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Our Staff

Rev. Elaine Cho

Lead Pastor

Pastor Elaine was commissioned as a Provisionary Elder in June 2011 and ordained as Full Connection Elder in California-Pacific Annual Conference June of 2013. Elaine was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Hawaii. Elaine became our senior pastor in 2011. She brings with her 16 years of ministry experience in the local churches in various places in America before she came to join us. Elaine not only brings her years of experience, but also her passion for the people of God. She desires to be God's megaphone to speak the Truth to the broken world that God's heart is broken over.


Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

Bachelor of Arts, University of Hawaii, HI

Rev. Dr. Joel B. Green

Teaching Pastor

Joel and his wonderful wife Pam began attending our church in 2008 and has 12 years of pastoral ministry experience. Joel teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and is the Dean of the School of Theology. Prior to coming to Fuller, he served for ten years at Asbury Theological Seminary as professor of New Testament Interpretation, as dean of the School of Theology, and as Provost.

Joel has written or edited more than 40 books.


Ph.D., New Testament Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Master of Theology, Perkins School of Theology

Bachelor of Science, Texas Tech University

Martin Cho

Director of Music

Martin moved to San Francisco, CA at the age of 18. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition. He studied composition in Kingston University in Kingston England, and Orchestra Conducting at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. He earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami and went off to pursue his Doctorate in Music of Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. He is happily married to Elaine (our Lead Pastor) and has a daughter named Selina. Martin enjoys playing the saxophone, golf, tennis, eating good food, and watching baseball games.

Denise Lenore

Minister of Children & Family Ministry

Denise began her internship at our church in January of 2014. She was the intern of our Lead Pastor Elaine Cho. Now, she serves as the minister of children and family ministry. Denise enjoys gardening, cooking, photgraphy, walking, and reading.


Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

MBA in Healthcare, Regis University, Denver, CO

Blanca Rodriguez

Director of Children's Center Preschool

Blanca began her work at the Children's Center back in 1991 as the first teacher for the school alongside Sue McKenzie. During this time she taught and co-directed for 7 1/2 years. Blanca left the Children's Center to get married and to have two children of her own, but returned in 2008 and has been there ever since! Blanca has a certificate in Early Childhood Education and 13 years experience as a teacher and director. She has all of the requirements by the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division and she is certified in CPR and First Aid. Blanca also enjoys spending time with her family, children, enjoys anything Disney, loves baking and needle point.

Victoria Symonian


Victoria, our very talented accompanist, began playing the piano when she was 7 years old. Before she began serving at our church in 2002, she worked at Monterey Park United Methodist Church for 8 years. Victoria is currently the Head of Lark Conservatory's Performance Department and is a Master Teacher in Piano and Accompaniment. She also enjoys traveling, and live classical and jazz performances.


Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Accompaniment, Mussorgsky Music College, St. Petersburg.

Piano Performance, Komitas State Conservatory of Music, Yerevan

Liberty Vigran

Administrative Assistant

Liberty is a highly qualified professional with experience in ministering at local churches. She has worked in administrative and managerial jobs. She has a strong love, commitment and dedication to God and His people. Liberty is a dream come true Adminsitrative Assistant to any pastor!


Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, CSU Bakersfield

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