Todd lives in Glendale with his wife, Robin, and three
Todd lives in Glendale with his wife, Robin, and three daughters, Halle, Abigail and Emma. He has served Glendale City Church as senior pastor since 2012. He is also founder and president of Glendale Communitas Initiative, a poverty prevention and recovery organization serving people in Glendale and East Los Angeles. He is interested in helping people discover spirituality in individuals, cultures, religions and lifestyles that differ from their own and building a radically-inclusive congregation devoted to community transformation in the city of Glendale.
Mike Kim is the associate pastor working with families, children,
Mike Kim is the associate pastor working with families, children, and pastoral care. He started pastoral ministry in 1992 at the Carolina conference, moved to southern California in 1997. He has been married to Jeanne since 1993. He has two children. He loves spending time with people, doing construction, and is quite good at hacky sac. His cell is really 818 GOT MIKE.
Born in Uganda to Norwegian missionary parents, Leif grew up
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Born in Uganda to Norwegian missionary parents, Leif grew up in eight countries on four continents. After pastoring in Norway for several years, the family served in the mission field before returning to pastoral work again, this time in North America. Leif enjoys travel, reading, music, and exploring all that’s interesting in our diverse world! His goal in life can be summed up in Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Johnny is a convert to Jesus Christ and the truth of the Word of God who followed Jesus under duress; my father persecuted and tried to kill me as I fled home to follow Jesus.” He has been involved in planting churches around the world, including Middle America, North America, and Lebanon, and has preached around the world for revivals, evangelism, and church growth.
VIGEN KHACHATRYAN – Pastor of the Armenian congregation of the
VIGEN KHACHATRYAN – Pastor of the Armenian congregation of the Glendale Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Was born in 1967 in a small town Dastakert, located in the South part of Armenia. After graduating high school, went to Technical college. In 1986 was called to a Military Service for two years in Lithuania, Soviet Union. Then went to Ucraine to study in the Krivoy Rog Mining Academy as a Mining Еngeneer. After graduation I went back to Armenia, worked there as an English language teacher in the village school for two years. Then I had to leave my work for keeping the Sabbath holy, and was called to minister as a missionary in the Southern part of Armenia in May 1995. Then five years of pastoral work followed. In 1999 I was appointed as a cheaf pastor in Armenian Church, then was called to be a president of the SDA Church in Armenia in 2001, and continued my ministry for 8 years. In 2011 I was invited to occupy the position of the Media Center Director at Transcaucasus Union Mission until June 2017. Then moved to Glendale, California, in August of the same year by the invitation from South California Conference to lead the small Armenian congregation of Glendale City SDA Church.
Pastor Dorin Lataeanu serves the Glendale Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Church
Pastor Dorin Lataeanu serves the Glendale Romanian Seventh-day Adventist Church since the summer of 2006. He and his wife Debra have one daughter named Michelle. Dorin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Theological Studies from La Sierra University. He loves the Lord and he believes that a soon generation will be ready for the great Wedding of the Lamb.
Rudy Torres is a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor. His mission
Rudy Torres is a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor. His mission that has guided him during 40 years of pastoral ministry and continues to influence his ministry is “Growing toward complete freedom in Christ and helping and encouraging others to grow toward complete freedom in Christ.”
The details in my life that really matter are that
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The details in my life that really matter are that God gave meaning to my existence by granting me the honor of preaching the Good News as it is revealed in Jesus Christ; that I have been loved by the congregations I have been privileged to serve; that my wife has been able to put up with me for many wonderful years. “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 Jn 4:9) Isn’t grace simply amazing!
Anji is a native to Los Angeles and grew up in Glendale City Church. As a youth, she enjoyed many of the teen programs such as vespers and the week-long backpacking trips. In college, Anji studied child development and interned in a preschool lab. Anji became involved with Children’s Ministries after her first daughter, Allisyn, was born. She began regularly teaching the Beginner’s Sabbath School when Allisyn turned three in 1999. Following in the footsteps of her mom, Allisyn began teaching the Kindergarten/First grade Sabbath School when she turned 18. She has served as City Kids director since 2014.
Lemar Patrick Sandiford- Born and raised in Loma Linda California
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Lemar Patrick Sandiford- Born and raised in Loma Linda California and graduated from Loma Linda Academy then on to La Sierra University. He has served as Youth Pastor at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, CA, Bible Teacher at Hawaiian Mission Academy and Glendale Adventist Academy, pastor for youth at Vallejo Drive SDA church and is currently the Bible Teacher and Campus Ministries Director at Redlands Adventist Academy. He joined Glendale City staff in 2017. Lemar is married to Chaltu and has a beautiful daughter, Zoë and charming son, Zion. Lemar loves playing, coaching and watching sports and enjoys ping pong, bowling, and camping.
Kemp L. Smeal, is currently the organist and pianist in
Organist in Residence
Kemp L. Smeal, is currently the organist and pianist in residence for the La Cañada Presbyterian Church and Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has performed extensively in the Los Angeles area including: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, The Crystal Cathedral, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Temple BatYahm, Stephen S. Wise Temple, and Glendale Presbyterian Church. He has performed in other U.S. cities and Europe and is a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College Princeton, NJ. Never a person to limit the range of his skills and interests, Kemp earned a degree in Clinical Psychology at AzusaPacific University, Azusa, and is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Long Beach, CA.
Dave is a retired pastor who was graduated from Union
Dave is a retired pastor who was graduated from Union College with majors in Religion and Music. He was also graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He served in the Colorado Conference and Northern California Conference before moving to southern California where he was actively involved at the Eagle Rock and LaCrescenta churches before joining the Glendale City Church. He has served on various committees and chaired several committees to facilitate the growth of the church including serving as President of the Glendale City Endowment Corporation for ten years. He currently chairs the concert committee which provides the Second Saturday Series concerts and the Glendale Noon Concerts and sings in the church choir. He is active in the Glendale community as a musician and educator. He is the Founder and President of the Caesura Youth Orchestra that provides free music education, group lessons and instruments to under-served, at-risk youth. He works with the church and other organizations to increase diversity and inclusion.
Mindi has been church records clerk since the early 1990’s
Mindi has been church records clerk since the early 1990’s when her other name was “Hey-Min-Can-Ya” and she helped then-senior-pastor Mitch Henson on research for sermons. She continues to do transcription for Todd’s sermons. She sits in on many church committee meetings taking minutes as well. She has been a Labor and Delivery nurse and is transitioning into Neonatal ICU nursing. In 2017, she achieved her Masters in Nursing.