Pastors and Staff

Pastor, Head of Staff

Tobin Wilson graduated in 1988 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2003 he was awarded his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. He has served six churches in four cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, and now at Placentia Presbyterian Church.

Tobin was a guest chapel speaker for the Seattle Mariners. He has worked as a Church Relations Specialist for World Vision, mobilizing the church around poverty related issues in Africa. He has travelled extensively around the world and taught as adjunct faculty at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. His current ministry in Placentia is focused on transformational justice in our neighborhood.

Tobin published his first book, Areté Again: Missional Adventures in Theology and Life in 2011. His second book, SLANT: A new way to be human, was published in 2016.  

He has been married to Dawn Wilson, a registered nurse, since 1984. They have three daughters and one granddaughter.  In his free time he enjoys golf, movies, reading, family, poetry, gardening and his neighborhood.

Director of Children's Ministries

Director of Youth Ministry

Matt, in addition to his role at PPC, is currently on Staff at Solidarity working part time as the “Tilt” Program Coordinator.  He previously held full time positions dating back to 2005 at Solidarity as the “Impact” Leadership Program Coordinator, the Garnet Neighborhood Initiative Director and served as the Founding Director of Garnet Initiative Teen Center.

These ministries gave him experience in preparation and presentation of youth focused Bible studies as well as assisting in planning for events, camps trips, recreational activities for students, team building skills, educational support and positive life skills.  

Matt studied Inter Cultural Studies at Hope International University in Fullerton, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2006.
He is a licensed Orange County foster parent and is a graduate of the Urban Youth Workers Institute 90 Degree Certification Program.

Matt currently lives in Fullerton with his wife, Bethany, and their three children.




Ryan joined the faculty of El Dorado High School in Placentia as the Director of Choral Music in 2017. He currently conducts EDHS Choral Music's five major ensembles; Vocal Ensemble, Advanced Women's Ensemble, Hawkappella, Men’s Choir, and Concert Choir. In addition, He is the Musical Director for the annual school musical in collaboration with the EDHS Theatre Department. Ryan also serves as resident Vocal Director for Broadway on Tour, a youth theatre company in Santa Ana, California. He is an active member of the Bonner Institute for Choral Advancement, California Music Educator's Association, Southern California Vocal Association, and the American Choral Director's Association.

He is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California with a BM in Music Education, where he led as Student Conductor for the University Concert Choir, directed LIFEsong, and was elected to serve on the California Music Educator's Association Collegiate Council. He also received a Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Music and a MA in Teaching and Learning from the University of Redlands.

A resident of Newport Beach, Ryan enjoys spending time at the ocean and hiking various coastal trails. He also enjoys traveling the globe with friends. Some favorite adventures have included South America, Europe, Hawaii.

Tim Ballard  TIM BALLARD

Tim joined the staff at PPC in March, 2020.  He has held three titles over the course of nineteen years at Direct TV:  Tech Service Associate, Program preparation Technician and Broadcast Operations Senior.

Tim served as a part-time missionary for many years in China, Indonesia, The Philippines and many more countries around the world.

Tim currently lives in Brea with his wife and has two grown sons and five grandchildren.

  Marilyn Colonnier

  Barbara Balent