Mike and Jessi Rigdon

Jessi and I are Southern California natives that met in high school at our church's high school ministry. From the beginning of our dating relationship, partnering in ministry was something that was really important to us. As we continued on to college at Vanguard University, and then into full time ministry, God has continued to give us a passion for creating space for living in authentic community with other Jesus followers. After 11 years of ministry in other capacities, we felt the call to start a church specifically in the city of Santa Ana.

In 2014, we joined the church planting residency at ROCKHARBOR Church where we experienced support, mentorship, and a foundation to begin as an independent church. In September 2016, we began meeting weekly as Reunion Church at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana. Most recently, the door opened to meet at Willard Intermediate, and we are looking forward to this next chapter of ministry with our Reunion Family.

Some things that you should know about us (just for fun): we have two crazy dogs and an energetic son, so needless to say our house is never quiet. We love having people over and the conversations about life and faith that happen over a meal. We love everything downtown Santa Ana has to offer, and can usually be found at one of the restaurants or coffee shops throughout the week. Our office is usually Hidden House Coffee, and seeing friends there makes busy Orange County feel like a small town.

We would love to connect with you and share more about us and our calling to Santa Ana. Email us at

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Our Mission

WE LIVE ON MISSION: We look for Gods mission in everything we do. We believe that every single Jesus follower is called to be a missionary where they live, work, and go to school. We reflect Jesus wherever we go and we long for others to know him. We believe God wants to use us to love the hurting and broken around us through proclaiming the Gospel. We seek to call those who have known the Gospel into the challenge of living it out. We don’t wait for people to come to us rather we go to them because Jesus meets us where we are. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)


WE COME AS WE ARE: We are a home for EVERYONE. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you believe - we are a place you can call home. We desire to be a house where people come from all different cultures, ethnicities, and belief systems to encounter the love of Jesus, community, purpose, and life change.  We don’t have to pretend that everything is ok all the time (Hebrews 10:24-25).    We are also a family that rejoices with those who rejoice, and weeps with those who weep. (Romans 12:15)


WE KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS: We take the Great Commandant literally, “Love your neighbors as yourself.” We believe the best way to love them is to know their names, pray for them, and look for opportunities to serve them. (Mark 12:31)


WE MAKE DISCIPLES: We take the Great Commission literally. We are committed to making disciples that make disciples so that the world can be blessed and filled with God’s glory (Matt. 28:18-20). We are also a sending church. We believe everyone has a unique gift that God has given them. We seek to foster an environment where people can discover their gifts and become the people God has called them to become, both within the church and in the community.  (John 20:21)


WE LIVE RADICALLY GENEROUS LIVES: We seek to be a community where we all have everything we need. We believe that everything we have is from God (James 1:17). We also believe that the church is at its best when we give our lives over to one another (Acts 2:45/Gen. 12:2). This includes the sharing of all our resources - time, money, and belongings.


Our Story

To illustrate God’s love for us, Jesus tells a story in the book of Luke about a Father and a son. This son asks for his inheritance early, essentially saying to the Father “I wish you were dead” and takes off with the money to live a wild life.

But the glory of this life wears off, the money eventually runs out, and he is left struggling to just make it through the day. When he is wishing to eat the food the pigs are eating, Jesus says he comes to his senses, and realizes his rightful place is back with his Father.

And as he is making the journey back, his mind is racing with all of the reactions his father will surely have:


He would never dream of actually being a son again, so he settles for asking to be servant to his Father.

But as he draws closer, he couldn’t have been more surprised with what he saw.

His Father was running towards him, arms open wide, with uncontainable joy that his SON was home.

He said: ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (Luke 15:22-24)

This beautiful REUNION of family- the son welcomed back to his rightful place in his Father’s home- is the story of REUNION CHURCH.

We are a family of children who at one time or another have wandered from our Father’s home, but have found our place as his children again. And that is cause for celebration!

“Look and see, for everyone is coming home!

   Your sons are coming from distant lands;

   your little daughters will be carried home. (Isaiah 60:4)

Let the Party Begin!


Our Belief

The Bible, God’s Word to us, is central to our relationship with God and each other. While there are some areas where Christians agree to disagree [Romans 14:1-15:7; 2 Timothy 2:23-24; Titus 3:9], the Bible makes clear that certain truths are essential convictions of the Christian faith.

REUNION considers these to be the following:

The Bible [all the books of the Old and New Testaments] is the true written message of God to us. We believe the authors of the Bible were inspired by God and are therefore completely trustworthy. The Bible is the final authority on all matters to which it speaks. [Psalm 19:7-11, 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21]

There is one God, who exists forever in perfect community as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. [Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:8]

Christ is fully man and fully God. He is the perfect reflection of God’s character and glory. He lived a sinless life and offered himself as the only perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. All who believe in Him are declared righteous on the basis of His death. He rose physically from the dead and will return again to earth to reign forever with those who are His. [Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:14, 8:40&58, 11:33; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:8]

Humans are created in the image of God, but each one has fallen short of God’s perfect standard and is in need of salvation. [Genesis 1:26; Romans 3, 5:12-19; Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:18-19]

Salvation from our sinful condition is a free gift from God to us. It is not something we earn or deserve. It is offered in grace and received by faith in Jesus Christ alone. those who believe in Jesus Christ and call on His name are made right with God and given eternal life. [John 3:16, 14:6; Romans 3:28, 8:31-39; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26-27; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6]


He is the perfect reflection of God’s character and glory. He lived a sinless life and offered himself as the only perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. All who believe in Him are declared righteous on the basis of His death. He rose physically from the dead and will return again to earth to reign forever with those who are His.

Those are the basic details. But there is more….


Jesus has been, and always will be, a threat to the established order of things. If we understand His birth as a revolution, then we may glimpse the revolution that His life will bring.

Instead of being born into a well-established and powerful family, Jesus was born to a couple of teenagers who couldn’t even stay with their family in Bethlehem, most likely because of the scandal of her pregnancy before their official marriage.

This is how love invaded our planet. This is how the revolution began. It’s unlikely, even absurd. but the last thing it should be is boring or predictable or explainable. This should incite passionate joy or passionate disdain. This is either the greatest thing to ever happen or the most ridiculous idea ever suggested. That God should come among us as one of the “least of these”.

Not only did Jesus’ birth turn everything upside down; so did His life and what He taught. You must die to live. You must lose to gain. Weakness is strength. Joy exists in the midst of suffering. Power is restraint. Love those who persecute you. Pray for those who hate you. It is not the strong or the wealthy who will inherit the earth, but the meek. The Kingdom of God won’t be given to the religious leaders, but to the spiritual idiots [the poor in spirit]. Mourners, peacemakers, the merciful, and the persecuted can all find blessing in the Kingdom of Jesus.

Jesus Christ is the most subversive man to have ever walked the earth.

This is revolution.

If you follow Jesus, you follow the most radical man who ever existed. He marches into the world with kindness, peace, and love, and offers people a whole new way of looking at the world and living within it. His is the most radical message you can preach or live. He turns everything upside down and calls us to do likewise. Jesus is not vitally committed to our comfort and safety; He is committed to the advancing of his kingdom revolution in the hearts of people everywhere.

In talking about what His kingdom is like, Jesus announced, “from the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing. And forceful men take hold of it.” In other words, God is doing something so powerful and dangerous that only those who are willing to embrace it with forceful intensity may take hold of the movement of God’s Kingdom. The revolution of Jesus isn’t for the faint of heart or the middle-of-the-road. It isn’t safe. It isn’t comfortable. It costs us a great deal to say yes. We take hold of the revolution by abandoning ourselves to Jesus and letting go of everything else.

Will we choose to follow a safe Jesus of suburbia – who exists to provide us with health, wealth, comfort, and happiness? Or will we press on to find the Jesus of Nazareth, the most dangerous and radical man to ever walk the face of the earth? We want the real thing. We don’t want to worship the counterfeits and settle for less than the revolution Jesus brings. We are moving beyond the unbiblical idea that the primary work of Jesus is giving us a ticket to heaven, and now understand that He is asking us for everything, to stand with Him against all that is unloving and untrue in our world.

Together, we are pursuing this revolution of Jesus.


The Gospel is a story of “good news.” Thousands of years ago, God created this world and everything in it. He created people, men and women like you and me, so that they would know Him and be with Him. But God’s people quickly turned their backs on Him and chose their own way. When they did, a new reality of darkness and distance from God ushered in. However, God set a plan in motion to reclaim this creation that He loved and longed to be with. He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world as a way back to Himself. Through His life, Jesus taught us what God is like. Through His death, He took the judgment for our rebellion. Through His resurrection, He opened the door for us to have life with God for all of eternity. And now, through His Holy Spirit, He continues to draw people into His story and make their lives new.


The Gospel is a story that changes lives. For centuries, this story has rescued all kinds of people from lives of brokenness and has brought hope, meaning, and newness. In view of that, this is not just a story to be told. As we continue to encounter the Gospel and find our place in it, we want to live in light of its hope and promises. This means that we see our place in the world through a new lens – as men and women who show the people around us what the Author of the Gospel story is like.


The Gospel is a story of togetherness. God did not create us to be alone. He created us for community with Himself and with the rest of His creation. So as we find our place in this story, we don’t have to live it out by ourselves. God has given us one another with the intent that we would do this together. Not only does that benefit us, but as we step into the kind of Church that God wants us to be, we want our love for each other to represent Him to the world in compelling ways.


Join us at any of our weekend services to learn more about this Jesus of Nazareth that we given our lives to following.