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Click through the tabs below to view our different staff, officers, and deacons.

 

Click through the tabs below to view our different staff, officers, and deacons.

 

Staff

  • Rev. Jennifer Pattee
    Rev. Jennifer Pattee
    Pastor

    Jennifer Pattee has lived in the Midwest for three years along with her husband Brenden. They both have their roots in the West though, having moved here from Idaho.  Jennifer has spent the last three years as a minister at the University Dubuque, a school whose mission includes providing opportunities for students to earn a college degree who would traditionally not be accepted or finish.  She has provided support as a minister and as a former educator to the faculty for the undergraduate program while also teaching for the seminary.  The impact that she is most proud of there is the bridges formed between groups of people, departments, and those who otherwise felt distant from their colleagues.  

     

    Immediately prior to entering ministry, Pastor Jennifer worked as a research analyst for the State of Idaho in the areas of Child Welfare and the Department of Labor with a brief stint working in the private sector doing survey research and public image consulting.  She began her working career as a teacher in the New York City public schools while she earned her master’s degree in math education.  God filled her journey from her early roots in Idaho to being called to be your pastor with many twists and turns.  Across these experiences is Jennifer's deep desire to improve the lives of others, share the love of Christ and empower those around her.   

     

    Outside of work, she greatly enjoys community activities, especially musical theater, bowling leagues, hiking groups, running events and book clubs.  Nothing amuses her more than seeing a pet wearing booties.  If she has a good joke in my mind that really tickles her fancy, she will laugh too hard to be able to tell you what it is.

 

 

Music & Worship Staff

  • Micah Bland
    Micah Bland
    Director of Music

    Micah Bland is a native Texan who just recently moved to California last year. He is currently working on his doctorate in choral music at USC where he serves as senior teaching assistant and assistant conductor of the USC Chamber Singers. Prior to moving to California, Micah was a public-school choir director for six years. Worship has always been an important part of his life, joining his home church praise team as a Freshman in high school, and serving since that time in different capacities of worship ministry throughout Texas.

  • Insuk Park
    Insuk Park
    Organist

    Insuk Park has been accompanying churches since she was 15. Born in Korea, where she first began piano and organ lessons, she earned a Master’s degree in Organ at Kazan State Conservatory in Russia, and later played organ in Italy. She and her husband came to the US thirteen years ago and she has served as church organist most recently at First Presbyterian in Torrance. Insuk makes her home in Torrance with her husband, two daughters and a cat.

  • Danny Pravder
    Danny Pravder
    Contemporary Music Coordinator

    Danny Pravder is a pianist and composer based out of the Greater Los Angeles Area. He attended Skidmore College on a classical piano scholarship, and was a recipient of the Young Emerging Artist Scholarship in honor of the legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. Danny has composed for a wide variety of ensembles, ranging from ballet to big band.

    He has music directed seven full length musicals. He showcased original works at the nationally recognized Place Theater and Plaza Hotel, and performed at events headlined by Grammy Winners Liza Minelli, Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and Pablo Sanchez.

    Danny is a ballet, modern and character class accompanist with the American Ballet Theatre Gillespie School, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, California State University Long Beach and Chapman University. He is also a keyboardist for the renowned television program, the Hour of Power.

    Danny recently recorded piano, composed and arranged at Capitol Records for Grammy winning rapper Kid Cudi’s album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. Additionally, Danny improvised and composed original material for his performance with Kid Cudi on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

 

Session

The session is a group of elected officers (the pastor and the elders). It is responsible for the mission and government of the church. The elders are elected for three year terms, one-third of the Session being elected each year. Note that elders are ordained for life, but only serve on Session when they are are elected. In our church, the elections are held during a congregational meeting in the Fall.

 

Session Members

Pastor/Moderator

  • Rev. Jennifer Pattee

 

Clerk

  • Sue Speth

 

Class of 2021

  • Roger Quadhamer
  • Virginia Wade

Class of 2022

  • Richard Weller
  • Cam Beck
  • Lauren Beck
  • Sue Speth

Class of 2023

  • Mike Mantz
  • Jerry Drenckhahn
  • Elliot Porterfield
  • Rick Iwai

 

 For details about elder responsiblilites go to:

http://oga.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/book-of-order2017-electronic_updated110117.pdf

 


 

Deacons

Moderator: Sherrill Truax

Vice-Moderator: Sarah Mantz

 For details about deacon responsiblilites go to:

http://oga.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/oga/pdf/book-of-order2017-electronic_updated110117.pdf 


 

Commissions

The work of the church happens through the commissions. They are the incubators for new ideas and the forum for discussing how things happen. The chairperson of each commission is normally a member of Session, and the rest of the commission is drawn from the congregation. Anyone is welcome to join a commission (except Nominating), just contact the chairperson to learn about meeting times.

 

 


Membership & Discipleship Commission

The Membership and Discipleship Commission seeks to help our church family be fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. From children to adults, we want all of our efforts to deepen our relationship with Christ. Oversight of Sunday school, Bible studies, small groups, electronic media and church gatherings are some of the ways that this commission helps point us to Jesus.

 

Contact:

 

 

Mission Commission

The Mission Commission supports a wide variety of ministries in our city and throughout the world. Well over 10% of our budget is earmarked specifically for ministries beyond our church buildings. Within Southern California, these funds support ministries to those who struggle with addictions, mental illness, food insecurity, women and children in abusive living situations, foster and adoptive families, and the homeless. Outside of Southern California, these funds support several full time missionaries.

 

We increase awareness of Mission Opportunities through an annual Mission's Fair, an Alternative Christmas Market, a variety of missionary speakers, and the annual CROP walk for world hunger. In partnership with the Student Ministries Commission, we also encourage short-term mission trips, including a recent project in West Virginia. A major project of this commission is the annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive, which has distributed several thousand boxes of food and gifts to needy families in our community throughout the years.

 

Contact:

 

Worship & Music Commission

This commission is responsible for all aspects of church worship and music. Through the music staff, they organize music rehearsals and plan the music for each worship service. Through designated volunteers, they furnish liturgists, ushers and sound technicians each Sunday. They organize elders to serve the elements on each Communion Sunday, and they provide a sound technician for weddings and funerals when requested. They are also responsible for banners and seasonal decorations in and around the sanctuary.

 

Chairperson: Roger Quadhamer

 

 

 

Personnel Commission

This commission recruits, hires, and evaluates both full and part-time staff for the church. They maintain up-to-date job descriptions for each staff member. They evaluate each staff member at least biannually, they recommend salary changes, and they work to resolve significant performance problems that may occur. They also work to resolve any inter-personal problems or conflicts involving staff members.

 

Contact:

 

 

Stewardship Commission

This Commission manages both the finances and the property of our church. They count the weekly offering and oversee the investment funds of the church. They supervise the financial secretary, they monitor financial reports, they create an annual pledge campaign, and they recommend an annual church budget for approval by the session. They oversee the maintenance and repair of church property. They also approve the use of church property by outside groups.

 

Contact:

 

 

Nominating Committee

This commission seeks to discover the individuals that God is calling to be elders and deacons in our church. In making this decision, they prayerfully consider stewardship, attendance, giftedness, spiritual maturity, and willingness to serve. In a typical year, they seek at least 7 elders and 11 deacons. This process takes several months of work.

 

Contact:  

 

 



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