You can see my online resources here but below is a little about me.
I’ve served in large and small organizations, in suburban and urban contexts, over the past 26 years. Most recently, I was the Pastor of Union Church in downtown Los Angeles for the past eight years, a 101-year-old church faithfully ministering to the diversity of LA. Here is a little about my life and ministry:
I gave my life to Christ at Hume Lake Christian Camp as a sixteen year-old. I was battling a secret two-year suicidal depression that led me to desperately seek the God I knew from my church upbringing but didn’t have any kind of true allegiance to beside trying to be a religious person. God spoke to me and convinced me of His love in such a way that I can only attest as truly being miraculously healed from the debilitating depression instantaneously. God healed me mentally and spiritually and I felt like a brand new person.
I helped grow a college ministry at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles from 1988 – 1998, becoming the Director of College Ministries in 1996 and beginning my studies at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. I was the Director of Contemporary Worship at Bel Air from 1998 – 2002 and am proud to say that Nancy Reagan once wrote a letter complaining about me (true story). I participated in mission trips to Thailand, Mexico City, Armenia and South Africa while at Bel Air. I left for St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in 2002 to lead worship and start college and young adult ministries, finishing my MDiv at Fuller Seminary in 2004. I became the Missions Pastor in 2008, a position I held until April of 2011 when I left for Union Church in downtown Los Angeles. While at St. Andrew’s I helped lead mission trips to Tecate, Malawi, Egypt and Mexico City while also supporting local missions. I am currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Seminary and have had training in Missional Leadership and Spiritual Formation for Preachers with the President of Fuller Seminary, Dr. Mark Labberton, through the seminary’s Micah Group initiative. I also recently helped to launch some of the first classes with the new Fuller Leadership Platform. I am a regular contributor to the Max De Pree Center’s Life for Leaders Daily Devotional that reaches several thousand leaders daily. More information about me can be found on my Linkedin page.
Personal and family
My wife, Kati, and I were married in 2000 and have young two daughters. Kati is an ENFP interior designer and educator who graduated from USC while I am an ESTJ math major who graduated from UCLA.
I play and write music, love trying new foods and will never turn down a game of Settlers of Catan. Laughing with friends is my favorite past time especially when combined with good food and Catan. Hanging out with my wife and kids provides daily life-giving moments. I continue to work on completing my Doctoral studies at Fuller Seminary. I’m trying to get back in shape and my fitness-champion sister does her best to motivate her sometimes lazy younger brother. (www.tiffanyyeefitness.com)