Dear Church Family,

I am delighted to share some exciting news with you all. After a rigorous eight-month search process that involved careful evaluation of 14 applicants, our Associate Pastor for Congregational Life Selection Committee has recommended Dr. Nicholas Barrett as the candidate for this position.

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Dr. Nicholas Barrett (or Nick as he prefers to be called) brings over twelve years of invaluable experience to our community, primarily gained at Hollywood Presbyterian Church. More recently, Nick graciously accepted my invitation to be LAC’s Interim NextGen Director, responding to unexpected staff turnovers within our family ministries division. He stepped in quickly to ensure Winter Camp ran smoothly while the search committee for the NextGen Director was finishing up their work. His strategic skills were evident, so I extended his role as a consultant in developing a Catechism on the foundations of our faith and proposals for the Academy of Cultural Engagement (ACE) and a Pastoral residency/Internship program.

Nick's educational background is equally impressive, with an MDiv and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MA in English Literature from UC Irvine, and a BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. A detailed bio of Nick and an FAQ on the selection process are linked below.

View Candidate Bio & FAQ Page

Nick is married to Rita Barrett, who has been faithfully serving LAC as our Human Resources Director. Rita has been discerning God's call to a new career path for some time now and is in the process of transitioning out of her tenure with LAC.

We will hold a brief Special Church Meeting to extend a pastoral call and affirm the recommendation of Dr. Nick Barrett for the role of Associate Pastor of Congregational Life on Sunday, September 24, at 11 am in the Worship Center immediately after our Sunday service.

To provide an opportunity for you to meet Nick and his wife Rita personally, we have organized an Open House on September 21 at 7 pm in FL 201-203 (Rose Room). If you have any questions about this process or the candidate please direct them to .

With gratitude and excitement for our shared journey,

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Mathew P. John
Senior Pastor