Pastors Tyler and Michelle Shaw
Children's Life Pastor
Number of Children: 3
Favorite Verse: Matthew 6:33
Tyler Shaw has been living in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1984. He graduated from California State University Northridge in 1989 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminology. In 1991, he became a Deputy Sheriff for Los Angeles County where he served in a number of different capacities including jails, courts, and patrol.
In 1995, he married his wife Michelle. Tyler and Michelle have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. In 1999, Tyler ended his employment with the Sheriff’s Department and started his own business.
Tyler has been entrusted with amazing entrepreneurial and administrative talents and abilities. That, coupled with his love for children and his desire to see them become all they can be in the Lord, has brought him to this place of ministry within the body of Christ.
It is Tyler’s heart and desire to be used by God to create a safe place where children can learn to know, to love, to serve and to share Jesus.
Michelle, also a former Deputy Sheriff, is passionate about her pursit of Jesus. She is the worship leader of the Children's Life Department as well as the Co-Director. It is her desire and vision to lead children into the presence of God without inhibition, fear, or distraction. She desires for the children to be released into the freedom of who they are in Christ.
Tyler enjoys beach volleyball, dirt bike riding, golf and running. Michelle enjoys food, hiking, running, food, working out and food. Their favorite things to do together as a family are boating, beach, Disneyland and meals anywhere but home. And Michelle likes food.
Assistant Director, Children's Life
Married: Less than 1 year
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Verse: Psalm 40:2
Married to: Shane Roberts
Christa met Shane while serving on staff at a children's summer camp. At the time, Christa was the Elementary Coordinator for The Church on the Way in Van Nuys. After being married, Christa came to be a part of the The Church On the Way Santa Clarita. Christa has a heart and passion to serve Jesus and invest in the lives of young people so that they come to know the Lord at an early age.
Eddie and Connie Hebert
Number of Children: 4
Favorite Food: Pizza (Eddie) Hamburgers & Italian (Connie)
Eddie is a Registered Nurse, with Certification in Trauma Critical Care, Cardiac Care and Disaster Preparedness and Management. He has a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Languages and concentration on Missions and Evangelism.
Eddie and Connie love to see children’s lights come on when they understand something or share an insight about the Lord. They believe that the power of the Scriptures being absorbed in children’s hearts will leave a lasting impact upon their lives. This couple believes that God ministers in and through children who are equipped with His Word.
Tom and Lynn Bates
Number of Children: 2
Favorite Food: Sushi and Hot Dogs
Favorite Verse: Psalm 139
Tom and Lynn started working with children in the mid '90s. They led the children's program at a small missionary church in downtown Los Angeles and really enjoyed it. They have helped out in various aspects of ministries at different churches and parachurch organizations. After having children of their own they decided to serve in Awana. Tom and Lynn love children and they love seeing them worship, learn bible verses, and playing games. They believe it is a privilege to see the Word of God being shared abroad in the hearts of children as a spiritual foundation is built. Encountering God's Word changes children and adults forever. Through Awana Tom and Lynn believe that these children are being equipped to love others in ways that the world cannot love, serve others in ways that the world cannot serve, and ultimately, impact the world in ways that bring glory to God. They are excited about being part of that!