LEADERSHIP
 


Senior Staff


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BARRY DEGUCHI

Position: Lead Pastor
Spouse: Dale
Ministries: Elder Team, Vision, Catalyst Global, Prayer Ministry
Quirky Fact: Enjoys watching sports and ate a live snail when he was a toddler.

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SAM LEE

Position: Executive Pastor
Spouse: Susan
Ministries: Catalyst Staff, Finances, Freedom Center
Quirky Fact: I'm a closet nerd... board games, sci-fi, the whole nine yards.

 
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ROSS AKAMINE

Position:  Pastor of Worship, Missions and Family Ministry 
Spouse: Ida
Ministries: Worship, Missions & Overseas Ministries, Family Ministry
Quirky Fact: Worked at Magic Mountain during a spring break and helped people get into sumo suits and human velcro suits.

 

 

Elders


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TONY HUANG

Position:
Elder
Spouse:
Deidra
Quirky Fact:
Used to have a southern accent and wants to try all foods at least once.

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KYLE ANEMA

Position:
Elder
Spouse:
Mimo
Quirky Fact: 
Had brain surgery in high school and when filling up gas needs the number to end on 5 or 0. Not sure if they are related ... 

 
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DON HIRATA

Position:
Elder
Spouse:
Nancy
Quirky Fact:
Loves sports, willing to try almost anything once, enjoys cooking, and got a tattoo at the ripe old age of 54.

HENRY CHI

Position:
Elder
Spouse:
Agnes
Quirky Fact:
Passionate about people finding their calling and design. First met wife Agnes when he was 5 and she was 3. 

 


Staff
 


Associate: Adults


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DALE DEGUCHI
Position:
Women’s Ministry Director
Spouse:
Barry
Ministries:
Women’s Ministries, Sunday Hospitality, Career Age
Quirky Fact:
Has a passion for outreach and loves the UCLA Bruins and Hello Kitty.

 

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RICK AKIYAMA
Position:
Prayer Ministry Teams Director (Volunteer)
Ministries:
Prayer Ministry, Inner Healing
Quirky Fact:
A passion to see people experience the Lord in a significant way and part of the Disneyland crazies who have an annual pass.

 

Associate: Family


JERRY BINUYA

Position:
Youth Ministry Director
Spouse:
Marcy
Ministries:
Youth Ministry
Quirky Fact:
Graduated from FIDM in Fashion and Merchandisingbut once considered the priesthood until he realized he couldn’t have kids.

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DENISE YAMASHITA

Position:
Children's Ministry Director, Emeritus
Spouse:
Mike
Ministries:
Children's Ministry
Quirky Fact:
Collects porcelain dolls, loves puffy tacos, and on level 1,360 of Candy Crush.

 
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COREEN SUZUKIDA
Position:
Children’s Ministry Director
Spouse:
Mike
Ministries:
Children's Ministry
Quirky Fact:
She was once the tallest in her class, played center on her basketball team and was voted MVP.
When you meet her you’ll understand.

 

Associate: Creative


 
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DAMON GOHATA

Position:
Creative Ministries Director, CEO of Ahava Design
Ministries:
Ahava Design – Media, Graphics, Drama
Spouse:
Traci
Quirky Fact:
Has a goal of completing an Ironman Triathlon by the age of 40.

 

Administrative


 
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KAZ NAMBA
Position:
Financial Administrator
Spouse:
Mike
Ministries:
Finances
Quirky Fact:
Loves good food, being in nature, and
is really intrigued by time travel movies