Mike is working on his D.Min from George Fox University, has an M.A. in Ministry from Hope International University and a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Huntington Beach, CA.
Kevin went from being a young urban single out of Cornell Law School to getting married (Grace), having three kids (Kaetlyn, and twins Eliana and Bennett), making partner at a prestigious law firm, giving up law to pursue a Master in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, becoming a pastor and a church planter, and a catalyst for a church planting movement in Los Angeles.
Kevin is the planter and the lead pastor of New City Church of LA, an inclusive, gospel-centered community in downtown LA that not only shares the good news of Jesus but also becomes good news by serving the neighborhood. Reflecting the diversity of Downtown, New City has roughly the same number of people in each major ethnic group: Black, Latino, White, and Asian. About a third of its attenders come from the Skid Row recovery community, a third come from downtown lofts, and about a third come from outside of downtown.
Kevin’s vision is to spur a church planting movement in Los Angeles, and plant a gospel-proclaiming church in every neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Nathan “Chivo” Hawkins, Stadia West Regional Executive and LA CPM Co-Catalyst
As West Regional Executive, Nathan implements Stadia’s overall strategy in the western U.S., focusing on partner development, U.S. church planting, global church planting and Stadia advancement. Before coming to Stadia, Nathan played a key role in our Global Church Planting strategy as Compassion International’s Church Relations Director. He also has first hand U.S. church planting experience, having led a church plant re-launch in New Orleans post-Katrina. As an adoptee and adoptive father, Nathan is passionate about children who come from difficult backgrounds. Originally from inner-city Minneapolis, Nathan grew up in a Christian home in a culturally diverse environment. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Minnesota and work in sports broadcasting and rock climbing, he hungered for greater purpose. He served a church in Juarez, Mexico for a year and a half, which led him to seminary, where he caught the church planting bug. Nathan and his wife Joy have three young children: Benicio, Taegen and Grace. The Hawkins are a family that welcomes foster children and love connecting with the local church.
Michael Lee, LA CPM Co-Catalyst
Michael Lee has served as senior pastor of Young Nak Celebration Church in Los Angeles. He is a former church planter and Bible College professor, and has served in the pastorate for 26 years. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min.) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is married to his best friend, Mink, and together they have three children: Karis, Kayla, and Nathan. His family goal is to be the same person at home as he is in public.
Albert Tate is the founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Monrovia. From Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness USA in Pearl, Mississippi to Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, Albert Tate has been preaching the Gospel to people of all ages and races. Hearing the call from God, Albert and his wife LaRosa planted Fellowship Monrovia a Gospel-Centered, Multi-Ethnic and Intergenerational church in January 2012.
Albert is a gifted and dynamic communicator who is passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the local and global church. Albert presents the Gospel to people across the country in academic, retreat and conference settings combining humor and storytelling of God’s amazing grace and love. His unique and passionate style from the pulpit combines inspiration and challenge, laughter and tears as people are engaged at their core. His hope for Fellowship Monrovia is to cultivate a community of disciples that is unleashed to live out the Gospel by Growing in a life of worship, Gathering in community and Giving their lives away on mission.
Albert is married to the love of his life LaRosa Tate who he calls God’s gift of amazing grace in his life – together they have three beautiful children Zoe, Bethany and Isaac.
Albert serves on the Board of Trustees at Azusa Pacific University & Fuller Youth Institute. He was recently published in Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.