Our team is dedicated to serving the neglected, widows, orphans and those in need.


Carol DeGraff - Executive Director

Carol has worked with Circle of Concern since the '90's.  She started out part time as George’s assistant, and now is happy to serve as Executive Director. She and her family have participated in most all of the Circle of Concern outreaches and love seeing lives impacted, both practically and spiritually.  Her roots go back to the Jesus Movement where she began working with Keith and Melody Green in 1978.  There she met and married her husband Terry in 1982. They have 3 adult children, and one granddaughter. Over the years, Carol has run her own business mainly serving several non-profits. She lives in Oceanside, CA. 

Eric Wakeling - CEO/Director of Ministry Operations

Eric has been serving in full-time church ministry since graduating from Biola University in 1996. He is currently the Executive Pastor of Ministry at Calvary Church of Santa Ana. He has earned two Master’s Degrees and is pursuing another just because he loves to learn and grow. Eric is a chaplain with the Santa Ana Police Department which helps him to connect with the real struggles of people living in the city. Eric and his wife Bea have been married since 1997 and have two incredible daughters, Grace and Ella. 

George Wakeling - Founder

George and his wife, Betty, founded Circle of Concern in 1989 and he has served in many different ministry roles over the years - from starting foster family agencies to pastoring in a church. He is gifted at administration and leadership and will continue to provide support in these areas. George also loves to connect with all the people who have supported COC over the years.