Rev. Ted Esaki Joins Union Church

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It is with great pleasure and real excitement that the Administrative Commission (AC) for Union Church and the Session of Union Church of LA announce that Rev. Ted Esaki, currently of Monterey, CA, will begin on November 1, 2020 serving as the Contract Interim Pastor at Union Church.  Rev. Ted will  initially be working with the session, preaching once a month and offering Bible study, and discipleship training remotely in accordance with a position description developed by the session.  The AC will work with Pastor Ted through the early transition through the end of the year.  The Conflict Resolution Team (CRT) will stay in place after the departure of the AC to allow for continued healing.  Blessings to all for a bright future! 
 
-Rev. Ann Hayman, Moderator of the AC
Dear Union Church Family and Friends;
 
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
  
Let me introduce myself to you by saying that I am a third generation Japanese American born and raised in Monterey.  My wife of over 26 years passed away on December 12, 2013 after a long hard fought battle with liver and lung disease.  I have been blessed by a beautiful daughter named Sherry.  In December of 2015 she was afflicted with Transverse Myelitis and became paralyzed from the shoulders down.  After months in the hospital, rehabilitation, and physical therapy she has recovered well despite living with constant nerve pain. 
 
My introduction to the Christian faith came by attending the El Estero Presbyterian Church in Monterey.  Although I grew up attending Sunday School and youth groups, I never made a personal commitment to Jesus.  That remained the case until I went away to college. 
 
In January of 1975, I began attending Cal-State University of Fresno.  In the dormitories, I met a number of committed Christians who began to speak to me about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   On October 14, 1975, after studying the claims of the Christian faith, I prayed to invite Jesus Christ into my life to be my personal Savior and Lord.    I was discipled through the ministries of the Navigators and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.  
 
Over the past 40 years I have been privileged and blessed to do work as a youth pastor, mission work in Japan, attend Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, pastor three congregations, the Christ Presbyterian church of Hollywood, the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, and my home church of the El Estero Presbyterian Church in Monterey.    
 
After having conversations with Rev. Linda Culbertson, Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Pacific and Rev. Ann Hayman, chair of the Administration Commission, and the Union Church Session, I felt lead to apply for the position of Interim Pastor to work with Union Church seek a new full-time Pastor. 
 
I am excited for the opportunity to partner with the Union Church Session and congregation in fulfilling the Great Commandment of Jesus in growing a loving and caring church and the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations.
 
My hobbies include hiking and walking on the beach.  I have completed several Ironman Triathlons and try to exercise 4-5 times a week.   Above all, I enjoy teaching the bible and helping others grow in their understanding of the Christian faith.    
 
Looking forward to seeing you in person soon;
 
In Christ,
Pastor Ted

 

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