Our Pastors and Staff

  • Rob Miller
    Senior Pastor

    Rob has been part of the ministry here at Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo since 1999. Rob is passionate to teach the Word of God and help people grow in their walk with Jesus Christ. As Senior Pastor, Rob is the main teaching pastor and is responsible for vision and direction of the church. Rob grew up in Riverside, CA, where he met his wife Karen. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, CA, where he received a Master's Degree in Theology. In his free time, Rob enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.

    Rob is married to his lovely wife Karen. They have 3 children, Matthew, David, and Emily, and three grandchildren, Dalton, Owen, and Levi. He currently resides in Lake Forest with his wife. You can listen to Pastor Rob's sermons here.

  • Brian Dagen

    Associate 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.

  • Stan Markowski
    Associate Pastor of Youth and Student Ministries

    Stan joined the CMV staff in July 2016. He previously served the Lord as a College and Youth pastor for the past seven years. Stan is passionate to teach God's Word and help his students understand and apply sound doctrine to their lives. Stan received his Bachelor's Degree from Biola University and his Master's from Talbot Seminary in La Mirada, CA. On any given day you can find Stan and his wife Rosie meeting new people and blessing them with their wry wit.

  • Neil Travisano
    Pastor Emeritus

    Neil has been on full time at the church since 1982 and was the Senior Pastor from 1987-February 2015. Neil stepped down from being Senior Pastor and now serves part time overseeing the Men's Ministry and various other ministries as Pastor Emeritus. Neil is a graduate of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA, and Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, CA. In his spare time Neil enjoys surfing, fishing, and digging in his vegetable garden. Neil and his wife, Nancy, have six children between them and ten grandchildren. They currently reside in Mission Viejo.

  • Karen Miller
    Women's Ministry Director

    Karen oversees the Women’s Ministry at CMV Church with the assistance of seven other women. Under the umbrella of the Women’s Ministry is the Care Ministry, Meals Ministry, and Daughters of the King. Karen also assists her husband, Pastor Rob, with administrative tasks, counseling when needed, and special events. Karen is married to her husband, Rob, and they have three grown children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, and also enjoys sewing handmade quilts.

  • Amy Reyes
    Children's 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!

  • Melinda Woods
    Nursery Supervisor

    Melinda supervises the nursery ministry and has been doing so since 1996. She has a heart for babies and their parents and has led parenting Bible studies and parenting support groups over the years. She accepted the Lord in college and graduated from Smith College with a degree in psychology. She and her husband, Eric, reside in Mission Viejo and have seven children and one grandchild. When she's not homeschooling her two youngest, you can find Melinda enjoying conversation with the ladies at CMV Church.

  • Nadia Akbarpour

    Youth Ministry Coordinator

    Nadia has been serving in our church for the past ten years, most recently as the Youth and Children's Ministry coordinator. 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 is a member of the Women’s Council. Nadia is currently a Junior in college, majoring in software engineering. When not at church, Nadia can be found volunteering for the Persian Church, studying for her classes, or on another road trip adventure.

  • Brooke Lambkin
    Worship 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 ministry. When she's not in front of her laptop or 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.

  • Chloe Dingwall

    Youth Worship Leader

    Chloe has been serving the Lord with her musical talent for years. After giving her life to the Lord at an early age, Chloe’s faith became her own when she was in junior high. From VBS to being part of the youth worship team in high school, Chloe has always been singing for the Lord. Chloe is a freshman in college, majoring in elementary education at Vanguard University. When not at church, Chloe can be found on another outdoor adventure, studying for her classes, or spending time with her friends and family.

  • Heidi Hoover


    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 Integrated 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 4 years and is now the Director of Integrated Communications. She handles all the social media, marketing and website content.  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 to puppy training school and long walks.

  • Larey Naughton
    Facilities Manager

    Prior to being called to serve at our church, Larey owned his own business in building and construction and has worked here in Orange County for over 35 years. He now applies his professional expertise and passion for giving glory to God to our church building and facilities. Larey and his wife, Joan, have two daughters, Charlene and Brooke, two sons-in-law Will and Chris, and three precious granddaughters, Serenity, Brooke, and Olivia. In his spare time, you will see Larey studying to teach his Home Fellowship group, raising his voice in praise on our worship teams, and occasionally playing golf.