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Intercultural Ministries

Reaching the nation within our nation

Intercultural PosterMulti-ethnic and multi cultural is the best description for the population of Southern California. Some statistics, mostly from the 2010 census describe SoCal like this:

In the L.A. Basin

  • There are 800,000 deaf
  • 192,000 are identified as blind
  • 43.2% speak something other than English at home, including Pashtu, Tibetan and Romanian
  • 27.8% is non-Hispanic white
  • SoCal has the largest U.S. populations of:
    • Filipino
    • Vietnamese
    • French
    • Native American
  • And the 2nd largest populations of:
    • Chinese
    • Russian
    • Armenian
    • Jewish

In SoCal generally

  • More non-Christian religions than in any other place in the world
  • 39.7% of the people are non-Hispanic white
  • 38.1% are Hispanic
  • Asians make up 13.6% of the population
  • Pacific Islanders are 0.5% of the population
  • Native Americans make up 1.9% of the population, mostly in So. L.A. county

The Vision and Mission of SoCal Network’s InterCultural Ministries is to be intentionally missional; always be seeking to live out God’s vision, which we believe is best depicted in Revelation 7:9-10, “After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne and from the Lamb’”.Our task as SoCal Network’s InterCultural Ministries is to facilitate ministry to and with all the many people groups that are the MOSAIC that is Southern California until we all together make up that great multitude

SPrestonSteve Preston serves as our Intercultural Ministries Director. A Pastor for many years, Steve has always reached out to all people, with the church he pastored in Los Angeles representing the wide variety of people groups found here, from black to white, Hispanic to Africans. His vision is for all our InterCultural churches to work together in one ministry while celebrating the distinctiveness of their people groups and segments.

Mosaic Team

Coley

Earl Coley

Mosaic Team Leader

Black Fellowship Presbyter

Vaughn

Troy Vaughn

Black Fellowship #2 Representative

Aranas

Bonifacio "Benny" Aranas

Filipino Fellowship Presbyter

Montajes

David Montajes

Filipino Fellowship #2 Representative

Elguezabal

Daniel Elguezabal

Hispanic Fellowship Presbyter

Opeta

Faasaoina Opeta

Samoan Fellowship Presbyter

Ed Lalau

Samoan Fellowship #2 Representative

Alvarez

Jesse Alvarez

Region 7 Executive Presbyter

Crews

Linda Crews

Deaf Representative

Mang

Pamela Mang

Deaf #2 Representative

Nazanin

Jonathon Nazanin

Persian Representative

Cultures In Our Network

The following is a list of the ethnic, language, or cultural groups that are being ministered to by ethnic-specific churches or ministries in the SoCal Network. For more information on how to contact or get involved with churches or ministries reaching specific ethnic groups, please feel free to contact the Intercultural Ministries Office.

African American Anglo (Euro-American) Arab
Asian Indian Burmese Cambodian
Chinese-Cantonese Chinese-English Chinese-Mandarin
Deaf Culture Fijian Filipino
French Ghanaian Greek
Hispanic Indonesian Israeli
Japanese Jewish Korean
Lahu Laotian Marshallese
Native American Nigerian Persian
Portuguese Romanian Russian
Samoan Tarrascan Thai
Tongan Urdu Vietnamese

Mission & Goals

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Intercultural Ministries Department of the SoCal Network of the Assemblies of God is to see an effective, culturally appropriate Pentecostal witness established to reach each one of the non-Anglo, non-Hispanics living here in Southern California with the Gospel, with the objective of establishing churches in each of the people groups.

Goals:

  1. Identify unreached people groups in Southern California that are in need of evangelism and church planting.
  2. Seek ways to create vision and burden in established churches to reach out to the ethnic groups surrounding them.
  3. Assist in finding, developing, and training workers to minister to ethnic groups.
  4. Assist established churches in reaching out to the ethnic groups surrounding them.
  5. Mentor ethnic pastors.
  6. Assist ethnic congregations in their relationship with the office of the SoCal Network.
  7. Serve as the area director for the non-Hispanic ethnic-specific district affiliated churches.

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Name: Steve Preston
Phone: (949) 252-8400
Fax: (949) 252-8435
Address: 17951 Cowan Irvine, CA 92614