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Mark and Amanda have been married since 2014 and have one daughter, Kate. They have attended Southlands since 2013. They enjoy opening up their home for anything, whether it’s a BBQ or someone stopping by to talk. Their life group is part of their family and seeks to be a place where everyone feels they can be open. They believe that life group should be a place where everyone grows to know God better, walk through the ups and downs of life together, and love the community around us that God has placed us in.



Mitch and Mikaela have been married since 2013 and have been attending Southlands together since 2012. They love throwing parties and cooking for people. Their vision for their life group is a community that disciples one another in the Gospel and is a place that is welcoming and hospitable to newcomers.


Ryan and April Cannon have been married for 11 years and have two children, Makayla and Corinth.  They have been a part of Southlands for two years.  Feeling the immediate welcome of God’s community here, they strive to extend that welcome through life group by opening their home.  They believe that life groups are the model provided by the church of Acts to grow deeper through hospitality, accountability, love and experience with other believers.



Saxon and Stephanie have been married since 2009 and have attended Southlands since 2007. Something they love about Southlands is the balance of biblically founded teaching and spirit empowered ministry taking place in a community that loves and serves one another. Saxon works in customer service and Stephanie works in marketing and has a freelance photography business. They are both passionate about food, fun, and enjoying friends and family over games, movies, and adventure. Something they hope to create in their life group is a place where people can vulnerably share and rely on one another and the spirit as well as be inspired and motivated to pursue missional relationships in everyday life. They have two young children, Jazleen and Rhapsody.


Jeremy and Lindsey have been married since 2016. They have experienced the church as their family through support, encouragement and conviction. They find great joy and life in inviting others into their family. Their heart for their life group is that their gathering would provide a tangible experience of our relational God. They desire for each member of their life group to feel the weight of loving this family as they grow in their need for the Gospel. They also love spending time outdoors hiking, backpacking and biking. Jeremy finds deep assurance in Lindsey who can protect their family from danger in the wild.


Jordan and April Kilmer have been married since 2015 and have been part of the Southlands community (where they met and married) since 2012 and 2013. Their life group seeks to know and love God deeper individually and corporately, to practice true community, and to walk out the life of faith together.



Jason and Megan Newell are a pair of Southern California-raised Biola University graduates who love Jesus, love his church, and love having people in their home (despite the fact that they’re both introverts). Their life group always starts with a home-cooked meal and ends with prayer — with time in between to discuss God’s word, apply it to our everyday lives, and share openly about the joys and struggles we’re facing. The Newells have attended Southlands Church since 2002, have been married since 2005, and have been navigating the adventures of parenthood since 2011. Jason works in the university communications and marketing office at Biola and Megan leads the children’s ministry at Southlands Fullerton. They have two daughters, Lily and Zoe.



Shawn and Valerie Stewart have been married for 11 years and have two small children, Jack and Siena. They’ve been a part of Southlands Fullerton for 3 years and love the community. They believe that life group should be a place to be known, to receive prayer and encouragement, and feel like family.