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Instructor’s Biographies

Kevin BrownSenior Pastor,  Side-By-Side Church International

Pastor Kevin is the Senior Pastor of Side-By-Side Church International located in Orange County, California.  He is a retired police officer with nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience including work with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, undercover narcotics, parolee apprehension, and thirteen years as a SWAT member.  

Kevin did not have a Christian background growing up but experienced a “Saul of Tarsus” conversion as a police sergeant in 1991.  From that moment, Kevin was filled with God’s love for others and was drawn to impoverished third world nations to minister God’s healing power in the “Regions Beyond”.

God has lead Kevin to minister in the alleyways, highways and underground churches in the nations of Iran, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, where the preaching of the Gospel is illegal.  In addition, Kevin has ministered in the countries of Haiti, Kenya and Uganda during times of civil unrest.  This has allowed Kevin to experience God’s grace and guiding as He delivered Kevin in many situations.

In 2006, God placed it upon Kevin’s heart to eliminate “Child Starvation” in remote impoverished areas where food assistance is not already available.  This has lead to the establishment of the S.E.E.D. Program and the Children’s Food Distribution Centers in Uganda and Kenya. www.sidebysideforjustice.com.

Kevin is married to Teresa and they have three grandchildren.

Mauricio Estrada    Santa Ana PD Gang Detective

Detective Estrada has been a police officer for over nine years with the Santa Ana Police Department.  His duties have included patrol, directed patrol, and since 2002, the Gang Detail.  He has been designated as an expert in gangs at all levels of the Orange County Justice System.

Mauricio has lectured on the subject of gangs at California State University Fullerton, the Orange County Sheriff’s Basic Academy, teachers and parent groups, and with children.

In addition, Mauricio is the President of the Orange County Gang Investigator’s Association and a member of the California Gang Investigator’s Association.

Rodger Bendinelli M.F.T.                Orange County Healthcare Agency

Rodger Bendinelli is a licensed Married Family Therapist working for Orange County Healthcare Agency Alcohol Drug Abuse Services Prevention Team for over 6 ½ years. He has spent 6 years working with incarcerate youth, providing drug and alcohol counseling, teaching and family counseling which he has carried on to a small private practice. He is a Certified Life Planner, and a Parent Project Facilitator. Presently, he is passionately educating parents about drugs, gangs, and good parenting techniques. His belief is that if he can make the parents aware, there is a greater chance of them changing the path of their children before it’s potentially irreparable. Rodger is actively involved in Lives Worth Saving, a gang intervention ministry in Santa Ana. In his spare time he and his wife Polly of 40 years spoil their grand children.

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