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,…
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 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…
Associate Pastor/Church Administrator
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.
Rudy Torres is a retired Seventh-day Adventist pastor. His…
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 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!
Serena Miller was born and raised in Los Angeles,…
Treasurer and Office Manager
Serena Miller was born and raised in Los Angeles, attending Village Christian School for much of her primary education and California State University Northridge for college, majoring in English Literature.
She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Serena joined us in January of this year with a strong background in project management. She enjoys juggling many responsibilities which has helped her take on the combined roles of executive office manager and treasurer for Glendale City Church.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, the arts, and camping with her family.
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.
Kemp L. Smeal, is currently the organist and pianist…
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 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…
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.