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LA 2010 – The Speakers

This is your invitation to LA 2010, where you will hear from 14 innovative speakers, from 14 different churches, take 14 minutes to share their best thoughts on discipleship. Register on facebook.  This event will be lived streamed for those who don’t live in the LA area.

Friday, Nov. 5th – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 6th – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Deb Hirsch & JR Woodward
The Ecclesia Network
Fuller Theological Seminary – DMin Program

The Fountain Room in Hollywood

Free (Come experience the Gift Economy of God)

Detailed Schedule

The Theme is Discipleship
Evangelship – Deb Hirsch
Land of Minute Made – Kevin Doi
Pirate Discipleship – Kurt Fredrickson
Pre-Evangelism Discipleship – Eric Bryant
Ancient Future Discipleship – Jeremiah Caleb
Discipleship as Gravity – Rob Merrill
The Communal Garden: A Discipleship of Healing and Feeding – Linda Ritterbush
Living into God’s Future – Ryan Bell
Deep Listening in a Distracted World – Shelley Trebesch
Discipleship and the Kingdom – Greg Larson
Deadliest Catch-ers – Rick Mysse
Drilling to the Bedrock: Discipleship and the Father Heart of God – Brandon Cook
The Mirror Effect – Aaron Chung
Keep It Real: Authenticity and Discipleship – Andy Goodacre

Please RSVP for this event on facebook. We have a seating capacity, so those who register on facebook will have first priority. Invite your friends.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: We are planning on live streaming the event for those who are out of town.


SPEAKERS (In Alphabetical Order)

Ryan Bell – is the Pastor of the Hollywood Adventist Church. While completing his D.Min. in Missional Leadership at Fuller Seminary, he and his congregation are working for justice in the city through partnership with groups such as LA Voice, a faith-based community organization working for justice in Los Angeles, the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative, Moral Compass to Justice and others. Ryan is also co-founder of Just Hollywood, a non-profit organization dedicated to building health communities in Hollywood and beyond, and New Name Pictures, a faith-based community of filmmakers, musicians and other artists, creating transformative films.

Eric Bryant – serves as an elder, speaker, and navigator with the leadership team at Mosaic in Los Angeles, a church known for its creativity and diversity. Eric serves as part of the core teams for the Mosaic Alliance and The Origins Project, a movement of people committed to Jesus, Humanity, and Innovation. Eric has taught at the Southern California campuses of Golden Gate Seminary and Fuller Seminary and earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership with Bethel Seminary. His book, Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World, is a guide for overcoming the negative Christian stereotype by embracing the people Christians “love to hate.”

Jeremiah Caleb – is a bi-coastal working actor (most recently seen on NBC’s “Outsourced”).  He spent his youth on the global mission field with his parents and currently resides in Los Angeles. He serves as one of the pastors at Kairos West LA and outreach to the UCLA community in Westwood.  Jeremiah is also the founder of the Caleb Hope Foundation which sponsors and nurtures destitute orphans in the slums of North India. He is the author of He Walks With Me, a biographical novel chronicling the conversion and ministry of his father, and is pending publication.

Aaron Chung – was raised in the NJ/NYC area.  He graduated from Rutgers University and Westminster Seminary California where he received his Master of Divinity.  Upon graduation, Aaron spent two years as a missionary in Far East Asia.  Since then he has been at City Light Church in Downtown LA, which he helped to plant five years ago. In the future, Aaron plans to write his first book and to go overseas to train native pastors.

Brandon Cook – is the pastor of Long Beach Christian Fellowship.  A native Alabamian, he wandered far and wide before studying at Wheaton, Jerusalem University College in Israel and Brandeis University. Later he earned a Master of Studies in Ancient Hellenistic Philosophy from Oxford University in England.  On a Friday night, he can be found enjoying a date with his lovely wife Becca, or perhaps watching The Office (or Gilmore Girls if Becca has had her way), reading a Father Brown mystery, or writing.

Kevin Doi – is the founding pastor of Epic Church, a multi-cultural expression of Jesus through community, justice, and healing in downtown Fullerton.  Kevin is co-founder of JOYA Scholars, a non-profit inspiring and preparing students from low-income communities in Fullerton toward higher education. You can find Kevin blogging at Life in Progress and tweeting @KevinDoi.

Kurt Fredrickson – is the Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Fuller, he was on the pastoral staff at Simi Covenant Church for 24 years. Kurt is the senior chaplain with the Simi Valley Police Department and serves on the boards of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, and the Simi Valley Community Foundation. He is also a member of the Homelessness Task Force for the City of Simi Valley. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Valley.

Andy Goodacre – is married to Liz and they have two young daughters.  Originally from the UK, Andy now lives in the state of Tasmania, Australia.  An ordained Anglican minister, Andy heads up The Imagine Project in the city of Launceston – a fresh expression of church within the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania seeking to develop missional communities among university students, young adults and the local community in the northern suburbs of that city.

Deb Hirsch – is a conference speaker, church leader and writer.  While co-leading a church in Melbourne, Australia she also pioneered a ministry to the GLBTQ community.  She is the author (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. She currently serves as a minister of Tribe of LA, a group of missional artist and vagabonds. She will not only be speaking at LA 2010, but co-hosting this event with JR Woodward.

Greg Larson – is a story teller. He was born and raised in Minnesota and is currently pursuing a Masters of Art in Global Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. He helped found the Rock church in Minneapolis, before moving out to LA to help plant Kairos churches. He is married to the incredibly talented artist Michelle, and has two phenomenal kids; Caleb and Elisabeth. He enjoys watching films with his wife, exploring new neighborhoods in Los Angeles, hanging out with his kids, and watching soccer.  He loves to communicate the reality of God’s kingdom and help equip people in Hollywood to invest themselves in the cause of mercy and justice in the city. He resides in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Rob Merrill – is the founding pastor of Ecclesia Stockton, a church plant in downtown Stockton, CA.  He is currently bi-vocational, learning what it means to grow a church and what it looks like to teach and grow 3rd graders.  He isn’t quite sure which one is more difficult to master.  He spends his free time eating and drinking coffee at third places in the neighborhood while reading on his Kindle and soaking in his city. You can find Rob tweeting @RobGMerrill.

Rick Mysse – has been married to childhood sweetheart Hollie for 37 years. They are survivors of multiple church movements including The Jesus People, Charismatic, Discipleship-Shepherding, Vineyard and Church Growth. Parents of five kids and proud grandparents to two perfect grandsons, they have lived in Orange County, California for the past 26 years where Rick has attempted to obey the call of God as a businessman, pastor, mentor and a mainline denominational leader. The past six years he has specifically tried to be a blessing and provide resources to a growing group of church planters in Southern California and Texas. He and Hollie recently started Hickory and Spice BBQ Catering in hopes of providing jobs and funding for bi-vocational church planters.

Linda Ritterbush – is Professor of Geology and Director of the Environmental Sciences Program at California Lutheran University.  In addition to a University of California doctorate in geology, she holds an Masters of Art in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Linda  and husband Bob live in Thousand Oaks in Ventura County, where they raised two daughters, now graduate students and professionals in the Los Angeles area.

Shelley Trebesch – Shelley Trebesch is assistant professor of leadership in the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary and recently moved to Pasadena from Singapore where she served as global director for Member Development for OMF International.  In this role, she sought to enhance the effectiveness and potential of 1,400 OMF workers who serve in a variety of ministries including church planting, relief, development, and medical services. Beyond her work with Fuller, Trebesch teaches, leads, and consults in other organizational contexts locally and internationally.  Among these are InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Frontiers, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Evangelical Association of Chinese Churches, Urbana, Oasis International, Children’s Hunger Fund, Prison Fellowship International, Pioneers International, and TEAM International.

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