Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo

Pastors and Staff


As humans we are actively pursuing any number of things in this life. As men in Christ, we desire to pursue the “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness” the gospel calls us to pursue.

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Brian Dagen

Senior Pastor

Brian joined the Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo staff in August 2016. Before coming to CMV Church, Brian and his wife, Jill, along with their two daughters, served the Lord as missionaries in the Czech Republic and returned to the States in 2013. Prior to their move to south Orange County, Brian served as the interim pastor of a church in Anaheim. Brian has a Master’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA. Brian enjoys sports, the beach, books, Mexican food (actually, most types of food!), and copious amounts of coffee.

Melinda Woods

Women’s Ministry Director 

Melinda has a passion to connect women to Christ and to each other. Her roles asWomen’s Ministry Director give her plenty of opportunities to minister to mothers and women of all ages. She and her husband have seven children whom they have homeschooled over the last 25 years. In 2021, she graduates her last child from high school. Her family has been attending CMV since 1993. When Melinda was a freshman in college, she accepted the Lord as her savior. He miraculously healed her that summer while she was in the hospital. The verse from Psalm 103:3  “He forgives all your iniquity; he heals all your diseases” speaks volumes to her. When Melinda is not with her family, with friends, or at work, she is usually on the couch watching Netflix and eating a box of See’s candy (most likely peanut butter patties).

Amy Reyes

Family Ministry Director

Amy joined the CMV staff as the Children’s Ministry Director in 2018. She oversees the Family Tree Ministry serving parents and children from nursery through sixth grade. Teaching, guiding, and caring for children has always been one of her greatest passions. Amy is a graduate of Pepperdine University with degrees in English and Creative Writing. She previously worked as a Children’s Ministry Director, creating and writing curriculum for David C. Cook, teaching Sunday School and countless children’s and teen Bible studies, and tutoring motel children. Amy is a wife and mother of 3 perfect little angels. She loves serving in the community and in her children’s school. In her spare time she likes to read, cook, hang out with her family and explore this beautiful world God has given us!

Brooke Lambkin

Worship Arts Director

After prodigal living and subsequently reaffirming her faith in Christ as a young adult, Brooke started attending Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo and has been a member since 2001. She currently oversees the Worship Arts Ministry. When she’s not behind a microphone, you can find Brooke having fun with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Livi. If you ask her, she’ll gladly show you a picture of the family’s Ragdoll cat, Max.

Nadia Akbarpour

Digital Technology Analyst 

Nadia has been serving in our church for over the past ten years. Since coming to the Lord at the age of 9, Nadia has volunteered and faithfully served in the Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Anchored (young adults) Ministry and was a member of the Women’s Council. Nadia is currently a Junior in college, majoring in Business Administration. When not at church, Nadia can be found volunteering for the Persian Church, studying for her classes, or on another road trip adventure.

Heidi Hoover

Chief Randomness Officer

For over 17 years, Heidi has been a valued and valuable member of our congregation. She first used her administrative gifts as our Children’s Ministry Director and then put those talents to work as Church Administrator. When she’s not balancing the books, printing reports, repainting classrooms, or fixing our computer problems, Heidi can be found hiking any of the beautiful mountain trails in California and beyond.


Desiree Hernandez

Director of Communications

Desiree Hernandez began her ministry at Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo as a youth leader for High School girls. She graduated from San Jose University with a degree in Public Relations and has been serving at the church for 6 years and is now the Director of Communications. She handles social media, marketing, website content, and our app.  She continues to serve in the youth group as “Mama Des” and helps plan all the events. She is always willing to give help wherever needed. We are so blessed to have her using her gifts here at Calvary Chapel. She has one child…Luna, her puppy who she loves to take on long walks.