Our Staff

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Ken Korver

Lead Pastor

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Richard Caballero

Spanish Pastor

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Dave Nearpass

Pastor of Student Ministries

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Klarc Korver

Pastor of Couples & Alpha

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Rudy Rubio

Director of Care & Outreach

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Jon Flietstra

Junior High Director

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Cathy Lewis

Children's Ministry Director

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Nancy Asmus

Adult Ministries Coordinator

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Mike DeMaster

Executive Administrator

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Jody Gras

Director of Adult Discipleship, Development

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Bob Olson

Celebration Arts Director

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Harold Korver

Pastor

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Ruth Zymkowitz

Business Manager

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Mike Kim

Pastor of Outreach

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Mike Jones

Outreach Coordinator & Evangelism

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Karrie Garcia

Preschool Director

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Ken Korver

Lead Pastor

Ken pretty much grew up here at Emmanuel. In 1971, when Ken was 11, his parents and their five sons moved to California so that Harold Korver (Ken’s dad) could serve as the senior pastor of the church. Ken went to the local public schools and a love for Paramount grew deep in his heart. He joyfully married Lisa 25 years ago and they have three kids that they like a lot — Kristi, Kurtis and Kari. (All Korver kids have to be named with a “K” or they get thrown out of the family.)

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Richard Caballero

Spanish Pastor

Pastor Richard Caballero was born in Uruguay, South America.  He immigrated to Canada as a young man and married his wife Alexa 30 years ago and they have 2 daughters, Natalie and Melissa.  Richard has been a church planter for 25 years and has started Spanish ministries in Toronto, Canada and in Phoenix, Arizona.  Richard has been the pastor of the Spanish ministry at Emmanuel Church since 2015 and feels blessed to serve the Spanish community and work in a church with a great vision and passion for outreach to expand the Kingdom of God.

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Dave Nearpass

Pastor of Student Ministries

Dave hails from the south suburbs of Chicago.  He has been serving here at Emmanuel over 8 years in the High School Student Ministry.  Dave met his beautiful wife Aubrey at the noon service and they have been married 3 years.  After completing his Masters in Divinity at Fuller Seminary, Dave was ordained in June 2014.  He loves working with students and is so grateful to be working at Emmanuel, a church that longs to serve and bless individuals, families and cities.

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Klarc Korver

Pastor of Couples & Alpha

After being born and raised the first few years of his life here, Klarc moved and grew up in Iowa. If you ask Klarc about moving back to Emmanuel in 2011, he would say he is finally “home.”  After completing his Masters in Divinity at Azusa Pacific, Klarc was ordained in October of 2015. In regards to family life, Klarc married “up” and enjoys life with his bride – Bobbie.  As their family continues to grow they hope to have enough children to host their own basketball starting lineup. They find ministering to the adults and couples of Emmanuel to be very life giving and are eager to see what God has in store for Emmanuel in the years to come!

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Rudy Rubio

Director of Care & Outreach

Rudy was raised in the Huntington Park/ South Central areas of Los Angeles and came to Emmanuel by way of our Spanish Services where he is an ordained Elder. Before accepting the call to come on to staff, Rudy worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for many years. He has a heart for those struggling with addictions and is the Ministry leader for Celebrate Recovery. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Edna and they have 4 children: Gabby, Esteban, Diego, and Natalia.

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Jon Flietstra

Junior High Director

Jon grew up right next door in Bellflower, attending Mayfair High School and then Long Beach State, majoring in Coaching Psychology. He met his wife Jackie on the school’s Rowing Team. The two of them have been married for 6 years. Recently, Jon went back to coach the Rowing team at Long Beach State. While coaching, Jon obtained his Master’s Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jon finds joy in finding creative ways to connect students with their Creator.

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Cathy Lewis

Children’s Ministry Director

Cathy grew up in Norwalk, CA with a big family.  She started attending Emmanuel in 2007.  She enjoys working in the nursery and in our Kids Klub ministries and is currently our Director of Children’s Ministry.  Cathy has earned her Bachelors’ degree in Psychology and minored in Child Development.  Her and her husband Michael met here at Emmanuel Church and they have a son named Andrew.  Cathy loves babies and children, and thinks that working with children is the best job in the world!

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Nancy Asmus

Adult Ministries Coordinator

Nancy serves in Adult Ministries providing administrative support to the amazing and fantastic volunteers of Emmanuel who lead its Basic Care Groups, Adult Sunday Classes, Mini-Churches, and Marriage Groups.  She also really enjoys getting people into these groups!  For couples getting married she oversees Emmanuel’s Pathway to Marriage.  Nancy grew up in Arizona, met her husband Warren in college, and they married in 1983.  Together they lead in Couples Ministry where they get to hang out with couples of all ages!  They have three grown children (Michael, Emily and Bryson) and are grateful for the role Emmanuel has played in helping them raise their own family the last 33 years!

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Mike DeMaster

Executive Administrator

Mike DeMaster served as a educator and coach for 20 years before answering the call to serve as ERC’s Executive Administrator. He and his wife Krista began attending Emmanuel back in 1997 and have three children Max, Kate and Lily.
In his free time, Mike enjoys surfing and playing with his family.

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Jody Gras

Director Adult Discipleship, Development

Jody Gras grew up in Artesia, CA where she was raised in a Christian home. Jody, her husband Johnny, and two children-Tyler and Lauren came to Emmanuel Church in 2000 and enjoyed serving in a variety of areas including Kids Klub and Jr. High Ministries. Jody joined our staff in 2005 and is currently serving as the Director Adult Discipleship & Development.

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Bob Olson

Celebration Arts Director

Bob Olson grew up in the small town of Starbuck, Minnesota. In 1974, started his music career as a teacher of instrumental and choral music at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. After two USO tours to Germany and Alaska, he and his beautiful bride Chris enrolled at California State University, Long Beach in 1980 where he earned a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting. To supplement his income while in school, he accepted a job leading worship at Emmanuel Church. That job stuck, and for the past 28 years, Bob has helped grow the music ministry to include multiple choirs, an orchestra, sacred dance, drama, and worship bands. His wife Chris is an accompanist for the music ministry and business administrator for the After-School ministry of the church and they are watching their three children (Garrett, Angelique, and Arielle) excel in their schooling at Valley Christian Schools and Biola University.

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Harold Korver

Pastor

Harold grew up on a farm in Iowa and lived in a house without electricity and without indoor plumbing. Harold married Shirley 60 years ago and they have six sons; Kevin, Karl, Keith, Kris, Ken and Rick. God called Harold to serve at Emmanuel 41 years ago and he says these 41 years have been the most rewarding years of his life.

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Ruth Zymkowitz

Business Manager

Ruth was born in May 1960 in Lynwood, CA and has lived in Bellflower all of her life. Her Emmanuel roots go deep as her grandparents were charter members helping to start Emmanuel over 85 years ago. Her parents met and married at Emmanuel as did Ruth and her husband, Michael.

They married in 1982 and have two children. Their son Steven is nineteen and headed to Azusa Pacific University this fall. Their daughter, Katharine Byrne, 24, is married to Jonathan and they have two beautiful boys – Bouwe (3) and Brody (19 months).

Ruth has a Bachelors Degree in Business from Cal State Long Beach. She previously worked in the areas of Human Resources, Sales and Real Estate Joint Ventures and has worked at Emmanuel for the last sixteen years. She truly believes that God has used her past experiences to train her so that she can be used to serve here at Emmanuel.

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Mike Kim

Pastor of Outreach

Mike hails from Burbank, CA.  He has been serving here at Emmanuel for over 3 years in the Adult Ministries, Evangelism, and Assimilation role.  Mike has been married to his beautiful wife, Irene, for 7 years.  Before Emmanuel, Mike was in the real estate and mortgage world for 10 years, but Mike was called to go into full-time ministry and graduated from Fuller Seminary in 2007. He worked for a Korean congregation for 5 years, and during that time was ordained. Mike loves serving at ERC and wants to see people get plugged in and use their full potential in bringing God glory.

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Mike Jones

Outreach Coordinator & Evangelism

Mike Jones studied at California State University – Fullerton, and the Bethany Bible College of West Los Angeles. He served in a Mission Church in South Los Angeles for over 15 years before coming to Emmanuel. He is married to his wife, Cassandra with one daughter, Leah Naomi, and two sons, Noah Michael and Daniel Micah. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a great church and community.

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Karrie Garcia

Preschool Director

Karrie Garcia grew up in Paramount, California and began attending ERC during high school. After high school she went onto college to take classes in Early childhood education. In 1989 she began dating her husband Jorge also a Paramount native. Together they have served and participated in many ministries of our church. Karrie’s passion has always been working with you children. In 1995 she began working in ERC’s children’s ministry department. In 1997, she became the Director of Emmanuel Preschool. Karrie and her husband Jorge have 2 girls-Jessika and Jenae. Like their mother they too enjoy working with young children and serving in children’s ministries.