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.
teaching and counseling 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.
Community Life Pastor
Philip is the community life pastor at Sovereign Grace, connecting people with Jesus and with each other. Born and raised in New York City, he has lived on the East Coast his entire life before joining Sovereign Grace. After earning degrees from New York University and New York Chiropractic College, he spent 10 years in private practice in Connecticut before answering God’s call to full-time ministry. Philip and his family moved to Massachusetts, where he received his Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He ministered at a downtown Boston church for eight years. Although he misses the four seasons and the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, he loves LA’s sunshine and food scene. Philip has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1994 and they have a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Ari.
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.
Eric was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii with his father, mother, older brother, and younger brother. Although he misses Hawaii very much, he left home to attend the University of Washington in Seattle. After receiving his B.A. in Psychology and after working as a Client Service Specialist at TDAmeritrade for two years, he moved to Pasadena, California to fulfill a calling he had received his sophomore year of college. He finished his MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary in June of 2013 and has been working full time at Sovereign Grace Church ever since. He is currently overseeing the college and volunteer ministries. Among other things, he is kept busy these days planning his wedding with his fiancee Jess Lee.
Children/Youth Ministry Director
Michele is the busiest person at Sovereign Grace. While being a mom to five kids, she is serving as the interim children’s ministry director. Michele oversees three departments that are divided by age: infants to toddlers, toddlers to kindergarten, and elementary school. Her responsibilities also include recruiting/training the teachers and working with the parents. Michele started Sovereign Grace with her husband Alex, who she has been married to since 2000. Alex and Michele live in South Pasadena with their five children.
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 fiancee, Barbara Lee. .