In June of this year the Acting Lead Pastor of Church of the Redeemer decided to step down. Our church is currently looking for an interim pastor and a new Lead Pastor. We trust in the guidance of our Good Shepard and we know that He will bring us the pastor that our church needs. Meanwhile, we are thankful to have amazing pastors who guide and support the Church of the Redeemer.
CARLOS DE LA ROCA
Carlos De La Roca is from Guatemala, married with five children and three grandchildren. Carlos graduated from the preministerial program at the Centro Hispano de Estudios Teologicos (C.H.E.T.) in Bell Gardens, CA, and continues to study there for ongoing ministry training. Carlos's wish is to serve the Lord, and he does so by serving as our associate pastor and leading our Spanish-speaking congregation on Saturdays. During these pandemic times he has been leading a Spanish congregation bible study via zoom, and he has been preaching during our Sunday services as well while we are in search for a new lead pastor.
Pastor Carlos and his wife ,Sister Paty, have a passionate heart for the community ,and love to serve the Lord by serving and loving their brothers and sisters.
Worship Pastor /
Alex Smith grew up in Mount Vernon, NY. In 2008, Alex moved to Chicago where he earned his B.A. in Biological Sciences from The University of Chicago. During his time in college, he served on leadership with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and continued to serve with InterVarsity as an intern after graduating in 2012. During this internship, God not only confirmed Alex’s call to serve in pastoral ministry, but also introduced him to Christina at an InterVarsity conference. Over a span of 2 ½ years, Alex & Christina went from dating, to engaged, and married in July 2016. In 2018, Alex graduated from North Park Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity (MDiv). After graduation, Christina and Alex responded to God’s call to serve with the youth in South LA at Church of the Redeemer. Alex served as the youth pastor from July 2018 to June 2021. He has since transitioned to his new role as worship pastor.
In May 2019, Alex & Christina welcomed their son, Josiah, into the world. As a family, they enjoy exploring different parts of LA, playing games (especially board games), staying active, spending time with family & friends, and cooking.
Christal L. Green grew up in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in 2000. She continued her education at CSU Sacramento with a double emphasis in Small Group/Interpersonal & Intercultural/International Communication Studies. She discovered her passion for children’s ministry while working for summer programs at the Northeast YMCA in Sacramento & the Oakland Urban Project (now Bay Up) through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. After graduating in spring 2005, Christal earned post-graduate units in early childhood education and accepted a position as an After School Program Director for STAR Education, Inc., based in Culver City. While working at STAR was a wonderful experience, Christal had a longing to teach children in South L.A., focusing on their spiritual formation as well as their academic growth. She enrolled at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology in the area of Christian Education, with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry, graduating in spring 2011. While studying at Talbot, Christal was introduced to Church of the Redeemer, and she immediately fell in love with the community. Christal began tutoring children at Redeemer Community Partnership's Adventures Ahead program and interned at the church prior to being hired as Director of Children’s Ministry in fall 2013. Christal’s passion is working with children, whether playing with young family friends or sharing the love of Jesus with students in King’s Kids. Her hobbies include playing softball, golf, swimming, writing and playing music, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Christal became Redeemer's Children Pastor in 2016.
Martha has been living in South Los Angeles since 2005. She has a love for words, especially in Spanish, and enjoys translating and interpreting for people because it amazes her to see how communication and understanding opens not only doors but hearts as well. She has a BS in Accounting and enjoys working with numbers as well. She and her family enjoy road trips, watching movies together and cooking. She enjoys reading, singing, crocheting, learning new languages and coloring.
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