I was born and raised in the Philippines where I was the oldest among four siblings. My mom exposed us to the Catholic Church's teachings while my dad expressed freedom of choosing your own belief.
The story of how I came to know the Lord is all about God's grace and Him patiently waiting. At seven, I attended a Baptist church and heard about Jesus and in my childish ways I fell in love with fun activities in the church but not in Him. After some unfortunate events, I stopped attending and lived a life of pursuing other things but Him. At 23, I migrated to Los Angeles to marry Robert whom at that time attended Faith Calvary Baptist Church. A few days before our wedding day, I accepted the Lord but mostly in fear of going to hell. In my new found belief, I started serving the Lord and His ministries. A few years later, the Lord called us to serve Him through the Foster Care and Adoption System; this season of my life opened my heart and my eyes to a deeper understanding of where I stand with the Lord. This made me understand how much I'm scandalously loved by Him. Becoming a foster parent, I realized how much it must have hurt God to give up his Son but then again because of His love for us.
It was 2011 when we decided to join Antioch. Since then the Lord has been teaching me so many things about Him and about myself through his body of believers, marriage, parenting and life. In every stage and season I'm at, the Lord has been faithfully revealing to me how merciful and gracious He is. I'm excited to see what His plans are for Antioch and for the city.
Currently, I work as a School Administrative Assistant in a local elementary school and full time mom to Gabby (10) and Alex (5).
Braven serves on the leadership team at Antioch City Church and is the CoFounder and CSO at AMP Los Angeles, a non-profit creative arts-based group mentor program. It’s mission: to transform the city by affording at-risk urban families with programs to help build social skills, foster better education in the arts, and access professional industry opportunities in the city.
Throughout his career, Braven has been afforded the privilege of working with brands like FOX, Sony Pictures, Discovery Channel, Toyota, Lincoln Motor Company, Omnicom, Intuit, Yahoo!, and WME | IMG.
Braven's passion is leveraging his business in the private sector for the Kingdom!
With over two decades of experience in design and the design of business, Braven has started several endeavors and continues to seek new ways of bringing the light of the knowledge of the glory of Jesus to the face of business.
On the home front, he has been happily married to his wife Anne for over 12 years and enjoys spending his time away from the desk surfing, snowboarding, playing basketball and golf with his three kids, Luka, Zara and Asha.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea to a young mother, was adopted at 6 months by Robert and Evelyn Pupchik, and grew up in New Jersey. I grew up in a Christian home, and prayed a prayer of salvation at 6. I struggled growing up with identity, loss, and guilt issues, mainly due to not understanding where I came from or why I was here. I grew up in a multi-cultural environment, which I am extremely grateful for. My parents separated when I was 10-11 and I had the usual rebellion in middle school, high school, and college; but through the grace of God, he was always with me.
After college, I began to realize His grace more fully, and wanted to follow Him. I moved to LA and became a part of Antioch through the recommendation of my closest brother, and was drawn by the sense of family and the willingness of other guys to disciple and invest in my life. The fact that Antioch stressed racial reconciliation, adoption, multi-culturalism, and grace also hit home with me.
I am extremely blessed to be a part of Antioch as a servant leader, AMP as a mentor, and TR-BE as an assistant to co-founder Josh Buck. Career wise, I am employed by LAUSD as a middle school Special Education teacher during the day and as a "top flight" security guard at a local Target at night.
Parvati, was born in Guyana, South America to a Hindu family and grew up in Jamaica after her father moved the family there in search of a better life. When she was eleven years old, she and her two younger sisters returned to Guyana and it was during this trip that she attended church for the first time and accepted the call to receive Christ as the one true God and as her Savior.
She has a strong passion to see women and girls come to know Christ and have their lives transformed by the good news of His gospel. She also loves writing and music. After spending time in the private sector doing Research & Development and Project Management, in 2008 she graduated from Biola University, Los Angeles with a major in Organizational Leadership.
Parvati began attending Antioch in 2011 where she has been given the privilege to grow with many godly women and serve alongside them in ministering to the community in Highland Park. Her highest hopes are to see women in the area provided the privilege of accessing sound biblical teaching and vocational training so that they may be empowered as members of the community. She is married to her best friend Braven Greenelsh and has three children, Luka (6), Zara (4), and Asha (2).
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Robert was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He moved to L.A. as a teen and became involved in a Filipino gang downtown. He continued living a defiant lifestyle, moving back and forth from L.A. to Manila. After eight years of wandering through life he moved back to L.A. to marry the love of his life Joanna. This is when God grabbed ahold of his heart. He has been following the Lord ever since studying His word, serving in the local church, and telling people about Jesus. Robert loves seeing people understand who God is and begin to follow Him. He also loves the Lakers. He met Josh in 2010 and found out that he's planting a church in his own neighborhood. He knew right away that God crossed their paths for a reason and after much prayer and deliberation, Robert & Joanna joined Antioch. Over the course of the last year Robert & Joanna have joined Antioch Church and adopted two kids from the foster system. Robert works full-time as Lead Pastor; where he serves the church by overseeing all aspects of ministry.
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Josh grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington. He never took God very seriously until the end of High School. Full of doubt, insecurity, and a terrible amount of self-confidence, he was unwilling to acknowledge that God wanted to change every aspect of his life. Late one night in his room, at the age of 18, Josh and God had a conversation. He either had to accept that Jesus had resurrected from the grave and as a result Josh needed to follow him or he needed to stop acting the part of church boy. Josh made the decision to follow Jesus. He moved to SoCal to attend Eternity Bible College. During this period Josh traveled the world, was on staff at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, became a behavioral therapist through California Psych Care working with Autistic kids, and worked at Africa Renewal University in Uganda.
He found his passions in working with kids, taking part in God’s global movement, and teaching people about God. Then Josh met Diane. It took him about 7 days to realize he should marry her and within the year they were married. God affirmed Josh & Diane’s call to move to the city and in the fall of 2010, they moved to Northeast L.A. to start Antioch City Church of Highland Park. Since that time he finished a M.A. in Ministry and is working on a PhD in Intercultural Studies.
Josh recently moved to Oregon with his family for extended sabbatical.
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Missy grew up in the Philippines with a close-knit, loving, Catholic family. Despite being in church almost every Sunday, her faith was all based on tradition and her relationship with the Lord was practically non-existent.
In 2008, her family immigrated to the US to start a new life. To her dismay, in the same year her parents separated due to unforeseen events. But God in his wisdom and mercy, used something that may seem tragic to bring her to faith and knowledge of the one true God. Through her local church in the Bay Area, she grew in faith and served in their youth ministry.
By God's grace her parents reconciled and in 2012 she decided to live with them in Los Angeles. It was difficult leaving her first church but she knew God would provide a new family of believers in LA. In the following year, God answered that prayer through Antioch City Church.
Through the humble, wise and God-centered leadership of Antioch, Missy gained a fuller understanding of the Gospel and fell more in love with Jesus. She stared working on staff for Antioch in 2015 and currently serves as Operations Coordinator and handles Donor Relations.
Her prayer is to see the local church equipped with God's Word, humbled by his Spirit, using their gifts to build up one another and serve the community.
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Hi! My name is Moises Martinez, I am twenty six years old, was born and raised in Los Angeles, and serving here at Antioch City Church. I started attending Antioch in the fall of 2016, and fully joined the church in April 2017. My church background involves working with the worship team and audio team; which is what I am currently involved with at Antioch.
Aside from helping out at church, I also participate with AMP Los Angeles, the mentor program started by our pastor Josh Buck. Working as the Site Director for AMP Studios, I take care of any booking inquiries, and sub lease inquiries we may have.
Thanks for stopping by our site and would love to have you join us on a Sunday morning to worship together!
Edgar was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California. Raised in a Catholic home, God took a hold of his life at the age of 7, after his parents lives and marriage were destroyed by drug addiction. God used one of his aunts to introduce the Gospel and find a faith based recovery program for them to break their addiction and nourish their new faith in Jesus Christ.
At the age of 9 he met Krisel in Sunday school. He knew that would be the person he married and prayed fervently for that to take place. By twelve years old, Edgar was very self conscious. Being part of a charismatic church he struggled to participate in corporate worship so he became obsessed with learning to play piano due to his desire to express his affection for Christ through music.
Edgar and Krisel began dating at the age of 14 and attended Roosevelt High School together. After several years, they became parents at a very young age and married at the age of 18.
He served in the worship ministry at his local church since the age of 13, where he later became Music Director and served for 5 years on staff. During this time he attended Bible college where he received his associates degree in religious studies.
After several years of wrestling and prayer, Edgar and Krisel decided to part ways with the church they grew up in. During this transition period they began to write songs and started a band called Unscripted, composed of a few of their closest family and friends.
Edgar and his family began attending Antioch in March of 2017 after receiving an invitation to lead worship. The experience was very different from anything they were used to but it was everything they had hoped for finding in a covenant group of believers. Edgar now serves at Antioch as Music Director alongside his wife Krisel.
Krisel was born and raised in Boyle Heights, CA in a single parent home. Her father passed away when she was just 3 years old and she is the second eldest of four sisters. She grew up in a Christian home going to church every Sunday.
She recalls going to church as a child thinking it was fun and it was what everyone did on Sundays. There she met her husband Edgar while they both attended the children's ministry class. As she came into her teenage years, never really knowing God, she began to find interest in what her friends were doing and found herself in a place where actions she'd taken led her and Edgar to become teen parents at the young age of 16. With the responsibility to care for another life, she soon realized she had to become an adult. After their daughter was born, her thinking changed and with that came the desire to know God. It was not until the age of 17 that she really began her walk with God and her desire to know him grew more and more. At the age of 18 her desire to sing led her to join the worship team at the church she attended. She recalls praying constantly asking God to allow her to be an instrument He could use to lead others to encounter God and know him. Soon after she began leading worship. As she grew in her ability, her relationship with God also grew.
Time went by and she and her husband found themselves making a difficult decision of leaving the church they had known for most of their lives. After continuous prayer, they left the church and trusted God with what He placed in their hearts. After a couple years of attending their new church they were invited to Antioch by a family member to lead worship as guests. She soon realized that was the place where God was leading and preparing them for during their period of transition and waiting. She recalls many times growing frustrated, not seeing any results in the decision they had made to leave the church they had grew up in. She loves the simplicity of Antioch and the focus it has on family, community, and most of all the teaching of the Word of God.
Krisel currently works in the medical field as an Ophthalmic assistant to multiple physicians for one of the largest eye groups in Southern California and is a full time mom to three Children Sara 14, Malachi 10, and Judah 5. She also serves on staff at Antioch alongside her husband as Music Directors. She enjoys spending time with her family the most and her dog Duke.
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