God’s Kingdom is advancing for the glory of God and the good of man. Every Jesus professing believer is invited to stand in awe of Jesus’ reign but also run in proactive participation, on-the-go, through lips and lives, here or there, till Kingdom come.
Date: April 20-21, 2018 (Friday-Saturday)
Location: Living Hope Community Church
CITIZENS & SAINTS
PASTOR STEVE CHOI
With the conviction that the local church is the hope of the world, Steve planted Crossway in 2007 with 50 core members. Steve was ordained in 1999 in the Presbyterian Church and is a graduate of the Talbot School of Theology (M. Div.) and UC Riverside. In 2008, Steve was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Ebenezer Theological Seminary (Kerala, India) for his partnership to that ministry. Steve also serves on the board of ITS (International Theological Seminary), JAMA (Jesus Awakening Movement in America), and is a Council Member of the SOLA Network. Steve and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Carissa and Ashley.
Pastor Rocky Seto
Rocky was raised in the San Gabriel Valley and is a son of “Issei” (first generation Japanese American) parents, who are the greatest influences in his life. He became a follower of Jesus Christ at the University of Southern California in 1998. His life prior to being saved was a life that identified as being a football player, but Rocky shares that God used teammates sharing the Gospel with him to save him. Sharla, the love of his life, and Rocky celebrated their 14-year anniversary last July. The Lord has blessed them with 4 children, 2 older daughters named Kaylani and Mia and 2 younger sons named Troy and Timothy. After serving as a football coach for the past 18 years, Rocky has been called into full-time pastoral ministry to serve at Evergreen SGV.
PASTOR Brandon Washington
Brandon grew up in Dallas, Texas and studied Political Science at the University of North Texas. While helping a friend plant a church in San Antonio he met his wife Cheri. They now have two beautiful children, Reese and Ellis. Soon after they wed, the couple moved to Denver where Brandon initiated studies at Denver Seminary (M.A. Systematic Theology) and served as an Adult Ministries Pastor. Envisioning planting a church, they relocated shortly thereafter to Little Rock, Arkansas where Brandon studied as a church planting resident at Fellowship Associates. Upon returning to Denver, they initiated the process of launching The Embassy Church in partnership with a dedicated team of friends that identified with the vision. Their sincere desire is to see that God is made famous in their city.
TESTIMONIAL Q & A SPEAKER
Becket Cook was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Early on in his childhood, he began to experience same-sex attraction. Over the years, this attraction developed into his identity through high school and college. In September of 2009, Becket met a stranger at a coffee shop in Silverlake who invited him to his church in Hollywood called Reality L.A. Becket agreed to attend the service, against his better judgment. After hearing the sermon that Sunday, Becket was utterly transformed by the Gospel and gave his life to Christ. Becket spends much of his time in ministry speaking at churches and universities helping believers (and non-believers) understand this issue biblically, theologically, culturally, and personally. Becket received his master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in 2017.
Zach is the lead singer of Citizens and released a solo record last spring, called “1001.” He also produces bands of different genres. Zach loves writing songs and hopes to be one of those old guys years from now who is still able to contribute something of importance to the musical landscape. He and his wife, Natalie, have been married for 11 years and have 4 children.
Seminar Topic: 22 Steps
How retracing our steps can lead to the greatest sources of inspiration.
Currently the owner of Copa Vida Café as well as its sister roasting company (True Beans Coffee Roasters) and its parent (HNF & Associates), Steve Chang has been in the Food Service business for over 15 years. Steve’s other passions include his family of 4 (2 daughters), his faith, and baseball. He serves as an Elder at the Vine Church of Eagle Rock and was an Assistant Coach for the Occidental College Baseball Team. He loves to travel, speaks at conferences and panels for entrepreneurship, and facilitates strategic planning sessions for non-profits.
SEMINAR TOPIC: The Kingdom First Business Model
This seminar will discuss the intersection of faith and business and how to properly define success for a faith-based business.
Pastor Rand Cho
Rand is a pastor at Nasung Church in La Habra Heights where he teaches weekly from the pulpit for English-speaking adults and oversees the church's elementary and youth ministries. He committed his life to Christ during his college years at UCLA where he studied developmental and cognitive psychology. Rand's philosophy of ministry has been driven by a particular quote by Martin Luther: "If I profess, with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of Scripture except that point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, then I am not confessing Christ no matter how boldly I am professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefields beside is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point."
SEMINAR TOPIC: Church Unity - Has Jesus Passed Us By?
The people of God have always been exhorted to unity in Christ because of the constant threat of division from anything else. To advance the kingdom, the believer must understand precisely what it's built upon, and divide over nothing else.
Will and his wife, Andrea, reside in Orange County, California. They are on the leadership team for The Meeting Place (TMP). TMP has a vision to raise up hungry and broken people to become spiritual leaders who advance God's Kingdom. Will graduated from Talbot with his M.Div. and is currently studying to get his D.Min. at Dallas Theological Seminary.
SEMINAR TOPIC: Dwelling in the House of the Lord
The priority of every single believer is to set their heart on the face of God. Apart from prayer and intimacy with God, it is impossible to follow the Lord whole-heartedly. This seminar will look into the life of David to see how he kept a lifestyle of intimacy and prayer in the midst of all the busyness of life.
Robby Jung & JULIE PAK
Robby is currently a local high school assistant principal after spending time as an English teacher, department coordinator, and basketball coach. He has been an educator in various contexts including urban/inner-city and suburban high schools. He also serves as an elder and the worship director at Living Hope Community Church in Brea, CA. He received both his bachelor's (English) and master’s (Education) degrees from UCLA. Robby is happily married to Grace, and they love spending time with their two sons: Jeremiah and Joshua. In his free time, he loves playing and watching sports with his family, making music, and hanging out with his closest friends.
After teaching English to MKs in China during a summer missions trip, Julie decided to pursue a career in teaching and has taught in Title I schools for many years. When she's not in the classroom teaching her class of third graders, she serves at Living Hope Community Church as the Associate Director of KKJ (Early Childhood Ministries) and as the VBS Director. Her favorite people are her husband, Tommy, and their two children, Maia and JJ.
Seminar Topic: Teachers and CounselorS - Get the Job and Make an Impact for Christ!
This seminar is for those thinking about, planning on, or currently in a career in education as a teacher or counselor at any level (elementary, middle, high). As a Christian in a public school, the challenges will come at you from your colleagues, your curriculum, your community (parents/students), and your administrators – learn how to navigate these challenges and minister to your students and school. Learn how to be the best candidate for the job and make an impact for Christ! (Special mention will be made for those with a heart for social justice.)
PASTOR HAROLD KIM
Harold is the senior and founding pastor of Christ Central of Southern California and serves on the Board for Christ Central Network (CCN). He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) in 2001 and is now a member of the Korean American Presbyterian Church (KAPC). Harold is a happily married husband to SunHi, and devoted father to his two daughters, Taylor and Elizabeth.
Seminar Topic: Grace & Race - How Jesus Breaks Through All Barriers with His Gospel
Recognizing and dismantling racism, particularly in Asian American Christians, to better advance the Kingdom of Christ.
PASTOR JUSTIN KIM
Justin serves as the senior pastor of Bethel English Church in Irvine, CA. He is happily married to Virginia and father to Tabitha, Barnabas, and Maximus. Prior to BEC, he has been an active minister of the Word on both American coasts. He has a deep love for the Gospel and for missions. Besides church, he loves to go on a food adventure around California. He attended James Madison University and has a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is ordained under the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Seminar Topic: REACHING THE LOST
We all have people in our lives who need to be reached with the Gospel. What does the Bible say about reaching the lost? How do we go about presenting the Gospel and practically living out an evangelistic lifestyle in our everyday contexts?
PASTOR RICHARD KIM
Richard Kim is married to Christina (14 years) and is the father of two very beautiful daughters (Evie) and (Elly). He is the senior pastor of Gospel Life Mission Church and Director of KCM. Richard's passion is to see God's Kingdom advance to the ends of the earth and is willing to be committed to any cause that helps that great purpose.
SEMINAR TOPIC: Do Not Waste Your Life - Growing a Heart for the Kingdom Advance of Missions
How can I grow a heart and be passionate about advancing God's Kingdom to the ends of the earth? How can I practically apply God's Kingdom Advance in my life personally and through my church? What are the obstacles of living a life that's greater than myself and how can I overcome that? How can I live a life that's NOT WASTED? These are the questions we will answer in this seminar.
PASTOR KIM KIRA
Kim is the primary teaching elder at Lighthouse. He loves being part of a church family that is committed to loving God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Kim is driven by a deep desire to encourage people to worship the true, Triune God of Scripture rather than the idols of the world. This, he believes, is made possible by the transformative power of the Gospel - the Good News that offers not only entrance into heaven but offers powerful and practical hope for change in everyday life. Beyond ministry, Kim loves to spend time with his wife Jen and their four children: Caleb, Josiah, Karissa, and Carson. His other interests include the Lakers, the Dodgers, grilling, red meat, snowboarding, and playing sports.
SEMINAR TOPIC: Gospel Transformation Through Gospel Conversations
All of us know others who are struggling with sin and/or suffering. The focus of this seminar is to take a practical look at how the Gospel not only brings transformation to our lives, but how we can then speak truth into others’ lives for the purpose of hope and change.
Jamie's greatest passion is bringing forth the value of people with different abilities to the forefront, especially through the context of the gospel. As a special needs parent herself, she desires to bring awareness, practical applications, and advocacy tools wherever the Lord leads. Currently, she supports families with new diagnoses (birth to pre-K) and speaks about special needs parenting, advocacy and disability within the church. She sits on the board of a non-profit called Club21 (a learning and resource center for individuals with Down syndrome), and helped launch CCSC’s Access ministry (dedicated to facilitating full access to worship for those with special needs). On the rare occasion she is not spending time with her beloved family (husband Andrew, and children Shane (4) and Shiloh (2)), she enjoys reading, writing and resting in conversations with friends.
SEMINAR TOPIC: Special Needs and the Church - How Learning About Disability Through the Gospel Lens Can Rebuild, Repurpose, and Empower our Identity in Christ
This seminar will start with a brief background of disability in the world and dive into what God has to say about weakness/disability in His Word. Through this exploration, God provides a paradigm to which we can view Him, us, and our purpose whatever that may be and wherever that may lead.
6:30PM | Registration Opens
7:30PM | General Session #1 | Steve Choi | Citizens & Saints
9:30PM | Snacks & Fellowship
10:30PM | End Night
9:15AM | Registration Opens
9:45AM | General Session #2 | Rocky Seto | Citizens & Saints
11:45AM | Lunch
1:30PM | Seminar Session #1
2:45PM | Seminar Session #2
3:45PM | Free Time
4:30PM | Testimonial Q & A Time | Becket Cook
5:30PM | Dinner
7:30PM | General Session #3 | Brandon Washington | Citizens & Saints
9:30PM | Conference Ends
SOLA LEADERS' DIALOGUE LUNCHEON
Ministry can be lonely and frustrating. All leaders want to be connected to a vision bigger than what they are capable of, but feel the limitations of their own churches. How can we collaborate and connect with others in a meaningful way?
During our SOLA Conference, we invite leaders to hear from the leaders of two of the leading networks in the evangelical movement today: Stephen Um and Brian Howard.
Stephen Um is the VP/Council for The Gospel Coalition and a Council for City to City. Brian Howard is the chair of Acts 29 and VP of Pacific Church Network.
Come hear from them as well as local leaders on how we can engage in a vision bigger than ourselves.
This event is a free lunch event geared towards pastors and leaders. Feel free to invite other leaders! Pastors can register for free to this event using promo code "solapastor".
Q: Who can attend this conference?
A: This conference is designed for high school seniors, collegians, and young adults.
Q: Can I pay for partial attendance?
A: Unfortunately, partial attendance will not be offered for this conference.
Q: What's the closest airport and hotel to the venue?
A: Ontario Airport and Embassy Suites (8 min from venue)
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