I was born in Inchon, South Korea and moved to the United States when I was four years old. We first lived in Pennsylvania where my father, a Presbyterian pastor, work at the First Korean Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. We lived all over the United States as my father planted churches for the old United Presbyterian Church and later for the PC (USA) after the reunion in 1983. My extended family live both in California and New York City, and I spent a great deal of time in both places during my childhood.
I like to joke that I was preordained to be a pastor as both my father and mother were pastors. My mother received her ordination after my father passed away. She ran a prayer retreat center and after retiring, she married another Presbyterian pastor. They currently live in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle.
Growing up people kept asking me if I was going into the ministry, and my response was an emphatic “No.” I ran away to the military and I must say that my time in the Army was formative and challenging. I love serving in the Army and it taught me a great deal about the world and myself. Even though I enjoyed my career in the Army, I felt a longing to do something else. After spending wonderful and challenging years in the military, which took me all over the world, I finally responded to God’s call to ministry. I prayed and talked to many of my friends, family and mentors and came to clarity that I needed to go into the ministry.
After looking at many different seminaries, including many of our denominational ones, God led me to Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. I met my wife Anne while studying there, and we married during out time together at Fuller. We have two wonderful children, Christian, who is fifteen, and Scarlett, who is eight. Anne is currently a hospital chaplain, who has a love for helping people that amazes me, especially as she has cared for both care givers and those suffering during the pandemic.
I served several churches as pastor before coming to Encino Presbyterian Church, including Brunswick Church, Troy, NY, First Presbyterian Church, Downers Grove, IL, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, VA, and Christ Presbyterian Church, Chesterland, OH.
I enjoy reading, traveling, cycling, photography, anything to do with food with friends and those soon to be friends, and spending time with my family.
Born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho, Ann Hayman graduated from the College of Idaho in 1971 with a B.A. in Music Education and German. Following college, she taught typing and journalism for a year at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah and managed a retirement community (the PEO Chapter House, Caldwell, Idaho) for three years. She attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, graduating in 1978. She was ordained a Presbyterian minister in January 1979. She served as an Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, El Centro, CA, from 1978 to 1980.
In June 1980, Ann accepted the position of Program Director for the Mary Magdalene Project, a long-term residential program that provided alternatives to women involved in street prostitution in Southern California and their children. She served in that capacity until July 2006 when she became Director of Development for the MMP. Ann served as Interim Pastor at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) from 2008 to 2016. She retired from active ministry in November 2016. She served as the Interim Pastor at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Rolling Hills, CA from 2017 to 2019 and is currently interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Encino, CA.
Ann also holds a master’s degree in Feminist Spirituality from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. In her spare time she serves on the Board of Directors for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Southern California, serves on the Advisory Board of the national Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options (PARO) and the Board of Directors for the Critical Mass Dance Company. She offers workshops on prostitution and sex trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, all options counseling for reproductive health issues and the use of humor as a survival tool. She also knits and watches birds for fun!
Janet graduated from California State University twice, first in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, and again in 2003 with a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting. She has been working at the First Presbyterian Church of Encino since February of 1983, when she accepted the position of organist and pianist/accompanist under the direction of Sterling Branton and later Stuart Balcomb. In 1997, Janet became Choir Director and welcomed Dr. Paul Pitman to the position of organist and pianist/accompanist at the church. Additionally, she works full-time as a teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, where she teaches music and mentors 30 high school students.
Although Paul Pitman is primarily known for his piano virtuosity, he has held a position as church organist since the age of eighteen. He started piano lessons at age twelve, and, two years later, began playing for his family church in Oklahoma, where he was born and raised. He was principal organist for his Army base while stationed in Germany. He earned his Master's Degree and Doctorate in Music from USC. Besides his busy schedule of teaching and providing master classes, he manages to frequently perform at chamber music concerts and to give an occasional solo piano and organ recital in and around the Greater Los Angeles area.
I began working at the First Presbyterian Church of Encino Children's Center in 1981 as a gymnastics teacher while still attending high school. I continued on as an afterschool program teacher, a preschool teacher, the afterschool program director, helped open our infant/toddler program ( which operated from 1989-2004) all while completing my B.A. in Psychology and my B.A. in Child Development from California State University, Northridge. We then added a Kindergarten Program that I implemented, developed curriculum for and taught in for eleven years before taking on my newest exciting and challenging endeavor of the director of the entire Children's Center with the help of a fabulous Assistant Director, Anie Kederian. My husband, Paul, and I have two busy boys. In my free time I enjoy my children and their activities as well as reading, watching movies, baking and dining out.
Anie has been a Preschool teacher at Encino Presbyterian Children's Center since 2000. Anie has been the Assistant Director since August of 2007.
Our office administrator, Greg, was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to Los Angeles recently to be with his new wife, Sarah. He has a background in education and finance, and his hobbies include going to the beach and watching movies.