Since 1990, Rick has had the privilege of pastoring Eagle Rock Baptist Church- the church where he came to know the Lord, was baptized, married, and has watched his children grow up! Rick and his wife, Judy, are the proud parents of three daughters, Kari, Kelcie, and Kimberly. Rick and Judy also have two son-in-laws, James and Mark, and seven grandchildren.
Pastor Rick is a native Southern Californian who grew up about 15 minutes from ERBC. Before becoming a pastor, his career goal was to work in radio (although he often jokes that as a young boy he considered becoming a rodeo clown). He completed an Associate’s Degree in Broadcasting and then took a job as a deejay in Santa Maria, CA. However, feeling he still hadn’t found his call in life, he soon decided to return to college. In 1977, while he was completing his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University Los Angeles, Rick was introduced to Jesus Christ through members of Eagle Rock Baptist Church. Shortly after beginning a personal relationship with Jesus, he was deeply driven to learn more about God’s Word and so, he entered seminary. It was there that he felt God calling him to serve as a pastor. He went on to receive his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology.
One little-known fact about Pastor Rick is that he is a game show whiz! Although he hasn’t been behind a radio mic since 1975, he has been in front of a TV camera as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble, Hot Potato, Match Game, Pyramid, Bowling for Dollars, and Lingo.
Stephanie Porter is a high-energy, intentional, and fun leader! She and her husband, Ryan, have two daughters. They moved to Pasadena, CA from Fresno, CA, where Stephanie grew up playing competitive softball, waitressing in many restaurants, and acting in plays and musicals. As the Director of Next Generation & Family Ministries, she is passionate in her cause to enable each child to experience God in a deep and relevant way. She also believes that equipping and partnering with parents is a non-negotiable!
Stephanie started her career in Children’s Ministry in 2004 after moving to Bakersfield, CA. She was asked to lead worship for the kids and, after one weekend, she never left! Since then, Stephanie has ministered in a variety of churches, including large churches, church plants, and even portable churches. She is also a part of the ReThink Group Staff, where she partners with churches in CA, OR, WA, NV, and the western provinces of Canada to cultivate thriving children’s ministries by helping them strategize in a new ways to incite wonder, provoke discovery, and fuel passion in the next generation. Stephanie likes to make things happen! She is a leader of leaders and finds joy in helping others succeed! She’s never met a stranger and truly loves to get to know who new people are!
For Stephanie, every day is a musical and she finds joy in thrift store shopping, dark roast coffee, and ZUMBA! She taught Zumba fitness for 4 years and hopes to start teaching classes here in Eagle Rock too. And she invites you to join the party with her!
Andrew’s heart aches for those who don’t think that God is relevant to their lives, or that have no interest in Christianity because it’s “boring.” One of his greatest joys is seeing people come to the realization that God is alive and exciting, and that following Christ is the only way to truly live! If you sit down for a cup of coffee with Andrew, you’ll no doubt discover his passion for God, as well as his big dreams for the Church.
Andrew grew up in a rural suburb of Philadelphia in an old farmhouse with acres of land! After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from West Chester University, he felt called to pursue his Master of Divinity Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Now, Andrew has over 10 years of experience serving in various ministries! His primary responsibilities currently include overseeing LIFE groups at ERBC and sharing in the weekend preaching. And, he and his wife are the proud parents of a precious daughter.
Andrew enjoys rock climbing, running, and the occasional muay thai boxing class. He also loves watching the food network and trying out new recipes. And, Andrew is a BIG sports fan. However, for fear of alienating a large percentage of Los Angeles, he only brings up his love of ALL Philadelphia sports teams at moments when it is absolutely required of him…such as days ending in Y.
James has a passion for ministering to people through Worship and the Arts! As a staff member of the Eagle Rock Baptist Church since 2003, James has worked to cultivate a creative passion in both our youth and adult congregants. He and his wife, Kari, are parents to three wonderful children.
Born in Glendale, CA and raised in Eagle Rock, James began attending Eagle Rock Baptist Church when he was just seven years old. He has since participated in the ministry at Eagle Rock Baptist Church in one fashion or another whether as a children’s choir participant (in his youth), a children’s ministry and worship ministry volunteer (in high school and college), or as a member of the staff. He has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master Degree in Pastoral Studies with a focus on Worship Leadership, both from Azuza Pacific University.
James has always been very mechanical and artistic, and he still dreams of being a designer for the Lego Company. Although having children has slowed down his literal brick-building, he still enjoys designing with LegoCad programs on his computer.
With a background in Christian Education, creative talent, and a passion for ministering to others, Hortensia fervently pours into the life of the congregants of Eagle Rock Baptist Church and our surrounding community! As Director of Caring and Senior Ministries, she oversees prayer, visitation, hospitality, and many of our counseling ministries. Her heart for the brokenhearted has helped to launch and lead our Celebrate Recovery Ministry that takes place every Monday night.
Hortensia grew up in the Los Angeles area. She attended a junior college in Lincoln Heights and earned her beautician’s license. For 33 years, she worked as a hair dresser all over LA and Burbank while she also continued her schooling to receive her Early Childhood Education certificate. Hortensia loves kids and has worked in a Christian school as both a teacher’s aide and with an after-school day care program. She loves working with kids because they make her laugh and seem to always have something new and entertaining to say.
Hortensia likes to knit, play tennis, and go hiking. She also likes to cook, and enjoys eating her delicious creations as well. She also has a wonderful sense of humor and often provides comic relief for our staff and church family!