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Josh Swanson

Josh was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. He has been married to his lovely wife Alicia for 18 years and they have four daughters, Audrey (15), Mia (13), Lucy (11), and Eve (7). Before becoming Senior Pastor of SMCC, Josh was recently the Senior Pastor of Hope Church - a growing, missional, multi-generational church in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to that, he served for ten years as the Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Grace Church in Long Beach, CA.

Josh is a graduate of Biola University (BS in Organizational Leadership) and Talbot Seminary (MA in New Testament). He is on track for completing a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Seminary in Spring of 2018.

Josh enjoys surfing, books, coffee, spending time with his family (preferably near the ocean), and watching his wife and daughters' dance theater performances. His wife Alicia (who he describes as his better half and the surest sign God loves him) schools their four daughters at home and enjoys intense core workouts (that her husband fails to keep up with), new experiences (preferably in beautiful outdoor locations), dance theater, and Josh's homemade lattes. Contact Josh at [email protected].


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Robert Covolo

Robert is SMCC's Pastor of Theological Formation & Missional Engagement and Director of Pastoral Residency and Internship Program. As Pastor of Theological Formation, he will be creating core classes and seminars, and empowering teachers. He will also be equipping the church for Missional Engagement, with training on how to engage in winsome ways with those outside the faith. He will also be developing a Pastoral Residency program, recruiting, developing curriculum and discipling interns for service among us. Robert is a Brehm scholar and professor at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute. Previously, he served as a pastor in Long Beach for over a decade. His forthcoming book, Fashion Theology, explores the relationship between theology and the emerging field of fashion theory. He enjoys surfing, cycling and hiking. Contact Robert at [email protected].


 
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John Stothers

John is SMCC's Pastor of Community Life and Care. He is responsible for developing Community Groups, equipping the church family to share invitational hospitality, meals, stories, leadership among us, our neighbors and new members. He is also developing a Deacon Ministry, which will include benevolence, hospital and home visitation, and practical support for the church.  

John loves walking alongside others on their journeys, and wrestling through with the Big Questions of life with them. He spends much of his time one-on-one with those who are attempting to follow Jesus Christ. John facilitates ongoing groups of men, families, artists and musicians, and anyone else who is seeking a place to love each other, celebrate God’s love together, and bless the world around them. John is passionate about creating opportunities for people to participate in worshipping the God of the universe together.  Contact John at [email protected].


 
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Stephanie Stonick

Stephanie is the Children’s Ministry Director at SMCC and works primarily with the elementary-aged children, grades 1 to 5, in our Kid Port program.  She believes that the most effective discipleship happens in the family and is constantly looking for opportunities to inspire our kids, equip our parents and support our families as we all get to know Jesus better and grow in relationship with him.  Stephanie and her husband, Greg, have two elementary-aged children, Samantha (11) and Trevor (8) who are learning, growing, and serving along with their parents. In their spare time the Stonicks love to hike, camp, and be outdoors, but also enjoy a regular family movie night or game night with lots of candy. You can contact Stephanie at [email protected] or ext 110.


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Justin Sapp

Justin is Director of Student and College Ministries at SMCC. He is a young, gifted, and dynamic leader who has ministered in a wide variety of contexts. He planted a church for young adults in Pomona, worked with at risk youth (through Pathways in Education in Pasadena), engaged in humanitarian work in Africa (as an intern with Mission Africa), and most recently served on the pastoral staff at Christ Church of the Valley. Justin has been married to his wife Athalie for about 2 years. Athalie is a social worker and also founder and director of a non-profit called “For the Boys” that ministers to at risk youth in Nairobi, Kenya. Contact Justin at [email protected].


 
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Chiyoko Furukawa

Chiyoko is SMCC’s “Friend to the Neighborhood, Internationals and Families”  She is the coordinator of Mommy and Me classes, which include moms and kids from multiple cultures, and also leads a weekly park gathering for parents and kids.  On many days Chiyoko can be found throughout the area just spending quality time with anyone she meets. On Sunday mornings, Chiyoko works as a cross-cultural children’s teacher, and is also developing a Life Group to understand Asian Cultures.  As the leader of “FOIL”,  she is an ambassador to internationals, students and faculty on local campuses. Chiyoko says that she is, “always surprised at who God brings my way, and I can’t wait to see what He includes me in." Contact Chiyoko at [email protected].