Our community finds a shared vision in the instruction of Micah 6:8. We seek to shape our identity and purpose in light of these instructions:
“do justice…” God is decidedly against injustice, so we seek to be as well. We work towards this end by being a missional presence in our community;
providing supplies, service, and care to our oppressed, underprivileged, and marginalized neighbors.
“love kindness…” Jesus urged his followers to be known by their love. We do our best to exemplify this command by being relational
and recognizing the importance of authentic and loving human connection.
“walk humbly…” We don’t have all of the answers. And fortunately for us, we were never meant to. We do believe that God is sufficient
in all things though, and that he reveals truth in many different ways. While we think that the most complete example of truth is
found in the person of Jesus, we believe that all truth is God’s truth. So, whether it is found in various fields of study,
or in different cultures and perspectives, we are committed to humbly seeking truth together.
Community Events offer chances for the whole church to gather together in fellowship. We host a monthly community meal specifically to that end. We also gather for outside activities like hiking, beach trips, and Dodgers games – small manifestations of our drive to be relational.
Men’s Ministry sets up monthly opportunities for men of all ages at Central Avenue Church to get together, usually centering on food and a short teaching.
Women’s Ministry is being developed to give women an opportunity to connect with one another and grow together in life and faith.
We are committed to providing frequent opportunities to serve the poor and marginalized in our community and we partner with local ministries in order be God’s hands and feet in this world. We are committed to helping those with the most basic needs through our care kit ministry. But our care for those in need does not end with the homeless. We are also committed to addressing the real physical needs of those within our worshiping community, and to caring for our world.
We are convinced that it is when we reach out in humble acts of service to our neighbors that the love of Christ is most vividly put on display.
Media and Sound Ministry
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Aaron was born and raised in a Christian family. He has been a part of a variety of church traditions–including Nondenominational, Church of Christ, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Baptist. His undergraduate degree is in Biblical Studies, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Aaron and his wife Emily were married in 2004, and they love the ocean, the people, and the weather in southern California.
For much of his life, Max has had the privilege of worshiping with others and fostering moments of worship for others. These moments, he believes, are when we can connect with God–to be comforted in pain, to rejoice in gladness, and to praise the Creator of the Universe. Born and raised in Arizona, Max went to college in Kansas at a small Mennonite school. In 2009, he moved out here to beautiful Southern California to pursue a Masters in Divinity at Fuller Seminary, which he completed in 2012. He can often be found playing and watching sports, drinking coffee, eating frozen yogurt (or anything delicious), and pursuing new ways to see the love of Jesus Christ manifested and realized in our world.
Kelsey grew up in Indiana and went to college in Chicago. In college, she studied Psychology and spent her last two years in an intentional community of 8 people (crazy, I know). She is currently a Masters of Theology student at Fuller and loves hiking, reading, and running. Little known fact about Kelsey: she once broke a rib by falling into a lake. Two of her favorite things are being with people and exploring new places! Kelsey is excited to be a part of the Children’s Ministry at Central Avenue. She has worked with children and youth as a tutor, camp counselor, and youth ministries volunteer, and it’s one of her greatest passions. Kelsey is looking forward to seeing the ministry grow and develop and is passionate about building community and helping people see the transformative love of God.
Bob grew up just outside of Detroit on 16 Mile; twice as good as 8 Mile (kidding!… kinda…). He’s a closet comic book nerd, movie buff, ridiculous Disney fan, beach bum, and coffee addict, and he’s always looking for new people to further enable his obsessions! After studying Psychology and Religion in undergrad, Bob spent several years as a youth pastor, and most recently moved to Los Angeles to study at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has spent time in Methodist, Presbyterian, Brethren, and Nondenominational churches and has been influenced and strengthened by each of them. He is especially excited to be a part of young adult ministry here at Central Avenue.
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