About

 

Our Team - All in for Jesus

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Interim Pastor

MIKE HARBERT

Mike is an ordained Presbyterian pastor, a
certified spiritual director and biblical peacemaker. Mike has served churches in Connecticut, Texas and California. Mike loves learning, growing in Christ and enjoying all things outdoors—discovering God’s presence and beauty on his bikes and hikes to mountain tops. Mike especially loves his wife, Laura (a very gifted, loving and fun person), their five adult children and their grandson!

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Producer of Contemporary Music

DAN BLESSINGER

Dan is originally from the Pacific Northwest and came to Los Angeles to work in the music entertainment industry. Dan enjoys watching baseball, playing golf and spending time with his wife Michelle, and their two children.

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Director, Center for Children

PAT CHAMBERS

Pat grew up in La Crescenta, attending LCPC since she was 3 years old.  Pat has been the director of the Center for Children since 1997.  Her degree in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University prepared her for career as a child advocate, teacher, parent educator and director.  Pat sees her work at CFC as an intregral part of the ministry of LCPC.  She enjoys almost all sports, with a goal of visiting all MLB ballparks, she is 2/3 of the way there. 

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Interim Director, Student Ministry

AUSTIN GRANIER

Austin grew up in La Crescenta and at LCPC and just finished his degree at The Master’s University in Biblical Exposition. Austin loves being with close friends, backpacking, and admiring his Fantasy Football Championship Trophy. Austin joyfully serves in student min. because he's determined to show students the grace and mercy that he experiences everyday from a good, loving God.

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Facilities Manager

BALDO MURALLES

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Director, Children's Ministry

JESIAH BOZICH

Jesiah was born and raised in Washington State and received a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Biola Univeristy. His passion is to invite children and adults into the "best news" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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Director of Media

PAUL HOFMANN

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Office Manager

NANCY THOMAS

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Director of Music

GARY WOODWARD

Gary holds degrees in music from USC and Chapman University Gary has performed as principal flutist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is principal flutist for the Los Angeles Opera and Joffrey Ballet. 
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Digital Media Coordinator

WILL WOLFSWINKEL

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Church Officers - All in for Jesus

Session (Church Board)

 

In the Presbyterian Church, the Session and pastors make the key decisions relating to the spiritual life of the church. You might think of the Session (which includes the ordained pastors) as the church’s guidance committee or board of directors.

Service years on Session are staggered, so that each year one third of the elders – 6 – move out of leadership and are replaced by a new class of 6. Our Session includes 18 ordained elders and generally meets monthly to discuss, pray over and make decisions about the important matters facing the church. 

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Chuck Andrew

Elder

Outreach Committee

Nominating Committee

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Geoff Bryan

Elder

Property Committee (Moderator)

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Victor Bustillos

Elder

Fellowship Committee

Property Committee

Executive Committee

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Nicole Elmes

Elder

Center For Children (Moderator)

Financial Stewardship Committee

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Darrell Fernandez

Elder

Fellowship Committee (Moderator)

Personnel Committee 

Property Committee

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Jim Granier

Elder

Student Ministry Committee

Worship and Music Committee

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Carrie Hofmann

Elder

Pastoral Nominating Committee

Executive Committee

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Frances Mencia

Elder

Children's Ministry Committee

Communications Committee

Operations Committee

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Kyle Roach

Elder

Outreach Committee

Finance Committee

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Elder

Brandon Bauer

Outreach Committee

Student Ministry Committee

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Elder

George Buehler

Adult Ministry Committee

Financial Stweardship Committee

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Elder

Greg Cary

Outreach Committee

Pastoral Nominating Committee

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Elder

Allie Fernandez

Communications Committee

Center For Children Committee

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Elder

Dennis Fernandez

Children's Ministry (Moderator)

Missions Committee

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Elder

Christine Holmquist

Fellowship Committee

Adult Ministry Committee

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Elder

Carlo Manookian

Biblical Reconciliation Committee

Outreach Committee

Strategic Planning (Co-Moderator)

Student Ministry Committee

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Elder

Evan O'Meara 

Executive Committee

Missions Committee

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Elder

Jon Weingarten

Worship and Music (Moderator)

Fellowship Committee

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Clerk of Session

Sheri Gray

Operations Committee (Moderator)

Executive Committee

Deacons (Church Care Team)

 

Deacons are church officers who also provide spiritual leadership. But the Board of Deacons focus more intentionally on the physical, material, social and emotional needs of the church family. The Deacons also address needs in the wider community.

The Deacons and pastors meet monthly. They stay in close touch with the church family- especially those who are sick, home-bound, stressed, hurting or troubled. Prayer is a big part of their ministry. They organize food deliveries, visit or call people in hospitals or their homes, mail cards and notes, assist with Communion, organize 2 annual church-wide meals, and offer friendship, counsel and prayer.

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Deacon

Isabel Adams

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Deacon

Mary Braswell

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Deacon

Amanda Granier 

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Deacon

Armineh Manookian

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Deacon

Kerry Milbrodt 

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Deacon

Janie Roach

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Deacon

Sidney Schreiner

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Deacon

Ann Wetzel

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Deacon

Valerie Andrew

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Deacon

Noel Collins

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Deacon

Bryan Lescher

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Deacon

Jeannine Marvin

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Deacon

Hilary Norton

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Deacon

Sarah Rush

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Deacon

Ann Scoggins 

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Deacon

Jeanette Woodward

 

Our Beliefs

Mission Statement:

We are a community of imperfect people, united by God's Spirit, discovering new life in Christ. Our mission is to love God with all our heart, love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and grow as disciples of Jesus, as we make new disciples.

 

We believe that apart from God we’re dead in our sin. The good news of the Gospel is that God offers us

forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus!


We receive that gift through faith in Jesus that leads to sincere repentance and joyful obedience to God’s Word.

 

We believe the Church is a community of people who've been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, through whom Jesus is building his kingdom. The Lord calls his Church to continue the work he began when he walked among us, loving others as he does.

 

 In all we do, our goal is to help people to know Jesus and become like him. We grow in his character as we

apply his teachings in our daily lives.

 

We encourage everyone in the Church family to seek intimacy with God by practicing the disciplines of Bible study, prayer and worship.

 

We believe God created us to bless others, especially those who are poor, lonely, marginalized, afflicted or oppressed. We seek to grow God’s kingdom by engaging in ministries of justice and compassion. All in for Jesus | Sent out to serve.

 

Our History

The church currently known as La Crescenta Presbyterian (we’ve been through more than one name change!) was established in 1885. Grover Cleveland had just been elected President. Mark Twain was about to publish Huckleberry Finn. It was a long time ago. It happened at a meeting between members of the Presbytery of Los Angeles and several highly motivated Jesus followers living in the Crescenta Valley.

Those eager first members taught local children to know and love the Lord. That concern and focus has been a huge theme for LCPC throughout our history. If you explore our Children’s Ministries, Center for Children and Abide Student Ministries pages, you’ll see that ministries with young people and families are still top priorities for us. Other big historical themes that continue to shape our family life are missions, where the goal is to send disciples to make new disciples of Jesus, and music, with an emphasis on joyful and passionate worship. As we build on the foundation we've inherited, doing our best to represent Jesus to the world, we honor God and those who've gone before us.

To see a timeline of LCPC's 135 year history, click here