Our Pastors

Get acquainted with those shepherding our community

Todd<br />Hunter

Todd
Hunter

Senior Pastor

The Right Reverend Dr. Todd Hunter is the founding bishop of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others and founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He is past President of Alpha USA, former National Director for the Association of Vineyard Churches and author of Christianity Beyond Belief, Giving Church Another Chance, The Outsider Interviews, The Accidental Anglican and Our Favorite Sins.

Beth<br />Khorey

Beth
Khorey

Associate Pastor (on personal leave)

The Reverend Elizabeth Khorey is the associate pastor at Holy Trinity. Her primary involvement at Holy Trinity is to assist Todd in leading and shaping Holy Trinity. She develops the artistic, liturgical and formational aspects of our worship services and contributes to developing new ministries at Holy Trinity. Elizabeth oversees pastoral care ministries which consist of: pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, community care and visitation, and prayer and retreat ministries.

Bill<br />Ditewig

Bill
Ditewig

Assistant Pastor of Operations

Bill is a native Californian, growing up in Burbank and graduating from UC Santa Barbara (English/Sociology). He has an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has served on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, and most recently Union University of California in Westminster. Along with a group of friends, 11 years ago he helped launch La Semilla, an after-school tutoring program in downtown Santa Ana where he tutors every week.

Our Values

Get acquainted with the culture of our community

Discovering the way of truth

The world as it presently stands is growing in the scope and complexity of its problems, troubles, disputes and challenges. Perplexity, confusion, fear, worry, anxiety and hopelessness color the internal lives of more and more people in our mission field – Orange County, California. Adults are stressed out, over-burdened, over-indebted and over-calendared.  Ask any teacher, constant worry and nervous-tension also grip students; junior high, senior high school and college. Our out-of-work young adults also do not escape this reality. To respond to the messy fretfulness in our culture – in our own hearts and in those of our neighbors – we root our worship and followership of Jesus in the thoughtful intelligence given to us in Word, liturgy and Sacrament.

Becoming still and engaging the presence of God

Core practices for spiritual growth are solitude – and its partner – silence. In solitude we can only hear two voices. One voice makes heard the inner shouts of our worries and anxieties, and the clamoring din of desire. In silence and solitude we discover that we are always companioned by the God who is already there.

Seeing the glittering sacredness of life

Contrary to the normal accounts in the news, God is healing the world. He has not abandoned his creation. In fact, he is coming ever closer to the world to reconcile it to him. God is renewing the whole cosmos in his image. This renewal and reconciliation happens through Jesus, the world’s true Lord and King. Art and beauty assist us in paying attention to the intricate details of life, thereby helping us experience the unfolding story of God.

Our Faith

Get acquainted with what it means to be Anglican

Anglican Christianity Is…

Biblical

Centered on a commitment to the Bible as God’s Word to us, the truth that guides our lives.

Unified

Connected with Christians the world over for 2000 years that believe in salvation through Christ alone. In this way, Anglicanism is part of a global Christian faith, or, as expressed in the Nicene Creed: “the one holy catholic and apostolic church.”

Historic

Rooted in the earliest Christian church and upholds the teaching, promises and worship of Jesus, His apostles and the “priesthood of all believers” (I Peter 2:9, NIV).

The middle way

The Anglican ethos has often been described in the Latin phrase, via media (middle way). The desire of the early Anglican reformers was to stay true to the ancient traditions of the early church but in a way that was accessible and relevant to the people of 16th Century England.

Liturgy

Liturgy is for everyone

Liturgy is for everyone who is spiritually hungry and seeking training in heartfelt obedience to God and his purpose for our lives. Responding to the grace of God, we worship by participating in ancient Christian practices as spiritual disciplines, seeking intimacy with Jesus and transformation into his likeness, becoming his cooperative friends for the sake of others.

Liturgy is participatory

Liturgy is participatory. If you get off track in liturgy, don’t worry. Just relax in the moment and make yourself peacefully present to the Holy Spirit. Allow yourself to be immersed in the community around you – in song, prayers, and God’s Word.

Eucharist

The central act of worship

Eucharist is the central act of Anglican Christians gathered for worship. This is true for many reasons, including that there is nothing more fundamental to Christian spiritual formation into Christlikeness and Christian mission than learning to notice Jesus at work in ourselves and in our everyday, ordinary lives. As Alexander Schmemann has put it: Eucharist is not an escape from the world, rather it is the arrival at a vantage point from which we can see more deeply into the reality of the world. We are taken up to that vantage point when our hearts are lifted up by the Spirit into the Son’s communion with the Father. Thus a core and historical way of developing alertness to Jesus is via Eucharist, noticing the presence of Jesus manifested mysteriously to us weekly as we receive simple elements like bread and wine. Eucharist teaches us to partake of what Jesus has and is giving (formation) and doing (mission).

Reshaped into Christlikeness

The Eucharistic scene from the Upper Room encapsulates Divine purposefulness in the creation of humanity and the sending of the Son: not to be served, but to serve and to give one’s life away for the salvation, healing and deliverance of others. In this Eucharistic way, if we intend it, our loves, our current structures of desire can be reshaped into Christlikeness.

Unity With Christ

Eucharist is also a vehicle for, and a sign of unity – our unity with Christ and our unity as one body in both the church and the universal church. 1 Corinthians 10.17 makes this clear: Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. In Eucharist Jesus becomes present to us in a special way and as we come to the table we become especially present to each other, learning to really see and appreciate each other.

An act of thanksgiving

Lastly, eucharist means to give thanks. Living lives of thanksgiving is central to becoming the kind of person who would be patient with your own spiritual growth, longsuffering with those in your community who are in process too; and servant-hearted within the heart-wrenching pain our of world.

Baptism

A Declaration

Baptism marks the point in a person’s life when they both publicly declare their commitment to Christ and the church declares their commitment to supporting them in their discipleship. There really is no more beautiful example of real community than in that of the sacrament of baptism.

For everyone

At Holy Trinity, we have the honor of baptizing infants, children and adults. In the case of infants and children, since they are not yet old enough to make promises to God for themselves, others (i.e. their parents and Godparents/sponsors) make promises on their behalf and commit to raise those baptized to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. It is confirmation that these persons then have a chance to affirm their faith for themselves.

The Book of Common Prayer

At the heart of Anglican Christianity is a desire to be simultaneously rooted and relevant, ancient and modern, traditional and innovative. Nowhere is this more plainly seen than in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).

Originally written in 1549 by Thomas Cranmer, the BCP revolutionized the life and worship of the Church in England. Cranmer’s BCP was a brilliant innovation that brought new life and meaning to the ancient worship traditions of the church, because, for the first time, they were simplified (made user friendly) and written in the language of the people rather than in Latin.

The BCP is also thoroughly infused with Scripture references from the beginning to end as Cranmer had a deep conviction in the transforming power of God’s written word.

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Our Partners

Holy Trinity Church is part of a diocese called Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). Holy Trinity and C4SO were formed while Bishop Todd worked with The Anglican Mission. As of April 2012 Bishop Todd, C4SO, and Holy Trinity are part of The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).