Who We Are

We are a community of people committed to celebrating the glory of God through lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are deeply humbled by Christ's work for us and overwhelmed by His continued pursuit of us. As for us, we are poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for us. (Psalm 40:17)

Why We Exist

We exist to glorify God by treasuring Jesus Christ above all things. We exist to spread a passion for Godward worship by the proclamation and application of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of the ways to achieve this is to provide rich, gospel-centered resources that both inform and excite our adoration of Christ.

Pastoral Staff

I was born in Westminster, CA in 1978 and was raised in Orange County along with my two younger sisters by our mom. We attended Sunday school as kids and went to midweek studies pretty regularly and I believe I was saved when I was about 8 years old. As I got a little older, school, sports and life in general became a distraction and I drifted from the Lord. In 1995 I attended an outreach with my family and was so convicted by the Holy Spirit that I responded to the invitation to go forward after the message. Unfortunately, I made the same mistake that many believers do- I didn’t pursue my relationship with Jesus by finding a church to plug in to and be discipled. Temptation got the better of me and I lived my teens and early 20’s in rebellion to God. I struggled with all of the things that plague many young men-alcohol, lust and anger-to name a few.

By God’s grace and mercy, I met my wife Lina in 2001 and we were married just under a year later. We failed to find peace in our marriage for the first year and knew that only God could show us how to love each other the way He intended. We began to look for a church home and tried many places before we found Brave Heart in 2007. Since surrendering my life to Christ, He has set me free from the bondage of sin, and has given me as He promises, “life more abundantly” (John 10:10). I believe that God guided every step of my life and has even used the things I experienced while living in rebellion for His good purpose (Prov. 16:9, Romans 8:28).

I am so amazed at the Lord’s grace in allowing me an opportunity to serve at Roots Community Church. There is no doubt that He chooses to use the foolish and weak things to show Himself wise and mighty (1 Cor. 1:25-27)!

I was born and raised in Southern California where I spent most of my younger years growing up in the small town of Yucca Valley. After high school I moved to Orange County to pursue a college degree. My mom, who raised us kids, introduced me to Christ at a young age but unfortunately as life progressed I found myself beginning to shift my attention from creator to creation. Because of this shift I’ve learned my share of tough lessons along the way. Today I live with the realization that it is by God’s grace alone that I stand redeemed and forgiven.

I finished school and have enjoyed serving at Roots Community Church along side my wife. My wife and I share the same passion for the gospel and enjoy telling others about the grace we have received. It is the love of Christ that compels us. (2 Corinthians 5:14)


August 2017

by Dylan Budd

On Baby Dedications…

When I look around at the season we’re in as a church, I am blown away by the kindness and nearness of our Lord. One of the ways the Lord has shown His kindness to us is with a new wave of babies! Oh how we love babies! In His tender mercy God has allowed

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April 2017

by Dylan Budd

February 2017

by Dylan Budd

Some Clarity on The Roots Institute

Since we’ve made the announcement regarding RI (Roots Institute) the response has been overwhelmingly positive. There have also been some helpful follow up questions that I imagine will function as FAQ’s in the future. This brief post is an attempt to answer two of those helpful questions that have shown up in various forms these

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Colossians 2:6-7

"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."

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