Pastors of Village Church of Laguna Woods

Pastor Mike Bayer

In 1971 while I was finishing my bachelor’s degree at Cal State Long Beach, I was hired as the Youth Pastor of the Los Altos Brethren Church in Long Beach California. (Photo Left: Barry McGuire and I ride atop a VW bus in downtown Long Beach during a citywide outreach.)  Judy and I ministered in Brethren churches for the next seven. During this time I also attended Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada California (part of Biola College).  Over the next 12 years, the Lord used us to plant two churches, one of them the San Pedro Calvary Chapel which later became a Vineyard Church. Judy and I also founded and hosted a radio program on KYMS called “Just Men, Just for Jesus” and appeared on several Praise the Lord programs on TBN. For the past 26 years, Judy and I have been ministering primarily to seniors at the Village Church of Laguna Woods, an Assembly of God Church.


Noel Wilson – Worship Pastor
Noel leads our Sunday praise and worship.
Join us as we enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise!

Noel Wilson was born to Ruben and Harriett Wilson, pastors of the Assemblies of God Church in Weed, California. He was the fifth in a family of four boys and two girls—five of which are ordained ministers in Assemblies of God. His growing up years were in the Northern California towns of Alameda and Roseville. During his schooling, he was active in music and athletics.

He graduated from Bethany Bible College in Santa Cruz, and began his ministry in Berkeley where he also attended the University of California. A year later he married Ruth Marshall of La Crescenta, a classmate at Bethany. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1961. He later served as Minister of Youth and Music in Vallejo and Redwood City. During his years in the San Francisco Bay Area he served as arranger and conductor for the Sacred Concert Society.

In 1967, he joined the faculty at Bethany Bible College and chaired the Music Department until 1975. He directed “The Ambassadors,” a choral and instrumental ensemble that toured the western states for the college.

Southern California College (now Vanguard University) of Costa Mesa called Noel to chair the music department in 1975. During his years at SCC he directed the Vanguard Singers and Orchestra with tours throughout the western United States and Canada. The ensemble was invited to make concert tours by the Assemblies of God of Japan in 1987 and 1990. In 1993, they toured the islands of Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii.

While at SCC, he served for seven years as Music Minister at the Newport-Mesa Christian Center. He also pursued a PhD in Music at Claremont Graduate College.

San Diego’s First Assembly called Noel to be their Minister of Music in 1997. During his seven years, he directed yearly Christmas and Easter musicals, as well as a number of Sacred Music Concerts.

Noel retired at the end of 2003 and moved to Laguna Woods Village (formerly Leisure World). In 2007, his wife Ruth of 47 years passed away.

Noel produced and directed numerous recordings during his teaching years. He and Ruth composed “Luke’s Christmas,” a Christmas Musical published by the Gospel Publishing House. He composed and conducted a score for the missions film—“What If God Should Call Me” for the AG Missions Department. Two books of choral arrangements have been published by GPH as well.

In 2008, he married Lynora Weaver, an Interior Designer. They are enjoying life in the Village and being a part of the Village Church at
Laguna Woods Village.