One of those church members quietly working to make Life Spring
successful is Office
Manager Elsa Perez.
In addition to the financial and planning reports, Elsa helps the church directors in carrying out their various missions.
“Every day is a little bit different — but it’s all about helping to grow God’s Kingdom,” Elsa said.
Elsa was attending the church before she was an employee. In 2008, a friend invited her to Life Spring for the “Fireproof” life lessons series about a couple struggling to save their marriage.
“I was in that situation and was willing to try
anything,” she said. Unfortunately, her soon-to-be ex-husband was not on board. “I could see the Holy Spirit moving when we were at church and he (her husband) would resist.”
Elsa realized that she loved the message, the people, and the environment at Life Spring. “I felt really comfortable here. Life Spring embraced me, hugged me." In 2009, while living in Simi Valley, Elsa infrequently attending church. That’s when she read there was a need for a volunteer in the church office.
She took the task and did such a good job that Pastor Tony and Exec
Minister Hank Laird offered her the Office Manager position.
It was all in God’s timing, because as her marriage was dissolving and her
father was dying, Elsa had planned to move back home to Orange County.
Elsa was born in Inglewood and raised in Orange County. Elsa loves to dance- particularly West Coast Swing - and has competed in other styles, including waltz.
Elsa loves music. In addition to Christian music, Elsa listens to Country and Top 40, including ‘70s and ‘80s music. She also enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, camping, motorcycle riding, and shooting. Her father was from Puerto Rico and her mother immigrated from Peru.
“Dad had a landscape contracting business and my mom stayed at home to take care of us kids,” said Elsa, who is the second of her parents three daughters.
Elsa’s mother was religious and she grew up with bedtime prayers and
learning the story of Jesus from the Bible - but at that time her relationship with Him was not personal. It wasn’t until Elsa was an adult, when she faced some great challenges in her life, that led her to having a personal relationship with Jesus.
“I saw my story in the Bible … and I could see why Jesus died on the cross for me," Elsa said.