Staff – First Christian Church of North Hollywood

Staff

Bob Bock

Senior Pastor

Robert Maurice Bock was born in South Bend, Indiana, the only child of Maurice and Gaynelle Bock. His father owned a Mobil service station/garage and Bob spent many hours working with his father, dreaming of someday owning a family business with his dad. These years explain his love for sports cars and motorcycles.

Bob and his mother spent his childhood summers with his grandparents in the farming community of Arcadia, where his parents were born and raised. Throughout his adult life Arcadia, that small Indiana town, has symbolized a kinder and gentler way of life.

Bob was educated in South Bend and attended DePauw University where he earned his BA degree, a teaching credential and taught 7th grade English in the local middle school. He continued his education with four years at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis where he earned the Master of Divinity degree. Upon graduation in 1961, Bob was ordained, married seminary classmate Betty Klopolsky and moved to Hollywood, CA, where he assumed the position of Associate Minister at the Hollywood-Beverly Christian Church.

His main responsibilities were Christian Education, Youth Work and Community Service which included directing a large community youth program. He worked in close relationship with LAPD Hollywood Juvenile Division helping run-a-ways living on the streets of Hollywood.

On August 14, 1964, Bob and Betty were blessed by the birth of Jonathan Maurice Bock. He immediately became the “favorite child” of the Hollywood Beverly Christian Church!

Because of his work with troubled youth, Los Angeles County Supervisor Ernest Debs appointed him to the Los Angeles County Board of Education, one of the largest school boards in the world. He held that position for sixteen years in addition to maintaining his full time ministry. During his tenure on the Board he served as an officer seven times including four terms as President. He also became a featured motivational speaker for the California School Boards Association and served as a consultant to local school districts. At the time he was the youngest county commissioner ever appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

While serving on the Board of Education Bob travelled to the Nation’s Capital many times to speak to legislators regarding educational needs. During this time he was invited to serve as the Guest Chaplain for both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives.

On March 1, 1969 Bob began his ministry as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church of North Hollywood. Jon was a third year student in Christian Nursery School at that time. The birth of Bradley Klopolsky Bock, two months later on May 13, completed the Bock household. Both sons were welcomed by a loving congregation who were eager to be a part of their lives.

Taking the reins of FCCNH in extremely troubled times, Bob weathered the theological and cultural turmoil of Vietnam, the “God is Dead” movement, the emergence of the drug culture, the Hippie influence on the youth culture, riots in the streets of several major cities and the national mandate for civil rights. His emphasis on being open, accepting, non-judgmental and loving transformed the church’s identity from the concept of a “congregation “to a “church family.”

In 1981 Betty died in a freeway accident. Following her death Bob retired from the Board of Education, resigned from all community service organizations and devoted himself entirely to his sons and the church.

Bob’s encouragement of creative ideas and his empowerment of the dreams of his people has been a key to the church’s growing and dynamic ministry. In 1981 the Advent Theatre was founded with a six-month run of Godspell, featuring the original Broadway cast. In 1982 the Christmas Tree Lot was founded. In the past thirty-six years it has donated over half a million dollars to church and non-profit agencies who serve the needs of children and youth. In 1984 the Interfaith Food Pantry, founded by five congregations (two Jewish and three Christian) began an ambitious ministry to feed the hungry. Today thirteen congregations work together to feed hundreds of homeless, poor and under-employed people every week. In 1985 Operation Santa Claus was started to meet the needs of the clients of the Food pantry with gift giving at Christmas time. The most recent outreach ministry, founded in the early 2000’s, is the Park Ministry. Every second Sunday home-made food is cooked and served to the homeless in North Hollywood Park. They also distribute clothing, blankets, shoes and socks to the homeless during the Sunday Noon meal.

In the summer of 1985 Bob and Ken Scovill, his longtime friend and colleague, studied together in England. The day after school concluded Ken married Bob to Peggy, “the light of his life.” They honeymooned in England and returned to make their life and ministry together. Peggy has faithfully served as “First Lady of the Church” for nearly thirty-four years and has been a friend and counselor to many who have sought her wisdom. She has taught church school for 39 years and has served as a member of the Diaconate, the Elders and the C.W.F. She continues to serve on the Christian Education Council and the Christian Nursery School Council.

Peggy earned her BA from UCLA, and was awarded her Master’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in Educational Psychology, Counseling and Guidance from California State University, Northridge. For 35 years Peggy sold aircraft components to aerospace manufacturers and airlines worldwide. In 2009 she moved from her position as Senior Vice-President of an international distribution company to one of independent consulting. Today she consults with airline colleagues and does property management.

Bob’s passion for outreach ministries continues to spur FCCNH as a denominational leader in outreach giving. His great love for children and youth has spearheaded the establishment of education as a major priority in church life. His dream is for the church to provide children and youth with a spiritually based faith that will keep them strong through the many changes they will face during their lifetime. Part of that faith is the appreciation of art, music, literature and theater, bringing a part of Christianity alive that is often ignored. As a result of that passion Bob organized and found talented directors and faculty to staff seven summer day camps. These camps are usually filled to capacity before the first one begins.

Bob also has a passion for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of which he is a fourth generation member. He serves on the Board of Christian Church Foundation, the National City Christian Church, as well as the Board of Disciples Seminary Foundation. He also serves on the Committee on Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Pacific Southwest Region.

Bob has done post graduate studies at USC and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has studied during summer sessions at the Chateau de Bossey in Geneva, Switzerland and at Mansfield College, Oxford University, England. He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in December, 2018 at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA.

Bob’s life has been ministry, but his concept of ministry has always been community based. Years ago he coined the slogan, “A church in the heart of the community with the community in its heart.” He has touched the lives of thousands of people through his “extended ministry” within the entertainment industry and the San Fernando Valley. He has performed thousands of weddings and funerals over the years, and through these has brought many people into his church family.

An unusual aspect of Bob’s life is his over forty years as an active member of SAG/AFTRA. He has had recurring cameo roles in three major daytime dramas and served for over twenty-five years as the resident pastor for “Young and Restless,” a role they named after him. He also performed as a minister in the 2007 movie “There Will Be Blood” which was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

Bob and Peggy are very proud of their family. Their sons and daughter-in-law’s maintain a close relationship with them, even though they all live in different states. One grandchild is a PhD student, one is a freshman in college and their third grandchild graduates from high school this June. They enjoy their Godchildren and nieces and nephews and spend as much time as possible with all the family.

Bob and Peggy are looking forward to the Centennial of FCCNH on March 1, 2024 celebrating 100 years of ministry to the church family and community.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Tyana Parr

Director of Children’s/Youth Choirs

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Le'au

Director of Children's Ministries