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Scott grew up in Anaheim, CA and lived in California all his life through college. He attended Orange Coast Community College and transferred to California Lutheran University. Scott discovered his love for leadership in ministry while working for Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences as a camp counselor and also conveniently met his future wife, Nikki, at the camp as well. They began dating when he was transferred to CLU and both attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN where they got their Masters of Divinity.
Scott and Nikki got married in 2010 and it has been an amazing journey! Scott recently served as Camp Director and Pastor at Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences. He loves to play games and listen to podcasts during my free time. He also loves sports, specifically the Angels and LA Lakers. “I love to help people, discover their callings in life, and how God is working in their lives to use the gifts they have been given.” email
Our Pastoral Search is now underway and we will be working with the Southern California Synod of the ELCA to start interviewing potential candidates. The Mission Exploration Team has come up with the following criteria for our future pastor. Our committee members are:
Richard Newcomb – Chair, Karyn Ouzounian, Eric Renn, Emily Ietaka , Linda Dean, Jim Christopher, Launa Prince
Sam was born in India but raised in St. Louis Mo, when his parents relocated there in 1976. Growing up in a christian home Sam felt the pull to serve in ministry at a young age. He started volunteering at camp and youth group which lead him to attend a bible college after high school. He eventually received a Master’s degree in education from Columbia International University. Sam served his first church in Greensboro NC. He served a few churches for the following 10 years and made the move to California to pursue his passion for comedy. Sam worked for a few years in some of our local group homes for foster children and felt called to return to the church to serve. When not working with youth Sam enjoys doing improv and comedy, boardgaming, playing guitar, and sports. email
Creativity is one of the core values at Bethel. Our incredible worship team is one of the places that core value is clearly lived out. Bethel’s worship team is filled with some of Los Angeles’ most amazing and creative musicians. Jake Newton, singer songwriter, actor, and producer, leads our amazing worship team each Sunday. There are many other incredible musicians that together create Bethel’s music. We love to incorporate all types of music, including many originals. We recognize that God speaks through many forms and we find the sacred in many surprising places. Alongside our worship team we have a new arts team that is always looking for new creative ways to experience the Divine through co-creating alongside the Creator.
Sara has a passion to teach children, from infants to elementary age. She has been a Sunday school teacher for over five years and a Bethel preschool teacher for three years. She is native to the San Fernando Valley, born in Van Nuys and grew up in Encino and Reseda. She currently lives in Simi Valley and considers Bethel home! email
Ashlei was born in Torrance, CA but was raised in Los Angeles and Riverside. Ashlei has her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from CSUN. She has been a part of the Bethel family since 2014. Ashlei has worked as a Sunday School teacher, a preschool teacher in many of our classrooms, and is now working as an administrator for the preschool. She loves learning new things and spending time with family and friends. email
Lisa Brown has been the church administrator for 25 years. She has been an Angelino for many years, after moving from the Detroit area. Lisa is an incredibly gifted and talented woman who has been a foundational leader in our community. She has a deep love for animals and nature, and leads our homeless pets ministry.
Lisa has a beautiful family including two wonderful adult children and her amazing granddaughter Willow. Beyond her incredible gifts one of the greatest delights is to come into our office and to see what random music will be playing each day and try to discern what smell of incense she might be burning. email