About Us

Our Belief Statement

"Love This City into a Relationship with Christ"

First Presbyterian Church of Orange strives to share and to show God’s love by:

  • Helping people discover who they can be in Christ
  • Seeking out those who feel that they are far from God
  • Unleashing compassion into our broken community and world


Tours of the Lutcher Memorial Building are offered to visitors in order for the congregation to share the spiritual and physical beauty of the building.

Tours can be arranged by appointment by contacting church office at 409-883-2097 or submitting the following Tour request form below. Tours are conducted by members of the congregation serving as Docents.

Tour Request Form

Tour Request Form

Meet our Team


Rev. Mike Umbenhaur


Mike was born and raised in California. He graduated from University of California at Davis and San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1992. He is married to Jennifer, and together they have 3 children—Jonathan, Kayla and Ashley. Mike has served with churches both in Illinois and California. He and his family arrived in Orange in September of 2008—week after hurricane Ike. He is often heard saying, “THAT is when I blew into town!” He is active in Rotary and the Orange Pastors and Minister Fellowship. He enjoys playing the guitar, basketball and tennis, and on some mornings can be found walking the hallowed grounds of Northway Park.

Contact Mike at Mike@firstpresorange.com


Darren Hoyland

Director of Music Ministries

Darren Hoyland was born and raised in Whitley Bay, England. He began organ lessons at the age of 6 and became a professional keyboard player at the age of 17. Darren moved to the U.S. in 1993. He began volunteering with the First Presbyterian, Orange Praise Band in 1998 and became the full-time Director of Music Ministries in 2006. He and his wife, Terri, have two children, Andrew and Whitley.

Contact Darren at Darren@firstpresorange.com


Cara Love

Church Administrator

Since 2007, Cara Love has served as the Church Administrator. Cara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University and has over twenty years experience in administration, accounting, public relations, and marketing.
Cara is married to Joe Love, Jr., who is a Senior Vice President with First Financial Bank. They have two children, Travis and Trey. The Loves are members of North Orange Baptist Church, where she and Joe, both, serve on various church committees. Cara enjoys photography and spending time with her family and friends.

Contact Cara at Cara@firstpresorange.com


Brigitte Daniel

Day School Director

Brigitte was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH and completed college with her degree from Wright State University in March 1995. She is married to Bobby Daniel of New Iberia, LA and they have 2 children; a daughter Regan, and son Caleb.

Brigitte’s husband Bobby is the pastor of First Baptist Church Vinton in Vinton, LA. She and her family have resided there since August 2009.

She enjoys spending time with her family and participating in her favorite hobby, running. She recently completed her sixth Half-Marathon and completed her second Duathlon. She looks forward to working with the students, parents and teachers at the Day School and to uphold the rich tradition it has in this community.

Contact Brigitte at dayschool@firstpresorange.com


Cris Barrientos


Cris has lived in the community of Orange for many years. She has been employed at First Presbyterian church since 2007. Since day one, Cris has considered the church as her home. She loves the church immensely and feels she is honoring God when she is doing her job at First Presbyterian.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, spending time with her five grandchildren and volunteering at our Lighthouse Soup Kitchen.