JOURNEY SOUTH BAY TEAM

The staff and Leadership Team here at Journey South Bay is comprised of men and women who love God and care for the people in our church and in our community. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at office@journeysouthbay.org or (310) 947-2938. If you have any questions for our Leadership Team, feel free to reach out and email them at leadership@journeysouthbay.org.


STAFF


  • ALEX WATLINGTON

    Interim Pastor

    Alex is native of Lookout Mountain, TN, but has spent most of his adult life in Pennsylvania (2004-2014) and California. After graduating from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, he and his family moved to State College, PA where they lead a chapter of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Penn State for six years. In July of 2014, the Watlingtons moved to Los Angeles to begin a new chapter of RUF at USC. Alex enjoys golf, college football, movies, and exploring LA restaurants. In August 2002, Alex married his wife Becki. They have three children: Whit, Miles, and Monroe; they reside in the Pasadena area.  


  • GARY MARUMOTO

    Interim Children's Ministry Director

    Gary has been teaching Sunday School here at Journey South Bay since 2009. God had revealed to him the importance of planting and watering the seeds of faith into the lives of children. He notices that this world has so many distractions that keep kids away from church and hearing the Gospel. Gary works full time in the grocery industry and has been since 1981. He is married and has 2 children. 

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  • Liina Nygren

    Interim Youth Director

    Hello! I'm Liina, the Interim Youth Director! I graduated from Bethel University (MN) in 2021 with a degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Human Resources. I was born and raised in Torrance, California and have grown up going to Journey South Bay ever since I can remember! I love coffee, volleyball, the beach, and a good breakfast burrito! When I was in middle and high school, I got the opportunity to be a part of the Journey Youth Group that God used to change my life! I love youth because your faith begins to become your own as you grow and mature into who you are! I'm excited to meet you and get to know you.


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  • eLi JENNINGS

    Worship Leader

    I received the calling to lead worship as a teenager and have devoted my life to using all of my gifts and talents in honoring God’s calling on my life and helping others realize and fulfill God’s calling on their lives. My wife, Amy, and I are raising our amazing son, Ezekiel, in Harbor City, CA. Our family took a step of faith and left our previous church and joined the Journey South Bay (JSB) family in January 2019. It has become more evident that God led us here as we get more involved in ministry and build community here at Journey South Bay. 

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  • LISA MARUMOTO

    Administrative Assistant

    Lisa was born and raised in the South Bay. She has been attending Journey South Bay since 2008 and really enjoys serving in Journey Kids, Hospitality, and the Media Team. She loves to help people and feels incredibly blessed to be able to serve as the Administrative Assistant.

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LEADERSHIP TEAM


  • CHRIS KOBEL

    Board Member


  • CADY lAYCooK

    Board Member


  • JoE mATIAS

    Board Member


  • SHAWN MEGAW

    Board Member


  • TODD NYGREN

    Board Member


  • HERB POON

    Church Chairman


  • DAVID PREWITT

    Board Member


  • WAYNE SONODA

    Board Member