Step 12: Living on God’s Mission, Part 3 of Three Focuses of a Vibrant Christian Life

January 22, 2017

Bible Text: Matthew 4:19 | ,

Series:

Steps 10-12 are about how to make sure we continue to grow and maintain our recovery after we are done with Steps 1-9. How do we live a vibrant Christian life in the Spirit? Step 10 focuses on continued humility. Step 11 focuses on living in a rhythm of spiritual practices. And Step 12 focuses on living on God’s mission.

Matthew 4:19 says: “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men

Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee

Leadership Team Member

Aimee Tompkins

Aimee Tompkins

Worship Leader

Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee

Leadership Team Member

Cindy is a doctoral student studying spiritual formation and works for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.

Delonte Gholston

Delonte Gholston

Pastor of Children and Youth

Delonte is a student at Fuller Theological Seminary.

David Guyer

David Guyer

San Fernando Valley Parish Pastor

David and Michelle Guyer are the church planter is residence.  They are working on planting a parish of New City in South San Fernando Valley.  David is currently an assistant principal of a high school, and a student at Fuller Theological Seminary.  He graduated from Milligan College and has a Master's Degree from UCLA.  He is married to Michelle and they three beautiful children--Harmony, Levi and Rigley.

Kevin Haah

Kevin Haah

Lead Pastor

Kevin went from being a young urban single out of Cornell Law School to getting married (Grace), having three kids (Kaetlyn, and twins Eliana and Bennett), making partner at a prestigious law firm, giving up law to pursue a Master in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, and becoming a pastor and a church planter.

Kevin lived in a loft and worked in US Bank Tower in downtown LA before it became fashionable to live here, and ministered to the poor in downtown LA's Skid Row for over 10 years.

His vision is to build an inclusive gospel-centered community in downtown LA, which not only shares the good news of Jesus with the people of downtown but also becomes good news to the neighborhood by serving the neighborhood. His vision is also to lead a church planting movement in Los Angeles--planting an inclusive gospel-centered church in every neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Kevin is also an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and serves as a church planting coach and a leader of the LA Church Planting Movement. He is also one of the authors of the book, Starting Missional Church: Life with God in the Neighborhood (IVP 2014).

In his off hours, you might find him reading a book, having a theological conversation with his kids, running a marathon, or biking with his family.

Diana Mond

Diana Mond

Administrative Assistant

T. C. Moore

T. C. Moore

Associate Pastor

T. C. is a Jesus-disciple, husband, father, tech geek, and theology nerd. He is married to Osheta, and together they parent three wonderful children: Tyson, T. J., and Trinity. T. C. began following Jesus at 17 when God's love rescued him from a self-destructive, criminal lifestyle. Since then he has served in Jesus's counter-cultural movement in many ways.  He served as a pastoral intern in a campus ministry reaching out to students at the University of Illinois in Urbana before leaving for Bible college in New Orleans. After graduating from a Bible college specializing in urban ministry, T. C. and Osheta were married and began serving in an under-resourced neighborhood of New Orleans called Hollygrove mentoring at-risk youth at a Christian community center. He also served as Youth Pastor for two Pentecostal congregations. In 2005, the Moores lost nearly everything they owned to hurricane Katrina while Osheta was 9 months pregnant with their second child. They subsequently moved to Boston where T. C. studied urban ministry at Gordon-Conwell seminary. While in Boston, T. C. restarted a defunct faith-based mentoring program for at-risk youth at a Latino Baptist church in a neighborhood called Roxbury. Later he served on the teaching team of a multi-ethnic church plant in a neighborhood called Dorchester. In 2010, the Moores followed God's leading to plant a church called New City Church of Boston. T. C. served as the Church Planting Pastor of New City Boston before accepting the role of Associate Pastor at New City Church of Los Angeles in 2014.

T. C. loves to read books about theology, watch movies, and play video games with his kids.

Josh Paredes

Josh Paredes

Worship Pastor

Josh was born and raised in Koreatown in Los Angeles, California, and "grew up" in church. As the son of a church planter/pastor, Josh served in church from a very young age. When his mom and dad decided to plant a church in mid-city L.A., Josh was automatically named the official worship leader at the age of 13. For over 15 years, Josh served as worship leader at his parents' predominantly Spanish-speaking congregation. In 2004, Josh and his then girlfriend, Nidya, felt a call to reach out to their English-speaking and bilingual neighbors and so developed a Sunday morning English service. This experience piqued their interest in church planting and intensified their desire to purposefully serve a multi-ethnic community.

In early 2009, Josh and Nidya felt an urging to step out of their comfort zone and through what could only be termed as "God-dates" with different individuals they learned about New City Church in downtown. From their first visit to New City, they knew this would be their new church home. Josh now leads worship at New City and together with Nidya hopes to one day plant a church.

In his spare time, Josh loves listening to music and playing his guitar. He also enjoys a strong cup of coffee, Lakers' basketball, a good movie, and spending time with his wife.

Hannah Sims

Hannah Sims

Director of Connections and Care

Hannah Sims moved to downtown LA from Columbia, Missouri in 2012, and she loves it here!

After finishing degrees at the University of Missouri, Hannah (Masters in Public Health) and her husband Mark (medical school) came to LA for his medical residency. She immersed herself in her new community in a variety of ways – knit bombing, urban gardening (and briefly, urban poultry), bicycle repair and advocacy, Skid Row clean-up, and especially, volunteering however needed at New City Church.

Hannah loves the restoration gospel, and is always seeking health, wellness, peace, and reconciliation in her messed-up community.

Hannah and Mark graduated from Wheaton College where they were lab partners in the Biology Department.

In her down time, Hannah can be found reading feminist blogs, knitting, napping, reading Emily Dickinson poetry, or swerving through traffic on her beloved bicycle.

.” In this passage, Jesus says to “follow me” (enter into an intimate relationship with him—Steps 1-3) “and I will make you” (enter into a process of being transformed to be like Jesus—Steps 4-11) “fishers of men” (he gives us a mission that’s about others, not just about ourselves). The call is to live on God’s mission of making disciples.

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