Meet The Staff
Jon Ireland, Lead Pastor
Originally from the Bay Area, Jon has been in ministry in the Santa Barbara area since 1985. He is the founding pastor of Ocean Hillls and lives in downtown Santa Barbara with his wife Nathalie and daughter Shannon. 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!!
Ryan grew up on the east coast in Vienna, Virginia. He discovered Santa Barbara by attending Westmont College where he played soccer and tennis.After graduating, Ryan served as a missionary in Tonga, Hungary, Mississippi, and Mexico, and has worked in an array of professions from a soccer coach to wilderness camp director for inner city youth to a lead counselor at Hume Lake Christian Camps. He and his bride, Brittany, live in Santa Barbara have a heart for missions and seeing the next generation come to know Jesus.
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 on instagram or check out her blog at: http://thebeautyofmemory.tumblr.com/
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.
W. Ashley Maddox
W. Ashley is our Director of Communications. He oversees the website, videos, photography, and design at Ocean Hills Church. He and his wife, Tanita, moved here in 2011 from Tucson, AZ. His talent as an award winning producer and cinematographer have taken him all over world creating documentaries, music videos, short films, wedding films, and feature films. His body of work clearly shows his imagination and passion. At the heart, he is passionate about telling great stories by taking part in the greatest story ever told. Find him on instagram, twitter or visit his blog at: http://blog.missionaryfilms.org