Meet The Staff
Jon Ireland, Lead Pastor
Jon is the founding Pastor and team leader at Ocean Hills. Originally from the Bay Area, Jon has been in ministry in Santa Barbara since 1985. He has been married to his wife Nathalie for over 30 years, and they have one daughter, Shannon, who is currently attending Westmont College. Jon uses adventure trips (climbing the Matterhorn, river rafting in Costa Rica, biking the Big Island in Hawaii, and golfing at St. Andrews to name a few) as part of his ministry to mentor next-generation leaders. Although he is well known for some of the high profile celebrity weddings he has done, his ministry passions are teaching God's Word and using his influence to help raise awareness (swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco, Santa Barbara Triathlon, upcoming LA Marathon in March 2014) to help bring clean water and better education to children in the Congo. Jon earned both his Master's of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Jono Shaffer, Pastor
Jono grew up in the bay area before he went to Northwestern University. There he earned his undergraduate degree, but more importantly, he met his wife of ten years, Erin. He did youth and college ministry for 6 years in L.A. while going to Fuller Seminary for his Master’s of Divinity, and was ordained into the Evangelical Covenant Church. Currently Jono is the pastor of Creative Arts and Missions at Ocean Hills and has been serving here for eight years. Jono and Erin have three great kids - Nathan, Kyle and Keira.
Laurie Polich Short, Pastor
Laurie is from Dana Point, CA., and has a background in youth ministry, college ministry and small groups. Prior to coming to Ocean Hills, Laurie was a full time speaker and author and she has published several books for youth and youth workers. She has her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA, and her Master of Arts from Fuller Seminary. Her interests include running, hiking, skiing, good food and living near the beach! Laurie is excited about serving the community of Ocean Hills and helping people to connect more deeply to Jesus Christ and each other, in Spiritual formation and Discipleship. She is also newly married to Jere, and has a stepson, Jordan, the second love of her life!!
Born and raised in the Seattle area, Brian joined the Ocean Hills family in September of 2012. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Brian spend six summers on Summer Staff at Mount Hermon with their children’s ministry as well as two years as the Children’s Ministry Program Intern. Brian graduated from Whitworth University in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Theology. When not working Brian enjoys the beach, exercising, discovering new restaurants, and anything that involves spending time with people!
Johnny Miller reigns from La Verne California, he moved to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College where he majored in Communication Studies and played basketball for four years. Johnny also took on other roles at Westmont as a two-year member of the Westmont Worship team and music director of Westmont's infamous Spring Sing tradition. In working with various sports camps and ministries throughout his college years Johnny found his calling in Youth ministry at Ocean Hills. As an athlete and musician, Johnny can be found at the beach surfing, or in the gym playing basketball and working out alongside his two brothers Lucas and C.J. (also basketball players at Westmont). If not there he is working on his music, making the occasional appearance at the Santa Barbara farmer's market.
Cosy Del Carlo
Originally from Irvine, California, Cosy transferred to Westmont College to study english literature in 2007 and quickly became a part of the Ocean Hills family. It was her deep sense of community through Ocean Hills that kept her in Santa Barbara when she graduated in 2009. She has served as a Jr. High leader for three years, lead a college girls small group and currently serves on the Ocean Hills' missions team. When not fiddling with details, Cosy keeps busy being with friends, hiking, reading, writing and staying immersed in music. Find her at Cosy's Corner!
An Air Force brat, Jamie spent part of her childhood around the world- but claims Grass Valley, California as her hometown. After graduating from Stanford University, Jamie worked in the museum field before joining her husband (and Stanford sweetheart) Juan on what would become an 11-year overseas stint between Tokyo, London, and New York- landing here in Santa Barbara just under two years ago. When not keeping things in line as Ocean Hills’ Office Manager, Jamie can be found running after, dancing around, or pretending with her four year old daughter, Anabelle, and her nine-year old beagle, Daisy. Find her on instagram.
Jess grew up in Northern California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. After marrying her high school sweetheart / college rival, she and her husband Chris moved to Santa Barbara in 2006 and have called Ocean Hills their home since. Jess has worn a number of different hats on the Ohills staff, and in 2012 she took on her newest role as Director of Finances. Jess and Chris now have three little ones-- Logan, Jude and Harper. Aside from documenting her kiddos on Instagram, Jess loves date nights with her hubby, having coffee with friends, and anything that makes her laugh.
Erin Pearson, a native of Minnesota, moved to Northern California to attend Santa Clara University as a music major in vocal performance. It was there she was introduced to music ministry and became the Worship Director for the on campus ministry group. Since that time, Erin has spent the last decade leading music worship at churches across the country. A full time musician, artist & jewelry designer, Erin has been serving Ocean Hills part time as Worship & Creative Arts Coordinator since August, 2013. Follow her at: http://www.erinpearson.com/