Missions – Pacific Presbytery
Welcome to the Missions Page!!!
As the Presbytery of the Pacific, we are a diverse community of approximately 50 churches in the Los Angeles basin and Hawaii who engage in mission work together.
Through the Presbytery, there are opportunities for local, national and international hands-on mission on an ongoing basis. We also gather annually at the end of September for a mission-focused presbytery meeting to deepen the integrity our individual, church and presbytery mission witness. Please check out our different areas of outreach, and contact our Mission Catalyst, Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, for more details.
Annual September Mission-Focused Presbytery Meetings – Every September, members of the Presbytery of the Pacific come together as a joint body to focus on mission and the changing context of the church in post-Christendom. Organized by a Visioning/Planning Team out of the MIP committee, our goal is to challenge congregations as a collective witness here in Los Angeles and Hawaii, to be formed and shaped by spiritual formation in mission. The event is held annually on the last Saturday of September.
Combatting Homelessness – Partnering with PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), the MIP Committee and partners help to move Veterans and the chronically homeless into permanent supportive housing. If you know of someone who is chronically homeless or a veteran and in need of housing, please contact Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble.
Habitat for Humanity – The Pacific Presbytery is in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to fundraise $150,000 to build one single-family home in Culver City! Click here to view our web page dedicated to this build. Fundraising begins summer of 2014. Contact Chris Untiet to donate or volunteer for the Presbytery of the Pacific House. On-site volunteering begins winter of 2017. MIP is currently forming a Habitat Pacific Presbytery Task Force to move this effort forward! Contact Travis Overbeck, Chair of Habitat Presbytery Task Force.
Gulf Coast Mission Trip – Since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, The Presbytery of the Pacific has been committed to the rebuilding of New Orleans and surrounding Gulf Coast areas, in partnership with the National Black Presbyterian Caucus of Southern California, facilitated by Project Homecoming. Gulf Coast Mission trips occur annually in the spring. You are invited to join us in the spring of 2018! Contact the New Orleans Mission Trip Co-Chair: Tara Jones. You can also help by donating designated funds to MIP for the New Orleans Mission. Please send checks with “donation for NOLA Mission” in the memo line to: The Presbytery of the Pacific, ATTN: Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, 6323 W. 80th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
The National Black Presbyterian Caucus of Southern California (NBPC-SC) organized an initial Mission trip to the Southern Louisiana coast in 2007 to repsond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and a faulty levy system in New Orleans (NOLA) in 2005. The group served in Presbyterian Disaster Assistance pods in Houma, Louisiana and were surprised to be working that year with a volunteer group from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Pacifica, California. The two groups quickly bonded and planned for a return trip in 2009.
Since that time in 2009, the NOLA/Gulf Coast mission experience has been a partnership between NBPC-SC and the Presbytery of the Pacific. The trips have been staffed by Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, Mission Catalyst, and NBPC continues to provide leadership on the planning team. This partnership receives scholarship funding from the NBPC and together are nuturing young adult leadership for a new generation of mission leaders within our churches, cities and nation.
Partnership in Nicaragua – The Presbytery of the Pacific is in a long-term partnership with the leadership of a micro-credit loan cooperative of four rural villages northwest of Leon, Nicaragua, facilitated by CEPAD. The Presbytery facilitates a mission excursion to Nicaragua every summer, typically in July. Come and join us! We are in our 10th year of partnership with our dear friends of the COOPEMULNAGTLE Cooperative near Leon, Nicaragua.
To donate to to the CEPAD partnership please send checks with “donation for CEPAD Mission” in the memo line to: The Presbytery of the Pacific, ATTN: Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, 6323 W. 80th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Or donate now online, using PayPal’s secure system.
Additional Mission Resources
Presbyterian World Mission (Includes Youth and Young Adult online resources)