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Dana Burkey has served as the Director of Local Mission and High School Youth since the fall of 2014. She finds joy in leading the church and school into the neighborhoods of Costa Mesa through partnerships with Trellis and Mika CDC as we seek to love God and our neighbors with all that we are.


Dana has a heart for all youth to know and live the gospel of Christ. She gets to shape the faith of youth as she leads the confirmation course and high school youth ministry.


Prior to serving at Christ Lutheran, Dana completed her bachelor's degree in Christian Education Leadership from Concordia University Irvine in 2011. She then was certified as a Director of Christian Education after completing an internship at Trinity Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Santa Ana, California. Following her internship, she served as a Graduate Assistant for Concordia Irvine’s Around-the-World Semester program and traveled to over 10 countries in 5 months. From 2012 to 2014, Dana worked in the Global Programs Office at Concordia Irvine where she assisted and led in areas of study abroad, global mission and service-learning trips. Dana’s heart has been shaped by people from all over the world and now even more in Costa Mesa.


“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58