I’m a pastor in downtown Los Angeles who is following God’s call on our family’s life to serve the city. Here’s a little background on me:
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 under the direction of Alan Roxburgh and Mark Lau Branson and Spiritual Formation for Preachers with the President of Fuller Seminary, Dr. Mark Labberton, through the seminary’s Micah Group initiative.
My wife and I participated in a two-year spiritual direction program called The Journey from the Leadership Institute (http://www.tli.cc/). We both value a rhythm of life that makes space for God in a culture that presses on both our time and space in unhealthy ways. We believe God wants to speak to us through Scripture, silence, fasting (in its various forms) and building relationships with the poor. Seeing people connect to God and connect to the city is one of the most meaningful experiences that God allows us to be part of each week.
My wife, Kati, and I were married in 2000 and have young two daugthers. Kati is an ENFP interior designer who graduated from USC while I was 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 read my Kindle quite a bit whether for my Doctoral studies at Fuller Seminary or enjoying a NY Times Bestseller. 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)