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.
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.
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.
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
Luis Hoffer – Elder
Debbie Delevan – Elder
Jason Delevan – Elder
Benjamin Willis – Elder
Desirae Dickinson – Elder
Charis Wedel – Worship and Arts
Max Wedel – Pastor of Worship and Arts
Bob English – Associate Pastor
Aaron Van Voorhis – Preaching Pastor
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