Glen and Terri Taylor
Glen is the lead pastor and visionary for Vineyard Pasadena. Glen grew up in New York and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a commercial illustrator, mainly for the fashion industry. Terri is an elementary school teacher who grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico City. Glen and Terri are both multi-lingual and love cultural diversity. Together, Glen and Terri have been planting churches, mainly overseas, for 25 years (with a Vineyard Partnership for most of that time). They led multicultural church planting teams with members from Canada, England, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Iran, and Central Asia. This resulted in the planting of two Iranian churches in Turkey, and two in Central Asia. Glen worked as country director of various relief and development non-profits and Terri either taught or played some kind of role in international schools. Glen also taught religious studies and philosophy at a national university in Central Asia and founded an interdenominational theological college. While he and Terri lived in Jerusalem for a year he participated with Rabbis for Human Rights in their activities aimed at alleviating the suffering of Palestinians in the West Bank. Glen has a Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies and currently teaches Old Testament and Hebrew part-time at Fuller Theological Seminary and Talbot School of Theology. Terri has worked with children for many years: teaching, tutoring, and teaching ESL. She is presently employed as a teacher's assistant for the LAUSD. She assists teachers in reading intervention in Central LA, helping underperforming children rise to grade level in literacy. She also tutors underperforming students who live in her neighborhood in East LA. Together Glen and Terri lead the VinPas partnership with InterVarsity on the ELAC campus. Glen and Terri have three adult children, a high school son, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a wonderful son-in-law.
Brad and Jane Hightower
Brad and Jane lead the Beautiful Community Home Church which is temporarily dividing its meeting places between Altadena and East Los Angeles. They have a significantly rich Vineyard background. Jane is an RN and Brad is a quality control manager for an aerospace company. They have six children in ages ranging from 19 to 10. Brad was a part of John Wimber’s staff in the late 80’s and early 90’s at Anaheim, running benevolence ministry prior to Monte Whitaker taking it over. Jane lived in New York City for a season in the early 90’s getting training for urban ministry while attending Lance Pittluck’s church in Rockville Center, Long Island. Together the Hightowers have had homeless (both singles and families) living with them long term between the years of 1993 to 2009. They have a deep heart for the urban poor and marginalized. Brad is also a worship leader, songwriter, and a musician who records. He has not only led worship in the Vineyard under Eddie Espinosa, but for CRC churches as well. He also served as a pastor at a CRC church in Bellflower. Jane is the regional director for AIR (Attitudes in Reverse) which supports and raises awareness about the stigma of mental illness that is a contributing factor to student suicide. They have purchased a house in urban Durham, North Carolina in a gritty part of town and expect to move there and plant a church in two-year’s time. They would like to use their experience at VinPas as a training season for a plant in Durham. Currently Brad is working on a MDiv at Fuller and was one of Glen’s students in his Hebrew Prophets class.
Sam Kim is a pastoral intern and gives leadership to the NextGen Community and our outreach partnership with InterVarsity on the PCC campus. Sam is an MDiv student at Fuller who has had a wide variety of multicultural experiences around the world and many them in ministry leadership positions. He grew up primarily in Los Angeles (Monterey Park), has lived in San Bernardino, and spent high school years in South Korea. He was involved with InverVarsity at Michigan State and the University of Hawaii. While working for the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) in Hawaii he was able to get over to Japan to work for six months in Tokyo with the VA there. He has been in ministry at the Bluewater Mission in Hawaii which is a very warm friend of the Vineyard. He has also served in the Air Force and plans to return to it as a chaplain.