We are committed to being a Family that Lifts Up
the name of Jesus and Lays Down our lives for others.
Prodigal Church was born in the hearts and minds of a group of 15 people from Orange County who felt led by God to start a church in Irvine, CA. With the help of a planting church, Calvary Church Santa Ana, the launching process began in late 2013 and Prodigal Church was sent out a year later, holding its first official service at Jeffrey Trail Middle School on January 11, 2015.
While the word “prodigal” often describes our wayward living as humans, it more surprisingly describes God. God is most prodigal of all in His extravagant and endless love for His children. For you are His masterpiece, created for intimate belonging with Him. It’s our pursuit at Prodigal Church — through preaching, music, creativity, and service — to love others as uncontrollably as God loves us
Pastor Matt Hemphill
Matt is the Lead Pastor at Prodigal Church. His career involved a full-time sales job, but he slowly began to realize that God may have a different calling on his life. The call to pastor Prodigal full-time continued to grow over Prodigal's first year until it got to the point of being undeniable. He quit his mortgage job, took the leap of faith and now is passionately serving Prodigal full time. Matt and his wife Erin, have been married for four years and live in Tustin. They love to ride bikes, host game nights, are always down for an adventure. Both have a burning passion to tell people about the Gospel of Jesus.