About Me

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.

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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.

My interests
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)


6 Responses to About Me

  1. wendy hagen says:

    Thanks so much for referencing Shiloh and I as one of you favorite activities – Catan and good food. Cuz that’s how we always roll together, right?
    And bring on the Nancy Reagan story!!! How have I not heard this? Please do a blog post about it.

  2. Tiffany Yee says:

    I am so EXCITED for you, Kati and Avery! I am a very proud sister to have such an amazing brother and leader who brings so many to Christ. I am planning to be back in L.A weekend of June 11th and looking forward to hear your sermon and meeting your members at your church.

    I know God put you there for a reason and it will be exciting to see the church grow. My church in Denver had only 200 members 18 months ago, and now it has 3 Sunday services, Wed. service and is now over 2,000 and growing every day!!!!!

    While my expertise helps you feed your body with healthy food and exercise, you help me stay “spriitualy fit” every day! I love you…..

    Your favorite sis, Tiffany

  3. lapastor says:

    Thanks Tif! We’re praying that God slowly grows our community to reflect His goodness in downtown L.A. We hope you’ll visit soon.

  4. Art says:

    Glad to know a little bit more about your background. ‘Appreciate your friendship and am excited about what the Lord has in store for you and Kati with that faith step you took pastoring in downtown LA.

  5. Barbara Barnard says:

    Hi Tim! Just want you to know we haven’t forgotten you. I have just been reading the past posts on your website. Keep on keeping on! God will surely use your contagious good cheer to draw many to himself! I love the way you see Him working in so many diverse individuals.

  6. Tundi says:

    Thank you so much for the uplifting sermon today, Good Friday 2013. I also attended last year, after seeing the banner outside Union Church. This year I started looking for the banner for Good Friday at Union Church back in January. Thank you for hosting Good Friday worship again this year. The Union Church community is a blessing to downtown. Thank you again!

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