Staff – First Christian Church of North Hollywood

Staff

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Bob Bock

Senior Pastor

A native of Indiana, Pastor Bock came to California following his graduate seminary training to work with youth on the streets of Hollywood. After eight years of heading Operation Youth, a community-based recreational and counseling program, Pastor Bock became the Senior Pastor here at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, a position he has held for over thirty years. During his ministry in North Hollywood, many creative programs have been born, including the Interfaith Food Pantry, the Christmas Tree Lot and The Advent Theatre, all of which are housed at the church. Pastor Bock holds three degrees and is credentialed to teach several subjects from Jr. High through college level. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Education for sixteen years. During the same time he served as a consultant to school districts throughout the state. His longtime interest in radio and television production led to a quiet acting career in 1975. Since then he has appeared regularly on three leading daytime dramas in the role of a clergyman. His character on "The Young and the Restless" even bears his real name, "Rev. Bock." He also serves regularly as a technical consultant to movie and television writers and directors regarding religious authenticity. He has appeared live on ABC's "Dream Wedding" on AM/LA in an interfaith wedding ceremony and most recently appeared on the "George and Alana Show" during their Valentine special. Outside his professional endeavors, Pastor Bock has been working on his first book entitled "I Wasn't Born There." He enjoys traveling with his wife, Peggy, and an occasional round of golf. He is the father of two married sons and a proud grandfather.
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Louise Goben

Associate Pastor

Louise has been an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for 25 years. In addition to her Master of Divinity degree, she has a Master of Arts in Clinical/Community Psychology and has worked with people who have received diagnoses of cancer, and their families. Louise has taught Bible and Spiritual Growth for over 20 years, including keynoting retreats and conducting workshops on both local and national levels. She has shared Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry (HTSM) in many circles within the church, and convenes a monthly practice group at First Christian Church where people gather to learn more about HTSM and offer simple treatments to one another. As a Certified Practitioner for Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry and an Instructor, Louise understands her mission is to introduce healing and anointing to all in the church who feel called to share this work. She has seen first-hand the impact of prayer and the laying-on-of-hands in the lives of all who share this remarkable work. Louise is married to Rev. Galen Goben, who works as Grief Support Coordinator for Forest Lawn Memorial Parks. Together they have 3 sons.
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Alfredo Gomez

Spanish Language Pastor

Nacido en Colima México, vivió algunos años en Tijuana de ahí se vino a California específicamente a Van nuys, las intenciones no eran las de servir a Señor, menos las de ser un ministro pero las experiencias de la vida le llevaron a conocer a Jesús como su único Señor y Salvador.

Se congrego en la Iglesia Cristiana del valle, donde rápidamente se desarrollo como uno de los líderes siendo parte de diferentes ministerios dentro de la congregación, ser parte de el liderazgo le insto a estudiar, primero en el Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos, después a tomar el curso de Certificación Ministerial, en D S F ( Disciples Seminary Foundation )

Dios le permitió ser parte del grupo de plantadores de Iglesias, la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo) de Lancaster fue su primera participación en el inicio de una obra, de la misma manera tiempo después inició el servicio en español, en First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of North Hollywood, donde Dios le da la bendición hasta el día de hoy de ser parte del Staff Ministerial de esta congregación.

En sus planes esta continuar sus estudios y seguir sirviendo al Señor en compañía de su esposa Loydi, con quien le gusta compartir tiempo libre, caminar y conocer diferentes lugares.

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Young Lan Kim

Ordained Minister

Rev. Young Lan Kim joined the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2006 after she experienced Mix in ‘06. As she took her internship at First Christian Church of North Hollywood she found her “home” and became a member of the church in 2007. Prior to this, Young served as Associate Minister for children at Shepherd Hill United Methodist Church and Namgajoo Fellowship Church for 10 years.

Young graduated from Hanyang University and studied Film and Drama in Korea. She studied MA in theatre, focused on directing at Indiana State University and MFA in Acting at University of Hawaii. She obtained her Masters of Divinity at San Francisco Theological Seminary and was ordained in January 2011 at First Christian Church of North Hollywood. She is married to Rev. Young Jun Yang who is serving the Korean American community as a pastoral counselor at Rothem Institute for Holistic Healing and Arts. Rothem Institute for Holistic Healing and Arts is a part of the Spirit of Foothills Ministry located in La Cresenta. Together they have three children: two girls, Ha-un Priscilla and Ha-nul Lydia, and one boy, Ha-min Joshua.

With an MA in Directing and MFA in Acting, Young has worked as a playwright, a director, an actress, and a teacher who has found exciting, creative ways to explore spirituality through drama. Since 2003, Young has produced many creative bilingual dramas (Korean & English) delivering the messages of God and healing people. She wrote the original script of “Can You Hear Me, Now?” for the Quadrennial 2010. She directed the play and performed during the Assembly. She serves as Vice President of Korean Disciples in the Pacific Southwest Region and as a Board member of Disciples Seminary Foundation. In her drama ministry, she is an executive and artistic director of Theatre T.A.L. (True Actor’s League) and is producing a radio drama at GBC (Gospel Broadcasting Company).

Young loves to cook Korean food and to play with children.

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Christi Anderson

Director of Children Ministries

Christi Anderson has served as the Director of Children’s Ministries since 2009. She found FCCNH in 1997. After driving by the corner of Colfax and Moorpark at least a hundred times, she finally stepped through the doors and knew she was “home”. She is honored to be a part of this amazing church family and looks forward to continuing to show the world God’s love through her love of children and families.

Christi has always loved children and is the proud mother of 3 amazing children. She attended Georgia State University where she majored in Child Psychology. After a particularly rough statistical psychology class, she realized that she was heading down the wrong path. She knew that she needed to do something more creative. So she switched majors to recording engineering, in hopes of producing children’s music.

At the age of 9, she found her first true love, figure skating. She went on to compete at the Senior level and has performed in numerous tours and shows across the country. Through skating, she became involved with the Special Olympics. At the age of 14, she inherited the skater no one else wanted and they formed an immediate bond and worked together for several years. They were pen pals until a few years ago.

Christi thanks God every day for showing her the wonder of his ways through the eyes of her children and all of the children she is privileged to know.

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Jeremy Gillett

Director of Youth Ministries

Jeremy Gillett was born in Cedar Falls, IA and raised in Chicago, IL and Lexington, KY.    He moved to Lexington when his father was called to pastor a Disciples of Christ church. 

Jeremy earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in performance from Arizona State University.   He received a teaching fellowship at ASU and taught introductory acting classes for three years.  He was named the first National Diversity intern for The Broadway League and ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) while attending ASU.  His stage credits include an ensemble role in The Arizona Theatre Company’s production of Emma, Casey in the UK Main Stage production of The Grapes of Wrath and Boesman in Black Theatre Troupe’s production of Boesman and Lena.  He is the author of the one-man show Black and 25 in America.  

As an active member of the youth group in his home church he traveled to Puerto Rico as part of a youth program with the Christian Church in Kentucky, participated in youth camping programs in IL and KY and traveled to Haiti as part of a volunteer delegation with Global Ministries. Jeremy has attended several General Assemblies of the Christian Church and several gatherings of the National Convocation of the Christian Church.  Jeremy was honored to preach for the 2011 class of the Academy of Preachers at the National Festival of Preachers in Louisville, KY.  

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Tyana Parr

Director of Children’s Music

Ty is a gifted musician, composer and choral director. She sings in our Spirit Song worship band and, directs music for Vacation Bible School, and is a  keyboard instructor at our Music Camps. Ty not only provides excellent music direction and training for our youth, but also focuses on nurturing their God-given talent. 

Downbeat Magazine nominated Ty’s band “Topaz” for best Vocal Jazz Group. She has been the lead vocalist in dozens of commercials and her T.V. and film credits include Diagnosis Murder, Deep Space Nine, Spiderman, Golden Girls and many others. She has toured, arranged vocal music and recorded for, among others, Engelbert Humperdink, Kevin Costner, Jack White, Great White, and David Hasselhoff. She is an award-winning composer of songs for commercials, television, film and children’s music CDs and DVDs.

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Josh Elson

Director of Music

Joshua Elson has served as the music director at First Christian Church of North Hollywood since 2003. He also teaches choir, orchestra, and world music at Palisades Charter High School. Before his work at FCCNH, Joshua served as the music and youth director at First Christian Church of Concord in Northern California from 1997-2002.

From 2002-2003 he worked in the public school system of New York City in a Non-profit organization that promoted leadership development for underprivileged students. It was there he met his wife Molly. They currently live in Sherman Oaks, CA with their two daughters, Magnolia and Vienna. He has been a music leader at regional and national events throughout America for the Disciples of Christ denomination since1993. Joshua holds a Master's Degree in Music, Choral Conducting from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music, Choral Conducting from Chapman University.

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David Rigsby

Organist

David Rigsby served as the staff organist at First Christian Church of North Hollywood from 2006-2008, and after serving as organist in another denomination since 2008, he is thrilled to return home to his First Christian Church family. David helps lead worship from the Rodgers organ console each week, accompanies soloists and the chancel choir in special music selections, and rehearses with the music director and chancel choir each Thursday evening, in addition to his work as organist for church weddings and memorial services.

David was born and raised in the downriver area of Detroit, Michigan and came to southern California at barely eighteen years of age for his bachelor's degree in church music from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas. Along the way, he has played organ and piano and directed music in many churches of many denominations. He was a church music director in Savannah, Georgia from 1992-1995, and then in Colorado from 1995-1997 and returned to California to work in public education as a choral music teacher, earning his California teacher credential and completing his coursework in the master's program at California State University, Long Beach. He has held music teaching positions in schools in La Mirada, Long Beach, and currently in Anaheim at Loara High School, where he has worked as choir director since 2006.

On New Year's Day of 2006, David came to First Christian to be the organ "sub" for that day. Six years later, he couldn't be happier to be back at the console of FCCNH, assisting the congregation as they lift their voices together in song.