Flourishing in Jesus
What do we mean by flourishing in Jesus? By God’s grace, we want to see Jesus transforming lives and renewing the South Bay. But how? As most clearly demonstrated on the cross, the love of Jesus meets us in our weakness. That love was evident throughout his entire life, death and resurrection. And that love transforms how we think, feel and live. The more we see Jesus loving us, the more we are made like him.
That love is very counterintuitive: Jesus didn’t seek happiness through promoting himself at someone’s expense, but instead lifted others up at his own expense. It cost him to love – and he considered us worth it! And that is where flourishing in Christ begins, discovering how deeply God loves you.
And once you’ve discovered that joy, it’s uncontainable. Much like a newly engaged couple, getting that new job, or getting news of relief from the doctor, that news is too wonderful to keep to yourself. Jesus’ love was not meant to be kept quiet, but shared with the world. And how does that happen? The same way he loved us – lifting up others at our own expense.
That’s what we want to share with the South Bay: if God has so loved us, we want to receive that love, thrive in it daily, and share it with everyone around us.
Throughout the Bible, God sets apart leaders to care for and serve His people, yet leadership in the Bible is distinctively different. Leaders in the church are called to serve, under God, to equip and build up others (Ephesians 4:11-12). The Bible lays out two main offices of leadership in the local church: elders and deacons.
The biblical picture of elders is found in 1 Timothy 3, Acts 20, and Titus 1. At Pacific Crossroads, elders are trained to see themselves primarily as shepherds (1 Peter 5) who lead, feed, know, and protect those entrusted to their care.
The biblical picture of deacons is found in Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3. The title deacon comes from the Greek word for “servant.” Deacons at Pacific Crossroads serve the church in a variety of capacities. They assist the elders of the church in diverse areas such as the Finance Team, Operations, Mercy Ministry, and Pastoral Care.
“Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Russ & Amanda Hightower have served in New Jersey, Tennessee & Mississippi. They are glad to be here and are excited about what God is doing in the South Bay.
Russ has been a pastor since 2001. Amanda loves discovering culture and specializes in ESL (English as a Second Language). Their children, Hayes & Emerson, keep them humble.
Joe serves as Executive Director. He is responsible for operations and administration.
Joe and his wife Tricia are from Southern California. He was a Youth Pastor in Long Beach and Pasadena, an Adults Pastor in Arroyo Grande, and Lead Pastor in San Jose and Manteca. They’re thrilled that God called them back “home” to help build a new church.
Joe likes skateboarding, volleyball, snowboarding, and photography. Tricia is a public school teacher and they have three kids: Morgan, Sam, and Taitem.
Brandon is the worship leader. He is originally from Ohio and moved to Los Angeles in 2001. He lives in the South Bay with his family and has worked and served in El Segundo, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hawthorne. He likes cooking, organizing, and laughing with his wife Cherise and their two children. Brandon is excited to be a part of the amazing community here at PCC South Bay!
Danielle Heath is the Children’s Ministry Director. She has a heart for the South Bay to know Jesus and was born and raised in Torrance! She is a graduate of Biola University, where she studied Christian Ministries.
She loves investing in the younger generation and teaching them more about who Jesus is and the abundant life He offers! She enjoys playing her guitar and singing, spending time by the beach, and having deep conversations with friends. Danielle is honored to serve the children of PCC South Bay!