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New Community:

Multicultural Ministries

The Diocese of Los Angeles is located in one of the most ethnically diverse geographic areas in the nation and takes seriously the call to seek and serve Christ in all persons. Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce, as part of her overall pastoral work, oversees the diocesan New Community: Multicultural Ministries.

The diocese sponsors several commissions that offer support and networking opportunities for Asian, Black, Latinx, and Native American Episcopalians.

Weekly worship opportunities in the diocese are offered in Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog , Taiwanese, and Vietnamese. Yearly special services of Holy Eucharist commemorate spiritual giants of the faith, such as Absalom Jones and Martin Luther King.

Asian Episcopalians and friends meet regularly in groups including The Gathering, Chinese Convocation, Filipino Convocation,  Japanese Convocation, Korean Convocation, South East Asian Convocation, South Asian Convocation, and Episcopal Asiamerica ministries.

To learn more about each ministry area, please click on the photo links below.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemoration | Jan. 16, 2021

On January 16, 2021, The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, author and former police officer, offered the keynote presentation for the 2021 diocesan commemoration of MLK Day under the theme “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community,” drawn from the title of Dr. King’s last book, published in 1967.

The event was sponsored by the diocese’s Program Group on Black Ministries and the H. Belfield Hannibal Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Planners include Bishop Suffragan Diane M. Jardine Bruce, Canon Suzanne Edwards Acton, the Rev. Guy Leemhuis, the Rev. Margaret McCauley, Stacey Forte-Dupré, Pamm Land, Melissa Hayes and Canon Chas Cheatham, director of the Episcopal Chorale, which provides music for the program. 


Program Group on Black Ministries

Members of this diocesan commission work to strengthen and to expand the unique ministries of African Americans within the congregations and all other institutions and programs of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Members work closely with the national and local chapters of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), a longstanding church-wide organization.


Canon Suzanne Edwards-Acton, Co-Chair
Member, St. Stephen’s Church, Hollywood (Los Angeles)

The Rev. John Limo, co-chair
St. Timothy’s Apple Valley

The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce
Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles
213.482.2040, ext. 242

Chinese Ministries

St. Gabriel’s Church

133 East Graves Avenue Monterey Park, CA 91755
Phone: 626.571.2714

Sunday Services: 9 am Mandarin / 10 am English  / 11 am Cantonese

Clergy: In transition


St. Thomas’ Church

15694 Tetley Street Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Phone: 626.330.7649

Sunday Services: 8 am English / 10:30 am Mandarin & English / 12 pm Taiwanese

The Rev. Fennie Hsin-Fen Chang
Vicar, St. Thomas Hacienda Heights
EAM convener for Chinese ministry
(Cantonese, Mandarin & English)


The Church of Our Saviour

535 West Roses Rd. San Gabriel, CA 91775
Phone: 626.282.5147

Sunday Services: 8 am English / 10 am English / 11:45 am

The Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg, Rector

The Rev. Thomas Ni (Mandarin & English)


Filipino Ministries

Parish of the Holy Trinity & St. Benedict

412 N. Garfield Ave. Alhambra, CA 91807
Phone: 626.282.9118

Sunday Services: 11 am English

The Rev. Brent B. Quines
Chair of EAM


St. John’s Church/ Holy Child Church 

(Episcopal/Phillipine Independent Church)

1537 Neptune Avenue Wilmington, CA 90744
Phone: 310.835.7870

Sunday Services: 10 am English

The Rev. Greg G. Bayaca

Japanese Ministries

Dr. Gayle Kawahara
EAP Convener of Japanese Ministry

St. Mary’s Church

961 South Mariposa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: 213.387.1334

Sunday Services: 7:30 am English / 9:45 am English / 11:45 am Spanish

Clergy: In transition


Christ Church

408 S. Broadway Ave., Redondo Beach, CA  90277
Phone: 310.540.1722


The Rev. Nicholas Griffith, rector

Korean Ministries

The Rev. Yein Kim
EAP Co-Convener for Korean Ministry

The Rev. Aidan Koh
EAP Co-Convener for Korean Ministry


Congregation of St. Athanasius

840 Echo Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Phone: 213 482 2040 X202

Sunday Services: 12:30 am Korean


The Rev. Canon Frank Alton, provost

The Rev. John Kim

The Rev. Aidan Koh


St. James’ Church

3903 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: 213.388.3417

Sunday Services: 10:30 am Korean  (Wednesday 7:45 p.m. Eucharist Korean)


The Rev. Dr. Kate Cress, Rector

The Rev. John Kim

The Rev. Aidan Koh, chaplain, St. James’ School 

Program Group on Latinx Ministries

The Program Group on Hispanic Ministries provides opportunities for continued education and empowerment of Latinos to serve in Church leadership capacities.

Current initiatives include Instituto de Liderazgo (Leadership Institute) and the quarterly Encuentro Latino de Oraccion y Alabanza (Encounter in Prayer and Praise). A newsletter, Nuestras Voces (Our Voices), is published throughout the year.

The Program Group also seeks to welcome parishioners to attend Spanish-language liturgies provided by more than 25 local congregatons.

Hispanic ministry first began in the Diocese of Los Angeles with outreach to immigrants during the 1940s. At the time, Holy Family Church in North Hollywood became the first Hispanic congregation. Next, the Church of the Epiphany in East Los Angeles began Spanish-language services in the 1960s and became active in the Chicano civil rights movement. In 1983, under Bishop Robert Rusack, the first five-year plan for Hispanic Ministry development was implemented, leading to the addition of new congregations, programs and opportunities.

An up-to-date directory of congregations offering services in Spanish is currently in development.


The Rev. Carlos Ruvalcaba, chair
Associate Priest, St. Stephen’s, Hollywood

The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce
Bishop Suffragan (overseeing diocesan multicultural ministries)
St. Paul’s Commons
840 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles 90026

Instituto de Liderazgo – website in transition

Native American Ministries

Los Angeles is home to more than 250,000 Native Americans according to the last U.S. Census.  This makes Los Angeles the largest population of Native Americans in all the United States and shifts our understanding of Native Americans living on “Reservations.”

But how do we understand our relationship with Native people without knowing more about the rich foundational history and tradition of the Los Angeles area? These and other questions are engaged regularly through the diocesan Program Group on Native American Ministry Development and related ministries featured on these pages.

Among them are the people of the land whose ancestors have been here for hundreds of years. They include the Tongva, Chumash, Tataviam, and Acjachemem.  Read more about them here.

First Women, First Tuesday, Gather at the Fire ~ Native American Women throughout the diocese come together on the 1st Tuesday of every month in a traditional Talking Circle under the arbor on the roof of the Retreat Center and around a fire.

Our mission engages and empowers women as leaders and active members of the community.  Biannually the women encounter each other on retreat engaging with specific issues and needs as Native American women These retreats are held in partnership with AICC and Native Ministry.  One retreat a year is held at the St. Paul’s Commons Retreat Center and the other at the Oaks on the Soboba Indian Reservation:  http://www.theoaksatsoboba.com/

The Rev. Canon Mary Crist


South Asian Ministries

A growing segment of the Southern California population has cultural roots in South Asia, the region including the nations of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives. Opportunities for new ministry are present within the six-county Diocese of Los Angeles, which is well served by the ministries of Bishop Samuel Azariah, retired moderator of the Church of Pakistan now serving at St. Peter’s, Rialto, and his spouse, the Rev. Khushnud Azariah, rector of St. George’s, Riverside.

An article on Bishop Azariah’s ministry is here.

The Program Group on Global Partnership exists to deepen the mission of the Church in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and in the world, through accompaniment with overseas partners.  The Pakistan Committee of PGGP carries out the mandate of the 78th General Convention which “expresses solidarity and partnership with the Church in Pakistan. It calls for adequate protection for all religious minorities, an end to persecution, and redress for human rights violations in Pakistan.

The Pakistan committee of PGGP:

… educates others about life in Pakistan, in particular for religious minorities. In addition to seminars two groups from the Diocese of Los Angeles have taken pilgrimages to Pakistan.  See the articles in the Episcopal News by youth pilgrim Jade Lakin here, and by the Rev. Canon Pat McCaughan here and here.

…supports the Church of Pakistan and advocates for justice through letter writing.

See the following article on Asia Bibi, a Christian who spent 10 years imprisoned and awaiting the death penalty on a false blasphemy charge again the Prophet Mohammed, until her recent acquittal. Her life continues to be endangered and she is unable to leave.

See the article on the young boy, Iqbal Masih, a child slave who became an activist against child labor. Masih was killed age 12 by the “carpet mafia” in Pakistan.  (You Tube: It Takes a Child).

Committee Chair:

The Rev. Khushnud Azariah
Rector, St. George’s Church, Riverside

Vietnamese Ministries

St. Anselm of Canterbury Church

13091 Galway St.  Garden Grove 92844
Phone: 714.537.0604

Sunday Services: 11:15 am Vietnamese
(9 am-10 am Adult Christian education Vietnamese)

The Rev. Jeffrey Clawson