What is Northeast of the well?

NorthEast of the Well exists to bring God's Word into places of desperate need, with a focus on those in recovery and restoration. We aim to provide the opportunity and environment for people to have a life-changing encounter with Christ. We reach out locally, gather in community, and rise up in leadership.

What we do

we Go TO

Outreach to county programs in Anaheim,
Long Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Newport.

we Gather IN

Community gatherings meeting in Anaheim,
Long Beach, and Newport.

we Give back

Raising up leaders through service and discipleship.
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OUR STORY

NorthEast of the Well began because a few people heard and obeyed God’s call to GO. They stepped into an unfamiliar place and brought God’s Word to residents in a county recovery program. 

The result was newfound relationships with God and each other – as well as dramatically changed lives. This group longed to remain connected; they needed a place to stay encouraged and accountable in sobriety and in Christ. A group of men, women and children began to meet regularly to enjoy fellowship, worship, and Biblical teaching. In addition, people continued to GO out into dark and desperate places to share a message of hope with those still in need. As the mission continued, NorthEast of the Well was born.

Over the past few years, our ministry has inflated to cover new territory and reach many more lives seeking change.  We reach out locally, gather in community, and rise up in leadership. Through all we do, the mission of NorthEast of the Well remains the same: to go to those in need and declare that grace, new life, and full restoration can be found in Christ Jesus. 

WHAT DOES “NORTHEAST OF THE WELL” MEAN?

“Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see about a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’” [John 4:28-29]The name NorthEast of the Well comes from scripture, in John chapter 4, where a woman has a life-changing encounter with Christ. This woman came to a well to draw water at mid-day, in hopes of avoiding human contact. She was living a life she was ashamed of, marked by sin and failure. 

Christ met her here with intention. He validated her worth; He spoke truth into her situation. Despite her attempt to remain unseen, the Savior saw her. He called her to higher living and freedom from sin.Forever, this woman was changed by the Man she met at the well. With excitement and passion she returned to her home town, which was located “north east” of the well. She told others what she had seen and heard, spreading the message of grace. In this beautiful transformation, the outcast became the witness.

We believe Christ always makes the first move: Christ sought her –Christ saw her –Christ spoke with her.  We, at NorthEast of the Well, aim to find people where they’re at; in their current state, space and situation. We step outside, we seek them out, and we speak with hope. 

We believe that an encounter with Christ results in a life changed for the better, and we continue to beckon others with this call: “Come, see about a Man …”  

[Encounter > Change > Witness]

Meet our lovely staff & Leaders

LAURA SUK

Executive Director & Lead Pastor

Laura is our Founder, Pastor, and Executive Director. Her ministry career is marked by a burden for the Gospel and a passion for reaching the marginalized. Laura uses her own history of addiction, recovery and faith to identify with those struggling. She has spent the last 20 years in mission work, including local community development, global evangelism, disaster relief, motel and jail ministry. She is married to Tim Suk, director of Orange County Teen Challenge. Her verses for 2018 are Colossians 1:24-29.

KRISTEL MILES

Manager of Communications & Worship

When Kristel first experienced NorthEast in 2011, she was blown away by the unabashed worship she witnessed. Soon, she began volunteering and leading worship for our community. In fall 2014, Kristel came on staff full-time to help with leadership development, music ministry, communications and special event projects. Kristel is passionate to spread the Good News far and wide, and see others rise up to claim their full potential in Christ, embracing “life to the full” (John 10:10).

JASON GRIFFICE

Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship

Jason is our first official men’s pastor! Jason was saved by God's grace when he was most lost, and called into full-time ministry. He is a graduate of Biola University and holds an MDiv from Fuller Theologicial Seminary. Jason is uniquely gifted in combining his biblical knowledge with a relevant application that speaks truth to our community. He is excited to begin men’s outreach and discipleship. Jason is married to Malia with 2 children, Zeke and Elsie. His foundational scripture is Luke 7:36-50.

JENNIFER SANDOVAL

Operations/Area Coordinator

Jen’s drug dealing and addiction led her to face a near-death experience. After this reality check, she began recovery at Heritage House North in Anaheim. During her stay, she met NorthEast of the Well at weekly gatherings and bible study. Jen was reminded God had a good plan for her life. Today, Jen is changed: she says she’s been given a new set of eyes to see through, a new mouth from which she speaks, and ears to hear the gospel through every one of life's encounters. Jer. 29:11 is her verse!

BETHANY DEVINE

Donor Relations & Communications Coordinator

Bethany struggled with addiction all of her adult life, which ultimately ended in losing custody of her 2 precious boys. She believes the Lord used social services to intervene and awaken her from a drug-enslaved nightmare. While living at a rehabilitation center, she met NorthEast of the Well, who came every week to do Bible Study. As God restored her, Bethany began using her gift of music to lead worship. She now lives Prov. 3:6: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

SARAH HOWARD

Area Coordinator & Administrative Support

Sarah struggled with drugs for 17 years, lost custody of 2 children, and was in and out of jail/prison. While in recovery at Heritage House South, NorthEast came to her residence and introduced her to Jesus Christ. She decided she wanted a relationship with Him, and built a foundation she is still standing on 7 years later. Sarah helps with admin and site coordination, and feels blessed to give back to other women and children. She quotes Isaiah 43:18, "Forget the former things-I am doing a new thing!"

GINA HUGHES

Teaching & Discipleship Associate

Gina has a passion for spreading the unconditional love of Jesus Christ and conveying God’s love and message of hope to women and men from all walks of life. Regina has been a chaplain in leading bible studies and counseling for OC Jail Ministry since 2003, and for Juvenile Hall since 2008. For the last 12 years, Regina has been a mentor and bible study leader at Gilcrest house, a homeless shelter for women that is part of OC Family Assistance Ministries (F.A.M.). Her verse is Isaiah 6:8.

HAYLIE GREGORY

Children & Families Ministry Coordinator

Haylie was new to SoCal when she was invited to join a friend at a NorthEast discipleship meeting. She loved the teaching, and began volunteering in the children's ministry soon after. Feeling a strong call to work in ministry, Haylie applied for the Children & Families position, and is so excited to mentor and disciple the next generation of God’s children. She brings with her 2 years experience as a kindergarten teacher as well as working with youth groups. Her scripture is 1 Samuel 16:7.

STAR LARSUEL

Outreach/Area Coordinator

Star grew up in an environment riddled with addiction and racism. Her own heroin use started at 14, which led to losing 2 children and spending a total of 9 years in prison. We met Star while she was in recovery at Heritage House South, and she completely turned her life and future over to Jesus. Star has been powerfully sharing her story ever since. She is now married, with 3 more daughters (a total of 5!). Star serves us in outreach efforts and coordination; she proclaims the rescue message of Psalm 40.

PETER SEDLEWICZ

Ministry Business Manager

Early in life, Peter received a vocational calling to use his gifts in business to support Christ's church. He inquired into a job opening at NorthEast, excited to work for a ministry that shows the love of God found in Christ Jesus. Peter serves as Ministry Business Manager and enjoys extending his skills and experience to prepare for growth and fruitfulness of this expanding movement. His favorite verse is Hebrews 11:1, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for the conviction of things unseen".

Board of DIRECTORS

MARY BYERS

President

Mary brings over 30 years of experience through various community, international, and church-related volunteer/board positions. She also serves with Powerhouse Ministries in Watts LA, reaching out to inner city children and families. Mary has personally witnessed the transforming power of Christ in the lives of many. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Nursing, specializing in education and management. In addition to healthcare consulting, Mary has held various management positions at Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Deerfield, Illinois as well as at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Mary is blessed to have a husband, John, of 35 years, and two grown sons and a daughter-in-law. She remains committed to the Lord, and passionate about His commandment to love and serve one another in His name. “To whom much has been given, much is expected.”

DON AYRES

Treasurer

Don is a longtime member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church where he is currently serving his second term as a deacon. He has participated in a number of ministries, including the Back Pack Ministry (a back-to-school initiative), Teen Challenge and Mika Surf Camp. Don has been in the hospitality business for over thirty years and understands the culture of service and caring. He is also a Board Member for the Collins School of Hospitality at Cal. Poly, Pomona. Don has been married for 28 years to his wife, Sandra. They have two sons, Don IV and Ethan. He loves the ocean, surfing, travel and reading. He is encouraged by the transformational work that is being done within the community of North East of the Well. Because of incarnation, he knows we can say, “God is with us.”

ROCHELLE ANDERSON

Board Secretary

Rochelle recently retired from 28 years of full time ministry as assistant to Bob Shank, Founder of Priority Living, Inc. and the Master’s Program, whose mission is to “prepare Christian leaders to change their world and build God’s Kingdom.” Rochelle has also taught the Master’s Program for Women and examined her own God-given potential for her Kingdom calling. Rochelle is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, and has worked in banking, marketing, publications and advertising. Her service with Junior League and the National Charity League has given her a heart for children and the homeless; her service as a volunteer chaplain at Mariner’s Church has opened her heart to the needs of broken and hurting people. Rochelle and her husband, Scott, have been married for 40 years. They have three married daughters and four grandchildren, with another on the way.

SANDRA MORGAN

Board Member

Sandra Morgan is recognized globally for her expertise in combatting human trafficking and for her groundbreaking work surrounding issues of women and justice. Currently, she heads the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, an organization that builds capacity for research, education and advocacy related to the exploitation of women and children. In addition, she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor and teaches Family Violence and Human Trafficking. Sandra is the University Network Chair for the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) and also serves on US Congressman Ed Royce’s Anti Human Trafficking Advisory Committee. Sandra is married to a pastor and they are the parents of two adult daughters.

KAREN HEDSTROM

Board Member

Karen has spent nearly 30 years nurturing her faith and that of her family at her church home. A mother of four adult boys and three granddaughters, Karen most recently finished her role on the Pastor Nominating Committee to find a new leader of her church. She has also served in a number of mission outreaches, most recently to the Grand Canyon to serve the Havasupai Indian tribe. For more than four years, Karen has served as part of the Loaves and Fishes ministry of NorthEast of the Well at St Andrews where she enjoys preparing food as well as fellowship with those they serve. She enjoys hiking, spending time with her grandchildren, and connecting with God in the high country of the Rocky Mountains. Married to her husband Mark for 37 years, Karen looks forward to seeing where God will use her to further His work with Northeast of the Well.

SHAWN REILLY

Board Member

Shawn Reilly joined the NorthEast of the Well Board in April 2016, but he has supported the ministry since its inception. He has served as Executive Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach since 2007, after serving San Clemente Presbyterian Church from 2002–2007. Shawn has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from USC and a MBA from Chapman University. While attending USC, he met his wife of 25 years and they now have three teenagers. Shawn has been seen, over the years, at NorthEast of the Well gatherings serving meals with his staff or life group. Shawn's goal while serving on the NorthEast board is to help reach new churches, new people, while addressing the needs of generational sin so families can grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Partners

ST. ANDREW’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Newport Beach

www.sapres.org

ORANGE COUNTY TEEN CHALLENGE

Santa Ana

www.teenchallenge.com

TEEN CHALLENGE MINISTRY INSTITUTE (TCMI)

South Gate, CA

WEBER PRECISION GRAPHICS

Santa Ana

www.weberpg.com

ARGOVEND

Costa Mesa

PROTOTYPES

Tustin

www.prototypes.org

CANYON HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

ANAHEIM

www.canyonhillspc.org

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ANAHEIM

Anaheim

www.fcca.org

FULL GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP

Anaheim

HERITAGE HOUSE

Costa Mesa and Anaheim

LITTLE BROWN MISSION

Long Beach

www.littlebrownmission.org

LONG BEACH RESCUE MISSION/LYDIA HOUSE

Long Beach

NUMA CHURCH

Stanton, CA

www.numachurch.org

GRANDMA'S HOUSE OF HOPE

Anaheim

PACIFIC YOUTH CORRECTIONAL MINISTRIES (PYCM)

Orange County

FLOSSIE LEWIS RECOVERY CENTER

Long Beach

LONG BEACH CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Long Beach

www.lbcf.org

THE ROCK CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Long Beach

www.therocktoday.com

SET ASIDE SOBER LIVING

Long Beach

Statement of Faith

While no claim is made that the Corporation’s Statement of Faith contains all Biblical truth, the Board asserts that it encompasses the Corporation’s fundamental beliefs as further described and supported in the following scriptures:

1) We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  It is the final authority for all we believe and how we are to live (Matthew 5:18; John 10:35, 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

2) We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power and glory.  We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name (Psalms 104, 139; Matthew 10:29-31, 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12, 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6).

3) We believe that Satan, originally a great and good angel, rebelled against God, taking a multitude of angels with him.  He was cast out of God’s presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth.  Satan was judged and defeated at the cross of Christ and will, at the end of the age, be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been prepared for him and his angels (Matthew 12:25-29, 25:41; John 12:31, 16:11; Ephesians 6:10-20, Colossians 2:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9, 20:10).

4) We believe that Adam was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin.  Asserting his free will Adam chose to disobey God and sin entered the world and death through sin, which was spread to all of mankind.  All are therefore sinners by nature and by choice, separated from God and subject to His wrath unto judgment and death, wholly unable to save themselves or to contribute in any way to their acceptance with God.  (Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 3:9-18, 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3).

5) We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners.  By the blood of His cross He obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.  He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the Father, there to make intercession for the saints (Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:25, 9:13-15, 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 1 John 2:1-2).

6) We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved.  This saving grace of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of Christ (John 1:12-13, 6:37-44, 10:25-30; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4, 8:1-17, 8:31-39, 10:8-10; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7, 9).

7) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit in whom also we are sealed for the day of redemption.  The Holy Spirit regenerates, forever indwells and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service.  Following conversion, the Spirit desires to continuously fill, empower and anoint believers for ministry and witness.  We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission (Matthew 3:11, John 1:12-13, 3:1-15; Acts 4:29-30; Romans 8:9, 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18).

8) We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two sacraments of the church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return.  They are not a means of salvation but are a means of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus (Matthew 26:26-29, 28:19; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Peter 3:21).

9) We believe that the church is God’s primary instrument through which He is fulfilling His redemptive purposes on the earth.  To equip the saints for the work of the ministry, God has given the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.  We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of the saints.  We believe that women and men are called and gifted to proclaim the gospel and do all the works of the kingdom and that the method ordained by God for the support of His ministry is through the giving of tithes and freewill offerings (Malachi 3:10; Matthew 16:17-19; Acts 2:17-18, 2:42; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Ephesians 3:14-21, 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10).

10) We believe in the equality and essential dignity of men and women of all races and classes.  We recognize that all persons are made in the image of God and are to reflect that image in the community of believers, in the home and in society.  We believe in the family, celibate singleness, and faithful monogamous heterosexual marriage between a man and a woman as the patterns God designed for us (Genesis 1:26-28; Galatians 3:26-29).

11) We believe that God has called the church to proclaim the gospel to all nations.  Part of that proclamation must include remembering the poor, widows and orphans, ministering to their needs through sacrificial giving and practical service.  This ministry is an expression of the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the kingdom of God (Isaiah 58:6-12, 61:1; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 4:18, 21:1-4; Galatians 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8; John 4:28-31).

12) We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of the age when He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom.  We also believe in and are praying for a great end-time harvest of souls (Psalms 2:7-9, 22:27-28; John 14:12, 17:20-26; Romans 11:25-32; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 15:50-58; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 7:9-14). 

13) We believe that when the Christian dies he/she passes immediately into the blessed presence of Christ, there to enjoy conscious fellowship with the Savior until the day of the resurrection and glorious transformation of the body.  The saved will then forever dwell in fellowship with their great Triune God.  We also believe that when the unbeliever dies he/she is consigned to Hades, there to await the Day of Judgment when he/she shall be punished with eternal separation from the presence of God (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-31; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 1:19-26, 3:20-21; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Revelation 20:11-15, 21:1-22:15). 

[Encounter > Change > Witness]