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Out of personal experience, the Reverend Tamara John has developed a passion for sharing the hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through many challenging times and trials in her own life, Pastor Tamara has learned the truth of God's blessings in His redeeming grace. She uses these learned truths to create meaningful relationships with those around her, and to spread the love and peace that surpasses all understanding - hope in Jesus... healing in Jesus...New Life in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Tamara received her Master of Divinity Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and for her first call followed God's leading to start a ministry that had not been done before-an RV Ministry. She became the ordained founder and director of Hope for Life Chapel; a unique RV Ministry in Huntington Beach where she lived and served for eight years.
She is thrilled that God has blessed her with a next call that encompasses everything that is dear to her heart. The RV Ministry is now an added outreach of Christ Presbyterian Church Lakewood in which a team of RVers within the church and others will deploy into RV Parks and campgrounds to serve. This mission is listed among several fruitful ministries of Christ Presbyterian Church all in the Name and Love of Jesus Christ.
As Senior Pastor/Head of Staff, Tamara feels God has placed her where all of her life experiences are being utilized. She is passionate about helping others to discover who God is, why God created them and for what purpose. She then perpetuates this cycle by encouraging them to do the same for others. She is thrilled for the opportunity to convey this mission through preaching God's word from the pulpit, through a deeper teaching of God's word in Bible Study, and through pastoral care walking alongside as a Shepherd prayerfully encouraging each person to walk closer to the Great Shepherd, Jesus, who is the Source of all human need.
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I have been a member of Grace First Presbyterian Church in Long Beach for over 40 years, where I served as an ordained Deacon and Elder, serving as Clerk of Session. During the 1980’s I also worked there as Church Secretary and Business Manager. During the 1990’s I worked at the Los Ranchos Presbytery in Anaheim, CA, as the Administrative Assistant for Mission and Stewardship.
Also, during the 90’s, I became a member of APA (Administrative Personnel Association in the PCUSA). For over 5 years I served as the Regional and National Certification Chair. I have been certified in all three levels offered by the APA.
And now, it’s hard to believe that I have been the Secretary/Administrative Assistant at Christ Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, since 2007 – almost 12 ½ years. This may not be my home church, but I love everything about it – the warm and generous people, and their faith and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, I am looking forward to working with and for our new pastor the Rev. Tamara John, with her joy and enthusiasm for the Lord and his ministry through CPC; so excited to see where the Lord is leading me as well as Christ Presbyterian Church.
As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. When elected by the congregation, they shall serve faithfully as members of the session. When elected as commissioners to higher councils, ruling elders participate and vote with the same authority as teaching elders, and they are eligible for any office.
Welcome to CPC! I'm Kirk Real and have served as your Clerk of Session for some 50 years. Additionally, I am the only active member from the group of some 218 individuals who were received into the church as charter members when the church was organized on June 30, 1957.
Through the years one of my primary areas of interest in the church has been in the music program and -- other than period of my military service in 1958-1959 -- I have served as pianist and/or organist since the church first met in the Oliver Wendell Holmes School on May 19, 1957.
This is a friendly church with a praying, welcoming congregation. If you don't have a church home, we invite you to join us as we worship and fellowship together.
My name is Nathan Riddle. I was born in Long Beach and raised in Lakewood, and I’ve been actively attending CPC for over 15 years, since I was in Middle School. After spending a few years post-high school pursuing a career in marine biology, I made a complete 180 and I’m currently on my way to becoming a professional pilot. I currently work for the cities of Long Beach and Cerritos as a supervising lifeguard and enjoy a wide range of hobbies including camping, off-roading in the desert, and boating. At CPC I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a Deacon, an AV tech, and temporarily as youth leader. It’s my pleasure to be on this journey with you all and I’m excited to see where God takes this church!
Kim Philips is CPCs Elder of Children’s and Youth Ministry. Kim has recently taken on this position and is excited for the opportunity to help grow CPCs Sunday School and Youth Programs. She enjoys singing in the choir, participating with the praise team, and helping with the worship service where needed. Kim and her husband have been attending CPC for about 15 years. During that time Kim stepped in as the Praise Leader for a time, served as a deacon, is currently serving as an elder and led a Financial Peace University class with her husband. She loves spending time with her family and friends, and her newest hobby is traveling to visit her children and first grandchild.
Hi my name is Linda Barrett also known as Ms. Linda. I have a great love for Jesus and my CPC family here for 35+ years! I'm so excited for the opportunity to reach out to many of you and help us all be involved!
Please help Ms. Linda set up for worship!
church retreat Postponed Dates TBD
I was born in Detroit, Michigan to wonderful, Christian parents, went to school there, worked several different jobs before beginning a 25 year career at Ford Motor Company in 1959. I transferred to Ford Pico Rivera, CA in 1961 as an Administrative Assistant and am now retired.
I have been Presbyterian most of my life and have been an active member of Grace First Presbyterian Church of Long Beach for 28 years and prior to that a member of Christ Presbyterian Church of Lakewood for 10 years and, more recently, 9 years here again at CPC. I have been blessed by service as Deacon, Deacon Moderator, Elder, Bible Study leader, and Vice President of Women’s Association.
I am a member of P.E.O. (a philanthropic education organization) which promotes scholarships and loans for women’s education. Positions I have held are Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Vice President and President.
My hobby is reading, especially mysteries, and bragging about my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
I love this church and my church family, and am grateful for the opportunities to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome to CPC Lakewood. My name is Jason Riddle. My wife Cheryl and I have been members here for over 15 years now. I am originally from California, however most of my is family is on the east coast now. I grew up in a Christian home and have been blessed to have Jesus in my life for as long as I can remember. I have learned that following Jesus is not necessarily the easiest path, but it is always the best path. I currently serve as an Elder overseeing both the Facilities and Finances of the church. I greatly enjoy serving at the church. I believe that we are all works in progress and that serving in the church is a part of becoming more mature in Christ.
In conjunction with working for the City of Downey and serving at CPC I also enjoy playing. I enjoy boating with friends and family. I enjoy camping, RV style anyway. And my youngest son and I enjoy off road motor sports. Being in the middle of no where and enjoying a sunset from the top of a hill that you just conquered with your dirt bike, can and does bring you closer to God.
Tom Philips, originally from Levittown, New York, moved to Cerritos, California in 1970; later, he moved to Norwalk, CA and began learning the trumpet in the 6th grade. With the help of his musical father, Tom continued through high school and later, earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton. He began teaching band and orchestra at Norwalk HS from 1989 and then accepted a position at Nogales HS in La Puente. In 2000, he was called home to Lakewood (where he lives) to teach at Mayfair High School. Mr. Philips was honored as “Teacher of the Year” in 1992, 1996 and the Bellflower USD “District Teacher of the Year” in 2006. Tom and his wife of 33 years, Kim, loved being part of the music department at all of their churches. At their previous church, Tom conducted the church orchestra while Kim ran the children’s choir. They have two daughters, Alexis (30) who lives in Oakland and Courtney (27), who married her high school sweetheart, John Barrera in 2017. They just bought a house in Omaha, Nebraska. Kim and Tom have been at CPC since 2005.
I have lived my whole life here in Lakewood. I attended CSULB and completed the nursing program there. I am a registered nurse at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach. I work in the neonatal intensive care unit, taking care of our smallest of our community. I absolutely love dogs and have volunteered with Guide Dogs of America since 2012. I have a yellow lab named Jaylee. I have attended CPC since I was about 12 years old. My mom used to work as the church secretary. I was very involved in the youth program, young adult program, and the mission trips. I have previously served as a Deacon, and I am excited to serve now as an Elder.
Hello! I’m Janet Tabah. I was born in Cameroon, a beautiful country located in the West-Central Africa. I lived in Vienna, Austria for several years, while my husband George worked for UNIDO( United Nations International Development Organization). Our four children were also born in Vienna.
I moved to the USA to complete my studies. I attended Santa Monica College and then transferred to UCLA School of Nursing, where I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing. After getting my first job as a registered nurse at Bellwood General Hospital in Bellflower, I moved to Cerritos from Los Angeles.
I have been a member of Culver City Presbyterian Church and Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Los Alamitos. My family and I joined CPC in 2004. I fell in love with church. The intimate church size offered unique opportunities to connect to people and serve the Lord. I served as the president of the Women’s Association in 2008 and 2009. I was a deacon for 4 years and then served as the elder of discipleship for 6 years. My passion is singing, especially hymns! I am so blessed to sing in our church choir. My stay at CPC has been very fruitful and rewarding. I give thanks to the Lord for all that He has been doing in my life, and I’m excited and honored to be of service again as the elder for discipleship.
The office of deacon is one of sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. It is a ministry of caring; a ministry of love; a ministry of compassion; and a ministry of prayer and community service. Deacons take the initiative to reach out to those who have suffered loss, are in the hospital, lost their jobs, need a word of welcome, are shut-in and minister to any people who need to experience the love of Christ in concrete ways (transportation, food, shelter, clothing and a listening ear). All Christians are to provide these ministries of sympathy and caring. But the Deacons provide an organized way of bringing the love of Jesus Christ to the church and the community in ways for the whole world to see through service to God. We look forward to serving you and our church. This is a ministry of caring, a ministry of love, a ministry of compassion, a ministry prayer and a ministry of community service.
Hello! It is a joy and privilege to attend and serve here at CPC. I have been a member here for 10 years, recently served 6 years as a Deacon and after a break am currently serving as the Moderator of our CPC Board of Deacons. I also participate in our CPC Prayer Ministry, Hospitality Team and Women’s Association.
John & I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and moved to California after we married in 1980. We moved to Lakewood in 1983 and we have two adult daughters Megan and Hayley and furry pup Jaylee.
I worked as a Clinical Medical Assistant before our girls were born. I enjoy traveling, gardening, doing stitchery and swimming.
I'm 74 years old. I graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1962. My hobbies are sewing baby blankets and all types of blankets. I also love to paint Christmas village houses made out of plaster, my daughter & I try to get together once a week to paint. I have been coming to CPC for 6-7 years and feel that I've grown a lot in my faith by attending CPC.
My name is Joyce Molinar and I was raised in Long Beach by two loving parents. I attended schools in Long Beach and in 1972 I married Ed Molinar. We spent our first couple years of marriage living in Germany. Ed was stationed there with the U.S. Army and when we returned to the states we came back to Long Beach and started our family. We have 3 children: Jason, Amy and Jonathan; and 2 grand-daughters: Madison and Hailey. When my youngest son was in Kindergarten I went back to school and received my A.S. Degree and then became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. I worked for Harriman Jones/Health Care Partners in Pediatrics until I retired to take care of my grand-daughters. I enjoy sewing, crafts, water exercise, volunteering at Longfellow Elementary School and traveling. I was raised in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, but I didn't feel at home and my mother encouraged me to start looking for a new Church. One day I was driving down Candlewood and I noticed the Marquee. The next Sunday I attended and as soon as I walked through the gate I knew this was going to be my Church. I have been a member since 2006 and I have been involved in Women's Association, Bible studies, small groups and VBS. I was also the Elder of Children and Youth Ministries for 3 years. This is my first year as Deacon and I am eager to be able to serve all of you here at CPC.....
Hello all! My name is Derek Wung, and I am one of the Deacons for Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) in Lakewood, CA! I've lived in Southern California for a majority of my life from as far south as San Diego to as far north as Santa Barbara. I attended Northminster Presbyterian Church (NPC) in Tucson, AZ, where I discovered my love for volunteering and giving back to the community. I volunteered for numerous different non-profit organizations based in Tucson, and I supported the church for various special events like Easter Sunday, Market on the Move (The 3000 Club), and the annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat! After being blessed with the gifts God had given to me during my stay in the desert, I moved back to Southern California in 2014 and have attended CPC since then.
I became a member in May 2015 and was nominated to the Board of Deacons just 18 months afterwards. The following year, I joined the sound tech team and have worked behind the soundboard for select Sunday and Memorial Services. I've also lent a helping hand at various events for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) from time to time. It's amazing the work that God has done over the past several years of my life! I'm looking forward to what the next several years will bring!
I grew up in a Christian household – prayer of thanks at the family dinner table every night, we knew the real/Christian meaning of holidays, went to church when Daddy didn’t have to work, Christian morals and values.
As a newly married young adult, I taught the kindergarten Sunday school, helped at VBS, and taught preschool. I took my kids to Sunday school and youth groups, ran a home day care, was a scout leader for many years, went to church most of the time. As they grew older life got even busier and we kind of got away from going to church, except on Easter and Christmas. “Sunday is the only day I had to relax,” was my reasoning! But there was a BIG hole – an emptiness in my life that I couldn’t identify.
About 10 years ago Carolyn (our second daughter) and her husband decided to stay in the area and wanted a church home – they invited me to come along – moral support and all that! The hole was filled and here I still am!
I have always known that I was cared for/taken care of – nothing really, bad ever happened. Until about April 2015. The God’s presence was really proven! I AM taken care of, prayer really DOES work, and I AM LOVED – I absolutely know it!!! And, I tell others about it!
My name is Nancy Kirstenpfad. I was born in Howell, MI in 1939. I lived in Brighton, MI where I went to the same school from Kindergarten through graduation in 1957. My plan was to go to nursing school, but Gunter moved to my town in April, just before I finished high school and we married in September. We moved to California in March of 1958. We moved into our home in Lakewood in 1964. We began attending Christ Presbyterian Church. Our son, John was born in 1969. He has a wife and two daughters.
I worked at Farmers and Merchants Bank and their trust company for 8 years. I worked at Pacific Savings and Loan for 2 years. I worked for Hexcel Corporation for 11 years.
Over the years I have been a deacon, an elder, sung in the choir and led the Lydia Circle Women’s Bible Study.
I was blessed to have my husband for nearly 63 years. So very thankful he was able to live in our home until he went home to be with the Lord.
I love being a Deacon!
It has been an amazing journey working as Children’s Ministry Director. A little over three years ago I was asked to consider serving in this role here at CPC. Initially my family and I were talking about just trying out a service here at CPC. A good friend of mine invited us. My husband, son and I honestly never looked back. Here is a little bit about my journey.
As many of you know I began going to church with my grandmother. I remember she was my first Sunday School Teacher. I have a large family but I am the only child. In some way I have always worked with children. I started as a nursery worker in church. I remember always telling my parents that I wanted to own my own daycare. Well now I am blessed to have three families. I have my own family which includes my husband Matthew and my son Jace. I have my preschool classroom family and my CPC Children’s Ministry family. God had this mapped out for my life. I am so grateful and do my best to give back. It is so much fun to make a CPC child smile and know that they love their church and I am part of that. I also enjoy working with my church family and recently became a Deacon. In my free time I enjoy all sorts of crafting, jewelry making. I am pretty silly and big hearted. I have gained so much on this journey is that God is good!!
Matt is a deacon at CPC, where he assists with grief mailing ministry, as well as running sound and games for VBS alongside his wife, Heather.
Matt is an Eagle Scout and is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in Business Analysis.
Matt enjoys tabletop and computer games and currently lives in Fullerton with his wife, Heather, and their son Jace.
Hello everybody, my name is Spencer Riddle and I am proud to be a deacon of Christ Presbyterian Church in Lakewood California. I have lived in Lakewood California for as long as I can remember. I have done a lot of volunteer activities throughout the years of being a follower of Christ, everything from mission trips to Mexico, playing guitar on various Sundays throughout the month and I also sing in the church choir when I am not working. What do I do for a living, you may ask, I work for the Transportation Security Administration or TSA for short. I have been doing that for almost 6 months and I love doing what I do because it gives me the chance to help people get to their destination by air safely and quickly. My hobbies include playing softball on Sunday afternoons when I can get the chance to, watching baseball, going on adventures with my girlfriend, and watching baseball. I love what I do with the TSA and I love being a deacon here at Christ Presbyterian Church in Lakewood.
I was born in Oakland, CA. My family moved to Southern California when I was a baby. I graduated from Lakewood High School, Long Beach City College and Pepperdine University with a B.A. in English.
I did secretarial work for various companies including Fluor Engineering (Word Processing), Atlantic Richfield and Lucky Stores/Albertson’s Regional Office. I enjoy singing in the CPC Choir and with the CPC Praise Team. I love to listen to and learn music and practice harmonies. In Jr. High and High School my favorite hobbies were writing poetry, practicing harmonies, and playing my tambourine. I always wanted to learn the drums but in lieu of drums the tambourine and maracas would suffice.
I started attending CPC in 2017. I became a member of CPC in 2019. I have really enjoyed getting to know the wonderful church congregation and staff at CPC. I have been involved in Women’s Association, and Bible studies here at CPC. I love attending CPC’s Women’s Association meetings and sharing fellowship with the wonderful women of CPC. 2020 is my first year serving as a Deacon at CPC. It has been my honor and privilege to become a part of the CPC Church Family.