Our Team

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 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.

RAFAEL CARDONA
Chief Operations Officer
rafael@immanuelpres.org
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EDWARD MURRAY 
Music & Worship Director
ed@immanuelpres.org
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MICHELLE WONG
The Healing Center Coordinator
michelle@immanuelpres.org
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ROBERTO PEREZ
Custodian
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HECTOR FIGUEROA 
Facilities & Front Office Lead
hector@immanuelpres.org
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MARANTHONY APARICIO
Office Manager
maranthony@immanuelpres.org
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MELISSA GONZALEZ
Receptionist
mgonzalez@immanuelpres.org
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Elected Leaders

SESSION (ELDERS)

The Immanuel congregation is led by the Session, a group of Elders who oversee the spiritual and organizational health of the church. The Session is akin to a Board of Directors. The stated monthly meeting of the Session takes place on the fourth Sunday of every month, and is open to any member who is interested in attending. The Session approves the budget, reviews financial reports, interviews and receives new members, and makes decisions about the worship life and various uses of the building. Elders also serve communion, address members’ concerns and needs, and lead ministries and events in the life of the church. The nominating committee nominates the Elders, and the congregation elects them to 3-year terms during the annual congregational meeting.

BOARD OF DEACONS

The Deacons meet monthly to coordinate care for members and constituents in need. In addition to visiting members who are in hospitals, nursing homes, or are home bound, Deacons administer the Deacon Fund. The nominating committee nominates Deacons, and the congregation elects them to 3-year terms during the annual congregational meeting.

Come, and join us for Services on Sundays and Wednesdays, and explore ways to Get Involved.

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