JD Hettema

Echo Church, California
Lead Church Planter
Echo Church
February 15
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About My Family

I gave my life to Jesus at 17 years old after hearing the gospel preached at a youth ministry meeting. I graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2003 and then served eight years in youth ministry in Southern California.

In 2009, Lauren and I got married, and I began work as a police officer for the Santa Barbara police department. In 2016, I graduated with an M.Div from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

We currently live in Chino Hills with our three kids and one on the way: Audrey (7), Owen (5), Pierce (2) and Julia (1).

About My Church Plant

At Echo Church we "Gather. Train. Send." We exist to glorify God by gathering in worship, training to love others and preach the gospel, and sending for the joy of all peoples.

We are a church planted in 2019 in the Chino area of greater Los Angeles. Currently we have 76 members and a regular attendance of about 100.

NAMB Church Planting

Millions living in North America have not been reached with the gospel. But a new church makes change possible in an unreached neighborhood.
Send Network church planters immerse themselves in a community, learning the rhythms and culture as they establish relationships with the lost. A church plant grows out of the evangelism efforts of the planter and his core team.


Pray for my family as we work together in ministry. Pray the church will be established and will faithfully work to plant in other communities, too. Pray that we reach out to the lost in our area with the gospel. Pray for 85 new members by June 1st, 2022. Pray for stamina and longevity for ministry amidst attacks from the enemy.


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