PASTORAL TEAM

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CHARLES CHOE

Lead Pastor

charleschoe@tapestryla.org

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Charles is the Lead Pastor at Tapestry LA Church. Wanting to use his ransomed life for God, he attended Fuller Seminary and graduated with his Master of Divinity (M.Div). Upon graduating, Charles entered the pastoral ministry preaching and leading God’s people with a great desire to see changed lives. Charles joins Tapestry LA with 20 years of pastoral ministry experience.


Charles and his wife Grace live in La Crescenta, California and have three children: Chloe, Noah, and Camden. While Charles has a hectic schedule, he manages to follow his favorite sports teams: the Lakers and the Dodgers. His utmost desire is to proclaim the glory of God as he endeavors to be driven by the gospel and the Holy Spirit.

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ANDREW KIM

Assistant Pastor & Interim Missions Pastor

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Andrew is the Assistant Pastor at Tapestry LA Church. Believing that God had called him into ministry, he left the world of business and attended Eternity Bible College. He received a degree in biblical studies and served as a college pastor for 4 years. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary.


Andrew and his wife Jessie live in Pasadena, California. He is also an avid basketball fan, closely following his favorite player, Lebron James. Above all things, he is passionate about seeing the gospel of Jesus Christ transform the city of Los Angeles and to see people conformed to the image of God for His kingdom.

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JANE GUZMAN DE LEON

Educations Department Pastor

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Jane is the Education Department Pastor at Tapestry LA (overseeing the Children’s & Youth Ministries). Having grown up in Cerritos, one of the most ethnically diverse cities of California, and in an immigrant family, Jane grew up with a multi-dimensional background that helps her relate to many people.


Before being called into the ministry, she has worked as a probation counselor and English teacher in California, and as a university professor in Mexico. She has graduated with her Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, has worked as a Mission’s Committee Director, Youth Pastor, and College Assistant Pastor. Alongside her husband and son, they are passionate about seeing people come to Christ, be healed, and set free to be all that God has called them to be.

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DAVID YOON

Cell Ministry & College Pastor

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David is the Cell Ministry & College Pastor at Tapestry LA Church. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies at California Baptist University, and continuing his studies in Theology, completed his Master of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He loves cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. In his free time, he enjoys photography, going to the beach, and watching movies. He is passionate about God’s people and ministry, both here and overseas. Living each day under God’s grace, David is eager to be used as a pathway of blessing to those around him.


PASTORAL INTERNS

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SHERINE DISSAYANAKE

Children's Pastoral Intern

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Sherine is a Pastoral Intern at Tapestry LA Church. Sensing a call to ministry, she was blessed with the opportunity to serve in ministries such as Youth for Christ, Student Christian Movement and Scripture Union. Sherine graduated from the Master’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Communications. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. Sherine was born in Lebanon and raised in Sri Lanka. She is a passionate fan of cricket, rugby, tea time and dancing! Above all, her desire is to partner with God’s redeeming and restoring work in the lives of the families in the city of Los Angeles.


MINISTRY STAFF

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EMEKA AMENE

Creative Arts Director

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Emeka is the Creative Arts Director at Tapestry LA Church. He graduated from college with a degree in Computer Science and worked as an IT network administrator for a few years as well as pursuing other passions in his life such as competitive tennis, modeling & acting.


In 2011 he felt led by the Spirit to leave it all behind and do mission work at YWAM (Youth With A Mission) Discipleship Training School in Kona, HI. As part of the outreach program he got to serve on missions in S. Korea and Japan. During this trip, he met his wife Maddie and got married in the summer of 2015. He is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary working on a Masters of Arts in Theology as he answers a call to ministry. He is still an avid tennis player and loves to travel in his free time.

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JANUARY LIM

College & Creative Arts Coordinator

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January is the College and Creative Arts Coordinator at Tapestry LA Church. She grew up in the bay (YAY) area, classically trained on the violin before majoring in Film & TV production at Boston University. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting and experienced a renaissance in her relationship with God in the process. Since then, she has served as a worship leader, cell group leader and has gone on missions to China, Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan. Today, January is attending Fuller Seminary pursuing her Masters of Theology in worship and the arts while continuing her acting career. She hopes to continue to pursue and anchor her God-given talents and passions in the foundation of Christ.


January loves cold brew, marvel movies, rooting for the Warriors, catching musicals, and having a good meal with friends.

ALEX OH

Worship Director

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Alex is the Worship Director at Tapestry LA Church. Alex graduated from UCSD with a BS in Management Science, looking to pursue a career in business but God had something else for him. His active involvement in student leadership roles at UCSD led him to pursue his Masters in College Counseling in Student Development at Azusa Pacific University upon graduation, and now has been in the Higher Education field for 10 years.


Alex began his worship journey in youth group as a vocalist, picked up the acoustic guitar in high school and has been leading worship since. He has had the privilege of leading worship at various AMI churches - Kairos Christian Church, Church of Southland, and now Tapestry LA Church.


Alex is married to his wife Hanna, and has two kids, Lucy and Luke. Alex enjoys good conversations over coffee, listening to music, and a good game of Settlers of Catan with friends.


ESTHER SHIN

Missions Ministry Intern

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Esther was born and raised in LA but wanted to experience the full four seasons and moved to the city with one of the coldest winters in the US - Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Social Policy. Upon graduating, she was given an invitation to staff with InterVaristy campus ministries but felt that the Lord was calling her to be abroad. She therefore decided instead to move to Korea and lived there for 3 years teaching English. Upon returning back home, she worked for a healthcare non-profit organization for 2 years. After years of exploring her calling, Esther finally felt the Lord clearly leading her towards receiving further theological training for future missions/faith-based justice work. She will begin her MA in Theology in the fall of 2017 at Talbot. Esther’s passion is to take part in God’s restorative and redemptive work in the cities and to the nations.


Esther loves both lounging at home watching movies, and traveling all over the world going on new adventures. She loves both nature and all things green, and cities and people-watching on public transit. She loves both trying new exotic foods, and eating the same Korean comfort foods 3 meals a day.


GINA KIM

Administrator

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Gina graduated with a BA in Communication, and worked as UCSD HR staff for 6 years. By God’s grace, she felt called to leave her career and move up to LA. In time of reflection, God impressed upon her heart to “go” for Him and was sent to East Asia as Tapestry’s first missions intern where her heart grew for missions admineering and prodigals. Upon her return, Gina was hired as TLA Administrator/AMI Missions Coordinator and began pursuing a Master’s in Global Leadership at Fuller Seminary. She continuously strives to be clear and single-minded in the Lord as she grows into her new learning and ministry roles.


When she isn’t nerding out on spreadsheets, Gina is exploring new coffee roasteries, doing DIY projects, and talking about life with friends at a local cafe.


DANIEL KIM

Youth Director

danielkim@tapestryla.org

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Daniel is the Youth Director at Tapestry LA Church. He was radically saved during a youth retreat, an experience that shaped his belief in the potential of the young people whose lives are wholly surrendered to God. He felt the calling upon his life for ministry as a senior in high school and decided to become a full-time missionary through Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an international, interdenominational missions organization. He has travelled and ministered in various countries, including India, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe. He, along with his wife, pioneered a ministry called Come and See in Switzerland, which seeks to serve the local churches by providing intentional discipleship and empowering the believers to fully live out their identity in Christ.


Daniel and his wife, Marie, whom he met in YWAM, have two daughters, Anna and Mila. His free time is spent mostly with the family. His hobbies are sports, both playing and watching, and eating good food. His passion is to see the power of God manifest in and through the lives of the believers by the empowering of the Holy Spirit.