Pastors

Michael Lee  Senior Pastor

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Michael grew up in Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks coffee. His passion is to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ and believes that should be the passion of the local church as well. He’s been in pastoral ministry for the past 25 years and was a professor of homiletics (preaching). He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

He is married to his true love, Mink, and together they have three children: Karis, Kayla, and Nathan. His family goal is to be the same person at home as he is in public.

He enjoys reading, watching sports (especially the Seattle Seahawks- #the12thman), and meeting with fellow Seahawks fans. If Michael wasn’t in full time ministry, he believes he could be a famous stand-up comic.

Yana Ahn  Global Missions Pastor

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Yana grew up in Los Angeles for most of her life, but she is a nomad at heart. She graduated from Columbia International University & Seminary (M.Div.) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA in Cross-Cultural Studies). Yana oversees the global missions department for both Broadway and Jefferson.

She is happily single and resides with her retired parents. She also enjoys being an aunt to five wonderful nieces and nephews who are across the country and the globe. She comes from a family of missionaries; both her sister and her brother are missionaries in Asia.

When Yana is out of the office, you can always find her exploring and learning something new about the city with others. She also loves traveling the world, and immersing herself in a new culture. Yana never judges a book by its cover and is willing to eat at any place, at least once – ask her about pho by the freeway.

Hyo Kim  Associate Pastor

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Hyo grew up in Glendale, CA. He “accidentally” went into seminary because he just wanted to learn. He providentially met Liz at Talbot School of Theology, and they got married in 2010. They have 2 children, Collin and Audrey. He’s been in ministry in the local church for 12 years.

Hyo is the associate pastor at Jefferson, where he oversees Sunday Experience. He is passionate about helping people process their spiritual journey. His other primary duty consists of buying people coffee throughout the week. Yes, please ask him anytime!

When Hyo is not making coffee at church, he spends his time selling things on eBay, cleaning, fighting for consumer rights, and watching the Lakers.

Blake Cowen  College Pastor

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Blake is from the small town of Fort Scott, KS and followed God’s calling out to Los Angeles in 2015. Blake and his wife, Grace, recently finished up at Ozark Christian College and upon graduation moved to join the team here at Jefferson.

Blake serves as one of the pastors at Jefferson and gets excited when the family of God crosses generational and cultural boundaries, creating a diverse home away from home. If you're in need a home-cooked meal or searching for a family away from home then he’s the man with the connections!

Whenever Blake doesn’t have his head in a book, he loves to be active and outside. Between playing Ultimate Frisbee, sand volleyball, and learning how to surf, you can find him cheering for his Kansas City teams. Go Royals!

Dustin Lang  Education Pastor

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Dustin was born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up eating In-N-Out, cheering for the Lakers, and enjoying sunny skies. Although Dustin spent his four years of college in the Bay Area, he soon returned after graduation and has lived in LA ever since. Dustin feels a strong pride for the City of Angels and believes that God has a special plan for it.

Dustin oversees the education ministries while also leading the weekly services of grades one through five. He has a burning passion to see children and youth place their faith in Jesus and become true disciples. He believes that church should be a fun, relevant, and safe place for children and youth to be transformed by the unconditional love of Christ.

When not at Jefferson, Dustin gives his time to a parachurch ministry called Revival LA and a YouTube channel called Lovers Loving Others. He also enjoys working out, playing basketball, rooting for his Los Angeles sports teams, and bragging about his fiance... with humility, of course.

Grace Cowen  Impact Youth Pastor

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Grace started her journey in the suburban town of Olathe, Kansas. She followed Jesus’ call to Ozark Christian College where she graduated with a degree in Christian Ministry. After graduation, Grace married her best friend, Blake, and moved across the country to Los Angeles. Grace fell in love with the vision that God has for this church and heard God’s call louder than ever.

Grace is the pastor of sixth through twelfth grade students at Jefferson. She loves junior high and high school students because she believes that the younger generation is not just the future of the church, but passionate contributors to the church now.

If Grace isn’t hanging out with students, you could probably find her eating a giant bowl of macaroni and cheese, dancing at the ballet studio, or binge reading her favorite books.

Sunhee Park Infant-Kindergarten cKids Pastor

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Sunhee grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She then moved to SoCal to serve in children ministry at a local church. As a result, she has lost her southern twang, but still loves to cheer on the Dallas Cowboys. She worked for a missions organization as a mobilizer for several years, and God led her back to children's ministry in a full circle.

Sunhee is the children's pastor for infants to kindergartners at Jefferson. She is married to Bowen and they have a son named Colson. To wind down after a long day, Sunhee loves to watch a good movie but usually falls asleep.

Staff

Kyungho Hong//Executive Director
Joseph Kim//Praise Leader
Christine Park//Operations Manager
Hidemi Park//Administrative Assistant