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REV. DR. KEN JOHNSON
In His ministry at Resurrection Lutheran Church Pastor Johnson focuses on interaction with other religious communities and partners in business, government, the arts and civic society. Concerned for all the people of Resurrection Church, School and Preschool, he has a particular passion for the care and wellbeing of homeless people in the community parish.
Pastor Johnson is a graduate of Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, studied at the Drucker Institute, Stetson University and SUNY in Buffalo, New York.
Pastor Johnson lives in Redondo Beach with is wife Barbie.
John Brown is in his third year as Worship Leader at Resurrection Lutheran Church and ninth year as Music Teacher at Riviera Hall Lutheran School. His music career covers the gamut from concert clarinet to playing the lead in Jesus Christ Superstar. Coming to Hollywood as a featured singer on the "CBS Newcomer Show", he opened for Elvin Bishop, Bill Withers and Boz Scaggs. His Yamaha Ticketmaster Award-winning band has been voted the 'Best of the South Bay'. In addition to performing at dozens of events annually, John toured regionally with his Christian CD release, "Out of the Blue", a tribute to the transforming love of Jesus. He was the first Contemporary Worship Director at Calvary Church of Pacific Palisades and served as Worship Leader at St. Andrews, Redondo Beach for over a decade. John's series of children's CDs has been awarded, "Dr. Toy's Product of the Year" and thousands of students have been involved with one of John's school, community theater or garage and productions. In his role as founder of Fantasia Family Music, he has earned grant awards from the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the Los Angeles Arts Commission. John's career centers around his favorite hymn: Take my voice, and let me sing/Always, only, for my King;/Take my lips, and let them be/Filled with messages from Thee."
Debra has been the Office Manager at RLC since August 2014 after her retirement as HR Manager at Bloomingdales. Debra is married to husband David for 35 years. They have one daughter Julia, who is an RHLS alumni. Julia and husband David have one infant son John David. Debra and David have been a part of the Redondo Beach community for 36 years. David is a retired engineer from Raytheon in El Segundo. The Kalianov's have been members of RLC for the past 23 years. Debra is involved in many of the RLC events. She loves her job and all the RLC members and friends!
After a twenty year career at Chadwick School, Kelly McCabe became principal of the Riviera Hall Lutheran School in 2015. She has experience teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. Kelly has a Bachelor's degree in elementary education, a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology, and holds credentials in Multiple Subject and Administrative Services. Her approach to working with students, teachers and parents is based on mutual respect and honesty. Kelly wants students to feel safe physically and emotionally so the community can foster a joy of learning in a Christ-based environment.
Dorian Theberge has worked for Riviera Hall Lutheran Preschool since 2008 and became the Director in 2014. Dorian earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University. She is committed to providing our children with a loving and developmentally sound foundation that guides their natural curiosity to develop a sense of self, independent thinking and a love for learning. RHLP is a Preschool where God's presence is felt throughout and seen in the faces of His beloved children.
"I am proud to be part of the ministry of Resurrection Lutheran Church and I embrace the philosophy and core values of the church to provide an academic program with a Christ-centered experience that nurtures the whole child. Matthew 6:21 "For Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also" is my life verse and captures how I lead as the Director at Riviera Hall Lutheran Preschool."
Shane Cherry has been the Sound Engineer at Resurrection Lutheran Church since 2012. He was born in England, and has two sisters, one his twin, and a brother. After grammar school, Shane joined Rank Xerox Ltd as an Engineering Apprentice, and worked there while studying for a Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Birmingham Polytechnic, UK. Shane continued to work for Rank Rochester NY in 1987. In 1988, he moved permanently to the US, located to Los Angeles, and continued his tenure as a Senior Design Engineer at Xerox Agency in a technical capacity.
Shane has two daughters and lives in Torrance.
"I feel very blessed to be a part of this church."
Larry J Waters
Larry came to RLC as an emergency substitute in Advent, 1996, and has been "subbing" here ever since! Larry did his undergraduate and graduate work at Arizona State University, Tempe AZ,Cal State University, LA, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and San Anselmo Seminary. His life-long career in church music began at the age of nine. He also serves as Organist for Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Torrance
Janet Thomas started her career in the corporate world in Human Resources. However, her love for children and music inspired her to further her studies in music and early childhood development. In 2001, Janet made the decision to leave her corporate job to teach music full time. As a music instructor she has taught pre-school and elementary age music classes, private piano lessons, children's mini musicals and the RLC Christmas play. She has been a Sunday School teacher for many years at RLC. As of 2019, she became the Sunday School Coordinator and Kids Klub Director.
Mario Chocoj has been the Custodian at Resurrection Lutheran Church since August 19, 199. He and his wife of 25 years, Victoria, have two children, Karla and Luis. Mario holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theology, and has continued to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology. He is a Pastor and teaches leadership training in both Central and South America . Mario enjoys being a positive influence to the church family members.
Nursery Care Provider
Claire Theberge has been a part of the RLC community her entire life. She attended Preschool at RHLP and graduated from RHLS in 2017. Currently, she is a junior at Chadwick High School where she co-leads her school's Community Service Advisory Board that serves within the Los Angeles community. Additionally, Claire is the President of Speak Up Cambodia and advocates on behalf of girls' education. She is CPR/First Aid certified and enjoys serving in the church nursery.