Our Staff

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Ken Korver

Lead Pastor

Dave Nearpass

Dave Nearpass

Pastor of Student Ministries

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Rudy Rubio

Director of Care & Outreach

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Mike DeMaster

Executive Administrator

 

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Jody Gras

Director of Adult Discipleship, Development & Children

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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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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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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.

Rudy Rubio

Director of Care & Outreach

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Mike DeMaster

Pastor of Operations & Staffing

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, & Children

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 as the Director of the 5th & 6th Grade Ministries and is currently serving as the Children’s Ministries Director. Jody and her family love being a part of the Emmanuel Church family.

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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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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.