STAFF


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Lead Pastor

John was led to pastoral ministry in his quest to help people. During his 13 years with FEC Glendale (Epicentre’s mother church), John served as youth pastor for 8 years and as young adult pastor for 5 years before planting Epicentre Church in 2003. Over the years, he has become increasingly gripped by God’s love for people of all nations and unabashedly inspires and equips people toward God-sized destinies. As a visionary leader, John’s primary role is preaching & teaching, leading new initiatives, and igniting strategic, apostolic leaders. John and his wife Evelyn live in Glendale, where they enjoy really good sushi, time at the beach Their son, Josh, is a Sophomore at Baylor University.

PAUL GRAF

Executive Director

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Paul served on staff with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship then completed his M.Div. at Fuller Seminary. He worked in finance and then served as a missionary in India for six years before joining Epicentre staff as the Executive Director in 2012. He, his wife Rebecca, and their three children live in Altadena.

Fiona Tong

Prayer and Intercession Director

With an educational background and training in spiritual formation, Fiona’s greatest joy is to see people grow in intimacy with Jesus and know the heart of the Father and His purposes for them. She joined staff in 2010 to equip the church in releasing the heart and purposes of God through prayer and intercession. Fiona, her husband Ben, and their two daughters, Anna and Alissa, live in Burbank and enjoy skiing, reading, and putting puzzles together.

Debbie Sayovitz

Family & Inner Healing Pastor

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After successful careers as a registered nurse focusing on end of life care and as the National Director of Discipleship for Cleansing Stream Ministries, Debbie joined Epicentre staff in 2012 as our family pastor and inner-healing director. She is an accomplished speaker and teaches topics related to deliverance and healing, prayer ministry, and marriage. Debbie and her husband Mike reside in La Canada and are proud parents and grandparents.

 

Josh Lo

Young Adult Pastor

Josh grew up in South Pasadena, making him one of the few locals on our staff team. He is a true L.A. kid and loves everything about Los Angeles except for the Lakers and the traffic. Josh is passionate about helping people see how God is present—especially for those who are far away from God. Josh and his wife Tammy live in Monrovia where they are slowly learning to enjoy eating more healthily. This Josh Lo is not related to Pastor John Lo, whose son is also named Josh Lo.

Roger Lam

College Pastor

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Roger hails from Atlanta, GA where he was born and raised. He is married to Jessie. They have two dashing sons, Micah and Isaiah and an adorable daughter, Evangeline. Prior to becoming the college pastor at Epicentre, Roger worked as a campus minister for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Roger graduated with a Master of Divinity in June 2013. In addition to following Jesus, Roger’s passions include sports and finding the best eats in LA.

Ben Hui

Youth Ministry Director

Ben has been a part of the Epicentre family since its inception in 2003. He and his beautiful wife, Eunice, both completed their M. Div's at Fuller Seminary where they took every class together. Ben and Eunice, along with their three daughters Shiloh, Zara, and Jordyn spent the past two years living in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (where the weather drops down to -50F!) helping to build a church for young Mongolians. Their passion is to see thousands of young people come to know Jesus. Ben loves spending time with his family, trying to make his wife laugh, listening and playing music, hairstyle/products, basketball, and just living that 626 cafe life.

Annie Thaichareon

Children's Ministry Director

Annie joined the Epicentre staff team in 2008 with a love for the enormous faith and openness that children have towards God. Her desire is to partner with families to see children walking in their rightful identities in Christ so that they can reach their Spirit-filled potential. Annie, her husband Steve, and their two children, Sera and Ryan, live in Pasadena. They are frequent “Yelp-ers,” love desserts, and enjoy spending time together.

 

Tim Kim

Children's Ministry & Discipleship School Assistant Director

Tim was born in Korea and raised in Quebec, Canada.  In 2010, he moved to California to attend Fuller Seminary.  After graduating from Fuller, he got connected to Epicentre Church where he first interned under the inner-healing ministry.  Currently, Tim has moved into two new roles where he is serving the DSchool and children’s ministry both as assistant director. Tim is married to his wife Joann and they have a son named Joshua. 

Simeon Sham

Worship Director

 

Simeon was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, and moved to California to attend Fuller Seminary (M.Div.) in 2012, joining Epicentre's staff team in 2014. Simeon is passionate to see all peoples respond to God's call in holistic worship, encountering God and being transformed/ empowered to live faithfully for Jesus. When he isn't playing music or enjoying Lifegroup, Simeon is an avid hockey fan and his personal weaknesses are tacos, triscuits and cheese.

John Ho

Executive Assistant &
Production Director

John has desired to serve and see God move in the city of Pasadena since the late 2000s. His heart is to see the church take part of the Great Commission both locally and globally. John is a Pastor's kid and Missionary kid and was homeschooled from 5th grade until the end of high school. During that time John met his wife, Yuri, at their drivers education class. He loves worship, discipleship, coffee, and more coffee. He has successfully completed his M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Talbot School of Theology. 

JOsh Chen

Urban Missions Coordinator 

 

Josh was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and joined the Epicentre staff team in 2012 as the church administrator after completing a Fuller seminary degree. He, his wife Charmain, and their two daughters live in Northwest Pasadena, where they serve marginalized people.  

 

Carol Keener

International Ministry Assistant Director & Events Coordinator

Carol spent four years serving with Antioch Ministries International in the Middle East. She joined Epicentre church staff in 2013 as the Assistant Director for the International Department and directs the GoSchool, a 5-month day discipleship school with a 6-month overseas outreach. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors, and loves to travel. 

ANN CHOE

Discipleship School Director

Ann grew up in the Bay Area (which she still considers the best part of California), but moved to Pasadena in 2010 to attend Fuller Seminary, where she got connected with Epicentre Church. She served as a church planter in Malawi and and currently serves as the director of the night Discipleship School, and helps overseas church planters get overseas. She loves Asia, hiking, and deep conversations.

JOSHUA GRADWOHL

College Ministry Assistant Director

Josh grew up in Kansas City, Kansas. He loves and misses the rain and the changing leaves, but has been enjoying the eternal summer of Pasadena since 2014 when he started attending Fuller Seminary. Josh started as a worship team intern and then transitioned onto D-School staff. He is currently an apprentice staff member for the growing College Ministry at Epicentre Church.  

Jim Davis

Church Administrator

 

Eric Bailey Jr.

Communications Coordinator

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Eric is a Pasadena native who began attending Epicentre while we met at Cleveland Elementary School back in 2012, which is where he attended school for 5th & 6th grades. He attended Azusa Pacific University having studied Theatre Arts (2015) . He serves passionately as a member of the Worship and Kingdom Kids ministries, and has recently joined Epicentre staff in August of 2017. Eric loves to travel and experience all that other cultures have to offer, especially when it comes to food!

Nicki V.

Hospitality Administrator

 

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Nicki was born and raised in Sacramento. She attended Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social Science in 2015. She was an active member and leader in Poiema all throughout college. She is also a former Go School student who spent her overseas portion in India! She has a lively spirit especially when she goes shopping or is filled too much caffeine! 

 

Victoria Lu

International Ministry and Training Schools Administrator

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Victoria was an active member of her former church home of FEC Arcadia for 10+ years, serving on staff as the church secretary for four years before joining the Epicentre family in 2011. She came on board Epicentre staff in 2013 as the Administrator for International Ministry and Training Schools. She’s called to be a woman of joy (Nehemiah 8:10) and really loves food.

Yong Choe

Technical Director

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Yong joined the Epicenter staff in July 2017.  Born in Korea but raised in Southern California, he considers Los Angeles to be his home.  Over the last ten years, he has had an amazing journey that started as a hobby in headphones and electronics, eventually led him to helping others experience God through media, both traditional and nontraditional. When not fiddling around with various knobs and faders or winding up cables, he enjoys drinking various forms of coffee, listening to music on his headphones, and enjoying various tacos that the neighborhood has to offer.

 

Joanna See

Operations Manager

Joanna claims Atlanta as her hometown but has lived in many other places.  She loves developing infrastructure and organizing systems that free up time and energy for the people of God to invest in Kingdom initiatives. Prior to joining Epicentre, Joanna spent 5 years abroad involved in curriculum development and disaster relief as well as 3 years working at a refugee resettlement office. She delights in Jesus, in exploring the wildly diverse cultures of the earth, and in seeing ideas become reality.  She also enjoys sunshine, wind and water and is involved in foster parenting and volunteer teaching to international students. 

Janet see

International Ministry and Training Schools Director

Janet is passionate about facilitating individuals and people groups into their God-given destinies. She joined the Epicentre staff team in 2012 after spending more than a decade serving various people groups in Asia, a decade in banking and a stint at Fuller Seminary (M.Div., '98) in between. She loves living in a diverse neighborhood in Glendale with her adorable but slightly crazy cat.

ERIK DENGLER

Children's & College Ministry Intern

While Erik’s earliest years were spent along the beachside hotdog stands of Ventura, California, he soon found his new home in Dallas, Texas, where the majority of his growing up would take place. While later attending Texas A&M University, his life was transformed by Jesus through a lifegroup at Antioch Community Church, where he went on to spent two and a half years as a college ministry leader. After graduating in May of 2017 with a degree in engineering, Erik felt God leading him back to California to love and serve college students in the same radical way that he had been loved. Now living in Glendora, Erik actively seeks to find ways to incorporate mac n cheese, Texas A&M football, and Nacho Libre into the calling God has placed on his life.

LEONA CHEN

Inner Healing & Chinese Ministry Intern

Leona is a Fuller M.Div student from Hong Kong, where she pastored an Asian American youth ministry in the past four years. Before that, she was deeply involved with Campus Crusade (Vancouver, Canada) in 2009-2012, as a student leader and an intern. Leona considers herself a third-culture-kid that has multiple mother-tongue: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Shanghainese. If you visit her family in Hong Kong, it would not be surprising that each family members use three dialects to complete a sentence. Even her dog responds to these languages.

 

Epicentre Board of Advisers

From left to right:

Dr. Sian-Yang Tan - Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Church of Glendale, Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary

Robert Herber - Senior Pastor of All People's Church of San Diego;

Carol Davis - Missions Consultant

Susan Peters - Director of Unbound ministries of Antioch International Movement of Churches

Jimmy Seibert - Senior Pastor of Antioch Community Church of Waco, Texas and President of Antioch Ministries International

Joe Ewensenior leader of Harvest Ministries, a network of churches in NE Scotland, and the pastor of Riverside Banff Church, Banff, Scottland