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- WHO WE ARE -

Meet our Pastors

Rev. Dr. Drew Sams

Senior Pastor | Head of Staff

Pastor Drew has been Senior Pastor of Bel Air Church since 2014, but his relationship with our beloved community began 14 years prior while he was still in college at the University of Southern California…

Rev. Kim Dorr-Tilley

Executive Pastor

Pastor Kim started attending Bel Air Church in 1993 when she first came to faith following a life-changing invitation from a close friend. She was ordained at Bel Air Church in 2005 to lead a ministry with those working in the entertainment industry…

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Rev. Mike Morgan

Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Caring Ministries

Pastor Mike our pastoral team in 2015. Since that time, he has humbly and dutifully shepherded, collaborated, and co-created with the incredible women and men of our discipleship and congressional care teams…

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Rev. Dr. Care Crawford

Associate Pastor of Soul Care (Sabbatical)

On February 14, the Rev. Dr. Care Crawford reached a tremendous milestone of 35 years serving as a pastor with Bel Air Church. She is currently on sabbatical and looks forward to returning home as Pastor Emeritus in 2022.

- WHAT WE BELIEVE -

We believe that the Church is built around the reality of who Jesus is.

We believe every member of the body of Christ is indispensable and though every member functions differently, each has a function in the Body as they are gifted by the Spirit.

We believe that to bear God’s image most fully is to do so in Christian community, submitting to one another in love as God first loves us. 

As a result, we believe that we don’t just go to church, WE ARE THE CHURCH that embodies hospitality, courage, health, community, and impact every day and everywhere with everyone as we follow Jesus.

- WHERE WE CAME FROM -

1946
The Beginning
In 1946, the Church Extension Board of the Los Angeles Presbytery approved a tentative location for a new church to be built in the community of Bel Air. The plans to develop this ministry and site lay dormant until September, 1955, when the Presbytery responded to the growth of Bel Air and asked the Rev. Louis H. Evans, Jr. to serve as organizing pastor of Bel Air Presbyterian Church. The first meeting of 51 people was held in the manse (pastor's house) on April 8, 1956.
1946
1956
Our First Meeting Place
The congregation began meeting at the Bellagio Road School and in October 1956, work began on our current Mulholland site through rock blasting and grading work (which took seven and a half months).
1956
1959
Construction Begins
In October 1959, construction began on an award-winning chapel and on a Christian education building.
1959
1960
Services Begin
On December 4, 1960, a happy group of people crowded into the doors for two services. Soon, three services each Sunday morning were required, and these continued until the church moved into its present Sanctuary in September, 1991.
1960
1974
Our Church Family Grows
In 1974, membership grew to 1,757. In order to accommodate the number of worshippers, a south wing, balcony, and educational lounge were added to the chapel. In 1977, the Christian Service Center was completed, and the church staff offices were moved out of the Christian Education Building to an administration building.​
1974
1983
New Sanctuary Build
In 1983, the decision was made to proceed with plans for a 1600-seat Sanctuary to be constructed on the middle parking lot. Groundbreaking was held in 1988, and on September 6, 1991, the new Sanctuary was dedicated.
1983
1994
Earthquake Damage
On January 17, 1994, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Los Angeles causing extensive damage. A pipe in the new Sanctuary burst, causing water damage to the Casavant organ. Cracks and broken windows were widespread, rendering the Sanctuary unsafe. Worship services moved to Evans Chapel and repairs took two years.
1994
2006
Bel Air Celebrates 50 Years
On Sunday, April 23, 2006, Bel Air celebrated with a service welcoming former Heads of Staff followed by a reception featuring a remembrance wall of photos.
2006
2006–2007
New Construction Begins
In late 2006, we demolished our original Christian Education Building and Administrative Offices to make room for what is now our Discipleship Center, Administration & Classroom Buildings. After 18 months inhabiting temporary office space across the street, our staff was finally able to move “home” in April 2007. The new Discipleship Center has been the site of countless wedding receptions since July of that same year.
2006–2007
2016
Big 60th Anniversary
In April 8, 2016, we celebrated our 60th anniversary following Jesus together as Bel Air Church. The Sunday celebration included a cherished visit by Louie Evans' widow, Coke, who also joined us on the patio for baptisms.
2016
2020
The Great Disruption of 2020
As we descended into the darkness of this pandemic year and were forced to be the Church in a new way, our mission to follow Jesus every day and everywhere with everyone led to the creation of our digital campus. Today, our broadcasts reach close to 10,000 people each week, with many tuning in from all around the country and the globe.
2020

- WHERE WE ARE GOING -

We envision a future…

Where we are able to resource and equip every person through both our physical and digital campus to live into this vision that God has for our lives.

Where our church family is actively embodying Jesus through their work as the church. This takes place across every neighborhood in Los Angeles and well beyond, and in every industry and profession that God has called us into.

Where the next generation becomes passionate followers of Jesus through how we collectively live and love in ways that echo God’s heart.

Where together, WE are Bel Air Church.

- MEET OUR STAFF -

- DISCIPLESHIP & CARING -

Rev. Mike Morgan

Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Caring Ministries

Cosme Palma

Caring Ministries Director

Aaron Pineda

Discipleship and Caring Ministries Coordinator

- WORSHIP ARTS -

Dan Korneychuk

Co-Director of Worship

Jamison Puckett

Co-Director of Worship

Sydney Taylor

Contemporary Vocal Director

Ed Rhee

Music Director

Nancy Ruczynski

Organist and Kids’ Choir Director

Ashley Cherney

Choral Section Leader

- KIDS & STUDENTS -

Jenny Grutter

Kids’ Ministry Director

Cristina Bradford

Associate Director of Early Childhood Ministry

Rodnesha Green

Elementary Programs

Tiana Minor

Early Childhood Programs

Drew Walton

Student Ministry Director

Austin Martinez

Student Ministry Coordinator

- COMMUNITY -

Rev. Kim Dorr-Tilley

Executive Pastor

Rebecca Morgan

Life Groups Director

JT Taylor

Associate Director of Community Engagement

Elissa Metropoulos

Volunteerism,
First Impressions, and
Events Coordinator

Joanne Marcos

Outreach Engagement Coordinator

- COMMUNICATIONS -

Caroline Scott

Director of Digital &
On-Campus Communications

Donna McNamara

Communications Coordinator

- ADMINISTRATION -

Mike Yager

Executive Director

Marisela Baz

Executive Personal Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Melissa Sique

Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor and the Executive Director

Becca Nelson

Stewardship Director

Brenda Corey

Human Resources Director

Ellen Baker

HR, Connections, and
Session Coordinator

- CAMPUS SERVICES -

Andrew Pruett

Head of Campus Services

Will Hatfield

I.T. Director

Eric Bahr

Facilities Director

Oscar Zamorano

Custodian

Patrick McNamara

Custodian

Cindy Bahr

Wedding Coordinator

- BEL AIR PRESCHOOL -

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