VISION

CITY LIGHT DESIRES TO BE A CHRIST-CENTERED, CITY-FOCUSED, CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES.

CHRIST-CENTERED

The gospel frees us with the good news that God accepts us not because of what we have done but because of what Jesus has done for us. Our acceptance by God isn’t achieved, it’s freely received. We, therefore, welcome people of all backgrounds, histories and hurts into our community. We celebrate the goodness of our God and not the record of our achievements. Our entire ministry – from our Sunday services to our community groups – is a celebration of God’s grace and acceptance in Jesus.

CITY-FOCUSED

Our ministry shares God’s love for the city. We believe in its beauty but also seek to heal much of its brokenness. We believe that the city is a dynamic place filled with diversity, culture and influence, but also an iconic symbol of racial and socioeconomic division. It is a place where you have million dollar lofts next to homeless encampments. Our ministry seeks to be a church comprised of people that seeks to bridge the divide by engaging in the welfare of the city. 

CROSS-CULTURAL

From Spanish missionaries, to the LA riots, to Korean-Mexican food trucks, Los Angeles’ ethnic and racial diversity has defined the city’s history and culture. Our church seeks not only to reflect the brilliant diversity of Los Angeles but also to bridge the cultural and racial gaps that exist within our city. Testifying to/Affirming the power of Jesus to bring reconciliation, we aspire to be a church that brings diverse cultures, races and socio-economic groups together to demonstrate and proclaim the wonder of Jesus.

AFFILIATIONS AND BELIEFS

City Light is a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America. The PCA is a Reformed denomination comprised of over a thousand churches within the United States and is dedicated to church planting and missions locally and globally. City Light welcomes those who are unfamiliar with Christianity and the Reformed faith. We are a church that welcomes seekers, doubters and all those on a journey of faith.

Our summary of beliefs can be found here.

THE TEAM

Reverend Dennis Kang

Lead Pastor
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Reverend Dennis Kang
Lead Pastor

Dennis has served as a minister in the Los Angeles area for more than fifteen years. After receiving his call to ministry as a student at UCLA he went on to study theology at Westminster Seminary in California. Dennis is a family man, sports fanatic and a lover of books and art. He lives in Eagle Rock with his beautiful wife Nina and their three young children. You might catch a glimpse of him running the streets of Downtown with the group he founded, the DTLA Running Group.

Caroline Gim

Church Administrator
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Caroline Gim
Church Administrator

Serving the church is one of my greatest joys. It is in that place of service I get to witness the deepest needs and longings of the human heart satisfied in Christ. My journey in the ministry started in the east coast after receiving training at Nyack College and Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. Among my other joys are the simple things in life- family, food, and friends.

Jay Ro

Music Director
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Jay Ro
Music Director

Our Worship Ministry Director, Jay Ro, has been playing music ever since the age of 4 (starting with the violin).  Born and raised in West Lafayette, IN, Jay obtained his bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and lived in Houston, TX where he worked in the technology space.  He later received his master's in Statistics from the University of Chicago prior to working in marketing and data analytics.  Jay recently moved to LA in order to be closer to family and currently works as an analytic consultant during the week. Jay is extremely passionate about music, having performed/written/recorded on numerous occasions.  He is almost always seen either singing or playing guitar, whether it be walking in his neighborhood or driving (safely) down the streets of LA.  He considers it a tremendous honor and blessing to be able to serve the Lord and His church through praise and worship.   Jay also is an avid film/comics buff, sports fan, and concertgoer.  In addition to running and tennis, he also loves going on road trips exploring the coast of California, taking along his precocious dog Cheeto.

Maggie K.D. Greer

Children’s Director
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Maggie K.D. Greer
Children’s Director

Maggie, who serves as our Children’s Ministry Director, is a recent graduate of Biola University where she studied Intercultural Studies and Political Science. Born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL, she has been volunteering and working with children since she was in middle school. Maggie loves the honesty, perspective and wit that children bring to our everyday lives – and she spends so much time with kids that most days she feels like one. In her free time, Maggie loves reading books, playing board games and exploring new hikes, museums, and cities with her husband Joshua.

Njeri Mwaniki

Ministry Intern
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Njeri Mwaniki
Ministry Intern

Njeri comes to us from the big state of Texas. She was born and raised in the Dallas area, with her family originating from Nairobi, Kenya. Njeri graduated in 2016 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and received dual Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Music. During her time in Lubbock, she was heavily invested at her home church as a Worship Leader and on staff as the College Ministry Intern. Her move to the LA area was due to her currently pursing her Masters of Divinity at Biola. She is currently serving as our Pastoral Intern, intergrated in the Worship, Women's, and Small Group Ministries. Her heart is for people to encounter the rich love of the Lord in their lives and desire to live it out. In her spare time, she loves road trips, trying new things, and enjoys spending time intentionally getting to know people.