Pastor of Adult Teaching
Director of Care & Outreach
& Church Planting
Director of Adult Discipleship, Development & Children
Celebration Arts Director
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.)
Pastor of Teaching
Mike grew up as a pastor’s kid in Atlanta. After many twists and turns, he eventually felt called into pastoral ministry himself. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary just outside of Philadelphia. During his time there, he served at liberti Faimount, which is part of the liberti network of churches. It was through another church in the network that he got connected to Emmanuel in 2012. He’ll be serving at ERC until the fall of 2014, at which time, Lord willing, he’ll be sent out to plant a church in the heart of L.A.
Director of Care & Outreach
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.
Spanish Ministry & Church Planting Pastor
Pastor Eddy Aleman was born in Managua, Nicaragua. He is child number 10 in a large family of 13. At age 16 he moved to Toronto, Canada where he committed his life to Jesus and was baptized on December 19, 1987. He has been happily married to Daysi Aleman since 1988. The Lord has blessed the Aleman family with three beautiful children Eddy Jr., David, and Rebecca and a grandson, Matthew Steven, who is the son of Eddy Jr.
Pastor Eddy completed his theological training at Western Theological Seminary in Holland MI, and at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA. After completing his studies, Eddy accepted the call to come to Central California be the Apostolic Regional Missionary for the Classis of Central California of the Reformed Church in America focusing on the Hispanic Church Multiplication Movement. In five years God blessed the ministry in a special way and five churches were planted and more than 20 leaders were trained for ministry. In July of 2009 Pastor Eddy accepted the invitation to be the Spanish Ministries Lead Pastor and Pastor of Church Multiplication at Emmanuel Reformed Church. Pastor Eddy Aleman is an Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.