At Hope Alive our purpose is to point people to Jesus!
Tommy Cota, Senior Pastor
As a kid, Tommy was exposed to a life of gangs, violence, and drugs, which ultimately led to a prison sentence of about six years. It was during this time that his wife, Diana, began praying for him, and soon after his release, he surrendered his life to Christ. Tommy was so excited to live his life for the Lord that he enrolled in Calvary Chapel’s School of Ministry, and after graduating he was brought on staff at calvary Chapel Costa Mesa where he served as the pastor for the Hands of Hope Ministry. In February of 2014 Tommy took another step of faith when he began Hope Alive Church. His heart is to reach the people of Santa Ana with the message of hope that is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Tommy and several other Pastors are featured in the movie The Neighborhood. For more information visit http://theneighborhoodfilm.com
Tommy and his wife Diana have been married since 1990 and have three children, Tommy Jr., Isabella, and Jacquelyn. As a family, one of their favorite things to do is hang out and fellowship with other family members and friends and talk about Jesus—usually with lots of food and coffee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabriel Nieves, Pastoral Intern
Gabriel Nieves was born and raised in the City of Santa Ana. At the age of 14 he joined a local gang and began living a life style of darkness that included drugs, alcohol, and violence. He was in an out of prison for a period of 7 years and was on a road that led to destruction.
On December 31, 2001 he was involved in a gang shooting and was arrested shortly there after. He soon realized the seriousness of his crime and found himself in the Orange County Jail fighting a life sentence. After a month of being incarcerated he was approached by a born again believer in Jesus Christ, that shared the love of God through the Gospel with him. So in that jail cell he rededicated his life back Jesus.
He was incarcerated for three years, but he used that time to dive deeper into Gods word and began to grow spiritually. After several miraculous events, He was release from prison!
Gabriel now serves at Hope Alive and has a desire to reach those that are living the lifestyle he once was a prisoner of, if you would like to find out more about Gabriel and his music visit www.TheMessageMusic.com
George Martinez, Pastoral Intern
My life can be summed up with one song, Amazing Grace! Born and raised in Santa Ana, at a very young age I was exposed to the street lifestyle of gangs,drugs and crime. Never realizing that those choices would put me on a path of bondage, heartache, and eventually many years in prison. But, what the devil meant for evil God used for good. It was there that He found me at my worst on March 14th, 2000 broken and without hope and He saved me. Since then my life has never been the same! I am so grateful and humbled that He has chosen to use my life as a message of his love and grace, a message I now have the privilege of taking back into the prisons…. Only God can work like that!! He gives beauty for ashes, grace for guilt, and blessings for brokenness. I’m so privileged to serve the Lord and His people along side the loving brothers and sisters at Hope Alive. God loves you too, and if He can change me and use a man like me, He can change you and use you too! Romans 5:20
Oscar Ibarra, Youth Ministry Director
Oscar grew up in the streets of Santa Ana thinking he was capable of living his life on his own. He lived a life of partying and drugs, but that life only left him feeling empty. In September 2001 Oscar stopped running from the love of Jesus and gave his life to God where he now found a fulness and joy he never had experienced before. Now he loves returning to the same streets where he shares the love and hope found in Jesus.
Oscar has a passion for evangelism, missions, and worship and he also enjoys discipling youth.
Today Oscar and his wife Adela serve the youth at Hope Alive by sharing Gods Word! His mission is to see young people know Christ and to make Him Known.
Christi Ordaz, Children's Ministry Director
My name is Christi Ordaz and I work in the Hope Alive Children's Ministry. I love planning VBS, teaching in the Sunday school classes and planning various other children's ministry activities and events. I have been walking with the Lord Jesus for 27 years. My husband Mitch and I have 3 children and enjoyed raising them in the ways of the Lord. I am looking forward to the many ways the Lord will use our children ministry at Hope Alive to bless the children of Santa Ana.