Regional Directors


Charlie Bakar
Northern Regional Director
Regions 1-4

Charlie has been in the So Cal Network as a youth pastor for 12 years, and has been at Pacific Christian Center for over 6 years. He graduated from Vanguard University in 2008, where he met his beautiful wife Aimee. Together they have a daughter, Saraia, and a dog Remmy. Charlie loves working with students and leaders, and has a heart to see people find their calling and their ministry. Basketball is one of his passions, so just ask him to play a little ball and he will be there. He also loves the LA Clippers, and his baseball team is the Giants, but he knows nothing of baseball, absolutely nothing.

Gary Garcia
Central Regional Director
Regions 6, 8, 9, 10

Gary has served as the youth pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley for over 26 years. He’s the founder of Elements Internship which has trained, equipped and sent out numerous pastors and ministry leaders. He has served as Youth Camp Director and on the Youth Convention committee for So Cal Network for the last 22 years. He has been married to his wife Ami for 20 years and has 3 kids (Nile 23 (and married to Britt), Skylar 18, and Asher 13). Gary’s passion is to reach young people for Jesus and to train youth pastors to fully answer God’s call on their lives. He loves the Dodgers and the Cowboys and collecting Han Solo memorabilia.

Tony Orlando
Southern Regional Director
Regions 5, 7, 11, 12

Tony has served in youth ministry for over 15 years. His experience on a Network level ranges from leadership of camps and Youth Convention as well as developing internship & afterschool programs locally. He has a passion for seeing the current generation find their God-given purpose and potential in ministry and in life. He has been married to Leah since 2000. They have 2 children, Trey [2008], and Tiana [2010]. He loves all sports, and was a San Diego Chargers fan until 2016. Tony currently serves as the campus pastor of a church plant in San Diego.


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Phone: (949) 252-8400
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Address: 17951 Cowan Irvine, CA 92614