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The Nerve To Ask

The questions we’re afraid to ask – about God, injustice, our own struggles and frustrations – are often the ones we need to ask the most. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at one person who had the audacity to ask and the journey that followed.

Lead Pastor | Jeff Maguire

Jeff grew up an Orange County kid who started asking questions about God in junior high. During those years of wondering and identity-defining, Jeff’s budding walk with Jesus began. It was some time later, however, while attending UCLA and being among people who were addressing his same early search in a far more sophisticated manner than he ever could have anticipated, that something new emerged within him.

People were challenging the church, God, truth, beauty and even suffering with a fresh and potent curiosity. Many, it seemed, were foraging for something they couldn’t define. It seemed as if they were looking for something that felt a lot like Jesus, only, they weren’t aware of it. It was then that Jeff committed to giving a voice to that unnamed longing – pointing people to Jesus. It was also at that time where he began to sense God nudging him toward a career in full time ministry.

Not long after graduation Jeff joined the staff of a local church and married Amanda in 1999. Together, they live in Mission Viejo along with their three kids and a hyper-affectionate labradoodle. Jeff has been the lead pastor at Mariners Church, Mission Viejo since 2013 and calls it one of the “great joys of his life.”

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We’re so grateful that you are interested in visiting our family! Checking out a church for the first time can be intimidating or confusing but it’s our goal to make your first-time experience at Mariners Church as easy and hassle-free as possible. Click on learn more to find helpful information about where to park, how to drop off your kids, what the worship experience is like and how to get connected. Thanks and see you soon!


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