies), Talbot School of Theology (MA in Theology) 
At Calvary Since: 2019
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:9-21
Children: Logan (born 1/26/22) and 2 amazing stepkids, Seth and Sophia.
Married to: Sam
Married Since: 2020 (got married right before the pandemic!)