Why are we here? What are we here to do? We believe that all of us were created by God to worship him and enjoy him in relationship. Our vision is to be a church where anyone, regardless of where they are in faith and life, come and meet Jesus and to hear his gospel message. We believe that the way we worship and enjoy God is to do ministry along three dimensions and directions.
Looking up to see God. Looking at Jesus. Looking out to see the church and city that needs to be served. We believe this is what it means to be a Christian and a follower of Christ…to love God and neighbor. Our calling is to help people by meeting them where they are at, and helping them discover their calling…to worship God and enjoy him forever.
Alex started Sovereign Grace with his family and a few good friends. He is native to Los Angeles having grown up in different parts of the city. He received his degree in sociology from the USC. In 2001 he moved to Boston to study at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he received his MDiv. and ThM. He has been married to his wife Michele since 2000 and they have five children. His responsibilities at the church include teaching, counseling, leadership development, and providing the church with vision/direction. You can follow him on his blog, twitter, and facebook. Click here to see Alex’s Sabbatical letter.
community life pastor
Jason was born and raised in Los Angeles. After seminary, he served at various churches in the Glendale and Burbank area. His wife Elizabeth is an Occupational Therapist in Pasadena. They have a cockapoo named Russell. Jason enjoys eating all types of food, drinking and learning about wine, reading books and watching TV dramas. Some of his favorites are the West Wing, Breaking Bad, Southland and Sons of Anarchy. You can often find Elizabeth and Jason trying new restaurants or exploring the city of LA. His responsibilities at Sovereign Grace include overseeing the teaching and counseling ministries.
A native of Cerritos, CA, Jason is happy to be back in Southern California after 12 years on the east coast. After earning his B.A. in Communications and History at the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters of Education at Harvard University, Jason spent several years discerning God’s will for his life, a process that ignited a passion for ministry in his heart and one that ultimately led him to Sovereign Grace. Jason’s responsibilities include overseeing the worship and creative arts ministries at the church and developing and training praise team members both spiritually and musically. Jason, his wife Carol, and their dog Mozart currently reside in Pasadena.
Hyo Jin Lee
Children Ministry Director
Hyo Jin grew up in NY before moving to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary for her M.A. in Biblical Counseling. She had planned to move back home to NYC after graduation, but while serving as a Children’s Director at a local church in Philadelphia, she met her husband, a native to Philadelphia and has called PA home for the past 8 years. As Hyo Jin and her husband, Jake, transition and move out to the West Coast for the first time, they are excited to see what God has in store for them. Hyo Jin oversees the Children’s Ministry from infants to elementary school. Her responsibilities include recruiting and training teachers and working alongside parents.
Youth Ministry Director
As a recent UCLA graduate and a Pasadena resident, Kevin has lived in Los Angeles for his entire life. He first started attending Sovereign Grace as a freshman in college and has since been serving in the Children’s Ministry from his sophomore year. Middle and high school was the most formative time of Kevin’s Christian faith and thus, he has developed a strong heart to serve the youth. In addition to leading the youth group, Kevin is also pursuing graduate school in physical therapy and also working as a barista at a Cafe Dulce. Finally, Kevin loves ceramics, movies, and free stuff.
Justin H. Min
Interim College Ministry Director
Justin was born and raised in Cerritos, CA with his older brother, Jason. While attending Cornell University and obtaining a B.A. in Government, Justin had the opportunity to serve extensively with his college ministry on-campus, where he grew a love for connecting and working with students. It was there that he also developed a heart for peoples and communities abroad, eventually leading him to work with various humanitarian agencies in places such as Kenya, Cambodia, Venezuela, and Japan. In his free time, Justin enjoys reading, writing, and sipping on a good cup of coffee.
Director of Missions
Charles hails from the City of Trees and PhDs (Claremont, CA). After completing his BA in Sociology and Political Theory from UC San Diego as well as his MDiv from Harvard University, he spent a few years working as a community organizer, music producer, and strategy consultant for social innovation. Out of a deep desire to find synthesis between these worlds, God opened doors for Charles at Sovereign Grace. Focusing on partnering Sovereign Grace with community initiatives, his responsibilities include overseeing the missions ministries, training volunteers to best serve the city, and put simply, plotting goodness. However, his most favorite thing to do is dart around LA with his wife, Barbara Lee. .
Sunday Operations Coordinator
David was born and raised in Koreatown Los Angeles. He is the second youngest of five siblings. His passion for ministry was ignited after a missions trip to Ecuador. He is currently working on a degree in Biblical Studies at Life Pacific College with the hopes of being able to pastor and teach some day. His responsibilities at Sovereign Grace include recruiting, training, and providing care for Sunday Volunteers, as well as overseeing the logistics of Sunday worship.