Immanuel Presbyterian Church has a committed team focused on supporting and growing our worship community that includes the Staff and Elected Leaders (Session/Elders and Deacons). Along with our Members, all of these roles contribute to strengthening our church community.
STEVEN TOSHIO YAMAGUCHI, Transitional Co-Pastor
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Rev. Steven Toshio Yamaguchi served recently as the Dean of Students, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, and Seminary Chaplain at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena for 3 years. Prior to that Steve was the Executive Presbyter and Presbytery Pastor for the Presbytery of Los Ranchos for 11 years. Before that he served 15 years as Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Paramount/Long Beach, a historically Japanese American congregation that came back from near death to become a vibrant, growing, multi-cultural church. He has also served churches in Tokyo, Japan, Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA. Born and raised in this city, he loves Los Angeles.
Steve earned degrees from Claremont School of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Westmont College. He also studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. He has served the PC(USA) in many capacities in areas of theology & worship, race & culture in the church, and leadership & polity/organization. He was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary and in the past has served on the boards of San Francisco Theological Seminary and Westmont College.
He is married to Alison, an athletic and artistic pediatric physical therapist, and they are proud of their two young adult daughters, Lydia and Joy, both committed to justice and goodness. They all love their faithful and obedient Flat-Coated Retriever mix, Kuma, whom Steve walks in the ocean almost every week. He also likes, music, bicycling, and fishing.
ANDREW (ANDY) SCHWIEBERT, Transitional Co-Pastor
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Rev. Andy Schwiebert joined Immanuel Presbyterian Church staff as Transitional Co-Pastor in October of 2017.
Prior to that Andy served the First Congregational Church of Pasadena for 8 years as Lead Pastor of New Ministries and over the past year was a part-time faith-rooted organizer at Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.
Andy has also served as Director of Recruitment at Claremont School of Theology, was the Director of the Interfaith Council for Economics & Justice in San Jose, was a worker and community organizer with Justice for Janitors (SEIU-USWW), and has led voter registration, worker solidarity and immigrant rights organizing efforts in Arizona and Northern California.
Originally from Arizona, Andy studied as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley before working for 3 years in Mexico and Colombia with the Latin-America-rooted, peace and justice organization Witness for Peace/Accion Permanente por la Paz. Andy met his wife, Rev. Allison Mark (a United Methodist pastor) in seminary at the Pacific School of Religion, where he completed his Master of Divinity. They have two young daughters: Kaira (3) and Amara (1).