Kevin Blue has been on the pastoral staff team at Church of the Redeemer since its beginning in 2003, and has served as lead pastor since the fall of 2008. Kevin grew up in Los Angeles, and began his involvement in ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Los Angeles basin in 1987. Since then, he has also served nationally as a teacher, trainer, and consultant for various church and parachurch ministries. Much of this work has revolved around leadership development in the Church as well as economic and cultural concerns within the Church and in the world. He has authored two books: Faith on the Edge (co-authored) and Practical Justice, both published by InterVarsity Press. Kevin also serves as a senior staff member for Servant Partners, a missions agency committed to church planting and community transformation in urban poor communities. He is married to Jennifer Blue, and they have three children
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.
CARLOS DE LA ROCA
Jennifer Blue has been a member of Church of the Redeemer since its beginning in 2003 and joined the pastoral staff team as an Associate Pastor in the fall of 2012. She also serves on staff with the internships department of Servant Partners, a missions agency committed to church planting and community transformation in urban poor communities. Jennifer began her work in vocational ministry in 1998, when she joined the work of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, ministering to college students at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and California State University at Los Angeles. As a mother of three she is busy trying to balance her life as a mother and as a minister!
Grace Weng is a Southern California native who has served with Church of the Redeemer’s youth group since 2011. She joined the pastoral staff team in 2013 and currently serves as the young adult pastor; she also serves on the Sunday morning teaching team and the home fellowship leadership team. Grace oversees the spiritual development of youth and young adults in the community and she enjoys mentoring and developing young leaders. She also serves on staff with Servant Partners by receiving and training interns in mission and service through the youth ministry. Her desire is to see the youth and young adults of this neighborhood empowered to become mature women and men of God who will then nurture other leaders from the community. Grace is married to James Weng, who also serves with the youth ministry.
Young Adults Ministry 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 has served as the youth pastor since July 2018. He has a passion for seeing the youth grow in knowing who God is and seeing themselves as God sees them.
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.
Christina grew up in South Los Angeles and has a passion for advocating with underserved communities. In 2012 she graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Political Science. For six years, she served as a Special Education Teacher and Case manager at Title One schools, in South LA, Chicago, and South Gate. In 2018, She and her husband, Alex Smith, began serving at Church of the Redeemer. Christina now works from home and cares for their newborn son. She enjoys outdoor activities and writing honest musings about motherhood on her personal blog.