Cody is a Chicago native looking for an endless summer. He oversees Saddleback HSM Student Leadership, empowering tons of students to serve in HSM & in their schools. He was previously a youth pastor in the Windy City and has made it his life’s mission to hang out with high schoolers! He loves his wife Rachel, his dog Bella & playing the guitar...but the real key to his heart is coffee and tortilla chips.
From six seasons of Fox’s hit series Glee, to Lady Gaga’s 2017 Super Bowl Halftime show, Tim’s work spans the industry in every direction. If you have been to a Disney theme park, played a video game, bought a pop album, seen a tv show, commercial or film in the last 20 years, it’s likely you have heard Tim’s voice, or one of his vocal arrangements, delivered by some of the world’s best singers.
Megan (but she preferably goes by Megs) will be attending California Baptist University in the fall! She’s been apart of COS since 2013, and the ministry has become like a second home to her! She feels honored to be part of the Student Worship Conference this year! If you ever want to reach out, have any coffee shop recommendations, you can find her on instagram: @megan.escobosa or feel free to free to find her sometime during the conference, she would love to meet you!
Kurt has been in youth ministry since 1988 and currently leads the student ministry teams at Saddleback Church which include 14 local and 4 international campuses. In addition to his role at Saddleback, Kurt enjoys encouraging other youth workers and has created a variety of books and resources with that goal in mind. When not doing church stuff Kurt enjoys spending time with his family, riding dirt bikes, surfing and sitting around camp fires.
Jenna is currently studying at UCLA, and actually truly loves school! Whatta nerd!!!! She's also on staff with HOOLIGAN Theatre Company at UCLA, a completely student-run organization full of some of the greatest people ever. Last summer, she got to intern with COS after growing up through the ministry, and she thinks it's really cool that God loves music (among other things).
Kyle from Vertical Worship will be with us! Kyle grew up in COS, graduating from El Toro High School in 2011. He went to Liberty University to study worship & led worship on the Liberty Worship Collective. He is a worship pastor now at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago where he leads worship, plays electric & keys and writes with Vertical Worship.
CHRISTOPHER "TAFFY" TAFALLA
Taffy has been at Saddleback Church for 18 years as the Student Ministries Worship Pastor. He helped develop and create Cluster Of Students, Saddleback Church’s student worship program for their junior high and high school ministry. A graduate of Liberty University, he also adjunct teaches at Cal Baptist University with their worship music program. He and his wife, Sue, have three children.
Sue is the wife of Taffy Tafalla. She is also the mom of their 3 kiddos. Sue is passionate about helping people understand the Bible better and has a degree in theology. She currently works at Saddleback Church.
McKenna has been at Saddleback Church since she was a 1st grader. She lived in Seattle, Washington for a couple years before coming on the COS staff a year ago. She loves students, cold brew and county music (haters back off). She is so excited you are here at the conference and can't wait to get to know!