Michael "Irish" Kane
Founder, Sr. Pastor, Chairman of the Board Senior
Mike "Irish" Kane graduated from the U. of Notre Dame in 1962. From there he was an Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, for 9 years, and came to So. CA after serving in Viet Nam in 1965.
For the next 33 years….the Irishman thrived in the Commercial Insurance and Stock Market fields of endeavor. Retirement came in 2002 with my age being 62 year's (young). The good Lord then notified me that I was not "retire", but "re-fired" …and He let me know it was time to "give back" and to serve Him! Yes, Lord!!! I then went to Pastor Chuck Smith's School of Ministry in Santa Ana for 2.5 years and was Ordained in 2004. My Jesus driven passion became looking after the elderly in nursing homes, and Amazing Grace Ministries was formed!!
Pastor "Irish's" favorite Scripture is pertaining to the elderly it is James 1:27 "Pure & undefiled religion is looking after the elderly and orphans in their time of need."
The elderly are lonely, often depressed, and many have very big needs. What a great ministry the good Lord has given to me, to look after those now living in nursing homes!
Walk this day in the strength that Jesus provides. PastorIrish@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
I’ve loved to probe all my life, one of my favorite things as a child was to search, explore, and find.
I was raised in California, moved to Atlanta at 21, while Exploring the south, I found myself searching deeper into my faith. A beautiful southern Baptist connection at a distressed time in my life took me to Ephesians 2:8 for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, not from yourself, it is the gift of God.
During this journey of 45 years with Christ, He has taken me down many roads, where I’ve searched, studied and discovered, more of me, and more of Him.
There were years of working in many facets including dentistry, hotel management, antique mall owner, insurance broker, all preparing me to serve in ministry, who would believe! Today what makes my heart beat faster is being used by God and seeing the intentional caring ministry of OCAGM grow.
God has given me maps, directions and strategies, grace and teachings. I once read that there is no promise that you will see all the seasons of life…so live for God today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember.
Life is God’s gift to you.
The way you live your life is your gift to God. Make it awesome!
Pastimes include RVing, scrapbooking, Shepherd’s Rest, Pilates, biking and our wonderful family of 3 grown Sons, 5 Amazing Grandchildren.
Pastor Paul Wood, President
As a native Californian, born in North Hollywood, I have lived most of my life here in Southern California. I was ordained as pastor by Calvary Chapel East Hills in Orange California on May 26, 2004. I received my Bachelor's degree in biblical studies on May 26, 2005 from Murrieta Bible College. I am blessed to serve as the Senior Pastor for Calvary Chapel East since March of 2005.
God has called me to minister in Mexico along with teaching the bible in Africa, Russia, and India. While in Russia, I was the key speaker to a Christian church on the subject of occults. I have served with the Orange County Tres Dias since it began in 2007 and was voted head spiritual director for Orange County Tres Dias from September of 2015 – 2017.
Our key verse for Calvary Chapel East Hills is:
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
I also love Hebrews 4:12 and 16.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The work at Amazing Grace Ministries is challenging but rewarding. It's difficult to see so many people bound to their nursing home situations. Because of their medical circumstances, they have found themselves dependent on others. Some are old and some are young, but they all have one thing in common; they can no longer care for themselves. They miss going to church and have communion with God. They can no longer fellowship within a spiritual body. That's where Amazing Grace Ministries comes in. We serve a body of people who welcome our fellowship, kindness and of course, the Gospel of Christ!That is what AGM brings to them weekly. We worship, pray and have a bible study in a group setting. We have communion each month. Room visits are for those that can't leave their room. One young woman that I meet weekly is paralyzed from the waist down and can't use most of her right side. After our visit she always tells me that "I make her day". I love seeing the love many have for Jesus even as they go through this storm in their life.
Executive Director/Chief Spiritual Officer
God has written a magnificent story with my life. My passion stems from the unforgettable testimony of deliverance through the love of Jesus Christ in 1997 and sustaining grace of Jesus at the tragic passing of my young, 36 year old husband in 2004. My life circumstances promise me multiple planks to build bridges with a myriad of people from all backgrounds and situations. My heart and deep honor with respect for people is equally matched by my fervent desire to accompany them on the journey of healing, to facilitate resilience and put individuals first. I've taken God's invitation to partner with Him; I am humbled and awed that the Creator of the universe would "count me faithful, putting me in the ministry!" 1 Timothy 1:12
Reverend Heather Riley is ordained minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, currently appointed to Foursquare Chaplains international. She pastored in a local congregation (Hope Chapel Orange Coast) for eight years. Prior to pastoring, Reverend Riley was a missionary with Wycliffe Bible translators. In 2015, she felt called to transition from pulpit preaching and pursue chaplaincy.
She is married to her husband of 11 years and biggest supporter, Kevin Riley and proud mother of their two children, Hailey and Hunter (ages 10 and 9). The Riley family resides in the beautiful community of Santa Ana and their children attend a dual immersion program at the Orange County Educational Arts (OCEAA) in downtown Santa Ana. They are passionate about meeting the needs in Santa Ana and seeing people come together in love to promote justice, especially for the most vulnerable.
Retired / Substitute
Bruce has a heart for those living in nursing homes. Weekly he visits, teaches and prays with many he calls friends. We are truly blessed to have Bruce, a stalwart committed man of God.
Bruce is a Iwo Jima war veteran and a retired U.S. Marine, who also serves as Chaplain with Armor of Light Ministries at Camp Pendleton. Major Bruce Bender, shares how he and his men were pinned down on the beach in a trench made by a 16-inch battleship shell in World War II. With bullets flying from every direction, he came face to face with the realization that despite all his military training, his only hope for deliverance was Jesus Christ.
He shared, "I closed my eyes and started to pray. I asked the Lord for protection but also for the strength and courage for my men to complete their mission." Major Bender felt a warm breeze cover him and a hand on his shoulder. He sensed he heard the Lord's voice say, "My son, my precious son, be not afraid for I am with you."
Greg's passion is evangelism and helping non-believers understand the Christian faith. To do this he invests his time visiting seniors in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facilities for OC Amazing Grace Ministries each week. He also co-leads Influencers, a men's ministry. His wife Kathy is very active in Kairos Outside, a ministry for women whose family members are incarcerated.
Upon graduating from California State University at San Jose Greg worked for 3M Business Products where he was successful in sales and promoted to the youngest Sales Supervisor in the company. This was followed with a 37 year career in real estate acquisition, development, management and marketing which took him to multiple locations in California and the Hawaiian Islands.
Greg and Kathy were best friends in High School and married 26 years later. They have four adult daughters, six grandchildren and attend Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California.
Favorite verse: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes..." Romans 1:16
In 2013 I was first introduced to Amazing Grace Ministries while working as an Activities Director at a skilled nursing facility. Each week I saw two devoted AGM Pastors share the Good News with the residents. These weekly visits became a great source of comfort, encouragement and fellowship for myself and the residents under my care.
I soon became a volunteer, and now I have the privilege to be part of the AGM Team. I believe that Amazing Grace Ministries is an integral part of the communities it serves. I love the responses I've seen from the seniors and their families.
Bringing church to those confined to nursing homes I feel it is my calling and to bolster and encourage the faith of those who are now physically unable to leave the facility and join their church home is a privilege.
Willem (Bill) DeLannoy joined Amazing Grace Ministries in 2008.
Born in the former Dutch East Indies, Bill’s parents were Belgian-Indonesian and German descent. Bill’s "mother" tongue is Dutch, and he speaks German, English and is familiar with Afrikaans, French, Russian, Italian and Indonesian. His interest and heart for missions began almost from the day of his commitment of faith in Jesus Christ in 1977. He continues to have a passion to see the name of Jesus made known in the world around him as well as the world at large.
He began taking missions trips in 1983, to Poland (Eastern Europe), which were followed by subsequent trips. Bill and wife Sharon lived in Germany as full-time missionaries for 3 years 1986-89. His commitment was to take the concept of Small Groups ministry to the suffering church behind the Iron Curtain. They implemented the Colossians 2:7 format for lay people in Romania, E. Germany and Yugoslavia and Poland. He has subsequently traveled to over 15 countries, on missionary projects. His life verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your hear, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.
Peter is a grateful follower of Jesus Christ. He was raised in Southern California and lived here all of his adult life except for military service. He graduated from U.S.C. in marketing. He is single, the father of four children.
His profession is marketing & advertising. He was founder/owner of several advertising agencies that served national accounts. He is a “church-man” and was in leadership with EV Free Church of Fullerton and Mariners Church of Irvine.
His current involvements with Christian organizations are Amazing Grace Ministries, Christian Business Men Connection and Influencers West. Professionally he served many Christian organizations such as Campus Crusade for Christ, World Vision, Food for the Hungry and Melodyland Christian Center. His current ministry involvements focus on prayer, discipleship and evangelism.
Pastor of the Lord Dave joined Amazing Grace Ministries in August, 2006 and visits Orange County Nursing homes each week and sees residents and patients in their own rooms. "I enjoy the personal time together sharing Scripture, answering questions, providing devotionals, and praying with these wonderful people. It is inspiring to me to see how they handle the loneliness and difficulties in their lives."
Dave has been serving in the New Believers ministry at his church since 2002 helping seekers and new believers, and served in his church's Children's Prison Ministry of Tijuana for several years. A local Tijuana ministry has now taken over that service.
Since 2005 he has worked with a clothing ministry providing clothing and personal items to the homeless in Orange County. The Christian Witnesses Ministry in which he serves reaches out to the unsaved in a variety of places to bring them the Good News of the Gospel.
Another ministry works to provide supplies to send in care packages to our military personnel overseas. Many times personal items or comfort items are difficult to find in the remote or semi-remote locations in which they defend us.
As a member of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, he brings the Lord to victims of natural disasters to help them cope with their losses such as in the fires we have had in the Southern California areas. Dave has also authored successful gospel tracts designed to provide a complete presentation from conviction, to salvation, to discipleship.
Carol grew up on the East Coast in a Navy Family and married her high school sweetheart Tim at the age of 18. Carol and Tim have lived most of their lives in Southern California and have been happily married for 48 years, they have two grown children and three grandsons. Carol and Tim are retired and live in Arizona.
Carol’s love for the elderly began 35 years. Shortly after coming to Jesus Christ in 1972, Carol volunteered to sing at a convalescent home one Christmas and from that day forward, Carol was hooked!! After seeing the loneliness and the need in the homes, she has been sharing God’s Word, His Love, and Hope ever since. Carol has a knack for working with Alzheimer, Stroke, and bed ridden patients. Carol has learned the wisdom of having a Church covering as she ministers to the elderly and she feels very fortunate to be a part of Orange County Amazing Grace Ministries.
Carol has a number of Scriptures that truly bless her heart: Isaiah 35: 3-4 says "Encourage the exhausted and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, take courage and fear not’. Proverbs 16:31 says "a grey head is a crown of glory; it is found in the way of righteousness. We are to honor the elderly. In Carol's opinion, James 1:27 says it best; "Pure and undefiled religion is the sight of God is to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world."
"Truly, in this ministry, I am the one receiving the greater blessing"
Don was born in Chicago and grew up I Oak Park, Illinois. He excelled in athletics through high school and college. He attended the University of Kansas and majored in Liberal Arts. He worked in Chicago for IBM in office products and for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.
Don moved to Newport Beach, CA and was involved in the textile business in sales and marketing for over 30 years. He lives in Costa Mesa with his wife of over 25 years Linda. They have a daughter and two sons, and two grandsons. Don is a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach and has been involved in various ministries there for over 35 years. Currently he is in two ministries. Influencers West in Irvine with Pete McKenzie, and Just Ordinary Guys (J.O.G.) in Anaheim.
Don enjoys travel, golfing and sailing. He is looking forward to the future being with Amazing Grace Ministries. He has a heart and love for the elderly and is encouraged as he ministers in the homes.
Live Verse: James 1:2&3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.
Joining AGM in 2016, Cliff is closing a chapter as a Construction Contractor. Cliff remembers seeing the needs first hand many years ago of those residents in nursing homes, where he installed wheelchair bumpers and hand-rails. "I will never forget the loneliness I saw in them, many years ago."
With many years of volunteering in para ministries, Cliff is ready to fulfill the call on his life of weekly serving as Chaplain. Cliff is ready to reach many residents with the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the hope that it brings to all of life, especially near the end of life.
Cliff is married to Anne, and is the father of 3 Daughters, and has 8 grandchildren.
His favorite Scripture is 1 Corinthians 10:24 " Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor..."
Newell joined the AMAZING GRACE MINISTRY in its inception as a Board Member along with his wife Debbie and served as its President for the past five years. Recently Newell joined our staff as an administrator and provides back up support to our pastoral group visiting senior homes on a weekly basis.
Newell's mother, Ruth, spent 13 years in a Senior Home and during that time he acted as a Deacon from his Church serving that Home. He loves taking the message of salvation to those in the Homes who thrive on it.
A military Veteran and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Newell has been an active member of the Real Estate Industry for 44 years.