Pastor Ken Tang-Quan
Pastor Ken Tang-Quan has been serving as Senior Pastor of Palos Verdes Baptist Church since 1994. He was previously an associate pastor in Seattle for 8 years and has also ministered as a teacher at a Christian school, both at the elementary school and junior high/high school levels. A graduate of UC Berkeley (B.A. in Psychology) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M. in Christian Education), he has also done postgraduate study at Talbot School of Theology.
Pastor Ken and his wife, Debbie, have three children: Sharon, Karis, and David. Pastor Ken enjoys reading, table tennis, and cheering his children on in following God’s calling to make Christ the center of their lives.
Layne Wakuta - Interim Youth FNF Director
Layne first started in Youth Ministry at Gardena Valley Baptist Church in 1988 at the age of 21. After 20 years as a volunteer Youth Leader, God led Layne to pursue Youth Ministry full-time in 2008. He attended Biola University, Talbot School of Theology, and graduated with an MA in Christian Education in 2012. Layne has served as Middle School Director at GVBC from 2008 to 2014, and Youth Director from 2014 to February 2018. Layne currently works part-time for the City of Gardena as a Recreation Leader in a program for the socialization of adults with mental illness.
Layne and his wife, Susan, have an adult daughter, Kaci, whom they adopted when she was 13. Layne is an unashamed sci-fi/comics fanboy, and his personal favorites are Star Wars, Batman, Godzilla, and Lord of the Rings. He enjoys going to Disneyland, seeing movies, Anaheim Ducks hockey, running in full and half-marathons, and he has been rocking-out to his favorite band, U2, since the 80’s. But beyond all these things, Layne’s passion is encouraging people to follow Jesus Christ, and empowering them through the Holy Spirit to BE His Good News in the world.
Shekinah Corea - Ministry Intern
Shekinah has been serving in youth ministry for 4 years. She was the worship leader and one of a team of student leaders at Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach. She is currently a student at Biola University as a Public Relations major with a concentration in entertainment and events. Shekinah also works as a Wedding Coordinator for a cruise line in her spare time.
Shekinah is the oldest sibling of three in her family. She enjoys writing stories and music as well as playing the guitar and singing. But Shekinah's passion is worshiping God and using her gifts to bring others closer to Him.
Linda Okumura - Children’s Ministry Co-Director
Linda Okumura has attended Palos Verdes Baptist Church since 1990. Over the years she has served in various capacities including: Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, junior/senior high school small group leader, PVBC Osaka missions team leader, and PVBC Board of Deacons member.
Linda has dedicated much of her life to the field of education. She graduated from USC with a BS degree in Education and completed an MA degree from CSUN, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She taught in infant/toddler, preschool, and elementary schools for over 30 years and was a college instructor for child development and teacher training. She has worked with every age group from infants to adults! Upon her recent retirement, Linda currently works as an in-home tutor and school volunteer.
Linda and her husband, Donn, have two children, Stefanie and Sean, and a daughter-in-law, Katie. In her free time she enjoys reading, line dancing, watching USC football and Lakers games, and going to Disneyland. Linda is excited about sharing God’s love with children and supporting their families in following Christ.