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COMMUNITAS 2017-2018 Cohort

Becca Bateman is Associate Pastor of Family Ministries at San Marino Community Church near Pasadena, CA. She has served for seven years in the area of family ministry and growing faith through worship, studying theology, and the arts. She received her Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary and is ordained in the PC (USA). Becca Bateman
Taylor Begert is Worship Director at Community Bible Church of Ventura and The Well at Pepperdine University, Malibu. His desire is to draw congregations into encounters with Jesus so that they would leave transformed, and inspired to build for the Kingdom of God. Taylor Begert
Kenneth Chau is the Ministry Leader at Westside Church in Santa Monica. He has been in ministry for ten years. He and his wife helped start the Ho Chi Minh City Church in Vietnam and have also served churches in Thailand and the Philippines. He is pursuing his Master of Ministry from Pepperdine University. Kenneth Chau
Ray Choi is Lead Pastor of the Hill Community Church in Pasadena. He served as a missionary in Japan for 3 years. He holds a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. Ray Choi
Jennifer Chrien is pastor of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Simi Valley. She previously served as the pastor at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oxnard. Jennifer received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where she wrote her thesis on the book of Ecclesiastes.. Jennifer Chrien
Matt Graybill is Small Group Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. He is a former educator with a Masters in Educational Administration. He has been in full-time ministry for eight years. Matt Graybill
Jeff Keele is Preaching Minister at Magnolia Center Church of Christ in Riverside. He holds a Masters degree in Family Therapy and has served full-time in ministry for eleven years. Jeff Keele
Scott Nassau is Lead Pastor of Kehila Covenant Church, a church plant in Culver City, where he has served for the past three years. Scott hold a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages. He also studied at the University of Haifa in Israel in 2008. Scott Nassau
Amy Pendergraft is Director of Women and Family Ministries at Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades. She hold a Masters of Education Degree from Concordia University and has a background in high school education. She has served in full-time ministry for six years. Amy Pendergraft
Seth Pickens is the Senior Pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Los Angeles. He holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary with an emphasis in World Religions and a Doctorate of Education from University of Southern California with an emphasis in Educational Psychology. He has been in full-time ministry for seven years. Seth Pickens
Bonnie Powell is Executive Pastor of Redeemed Life Church in Azusa. She formerly served as Associate Pastor at Oasis Church in Los Angeles and has been in full-time ministry over 12 years. She holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership in Ministry from Azusa Pacific University. Bonnie Powell
Joey Versace is Pastor of Adults at Christ's Church of the Valley in San Dimas, where he has served for fourteen years. He oversees multiple small group and discipleship programs with an emphasis in evangelism and apologetics. Joey has been in full-time ministry for eight years. Joey Versace
Debra Ward is Pastor at Light of the World Community Center in Compton. She has experience serving and teaching in the areas of domestic violence, anger management and parenting. She been with her current ministry for five years. Debra Ward
Brendin Williamson is Youth and Young Adult Minister at Hilltop Church of Christ in El Segundo, where he as served for four years. He attended Pepperdine University, where he served as a Campus Ministry intern. Brendin Williamson
Ryan Zeulner is Mission Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Costa Mesa. He previously served in youth ministry and has a passion for graphic design. He has been in ministry for 11 years. Ryan Zeulner