The Rev. Wendy Tajima
Rev. Wendy S. Tajima is a native of Pasadena, and is a child of San Gabriel Presbytery. Her grandfather was an immigrant Japanese pastor and her uncle, Rev. Donald Toriumi, served for 31 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Altadena. Wendy has always appreciated the sacrificial efforts San Gabriel Presbytery has made to support the rich diversity of San Gabriel Valley. After graduating from Stanford University, Wendy worked with battered women and their children in a social service agency. She earned an MBA from UCLA (Anderson) Graduate School of Management, and worked for Apple Computer in multiple management positions for 8 years.
Wendy began her ministry studies at Fuller Seminary’s Bay Area extension campus, then SFTS. She was ordained in 1997 and served ecumenically in Hawaii for 10 years, in two interim pastor positions (multi-staff and solo), and 6 years as part-time pastor of a small indigenous church and regional administrator. She came back to California to serve as Associate Dean of Enrollment at SFTS, and is currently Stated Clerk and Associate General Presbyter for Presbytery of the Pacific. She is a member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, and has most recently served on the Structure Task Force for the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii.
The Rev. Diane M. Frasher
Associate Stated Clerk/Administrator
Elder Twila French
Twila became a member of the presbytery staff in July of 2001 when she was hired as Secretary and became the Office Administrator in January 2004. As Office Administrator she has a wide variety of responsibilities and especially enjoys the daily contact with our clergy and congregations.
Twila is a member and Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ontario where she is a long time member of the choir, plays bass and where she and husband Steve are the co-financial secretaries. Twila has two grown children; a daughter, Vicki who is a registered nurse working in the ER at St Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, and a son, Rick who works for Hayward Pool Products in Pomona.
Mission Advocate for Hunger, Poverty, and Peacemaking
Wendy has served as the Mission Advocate for Hunger, Poverty, and Peacemaking Issues for the Presbytery since December 2005. This is a part-time role that she has happily taken on for our Presbytery and the Presbytery of San Fernando. As Mission Advocate, Wendy works to be a resource to congregations on mission ministries, projects, and events. She’s happy to participate in worship, lead adult education classes, speak with committees, or attend other church and Presbytery events.
Prior to this, Wendy and her husband David served as PC(USA) mission workers in Nicaragua from 1994-2000. Wendy and David are the proud parents of Nicolás (Nico) and Tasha, both of whom were born in Nicaragua while they served there. Between parenting; working for justice and peace in her home, community, nation, and world; and church responsibilities her days are pretty full.
Ministry Development Associate
The Rev. Jake Kim
Rev. Jake Kim began serving as the part-time Associate for Ministry Development for San Gabriel Presbytery in April 2016. He provides staff leadership for San Gabriel Presbytery’s Vision and Strategy Team and Education Committee. With the Vision and Strategy Team, Jake enjoys working in the areas of New Church Development, Church Redevelopment, and Leadership Development. Through the leadership of the Education Committee, he helps to put on the presbytery’s annual Winterfest in January, and resource churches in the area of educational development. Jake’s goal is to help equip the churches of San Gabriel Presbytery for growth by making more and better disciples for Christ in their contexts.
Jake grew up in Southern California, graduating from Artesia High School in Lakewood, CA and from Pomona College in Claremont, CA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics. He studied at Princeton Seminary in New Jersey, and went on to pastorates in Rockford, IL, Corpus Christi, TX, Cleveland, OH, and San Francisco, CA. Worked as a regional evangelism catalyst/trainer in Northern California, as the Director of Alpha Northern California and then on to New Jersey as the Director of Alumni/ae Relations for Princeton Seminary. He is currently the pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Diamond Bar. Jake is also a new church development coach for the 1001 New Worshipping Communities and has served on the Presbyterian Multicultural Network board for 7 years.