Michael "Irish" Kane

Senior Pastor - Founder

Pastor Irish visits Orange Country Nursing homes each week, he conducts group bible studies and Church Services. Pastor Irish also visit residents room by room. "I enjoy each senior, and truly hope to build their faith, give them comfort and share a laugh."

  • Graduate of Calvary School of Ministry 2001-2003
  • Ordained 2003
  • Founder of Amazing Grace Ministries in 2003
  • Licensed in the state of California for Burials at Sea

Life verse: Philippians 4:13 – "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." You see, I can’t do all things, but I can do all things which God has for me to do from the time He saved me to the time He will take me out of this world. It is all from Him, through Him and to Him be the glory. Amen.

Walk this day in the strength that Jesus provides. PastorIrish@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com 949-433-0148

Judy Kane

Administrator - Co-Founder

Judy is in the office part time, and also in the Orange County Nursing Homes weekly, where she conducts a Bible Study. " I see what comfort each resident gets when we spend time together in worship and studying the Scripture. For many this is a highlight of their week."

Judy is working diligently on getting Shepherd's Rest built and ready for visitors. Judy@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
949-422-8132

Bruce Bender

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."

PastorBruce@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
949-4399285

Dave Lyons

Pastor

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.

PastorDave@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
Home 949-709-3808

Steve Beverly

Substitute

Bio Coming Soon! PastorSteve@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com 714-914-0617

Alan Lukei

Minister

Bio Coming Soon! Alan@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com 949-872-4432

Bill DeLannoy

Minister

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.

Bill@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
928-420-4023

Carol Matthews

Minister

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"

Carol@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
949-533-1121

Newell Stickler

Minister

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.

Newell@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
949-433-2985

Peter Kling

Minister

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.

Peter@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com
949-283-5224

Cliff Smith

Chaplain

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..."

Joshua Brown

Minister

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.

Don Nemchock

Minister

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.

Greg Bright

Minister

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

Greg@ocAmazingGraceMinistries.com