Author Archives: Los Ranchos

Looking Toward the May Presbytery Gathering

The Presbytery Gathering Team is thrilled to announce that Rodger Nishioka will be the featured speaker at the May 25th Presbytery Gathering at Community Presbyterian Church in La Mirada. Dr. Nishioka will be addressing Los Rancho’s vision of being a “community of flourishing congregations.” Rodger, a winsome, engaging, thoughtful, and thought-provoking speaker is Director of Adult Educational Ministries at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. Born in Honolulu and raised in Seattle at the … Read More

Challenge – met!

Congratulations, presbytery! As of this writing almost all of your Los Ranchos Challenge goals have been met! This includes money dedicated to:      –Helping the elderly ‘become more alive’ by connecting them with youth – and helping youth to develop empathy and connection      –Helping to feed more than 24,000 individuals in Long Beach who are homeless      –Providing hot showers – and hospitality toward the forgotten in Garden Grove      –Accessible playgrounds that allow … Read More

Southeast Asia Partnership

Again this year the Southeast Asia Partnership will help sponsor seminary students studying for their Master of Divinity degree at Payap University, College of Divinity in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  These students come from all over Southeast Asia to complete their academic work and then return to their home countries, tribes and villages with the “Life Transforming Power of Jesus Christ.” In addition to sponsoring three students in their final year of study and two students … Read More

Visit by Ethiopian Peacemaker

Rev. Tseganesh Ayele Asele is an EECMY ordained minister. She is married and has two children. Her area of study is theology and leadership with a special emphasis on conflict resolution and peacemaking. She has also invested her time in Gender and Diversity studies. As the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) Director for the Women’s Department She has taken special training in the roles of women and peacemaking and has emphasized this by conducting … Read More

Lauren Gully Ordination

Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that Lauren Gully, a candidate for ministry in the PCUSA from our congregation, has successfully passed her trials for ordination. In addition, she has been approved by the Presbytery of San Francisco where she will be serving as Associate Pastor of Mission and Formation at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. This is a great accomplishment for Lauren who just recently graduated from Princeton Seminary and a tremendous honor for … Read More

Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training

 All pastors of our Presbytery are required to attend a Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training. The basic principles of conduct guiding the policy of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos are as follows:  1. Sexual misconduct is a violation of the role of pastors, employees, volunteers, counselors, supervisors, teachers, and advisors of any kind who are called upon to exercise integrity, sensitivity, and caring in a trust relationship. It breaks the covenant to act in the best interests of parishioners, … Read More

Steve Yamaguchi Named Dean of Students at Fuller Theological Seminary

We are pleased to announce that our Executive Presbyter, Steve Yamaguchi, has been called to an exciting new work as Dean of Students at Fuller Theological Seminary. His work with Los Ranchos will conclude June 30 and he will begin his new call to Fuller on August 1, 2014. One of the joys of Presbyterian theology and practice is that the work of the church is a shared endeavor. Our pastors, staff, and even our … Read More