Our Story

How it all started...

In 1983, the Los Ranchos Presbytery, under the leadership of its executive, Dr. John Chandler established a “mission-on-our-doorstep” program for the purpose of a new church development. In 1985 the Presbytery bought a large parcel of land on the corner of Alicia Parkway and Ivy Glenn Drive at the cost of 1.6 million dollars. Presbytery then sold a portion of the land at the price of 1.2 million with the provision that the future church retain the right of access to the parking lot. This became the Crown Valley Project, named after the main road going through the center of Laguna Niguel.

In April 1986, the Presbytery began a search in Laguna Niguel for volunteer families interested in forming a new Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). They selected five families who were willing to accept responsibility for founding a new church. On November 1, 1986, the Rev. Dr. H. Kenneth McCullen of Central Presbyterian Church, Lafayette, Indiana accepted the call to serve as organizing pastor of the new congregation.

On November 9, 1986, the first worship service was held in a local community hall.

In April 1987, four mobile modular units were placed on the site at Ivy Glenn Drive. Palm Sunday, April 12, 1987, the first worship service was held in the modular units. Dedication Sunday took place on April 26, 1987, with 41 people being received as new members.

Expanding the vision...

November, 1994, construction of the new sanctuary began. On September 10, 1995, the first formal worship was held in the new sanctuary with 530 in attendance. The new sanctuary was dedicated Sunday, October 22, 1995. Capacity in the sanctuary is 550. The building also houses a choir room, nursery, quiet room, and bride’s room.

In the spring of 1999, the Rev. Duncan McColl was called to serve as the interim associate pastor. The Rev. Dr. H. Kenneth McCullen retired as the organizing pastor in May 2000. In September 2000, the Rev. Dr. Richard Wiggers was called to serve as the interim pastor until a new pastor could be found.

On February 25, 2001, a “burn the mortgage” party was held to celebrate paying off the loan on the sanctuary building.

On on November 17, 2002, The Rev. Dr. Randy Steele was called from First Presbyterian Church, McMinnville, Oregon to serve as Pastor, Head of Staff at Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church.

Where we are headed...

On May 22, 2005, the 19,000 square foot building, to be named the McCullen Center, was dedicated. A large hall is located on the ground floor, with a room capacity of 700 persons, named Gard Hall. The hall can be divided into one, two or three rooms. There also is a full service kitchen, custodial offices and a toddler classroom. Upstairs there are administrative offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, the unique “garage for Youth”, and a library.

In 2008 Rev. Duncan McCall departed to answer the call as pastor of Fullerton Presbyterian Church.  The Rev. Emily McCall was called to serve as interim associate pastor.

In February of 2014, Dr. Randy Steele retired. Rev. Emily McCall was called to serve as first responder pastor and served until July 5th.  Rev. Paul Reeves was called to be intentional interim pastor on July 7, 2014.

On July 31, 2016, Rev. James Szeyller is called to be Pastor, Head of Staff.

In March 2020, the world was stunned by the tragic effects of COVID-19, but in the midst of an isolating time, LNPC continued to innovate and began live-streaming services and integrated state-of-the-art video walls and lighting within the Church Sanctuary.

Today, we are looking forward to having you be apart of our story at LNPC.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 10am.