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The Shepherd LA Cooperative (SLAC) is a particular initiative to identify, connect, and resource 13 likeminded Los Angeles pastors. These pastors affirm the foundation documents, clearly state their particular ecclesiological convictions (where we disagree), and have committed to connect for a lunch once a month.

Cooperative: a jointly owned enterprise engaging in the production or distribution of goods or the supplying of services, operated by its members for their mutual benefit, typically organized by consumers or farmers. Also called co-op.

The Shepherd LA Cooperative (SLAC) is not the only thing Shepherd LA initiates to connect and resource pastors, but it is probably the heart of it. Shepherd LA seeks to bless other LA pastors with friendship, support, encouragement, books, articles, podcasts, and various gatherings as the Lord leads.

These 14 LA pastors all affirm the foundation statements of Shepherd LA (T4G Affirmations/Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church). But they disagree on many things and we want to keep those clear as we seek to persuade each other toward consistency and faithfulness through biblical and theological thinking. Our important differences are in 4 areas:

LOCAL CHURCH RELATIONS: (1) connectional presbyterianism, (2) connectional episcopalianism, (3) church autonomy

BAPTISM BELIEF AND PRACTICE: (1) paedobaptist; (2) credobaptist

FINAL DECISIVE CHURCH AUTHORITY TO (1) CONFESS FAITH AND (2) RECEIVE/REMOVE MEMBERS AND LEADERS: (1) elder-rule; (2) congregational

COMMUNION POSITIONS: (1) open to self-professed believers;  (2) closed-ish to those paedo/credo-baptized; (3) closed-ish to those credo-baptized; (4) closed-ish to those paedo/credo-baptized and a member of a gospel-preaching church; (5) closed-ish to those credo-baptized and a member of a gospel-preaching church; (6) closed to members only

[shepherd la cooperative pastors listed in reverse alphabetical order]

P. J. Tibayan

Pastor of the Pulpit, Bethany Baptist Church, Bellflower

Christian since: 1989

Married to Frances since: 2005

Children: 5

Pastor since: 2002

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach: Revelation, Matthew, James, Genesis, Psalms

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder-led congregationalism, communion closed-ish to those paedo/credo-baptized and a member of a gospel-preaching church (4)

P.J. Tibayan was born and raised in East Los Angeles County after his parents immigrated from the Philippines. He grew up in a devout Roman “Catholic” home. God used Ephesians 2.8-9 to regenerate P.J. He served as a pastor at Christian Fellowship Bible Church (2002-2007) and CrossView Church LA (2008-2014). He serves as a member and pastor-theologian of Bethany Baptist Church in Bellflower (since 2014).

Doctrinally P.J. holds to the Bethany Baptist Confession of Faith and the Elder Affirmation of Faith from Bethlehem Baptist Church. His ministry philosophy is happily influenced by Christian Hedonism, 9Marks of a Healthy Church, and outward facing smaller units of the local church taught in Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis.

P.J. and his wife Frances have five children. He blogs at gospelize.me and helps lead The Gospel Coalition’s Los Angeles regional chapter and the Shepherd LA initiative. P.J. also serves on the Leadership Council of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the editorial board of SOLA Network. He occasionally writes for Desiring God, 9Marks, and SOLA. He also serves as a contributing scholar for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Mathena Center for Church Revitalization.

He earned a Doctor of Ministry in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (2020). P.J. also completed a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies from The Master’s University (2002), a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary (2006), and the pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. (2008), and a Master of Missional Leadership from The Resurgence Training Center (2010).

Listen to PJ’s sermons here.


Bobby Scott

Pastor of Discipleship, Community of Faith Bible Church, South Gate

Christian since: 1984

Married to Naomi since: 1994

Children: 6

Pastor since: 1994

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Isaiah

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder-rule, communion open to self-professed believers (1)

As the Pastor of Discipleship, Pastor Bobby loves teaching the Word of God and through the power of the Holy Spirit and watching it transform people’s lives (2 Cor 3:18). In this role, he oversees Sunday morning and mid-week teaching ministries and is humbled by the privilege of chairing the Elder Team.  Pastor Bobby is passionate about strengthening the urban church, you can read more about his thoughts on his Twitter account, @pastorbscott, and his blog Truth in the City.

Pastor Bobby believes he married up when God blessed him with his wife, Naomi. He loves his six (Yes, six!) kids. As a UCLA alumni, his two favorite two teams are UCLA and whoever is playing SC. Go Bruins!!!

Th.M. and M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary

Listen to Bobby’s sermons here.


Rudy Rubio

Pastor, Reformed Church LA, Lynwood

Christian since: 2008

Married to Edna since: 2001

Children: 4

Grandchildren: 1

Pastor since: 2013

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach: Job, Psalms, Romans, Acts, 1 Timothy

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: connectional presbyterianism, paedobaptist, elder rule, communion closed-ish to those paedo/credo-baptized and a member of a gospel-preaching church (4)

Edna and I are happily married with four kids. Gabby, Esteban (not shown), Diego, and Natalia. Rudy was raised in the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. I have lived in places like Watts, South Central LA, Huntington Park, and currently in Lynwood. My past was one marked by gang violence, drug use and sales, as well as multiple prison terms. I came to saving faith in a prison cell, on my knees crying out to God that I was tired and wanted to change my life. I took my time in prison to truly study the scriptures and was captivated by how God spoke to and revealed Himself.  God has truly done a redeeming work in my life as my wife and I were once on the verge of divorce and by God’s grace ended up leading the Spanish Marriage Ministry.  I have has also served as the Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader, and as the Director of Congregational CARE and Outreach at Emmanuel Reformed Church. I am a passionate preacher and teacher and have a deep appreciation of the reformed faith and tradition. My family fully supports my ministry endeavors as we do ministry together.

Listen to Rudy’s sermons here.


Mike Larsen

Lead Pastor, Encounter Christian Church, Bellflower

Christian since: 2003 (at least)

Married to Sheila since: 2003

Children: 6

Grandchildren: 1

Pastor since: 2009

Top 5 books of the Bible to study or preach: Romans, Genesis, John, Ephesians, Proverbs

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: Connectional Presbyterianism, credobaptist, elder rule, communion open to self-professed believers (1)

Mike was invited to church in 2001 and responded in faith to the love and grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ in 2002. He is married to his beautiful wife Sheila who helped raise their two son’s Mikey and Steven. Mike is the author of Thanks For Asking, Equipping God’s people with answers to life’s tough questions. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Encounter Christian Church in Bellflower, California which is an Acts 29 church. Mike serves his community as clergy for the Los Angeles County Sherriff and is an executive member of the board for Kingdom Causes Bellflower. He is currently completing his master of arts in ministry at Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.

Listen to Mike’s sermons here.


Anthony Kidd

Pastor of Preaching, Community of Faith Bible Church, South Gate

Christian since:

Married to Sherry since:

Children: 5

Pastor since:

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach:

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder rule, communion open to self-professed believers (1)

As the Preaching Pastor, Pastor Anthony is most excited to see people experience God’s grace through listening to His word. He delights to see God having dealings with His people during or right after a sermon. For him, there is no greater joy than to be a part of that redemptive transaction.

God shined brightly upon him when his wife came into his life. He and Sherry are raising their 5 beautiful children together and loving every moment of it.

He serves as a professor at the Los Angeles Bible Training School, which educates and trains Christian lay leaders for outreach and service in the greater Los Angeles area.

He has written for Desiring God. He graduated from The Master’s Seminary in 2001.

Listen to Anthony’s sermons here.


Daniel Jansson

Lead Pastor, Imago Dei, Downey

Christian since: 2001 (at least)

Married to Crista since: 2008

Children: 4

Pastor since:

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach:

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder rule, communion open to self-professed believers (1)

Daniel (DJ) & Crista have been married since 2008 and have been doing ministry in south east LA ever since. They planted Imago Dei Church in 2015 out of a desire to see the good news proclaimed in the Gateway cities. 

DJ got his B.A. in Philosophy at CSUF, M.Div at Talbot School of Theology and has a D.Min in process at Western Seminary.  He teaches at Eternity Bible College and Teen Challenge Ministry Institute. 

Listen to Daniel’s sermons here.


Alex Hong

Pastor Elder, Christian Fellowship Bible Church, West Covina

Christian since: 2005

Married to Helen since: 2012

Children: 4

Pastor since: 2014

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach: 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Mark, Proverbs

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder-led congregationalism, communion closed-ish to those paedo/credo-baptized and a member of a gospel-preaching church (4)

Alex came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at Christian Fellowship Bible Church in 2005. It has been his home and church family since then. After getting saved, Alex devoted himself to the study of the Scriptures. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in the Study of Religion at the University of California-San Diego, went on to complete his Master’s in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University’s Talbot Theological Seminary, and most recently completed his Master’s of Divinity at the Master’s Seminary. Apart from meeting the Lord Jesus Christ in 2005, the second most important decision in his life involved meeting his wife Helen at CFBC. Alex and Helen have been married since 2012 and they have four children: Serene, Valor, Reverie, and Verity.

Listen to Alex’s sermons here.


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Richard Ho

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Hollywood

Christian since: 

Married to _____ since: 

Children: 

Pastor since:

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach:

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, congregational, communion

Pastor Richard Ho is grateful to begin to serve as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hollywood. Richard Ho grew up in Taiwan, and came to know Jesus through the influence of his mother and grandmother, who were saved through the western missionaries to Taiwan. Upon immigrating to America as a teen, Richard lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until he moved to Los Angeles in 1999. Growing up, Richard felt the calling of God to care for God’s people and to preach the gospel. Richard completed B.A. and Master’s Degree in Materials Science Engineering at UCLA as well as the M.DIV degree at the Master’s Seminary. Prior to becoming the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Hollywood, Richard served as a Pastor of Refuge LA church, located in North Hollywood. Richard married his beautiful wife Karina in 2013. Together, they raise three children, Sofia, Emilie, and Matthew.

Listen to Richard’s sermons here.


J. D. Hettema

Lead Pastor, Echo Church, Chino

Christian since: 2002

Married to Lauren since: 2009

Children: 3

Pastor since:

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach:

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, congregational, communion closed-ish to those paedo/credo-baptized and a member of a gospel-preaching church (4)

JD gave his life to Jesus at 17 years old after hearing the gospel preached at a youth ministry. He graduated from UCSB in 2003 and then did 8 years of youth ministry in Southern California. In 2009, he and Lauren got married and JD began work as a police officer for Santa Barbara PD. In 2016, JD graduated with an M.Div from Bethlehem College and Seminary. JD and Lauren currently live in Chino Hills with their 3 kids: Audrey (4), Owen (2), and Pierce (newborn).

Listen to JD’s sermons here.


Jon Buck

Teaching Pastor, Faith Bible Church, Laguna Niguel

Christian since: 1998

Married to Alyssa since: 2003

Children: 6

Pastor since: 2012

Top 5 books to study/preach: Romans, 1 John, Ephesians, Mark, Hebrews

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder rule, communion closed-ish to those credo-baptized (3)

Jon began attending FBC in 2005. He graduated from The Master’s Seminary (M.Div.) in 2012 and serves as the Teaching Pastor at FBC. Jon and his wife, Alyssa, have six children: Hannah, Katie, Sarah, Maggie, Abbie, and Emma. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and running.

Listen to Jon’s sermons here.


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Ron Boomsma

Sovereign Grace, Pasadena

Christian since: 1971

Married to Tami since: 1982

Children: 5

grandchildren: 7

Pastor since: 1999

Top 5 books to study/preach: Ephesians, Genesis, Job, Psalms, 1 Thessalonians

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: Connectional Presbyterianism, credobaptist, elder rule, communion open to self-professed believers (1)

Listen to Ron’s sermons here.


Geoff Alfassa

Pastor, Redeemed South Bay, Torrance

Christian since: 2000

Married to Joanna since:

Children: 3

Pastor since: 2011

Top 5 Books of Bible to study or preach: Romans, Psalms, Joel, Matthew, Philippians

Holds to T4G Affirmations and Denials and 9 Marks of a Healthy Church? Yes.

Particular ecclesiological convictions: local church autonomy, credobaptist, elder rule, communion open to self-professed believers (1)

Geoff and five other pastors started Redeemed South Bay in November 2013. Before this, Geoff served three years as an Associate Pastor at Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach, and has been involved in serving students in Southern California for the last ten years. Geoff is married to a wonderful woman named Joanna. They have been married for six years and have a five-year-old son named Elias, and a three-year-old daughter named Adeline, and a 1 year old baby girl Elisabeth. His family’s passion is to share the good news of the forgiveness of sins accomplished by Jesus Christ’s work on the cross for all who believe.

Geoff’s hobbies include theological studies, spoken word, Settlers of Catan, backgammon, playing sports: ping pong, football, basketball, hockey, and tennis. He thoroughly enjoys being challenged in any of these activities, and loves winning…people to Christ. Geoff received B.A. in Biblical Studies from Biola University and is also currently working on his Masters of Divinity at The Master’s Seminary.

Listen to Geoff’s sermons here.