SOLA Network’s 2019 Conference, “The Prevailing Church” was held on March 15-16, 2019 at New Life Community Church in Artesia, CA. During the two-day conference, attendees heard from more than 20 speakers during the main sessions, seminars, and panels. The conference centered around the idea that God's church is being built by Jesus no matter how strong the external cultural pressures from beyond or how fierce the internal struggles from within.

As we did with last year’s conference, we’ll be posting photos, sermon videos, interviews, and much more from this year's SOLA Conference as they become available! Check out below to see what you missed!




Pastor David Larry Kim speaks about how the church is a broken bride that will ultimately be restored by Jesus, the bridegroom.


Pastor Bryan Loritts shares about how love is strange using the story of Hosea and Gomer as an analogy for God’s strange but powerful love for us.


Pastor Jeremy Treat reminds us of the call for all of us to be committed to the local church.


Pastor Aaron Choi speaks on how God has designed the local church to act as a community of love where Christians learn to bear one another’s burdens.

Brett McCracken reflects on the history and the current state of the relationship between the church and the artist and explains how a healthy dynamic between the two glorifies God and advances his mission.

Eddie Byun gives us practical ways to get our local church to partner with God’s work in missions.

Harold Kim reminds us that we can experience the power and nearness of God through the church of Jesus Christ. The more intimate we are with one another, the more intimate we can get with God.

Justin Kim, Ben Shin, and Hannah Chao define burning out and give practical tips for how to diagnose and overcome burnout.

Hanley Liu and Michael Lee discuss committing to the local church and its benefits, sharing many practical tips from prayer to membership to loving one another.






Jeremy Treat

Pastor Jeremy’s childhood was spent in the arctic snows of Alaska. A reading of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity in 12th grade sparked a passion in Jeremy to dive deeper into studying theology. This passion led him into pastoral ministry and through various institutions of higher education as he earned a colorful variety of degrees. In 2012, he and his wife, Tiffany, moved from Illinois to Los Angeles to serve Jesus at Reality LA. Jeremy currently serves as the Pastor for Preaching & Vision at Reality LA. He, his wife, and their four daughters currently reside in Los Feliz.


Bryan Loritts

Pastor Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie and the graced father of three sons— Quentin, Myles and Jaden. He serves the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, California as the Lead Pastor. An award winning author of five books, Pastor Bryan Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003 and later founded The Kainos Movement- an organization committed to seeing the multi-ethnic church become the new normal in our world. In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Bryan travels extensively throughout the world preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ at conferences and events, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Biola University and PineCove Christian Camps. 


David Larry Kim

Pastor DL is the Lead Pastor of Harvest Korean Presbyterian Church of Orlando. He oversees the congregation through preaching, teaching, counseling and leadership. He is happily married to Olivia and is the proud father of Emmanuelle ("Manny"), Elijah and Elyse. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and the University of Virginia. He loves missions and enjoys playing and watching sports.


Harold Kim

Harold is the founding pastor of Christ Central of Southern California (CCSC), located in Fullerton and Artesia, CA. He serves on the Board for Christ Central Network (CCN) and as President for SOLA. He received his MDiv. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary. Harold is married to Sun Hi, and father of two teenage daughters, Taylor and Elizabeth. His great passion is to see lives changed, as Jesus Christ becomes central, to everything.


Seminar Topic: Experiencing the Power and Nearness of God

The church of Jesus Christ will outlast and surpass every organization, club or group in changing lives. How so? And how can you be a part of it? Discover the unique features and functions of the church's God-given power and presence to heal the world, according to Apostle Paul.

Kim Kira

Kim is the primary preaching elder at Lighthouse Community Church in Torrance, California. His ministry is driven by a deep desire to encourage people with the transformative power of the Gospel, the Good News that offers not only entrance into heaven but 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 CJ.

Seminar Topic: Dating, Marriage, and the Gospel of Christ

Too often in our culture, marriage is seen as a means to have our needs met, and unfortunately dating follows suit. In reality, the key to marriages that have great hope, joy, and purpose is that they understands this truth: marriage exists for Christ more than it exists for us. This seminar will focus on how a Gospel-Centered understanding of marriage should inform and encourage our dating relationships.

Min Chung

Rev. Dr. Min J. Chung is the founding and lead pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church, an interdenominational, multi-ethnic ministry located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Master of Divinity and his Doctorate in ministry and counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. Along with his pastoral duties, Pastor Min is a board member of Serving In Mission (SIMUSA), GKYM, and KIMNET. He is also an adjunct professor at Urbana Theological Seminary. He is one of the founders of the youth movement Joshua Generation conference (J-Gen), as well as the college movement, One In Love conference (OIL). He currently resides in Urbana, IL with his wife, Gee, and five children, Joshua, Daniel, Ruth, Hannah, and Sarah.


SEMINAR TOPIC: Are You Called By GOd?

Our God is a God who calls His people. But what does the call of God look like? This seminar will help you to discern God's calling on your life and debunk some of the misconceptions surrounding the call of God. Furthermore, this seminar will challenge you to live a calling-oriented life.

Justin Kim, Ben Shin, Hannah Chao, Isaiah Cho (Moderator)

Justin Kim serves as the lead pastor of Bethel English Church in Irvine, CA. He is husband 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. 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) and joyfully serves as a board member for the SOLA Network.

Benjamin C. Shin has served in the ministry as a pastor, parachurch leader, and professor for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of UCLA, Talbot School of Theology, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, music, sports (especially the UCLA Bruins), and spending time with people. His vision and passion includes mentoring leaders, re-building churches, and teaching the Word of God. He is married to his bride, Jen and has 2 wonderful boys named Adam and Zachary. He currently serves as the Teaching Pastor at New Life Vision Church in Glendale, CA and as an Associate Professor of Bible Exposition and Director of the Asian-American Ministry track for the Doctor of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA.

Hannah Chao is the editor for the SOLA Network's website, where she writes, edits, and procures article. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in print journalism. Hannah attends All Nations Community Church, where she is also the Executive Administrator. She is married to Jason, and they are the proud parents of two beautiful girls. She enjoys playing co-op video games, going to Disneyland, and constantly refreshing Twitter (@loudhannah).

Isaiah Cho is the College Pastor of Cerritos Mission Church. He also serves on the SOLA Executive Team, and in KCM as the Campus Liaison for UCLA KCM. Isaiah is an alumnus of UCLA and is currently finishing up his M.Div studies at Talbot School of Theology.

SEMINAR TOPIC: Serving - How to Pour In without Burning Out

God's people have been equipped to exercise spiritual gifts for building one another up. Service to others is the way of Jesus. But service is not always glamorous. How can we faithfully serve without burning out? What does faithful service to Jesus and others looks like in the context of the local church?

Roy Kim, Susette Magana

Roy Kim, M.Div is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex addiction therapist candidate. He has a private practice in Fullerton, CA, and hosts 2 podcasts: The Same Boat, and SA Speakeasy. He is married to Jenn and is the proud stepdaddy to Audrey.

Susette Magana, M.A. is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Long Beach, California. She has specialized training working with two groups: Christians from all denominational backgrounds and people who have experienced betrayal, including infidelity or pornography addiction, in a relationship. Her training included working in community mental health, where she focused working with children and teens in the foster care system whose placements were in danger in communities in South and East Los Angeles. She currently lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband, Will and her pug, Omar.

Seminar Topic: Christ-Centered Ways to Address Mental Health

Issues surrounding mental health have been brought out more visibly into the spotlight of the wider culture, and yet the church continues to shy away from it. These two Christian therapists will help you understand why there is such a stigma in the church surrounding mental health, sex addiction, and counseling. You will discover ways to overcome those stigmas so that you can lovingly and effectively minister to others who are struggling, and confidently ask for help for yourself.


Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Hipster Christianity: When Church & Cool Collide (Baker, 2010), Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism & Liberty (Baker, 2013), and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community (Crossway, 2017).

Seminar Topic: Why The Church and Artists Need Each Other

The relationship between the church and the artist is often fraught with mutual suspicion, but it need not be that way. The church has much to offer the artist, and vice versa. In this seminar, Brett McCracken will reflect on the history and the current state of the relationship between the church and the artist, and how a healthy dynamic between the two glorifies God and advances his mission.

Aaron Choi

Aaron is the founding pastor of Berean Mission Church in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of UC San Diego and Talbot School of Theology, and an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Convention. Aaron is married to his wife, Tina, and they are proud parents to Silas, Emily, and Caleb. In addition to reading, he enjoys watching (not playing) sports.

Seminar Topic: Weep With Those Who Weep

All believers will inevitably encounter suffering, grief, and times of affliction living in a fallen world. But God has designed the local church to act as a community of love where Christians learn to bear one another’s burdens. How can we effectively walk alongside others during seasons of difficulty?

Eddie Byun

Eddie Byun grew up in the suburbs of Chicago but spent the past 23 years pastoring and teaching in Canada, Australia, and Korea. Previously, he was the lead pastor of Onnuri English Ministry and Crossway Mission Church in Seoul, South Korea. He's the author of Justice Awakening, Praying for Your Pastor, and Praying for Your Missionary (IVP). He is also the Executive Director of the award-winning documentary Save My Seoul, which exposes the reality of sex trafficking in South Korea. Currently, he's the Teaching and Missions Pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA. He is married to his wife, Hyun, and has a son named Enoch.

Seminar Topic: The Role of the Local Church in Impacting Global Missions

What can you do as a local church body to strengthen and support the global body of Christ around the world? Each church has a vital role to play in completing the Great Commission and seeing the nations hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. This seminar will guide you through practical ways to get your church on mission with God's.

Christine Suh

Christine Suh is the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Fellowship Church in Monrovia, CA. In her current role, she oversees various soul care initiatives by facilitating retreats and cultivating spaces for intentional spiritual formation amongst the staff and congregation. Prior to her current role, she was the Assistant Director of Spiritual Formation and Care at Pepperdine University where she oversaw the student chaplaincy program and various soul care initiatives across the campus. She received her M.A. in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010, her B.A. in Intercultural Communication from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the Renovare Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. She and her husband, David have been married for eight years and love doing life together with their young children, Sammy and Ellie.

Seminar Topic: Exploring Sacred Rhythms

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to be "little Christs" to the world, however we cannot embody this reality without being conformed to the image of Christ. In this session, we'll be exploring several sacred rhythms Jesus modeled in the Scriptures. In order for us to bring Kingdom transformation to the world, we need to cultivate rhythms that will bring Kingdom transformation within our own souls.

Hanley Liu, Michael Lee, Joshua Lim (Moderator)

Hanley Liu serves as the English Lead Pastor at First Chinese Baptist Church of Walnut, California (FCBCW). He is happily married to his wife Meryl and the two have one daughter. He is a graduate of Biola University (B.A., 2003), Talbot School of Theology (M.Div, 2006), and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min, 2017).

Michael Lee serves as the lead pastor of All Nations Community Church in Lake View Terrace, California. Originally from Atlanta, he attended the University of Southern California (majored in philosophy), and Talbot School of Theology (MDiv). Michael is one of the founding pastors of the SOLA Network and currently serves as a council member and the Executive Director. Before serving at All Nations, he was a college and worship pastor for eleven years and staffed for a regional campus ministry in Southern California.

Joshua Lim serves as a pastor at OMC: Family Chapel in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of UCLA (B.A.), USC (M.P.A.), and Talbot School of Theology (M.Div.). He is happily married to his wife, Jennifer. His passion in life is to proclaim Christ with all faithfulness, humility, and joy, and to see the people of God flourish in their God-given calling. 

Seminar Topic: Life Together - Commitment and Community in the Local Church

As fellow partakers of God's grace in the Gospel, we are called to share life together, especially within the context of the local church. But where two or more are gathered, there are bound to be difficulties. What does commitment in the local church require? How can we faithfully seek to build up the community that God has called us to? The panelists of this seminar will share insightful truths from God's Word, as well as from their own experiences, to better equip you for life together in your local church.

Alexander Jun, Ray Causly, Michael Lee (Moderator)

Alexander Jun, Ph.D., is Professor of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Alex conducts research on equity and justice in higher education around the world. A TEDx speaker in 2012, Dr. Jun was also a Global Fellow with the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) in Cambodia in 2010, an International Research Fellow at Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2016, and a 2018 Scholar in Residence at Belmont University in Tennessee. Jun currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences. A Ruling Elder at his local church, Alex was elected Moderator for the 45th General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America in 2017. Alex is happily married to Jeany, and they have three children.

Ray Causly, also known as Rayza (his rap alias in his younger years), is co-lead Pastor at Living Way Community Church. Ray has been in multi-ethnic pastoral ministry for over 20 years. He's a Black man, married for 20 years to his wife Ruth, (a White woman) living in the City of Compton (Latino and Black community) with four teenagers, pastoring a predominantly Korean congregation! He loves to listen to Scripture while working out, write rap lyrics, read fantasy books, watch cartoons alone, watch movies with his wife, surf with his son (he’s the only black surfer he knows), and run track and play board games with his daughters, Most of all, Ray loves Jesus; the Lord, Savior, and Treasure of his life.

Michael Lee serves as the lead pastor of All Nations Community Church in Lake View Terrace, California. Originally from Atlanta, he attended the University of Southern California (majored in philosophy), and Talbot School of Theology (MDiv). Michael is one of the founding pastors of the SOLA Network and currently serves as a council member and the Executive Director. Before serving at All Nations, he was a college and worship pastor for eleven years and staffed for a regional campus ministry in Southern California.

Seminar Topic: The Dignity and Danger of Race in the Local Church

Race continues to be a hot button topic not only in our culture but also in our local churches. In this panel, we will explore the intersections of race, the imago dei, and the Gospel. We are excited to have Dr. Alexander Jun and Pastor Ray Causly leading us in this ever important conversation.

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