Community


What does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
– Micah 6:8

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.

  • Serve

    There are many ways to get involved at Central Avenue Church. We have opportunities for both leadership and service in:

    Children’s Ministry Team
    Music Team
    Worship Assistant Team
    Media & Tech Team
    Bridge Team
    Hospitality Team

  • Grow

    Small Groups offer an opportunity to join in study together in a more intimate and conversational setting. Small groups are intentionally relational, providing opportunities to invest in each other’s lives and build community. Our small groups are always open, which means you don’t have to wait for a new study to begin to join and you don’t have to commit to any measure of attendance. Come as you are.

    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.

  • Bridge

    Through Bridge Ministry, we seek to actively participate in and further the Kingdom of God by identifying and meeting the needs of our community; creating bridges into people’s lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

    We are committed to providing frequent opportunities to serve the poor and marginalized in our community and we partner with local ministries in order to 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.

  • Serve

    There are many ways to get involved at Central Avenue Church. We have opportunities for both leadership and service in:

    Children’s Ministry Team
    Music Team
    Worship Assistant Team
    Media & Tech Team
    Bridge Team
    Hospitality Team

  • Grow

    Small Groups offer an opportunity to join in study together in a more intimate and conversational setting. Small groups are intentionally relational, providing opportunities to invest in each other’s lives and build community. Our small groups are always open, which means you don’t have to wait for a new study to begin to join and you don’t have to commit to any measure of attendance. Come as you are.

    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 offers monthly opportunities for women of all ages to connect with one another and grow together in life and faith.

Leadership

Aaron Van Voorhis

Head Pastor

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.

Max Wedel

Worship Arts, Bridge Ministry, Youth Ministry

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.

Bob English

Young Adult Ministry, Small Groups

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.

Leadership at Central Avenue Church

We are a priesthood of believers who recognize that the gifts and attributes of leadership
are found among many different people – not just the ones with microphones.
Some of the leaders that help to organize current ministry areas are:

Maelyn Hager – Children’s Ministry/Elder
Benjamin Willis – Elder
Desirae Dickinson – Elder
Caleb Gonzales – Elder
Jennifer Humphrey – Elder
Dorian Serna – Elder
Micah Cordy – Elder
Michelle Rios – Elder
Nathan Davis – Elder

Max Wedel – Pastor of Worship and Arts
Bob English – Associate Pastor
Aaron Van Voorhis – Preaching Pastor

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725 North Central Avenue
Glendale, California 91203
E-mail: info@centralavenuechurch.org
Phone Number: (818) 572-2213

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