SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 | 9AM-5PM

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Though the Bible teaches that local churches are the display of the gospel you are burdened to see only a few healthy churches in LA which are largely disconnected. The one-day Shepherd LA Conference exists to inspire and connect likeminded LA pastors so that more healthy churches are shepherded, supported, and strengthened for LA.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 | 9:00AM-5:00PM


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SCHEDULE: Saturday 9/15/18

8:00-9:00am Registration/Check-In
9:00-9:15am Introduction 
9:15-9:50am Session 1: PJ Tibayan: A Definition of a Local Church 
9:55-10:30am Session 2: Brian Colmery: A Healthy Church has a Functional Gospel Culture
10:40-11:15am Session 3: Anthony Kidd: A Healthy Church Practices Doing Good
11:20-11:55am Panel Q&A
12:00-1:00pm Lunch
1:10-1:45pm Session 4: Mike Larsen: A Healthy Church Reaches Different People
1:50-2:35pm Session 5: Steve Balentine: A Healthy Congregation has a Faithful Pastor
2:45-3:05pm Panel Q&A

3:10-3:45pm Session 6: Chris Lewis: A Healthy Church has a Plurality of Elders

3:45-4:20pm Session 7: Luis Cardenas: A Healthy Church Keeps its Priority
4:25-5:00 Panel Q&A and Prayer Time

Why come if there are no “big name” speakers?

  1. Because the biggest name, Jesus Christ, will be present in his Word faithfully preached.
  2. Because what matters more than the preacher who is preaching is the message preached. The Bible will be exposited and faithfully preached. (Though we are thankful for those God has raised up as faithful preachers with wide influence).
  3. Because the preachers are all Angelenos living in the same region trying to be faithful pastors here in L. A. like everyone else we’re hoping comes to the conference.

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L.A. Preachers for the 2018 Conference


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Steve serves as the Senior Pastor of San Gabriel Community Church in San Gabriel. The son of a pastor, he was born and raised in California, with most of his growing up years being spent on the Central Coast. He moved back to Southern California to attend college where he met his wife Christy and never left. He is the featured teacher for Growing in Grace, a radio show featuring his expository preaching on KKLA.

Steve has a B.A. in Bible Exposition and an M.Div in Pastoral Ministries from The Master’s University and Seminary.  In his free time, he loves to be with his wife and two teenagers (Jonathan and Grace), play golf, make charts, maintain a saltwater aquarium and attempt to find the best coffee shop Southern California has to offer.

Listen to Steve’s sermons here.


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Luis has been a part of First Bilingual Baptist Church (FBBC) since he was four years old. After finishing high school, the Lord mercifully called him to repentance and salvation. He received his training (MDiv) at The Master’s Seminary and since 2015 has been serving at FBBC by preaching in both the English and Spanish services. Luis and his wife Veronica have been married for 7 years, and they have one son and two daughters.

Listen to Luis’s sermons here.


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Brian moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to attend UCLA. After meeting Scott Mehl at The Master’s Seminary (MDiv), the two planted Shoreline Church in the fall of 2005. Over the next several years Brian married the love of his life, Chrissie, had a daughter, Quinn, and Cornerstone West LA was born. Now they have added a son, Weston, and are the proud owners of Oscar the turtle. He also completed his master of theology degree in systematic theology. Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone West LA. He also teaches at Eternity Bible College in Simi Valley. He runs point amont the 4 L. A. pastors steering The Gospel Coalition Los Angeles Regional Chapter.

Listen to Brian’s sermons here.

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Anthony has been a Christian for 26 years. He has served in pastoral ministry for 16 years and has been a member of Westide Bible Church & now Community of Faith Bible Church (CFBC) in South Gate (Southeast L. A. County).

He currently serves CFBC as its Pastor of preaching. He received his ministry training from The Master’s Seminary where he graduated in 2001. Anthony and his wife Sherry have been married for 20 years, and together they are raising their 5 children. Anthony’s passion is to preach the Gospel in such a way that sinners are converted, saints are established and matured, and the Church is built up to the glory & praise of King Jesus. He also teaches at the Los Angeles Bible Training School in South Central Los Angeles.

Listen to Anthony’s sermons here.


Mic Larsen


Mike was invited to church in 2001 and responded in faith to the love and grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ in 2002. He is married to his beautiful wife Sheila who helped raise their two son’s Mikey and Steven. Mike is the author of Thanks For Asking, Equipping God’s people with answers to life’s tough questions. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Encounter Christian Church in Bellflower, California which is an Acts 29 church. Mike serves his community as clergy for the Los Angeles County Sherriff and is an executive member of the board for Kingdom Causes Bellflower. He is currently completing his master of arts in ministry at Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.

Listen to Mike’s sermons here.


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The Lord Jesus saved Chris when he was 5 years old.

He has been a member of First Baptist Church, Dallas, James River Church, and now Foothill Church, Glendora. Chris has been in pastoral ministry since 2002. Chris has been the Lead Pastor of Foothill Church in Glendora since December, 2006. He is one of the 4 L. A. pastors steering The Gospel Coalition Los Angeles Regional Chapter.

Chris Lewis’ claim to fame is that he is the husband of Michelle and the father of Gabbie, Tucker, Berkeley, and Gracie. Chris received his B.A. from Evangel University in Springfield, MO.  He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School. After practicing law for 5 years, the Lord called Chris into full time vocational ministry. He received his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2003.

Listen to Chris’s sermons here.


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PJ grew up in a Roman Catholic home when confronted by the gospel in 1989 through Ephesians 2:8-9. He was convicted of his guilt and called on the Lord Jesus to save him (and God did!). He now serves as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Bellflower (Southeast L. A. County) since November 2014. PJ is happily married to Frances and has a son and four daughters.

After completing a bachelor of arts in biblical studies at The Master’s University, he served as an assistant pastor at Christian Fellowship Bible Church in Walnut, CA (2002-2007, now meeting in West Covina) while completing his master of divinity degree at The Master’s Seminary (2006). He was a pastoral intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC in the spring of 2008 before a group planted CrossView Church in October of that year. He served CrossView as the Preaching Pastor until October 2014. He is a a doctoral candidate in biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. PJ is one of the 4 L. A. pastors steering The Gospel Coalition Los Angeles Regional Chapter and a member of the executive board of the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association. He is the organizer of the Shepherd L.A. Conference.

Listen to PJ’s sermon here.


Lunch: Provided by Chick Fil A

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What We Believe: Foundation Statements

Special thanks to gospel partners who support the conference:

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Pastors/Leaders Attending are from the following Los Angeles Churches:

Bethany Baptist Church, Bellflower

Cornerstone West LA

Encounter Christian Church, Bellflower

Foothill Church, Glendora

Calvary Bible Church, Burbank

First Bilingual Baptist Church, Pico Rivera

San Gabriel Community Church

Community of Faith Bible Church, South Gate

Christian Fellowship Bible Church, West Covina

Pillar Bible Church, Long Beach

Redeemed South Bay, Torrance

First Baptist Church, Canoga Park

Christian Bible Fellowship, Covina

CrossLife Community Church, Arcadia

Bethel Grace Baptist Church, Bellflower

Imago Dei Church, Downey

Del Rey Church, Los Angeles


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