Iglesia Esperanza Viva
Port Hueneme / Oxnard
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Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Pastor, Ron Urzua
Pastor, Ron Urzua
Pastor Ron’s Background: Ron Urzua came to faith in the, mid 80s and through God’s grace was rescued from a lifestyle of addictions. He received his theological training from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) and the Lay Leader Training Institute of the presbytery of Santa Barbara. Ron is also the senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Santa Paula. Ron has been a full time pastor since 1996 and has served three different churches in the Ventura County area. Ron is also a certified subcontracted Mental Health First Aid instructor for Ventura County Behavioral Health. He has taught positive choices classes to teens at the Ventura County Juvenile Justice facility and in most of the local middle schools and high schools. When Ron is not involved in the community and church, he is a lover of the outdoors, especially long range tuna fishing, fly fishing, and riding his Harley Davidson. Originally from Santa Barbara, he moved to Ventura County 19 years ago with his wife Veronica and their five children to launch a new church. Pastor Ron and his wife currently reside in Santa Paula with their two youngest children. You can visit Pastor Ron Urzua on Facebook or email him at wordoflifepres@hotmail.com.  pastorron@livinghopevc.org
Pastor, Jesse Rodriguez
Associate Pastor
Pastor Jesse’s Background: Jesse Rodriguez came to faith in 1979 and was rescued by God’s Grace from addictions. He has been a Bible Study leader since the early 1980s and has been an assistant pastor since 2008. He and his beautiful and inteligent wife Silvia live in Oxnard. His “down to earth” style and approachability have made him an effective minister to those who want to grow deeper in their understanding of the Bible and systematic theology. Many describe Jesse as “real”, “faithful”, and as a man of character.  jerodriguez@ensigngroup.net


Pastor, Margarita LaRue
Pastor of Spanish Ministry / Spanish Worship Service

Pastor Margarita’s Background: Margarita grew up as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea.  God instilled a deep love in her for Hispanic people that has kept her involved in missions and in local ministry to Spanish speakers ever since.  She and John have been married 34 years and have three grown children and four (and counting) grandchildren. She was formerly a middle school teacher, but left her job to serve with Iglesia Puente de Vida, as bookkeeper and administrator, ministry leader, and secretary of the board.  She enrolled in SoCal School of Ministry, just to receive the Word while she was Children’s Director and missing services a lot. During that time, God called her to pastor and she received her ministerial credentials in 2013 with the Assemblies of God.  It is pure joy for her to pastor Iglesia CityReach and together offer the hope of Jesus to our community.  She is extremely grateful for the spirit of generosity and unity that Living Hope has bestowed upon Iglesia CityReach and is determined to pass that DNA into our community and to future daughter churches.Iglesia CityReach is meeting on Sundays at 5:30 pm in preparation to re-launch church services in January.  They welcome anyone who shares their passion to reach our community to join in the preparations.  They also meet in the sanctuary for Bible study in Spanish on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.  For more information, go to www.porthueneme.iglesiacityreach.org or contact Pastor Margarita by email: mlarue@cityreachnetwork.org

Church Office Manager
Alex López
Youth Pastor
Leader, Patrick Southerland
Co-Worship Leader
Leader, Alicia Guajardo
Co-Worship Leader