Staff Elders

Nam Park
Senior Pastor | Staff Elder

Lifelong Southern California resident, Nam grew up in Gardena and studied at UCLA. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during his first year of college. His calling to enter seminary came a few years later. He has had the privilege of working in youth ministry, college ministry, singles ministry, and is currently the senior pastor of Immanuel Bible Church. In describing IBC’s purpose, Nam states, “Our ministry emphasizes the inerrant and inspired Word of God as the final authority for life and doctrine. We don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, just fundamental Bible teaching and instruction. Our goal is to build a family oriented church for three generations of God-fearing Christians.” Nam received his B.A. from UCLA, and M.Div (Master of Divinity) and D. Min (Doctor of Ministry) in Expository Preaching from The Master’s Seminary. Nam ministers with his wife Kathy and children Rebekah, Chloe, Noah, and Micah.

Gary Takahashi
Associate Pastor | Staff Elder

Gary grew up in the South Bay and got saved as a fifth grader while attending Gardena Valley Baptist Church. He has been serving at IBC since 1998 as an associate pastor. Currently, he is the pastor over the Children’s ministry, oversees the VBS summer program, teaches the adult equip hour, oversees the membership classes, Special Needs Ministry, and co-leads the Biblical Counseling ministry with Adam Pawley. Gary has a BA in biblical studies from the Master’s College, and a Master’s of Divinity from the Master’s Seminary. He is married to Chie and has two daughters, Claire and Joelle.

David Yu
Associate Pastor | Staff Elder

David was raised in a godly Christian home, but was so rebellious and obstinate, that he did not come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ until his freshmen year in college. After the Lord saved him, he decided to pursue serving the church as a pastor and missionary in the gospel ministry. David has joyfully served as a children’s ministry pastor, youth ministry pastor, college intern, English teacher in Japan, single’s ministry pastor, missionary to Thailand, and now currently serves as an associate pastor at Immanuel Bible Church. He is married to Ester and has 3 children, Ian, Eli and Allison.

Lay Elders

Adam Pawley
Lay Elder

Adam is a SoCal native, having lived in locales from Simi Valley to Huntington Beach. Educated as an artist but now working in the Information Technology field, Adam commutes daily to work via car, train, subway, and feet. He is married to Dorothy and has three children. Adam earned his MABC degree from The Master’s University in 2014 and is active in biblical counseling within the church. He still doodles.

Bryant Huang
Lay Elder

Growing up in Rowland Heights, Bryant was graciously saved by God during high school. He went on to study Linguistics & Computer Science at UCLA and also in grad school at USC. While serving in the local church, he discovered the incomparable joy of teaching the Bible and seeing it bear fruit in people’s lives (Colossians 1:28), which led him to obtain an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary to be better equipped to feed and shepherd God’s people. Bryant loves ministering at IBC with his wife Juliette and their four children, especially among our college students. While not serving in ministry, he works as a software engineer.

Danny Yoo
Lay Elder

Danny is from all over California. He grew up in Bakersfield, went to school and worked in the Bay Area, went to even more school in Los Angeles. He currently works as an attorney in the Los Angeles area. He and his wife, Chris, started attending IBC in 2010. Danny has served in various ministries at IBC, such as church administration, and finance duties.

Dennis Woo
Lay Elder

Frank Chiu
Lay Elder

Frank is from Los Angeles.

George Park
Lay Elder

Saved in his high school years, George has devoted himself to the church wherever he has attended. He has been with IBC since its founding in 1996 and has been an active ministry leader and servant. He has faithfully served four terms as a deacon and currently leads the 317 ministry at IBC. He has a passion for encouraging young adults to “do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.”  While not at church, George works for a large technology company in the Culver City area and collects Lego sets and figurines.


Rob Chew
Youth Minister

Rob grew up in Mar Vista and came to saving faith at a young age. He studied at UCLA, during which he heard expository preaching for the first time and felt the call to ministry. Graduated from The Master’s Seminary and has had the privilege of serving in children’s ministry, youth ministry, evangelism ministry, sports ministry, college ministry, international ministry and is currently the youth minister of Immanuel Bible Church. Rob ministers with his wife Perrie.


Andre Cipta
Membership, Men’s Ministry

Andrew Schurr
Facilities, Finance

Ashley Lee
Children’s Ministry

Daniel Lee

Ed Kung
Finance, Cleanup

Ester Yu
New Visitors

Julie Shin
Events, Meals

Justine Yung

Kathy Park
Women’s Ministry

Young Michaels

Wayne Song