About Our Staff

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

Lance Ralston – Lead Pastor

Lance is the founding and lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Oxnard. The work began in the Fall of 1982 by meeting in a park in Port Hueneme.

Lance & his wife Lynn have been married since 1980, with three adult children and three grandchildren.

Lance loves teaching the Bible, History, and principles of leadership. He holds Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies and Ministry.

He serves as a chaplain for the Port Hueneme Police Department and enjoys backpacking, wood-working, working out, gardening, home improvement projects, reading, and graphic design.

Sid Ward – Executive Pastor

Pastor Sid’s ministry develops and supports leaders for the ministries of the fellowship. He provides pastoral care to individuals and families.

Sid and his wife, Donna  have attended CCO since December 2001. They appreciate the teaching of God’s Word and the way the Truths discovered here have impacted relationships in the church. Sid says, “This is truly a church family with the love of Christ at the center.”

Sid flew F-4 fighter jets for the USAF and has been in 31 countries and 47 states. He has taught undergraduate and graduate classes at several Southern California universities and was a consultant to Fortune 100 companies in the areas of leadership, ethics, management, and group development. He has a heart to help people find God and discover their gifts for service, stewardship, and giving to grow the Kingdom of God.

He married Donna in 1971, they have two sons, both serving the Lord with their daughter-in-laws and five grandchildren (2 in Chiang Mai Thailand and 3 in Southern California.)

John Parra – Spanish Pastor, Capilla Calvario Oxnard

Pastor John’s aim is to simply teach the Word of God and strive to Magnify the Name of Jesus. He loves the verse by verse teaching at Calvary and attended since 1999.

John loves to run and fish the warm waters of Baja California. He’s the husband of Laura and father of Jessica, Saraí and Jonathan.

Jeff Atchison – Campus Pastor at CCO-Channel Islands

As a campus pastor, Jeff preaches, teaches, counsels, and leads worship, along with all the support work needed for these primary ministries.

Jeff has been at CCO since 2000, when he came on board as youth pastor. He transitioned into the campus pastor role in 2014. Like many of the other church staff, Jeff teaches regularly at Calvary Christian High School.

He says, “I love the simplicity of Calvary Chapel; learning God’s Word and becoming more like Jesus – because this simplicity opens up so much depth and rich intimacy with God that could be missed in a complicated setting. I love how we keep the ‘main thing’ central in all that we do.”

Jeff is married to Geneva and has three children whom they homeschool. Their home is a flurry of activities with class work, Bible study, arts and crafts, Legos, learning keyboard and guitar, dance, computer work (and play), exercise, making messes and learning to work together as a team.

Jeff’s love for music and learning new instruments is obvious to anyone who knows him. In addition to various guitars, basses & keyboards, he’s learning the banjo and cello. He says, “Some people appreciate it.  The rest don’t understand my unique musical style. They don’t know the exquisite sounds they are missing with their fingers jammed into their ears.”

Rob Branchflower – Worship Pastor

Rob prayerfully prepares and leads worship for our services along with other members of the Worship Team. His focus is to shepherd the Worship Team and the people of CCO through music and worship, leading them into God’s presence. Rob and his wife Corey and their five children have been attending CCO since 2013. They love the hearts of the people here and the church’s devotion to and focus on the Word of God.

Rob and Corey are also very passionate about and engaged with helping foster and adoptive parents succeed in the calling to foster or adopt.

Clarivel Dinh – Middle & High School Assistant

Clarivel has been on-staff since 2010 and oversees all things High School Ministry. She also teaches 11/12th grade Bible at our high school. When not teaching or grading homework, her duties at CCO also include counseling, mentoring, coordinating events and camps, leading worship, and reaching out to local public high schools through their Bible clubs. Clarivel is passionate about helping teenagers make the connection that the God in the Bible is the same God working in their lives today. She and her husband, Tuan, live in Oxnard with their new puppy, Swaggy P (they’re Laker fans). She enjoys reading, photography, and powerlifting.

Brent Hebert – Middle School Pastor

Brent committed his life to the Lord in 2001. In 2011, he left his job with the United States Postal Service to begin serving full-time at CCO.

The theme for the Middle School ministry is “Pursue: Jesus, Love, Others.” His desire is that the youth would know who God is & what God is like, that they would be encouraged in their relationship & walk with God, would be equipped through the teaching of the Word of God, & that they would deny themselves, take up their cross, & walk in fullness of the Holy Spirit & worship God.

Brent and his wife Carrie, along with their son Jonathan, enjoy reading, learning, playing games, hiking, looking at trains & planes, and going to the beach.

Sharon Johnson – Children’s Ministry Director

Sharon oversees all of the details that go into running an effective Children’s ministry. Her vision is to see children fall in love with Jesus and carry that relationship into adulthood.

She has attended CCO for 24 years. She says, “I like that we are serious about studying God’s Word and putting it into practical living. That way, others will know us by our love.”

She and her husband, Dennis enjoy working on projects together. They seem to always be laughing about something. Sharon loves spending time with her family and friends, quiet mornings, drinking chai tea lattes, eating out and experiencing new adventures.

Nancy Miller – Children’s Ministry Assistant

Nancy assists Sharon in various aspects of Children’s Ministry from Nursery through Elementary age.  She equips the volunteers with resources and assistance so they can teach their classes. Nancy has been a part of the CCO Team since 2009.

She says, “What I love about Calvary is all the ministries we have for people. And teaching through the Bible like we do is so important.”

Nancy is a real servant. She loves to help others and does so with a warm smile. She enjoys watching movies with her husband.  But her special delight is her two grandchildren and three daughters.

Mark Campbell – Calvary Christian High School Principal & School Pastor

Growing up in San Diego, Mark played football for San Diego State and served in the Marine Corps. After moving to Ventura County he continued his education and has earned three advanced degrees. Mark is a Biola alumni and a successful entrepreneur and leader in education.  He has hosted Christian radio for many years and is currently a Chaplain for the Oxnard Police Department. Mark has worked with many outreach ministries and serves as a TUMI Board of Director.

As the Calvary Christian High School Principal Mark is called to lead, protect and develop students as they are lead to discover God’s calling for their lives.

What brought Mark and his wife Celene to Calvary is the diverse congregation and teaching of the Bible.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys fishing and watching the Chargers.

Eric Robbins – Administrator / Business Manager

Eric says that his desire for the people of CCO is, “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:2-3).  Eric believes this is happening in remarkable ways and he’s excited about that.

Eric and his wife have attended CCO for many years, and apart from a one year mission in Thailand dealing with human trafficking, Eric has been on staff since 1997 years. He loves to hunt and is an avid sportsman. He has one son.

Eric Larson – Assistant Administrator

Eric wears many hats. He oversees Calvary’s own low-power FM radio station, Worship 101 Radio, as well as the Cross Reference Bookstore, and the Word from Calvary archives.

He’s attended since 1999 and says he was drawn to by the teaching of God’s Word.

His hobbies are music, reading, studying the Bible. He gets to include these in his work at CCO.

Olga Ochoa – Assistant Administrator

Olga shares the love of Christ and a welcome all who visit CCO. She’s here to support the body in communicating all upcoming events.

Her family has attended Calvary since 2006. She says it’s a great place to fellowship with other believers and grow in Christ; a great bible teaching church where Jesus is the focus.

Her hobbies are enjoying the events of her five children, crafts, and sweet fellowship at bible study.

Sandon Yahn – Video Director

The video ministry is responsible for recording the Sunday and Wednesday teachings and uploading them to our vid-cast internet site. His other duties include producing announcement videos for church activities, then “documenting” those activities via video.

Sandon has attended CCO since 2002. He says, “What I love about is the style of teaching. It keeps God’s Word in context.”

Sandon says his calling has always been to be a storyteller. He sees making movies as the way to fulfill that call.

Suzanne Still – Executive Assistant

Suzanne assists Pastor Lance in a multitude of ways. She keeps his calendar, is his aide in his role as History teacher at Calvary Christian High School, does counseling, coordinates ministry, fields phones calls and emails, and helps in a dozen other administrative needs.

She came on staff in 1992 and has served in several capacities throughout the years.

She is married to John since 1971 and has two married children with five grandchildren. John and Suzanne delight in their family and enjoy rich fellowship with them often.

Her favorite store is a Hardware Store because it feeds her creative urge and gives her ideas on what to add to John’s “honey-do” list.

Her favorite hobby is cooking and teaching young people how to cook. She and her oldest granddaughter have started their own in house restaurant – “Suzanne’s Café” complete with menus, personalized aprons, photo mugs and a sign.

Jordan Young – High School Ministry Director

Jordan heads up our High School ministry along with a crew of amazing leaders. He will also lead worship on Sunday mornings sometimes. You will find him in his office with a cup of coffee and his special lighting on the weekdays and hanging out with friends on the weekends. His hopes for our High School students is that they will be truly connected with Jesus and his Church and continue to be a part of the Church after they graduate.

He’s attended CCO since 2009 and enjoys being involved with many different people who call CCO their home.