A Day 20 Years in the Making

  • Lead Pastor Tony

    Amatangelo and his wife, Sylvia

    They are the founders of Life Spring Community Church. Click here to learn more

  • Kids having fun

    The cul-de-sac on Kazuko Court became a playground for kids of all ages March 26 as Life Spring celebrated its 20th anniversary.

  • Celebrate

    Minister Bob Zastrow

    Bob serves Paul Lopez some anniversary cake.

  • Let there be food

    Chef Josh Washburn and Ray Degani ham it up over the best hamburgers in town. 

A Life Dedicated to Glorifying God

If Sunday worship and the sermon are like two wings keeping an airplane balanced in flight, then Executive Minister and Elder Hank Laird is a part of the engine propelling it forward.

   During Sunday services, Hank is usually sitting in a convenient spot to discreetly move anywhere he needs to make certain all the parts of the service are functioning as they should be.

   “Part of my job is ensuring that we’re doing what God has called us to do,” Hank said. “Whatever your role is, I will be there to help.”

   “I’m so passionate about new believers. And I want to help them understand the basics. And how to lead a Christian life.”

   One of his important ministries has been the training of new believers and believers wanting to re-energize their Christian life. “It’s through Biblical training that we learn right from wrong,” he said.

Hank is also the Chief Financial Officer for Life Spring Community Church, planning the budget and overseeing the cost of church projects such as the recent renovation of the lobby, auditorium, and the youth tent area. Another responsibility of Hank’s is the Reach Ministry to the community. It’s different from the Connect Ministry where the focus is within (but not limited to) members of the church. Hank’s task is to seek those outside the church by organizing special events.

   He was responsible for bringing comedienne Kerri Pomarolli to Life Spring for

Comedy Night last year.

   “God is creating the opportunity to connect people,” Hank said. “It’s not me that brings Christ to them. It’s the Holy Spirit,” he said.

   Hank gave his life to Christ as a young man, but he says he “put Christ on the shelf and money became my God.” In the midst of a successful sales career at American Greeting Card Co., the true God delivered a message to him: He had diabetes and at just 47 years old he would be medically retired. While the church was not a part of his life yet, he was not a stranger to religion—his Uncle Jack Booth was an evangelical preacher. At a tent revival meeting, Hank gave his life to Christ.

  “The next day, they packed up and left town. New believers need guidance. I wasn’t able to mature in the church and go through the principles needed to go forward. It’s not an excuse. It was just the situation at the time.” Hank said.

   Hank and his wife El have four children; Michael Laird, Jennifer Martin, Catrina Torre, and Nick Laird. At 64, Hank feels there is so much more to come. Hank is looking forward to the day when he officially becomes a pastor. He certainly appears to be on the right track, with ordination expected sometime soon.

Delight in, and Savor the Sweetness of Life 

  • We have a baby bunny that can fit in the palm of my hand. She’s a great pet. She costs nothing, requires little care, and gives us joy every day – she lives in our back yard!

        The other day, a peach from our tree was put out for the bunny. The bunny was munching away on our green grass as usual until she caught a whiff of the fresh peach!

       She made her way over to the peach, which was just in front of our sliding glass door where we were watching. She put her nose on the peach and smiled. She looked all around her to make sure there were no crows or cats. And then she took a bite!

       Oh! How tasty! Much better than grass!

       As I was thinking about the baby bunny eating the peach I remembered the prayer of the Psalmist: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8). I realized that the Lord had given me a parable and I sensed him whisper to my heart…

        Will you delight in me like the bunny delighted in the peach? When you savor the sweetness of my Word to you and my Spirit in you like the bunny thrilled over the peach then you will be filled with my love, joy, and peace.

       But sometimes you’re so busy grazing on grass that you don’t even see the peach of my presence in your midst. Other times you’re so worried about crows and cats that you miss out on eating the peach that I put out before you.

       Relax! I’m watching over you. And I give myself to you. Hop over to me. Taste and see that I am good.

       Yes, Lord, I want to be as the little bunny – trusting your protective care, free to play and explore, observant to discover the gift of your grace, delighting in your deliciousness. As the bunny was captivated by the peach may I be captivated by you, O Christ! Fill my thoughts.

       May Jesus be the peach that pleases you

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    Life Spring Community Church

    5384 Kazuko Court

    Moorpark, CA 93021