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Called to Serve: Get to Know the Elders of Grace

What does it mean to be an elder at Grace? An elder is someone recognized and affirmed by the membership of Grace to serve our community in three particular ways:

I. To come alongside us pastorally, to listen to us and lead us toward Christ.

II. To equip us to live out God’s calling for us, both individually and collectively.

III. To attend to the organizational needs of the church community.


What is the point of meeting with an elder? The point of meeting with an elder depends, in large part, on where you are in life and the issues you're facing. Perhaps you're looking for spiritual support in some area of your life, or wisdom for living well in some way, or accountability to walk in the way of Jesus, or help in discerning God’s presence in your life. Elders desire to come alongside you, to listen to you patiently, to ask helpful questions, and to encourage you in living more fully in the way of Christ.

How do I get a meeting with an elder? If you want to meet with an elder, just ask them! You don’t need to know an elder personally to ask them to meet with you. You can simply send an email and tell an elder what you're hoping to talk about in your meeting. Take a minute to get to know more about our elders before taking the next step to arrange a meeting.

Agustin Vieyra

Teacher | Married to Christina; sons Caleb and Ethan

What brings you joy or delight in life? I get life out of bringing wonder to children and participating in the stories of others.

 


 

Alex Absalom

Church Pastor and Church Leadership Coach | Married to Hannah, three sons

What brings you delight or joy in life? Seeing people come closer to Jesus

 


 

Bob Rudd

Retired Account Manager | Married to Karen

Tell us more about your family: After college Karen & I met and were married here at Grace (the only church she has ever attended). We have 4 adult children: Tim (married to Hilary), David (married to Kathryn), Melody, and Rebekah.

What brings you joy or delight in life? I enjoy spending time with family playing games, doing almost anything together, and building things.

 


 

Brian Chung

Senior Vice President, Kawai America Corporation | Married to Jo Anne; three children

What brings you joy or delight in life? As an elder, I love mentoring younger people in the areas of spiritual maturity and career direction. As a business person, I love crafting/implementing new strategic ideas and communicating vision through writing and speaking. As a pianist, I love playing/creating music – and teaching musicians how to improvise.

 


 

Carl LaBarbera

PRESIDENT, KINGDOMWORKS SDG FOUNDATION | Married to Robin; two children, two grandchildren

What brings you joy or delight in life? My grandkids and empowering urban ministry. I also love to golf, cycle, hike and travel to the ends of the earth.

 


 

Daniel G. Long

Pastor | Married to Mandy; two sons

What brings you joy or delight in life? Conversation with Mandy. Asher’s curiosity. Eliot’s charm. All things STORY: I don’t want to imagine a world where people aren’t sharing their stories, good literature isn’t important, films don’t exist, and writing doesn’t matter.

 


 

Dave Parsons

Retired | Married to Linda; three children, eight grandchildren

I delight in my grandchildren, my wife, the body of Christ here at Grace, friendships, reading and golf.

 


 

Eric Balmer

Teacher | Married to Beth; three children

What brings you joy or delight in life? Reading, baseball, a good meal.

 


 

Jeff Giles

Educator | Married to Beth; two daughters

What brings you joy or delight in life? I enjoy doing things outside.  I have a degree in environmental biology and envisioned myself living in the woods, far, far away from the city.  Then I met Beth who has a degree in fashion which kept me squarely in Southern California.  Recently, I took up golf. I'm really not very good but being on some courses reminds me of nature and can be very relaxing (except when I chunk an easy chip shot).

 


 

Jerry Giles

Retired Pastor from Grace | Married to Pat; two children, four grandchildren

Tell us more about your family: My wife is Pat Giles. We have been married almost 46 years. My daughter is Jenny Chheang and my son is Jeff Giles and his wife Beth. We have four grandchildren: Zion and Soriya Chheang and Ruby and Fiona Giles, and they all attend Grace. What joy it is to worship each Sunday with both my family and my church family!

What brings you joy or delight in life? Pat and I just enjoy being together. We also enjoy traveling and caring for our grandchildren and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy golfing with friends.

 


 

Jesse Krohmer

Accountant | Married to Lara; two daughters

What brings you joy or delight in life? Barbecue, fishing, and anything that involves sawdust.

 


 

Jim Knowles

Product Marketing Manager | Married to Sue; three daughters

What brings you joy or delight in life? Serving in this Community of Christ followers.

 


 

Jim Siler

Registered Nurse | Married to Patty; three children, two grandchildren

What brings you joy or delight in life? Making an impact in others lives and seeing lasting change.

 


 

Kurt Victor

Teacher | Married to Paula; two sons

Tell us more about your family: I’m married to Paula (a USC fan & alum, passionate about adoption and race relations, smart, competitive and athletic); Paula'a adult sons Josh & Joe; and two enthusiastic dogs, Shane & Nala.

What brings you joy or delight in life? I find joy in competition, new learning, a good story well told, routine, summer vacation, travel to new places, and justice winning out.

 


 

Lou Huesmann

Senior Pastor at Grace | Married to Laurie; four children, one grandchild

What brings you joy or delight in life? Seeing my grandson discover, notice and find delight in so many things that I'm too busy to notice and find delight in. Seeing people find Jesus to be the greatest transforming relationship they could ever experience in life. Reading a book that stirs my soul written by an author who does not waste words nor seeks to draw attention to him/herself.

 


 

Pete Deeble

Part time teacher, part time craftsman | Married to Jana; four children

What brings you joy or delight in life? I love to use my hands to create and to bring things to life from the raw materials God has given us.  I also love baseball, music, and my wife's cooking. Lastly, I find great delight in my family.

 


 

Ted Moncure

Automotive engineer | Married to Michele; three sons

What brings you joy or delight in life? I love to fly, ride dirt bikes, and build vehicles to drive fast on bad roads. And tacos.

 


 

Steven Gros

Student | Married to Kim; three children

What brings you joy or delight in life? I love traveling with my wife, playing with my kids, and enjoying good meals with friends. Also, reading a good book!