Mile Marker #114: A Fresh Wind Blowing 
Revs. Don Dewey &
Susan Gonzales Dewey
Co-Regional Ministers
By Don and Susan Dewey, Co-Regional Ministers
The Pentecost Season is just around the corner and there is a fresh wind blowing within the PSWR! 
Christian communities around the world will soon celebrate the season of Pentecost as the birth of the Church. This season commemorates the coming of God's Holy Spirit to all people in a language that all could understand. This was affirmed in the message of Peter, who quoting the prophet Joel said, "This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out my Spirit on everyone!"... Continue Reading.


June 23 - 29   CYF 2   Entering grades 11 & 12, and graduated seniors
June 23 - 26   *Mini Camp   Entering grades 1 - 3
June 30 - July 6   Chi Rho   Entering grades 6 - 8
July 7 - July 13   CYF1   Entering grades 9 & 10
July 14 - July 20   Junior Camp   Entering grades 4 & 5
July 17 - 19   *Wee Camp   Ages 3 - Entering Kinder (Child attends with parent)

*Note that Mini Camp and Wee Camp will take place the same week as another camp.

REGISTER HERE  Have questions about registration? Visit our camp page here: or contact Loch Leven at (909) 794-2507 or

Welcome  Nicholas Selway as Loch Leven's New Camp Manager

We are excited to introduce Nicholas Selway as Loch Leven's new Camp Manager!

Nicholas is a graduate from California State University, San Bernardino and a proud camp professional. Read more
New Camp Ministry Committee: 

We have dreamed of achieving a level of sustainability in camp ministry that would allow all campers to attend camp at a very low cost. The PSWR and so many individuals have been tremendously generous in helping move us closer to achieving this dream. However, as expected, the operational costs of camp continue to rise each year. Likewise, the need for scholarship monies also increases as more folks attend camp.   Continue reading


You're invited for the 
1st ever virtual choir!  This remote collaboration works by recording your singing and sending it in to us. We'll stitch together all of the singers into one giant sonic collage debuting at General Assembly! Can't travel to Des Moines? No worries! Our Church will  see and experience your powerful voice & the young people throughout the Disciples of Christ. This is your chance! Show the world what God's doing through your generation.  For song information, visit

Camp Leadership Training

The Camp Ministry Committee is so excited for summer camp and we are currently looking for volunteers!  Whether you are returning as a volunteer or you've never been to camp, The Camp Ministry Committee wants to prepare you to serv e well by providing top notch volunteer training. Our Camp Leadership Training will take place on Saturday, June 8th at Loch Leven Camp and Conference Center with guest camp expert, Jim Cain. We will cover the camp basics as well as empower you with the tools and resources to be prepared for camp in a leadership role. All 2019 summer camp volunteers are required to attend this training day...  Continue Reading
Global Service Projects: Midwest to the East Coast

This Year, we are sending several select youth to participate in the Duke Youth Academy at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.
.. and over 200 youth will gather at our General Assembly in 
Des Moines, Iowa. These projects will engage young people in leadership training, Disciples' Identity, Hospitality, and Service Projects for homeless youth. They will return to the PSWR with skills, experiences, and stories to share about their faith and the work of the broader Church. Please join us in praying for these young folks as we finalize trip details and programming. We are grateful to our Regional Church (that means you!) for the support and love given to make these amazing projects possible!

You are invited to bring your family and church friends to experience a beautiful day of fellowship and fishing on Tuesday, August 6 out of San Pedro. Details of cost and time will be released in the coming weeks. Click here for more information.

NEW Young Adult Online Bible Study

Friday Mornings | 10:00 a.m. 

No homework. No preparation. No stress. Log online for scripture reading, discussion, and prayer. It is a great way to stay connected to what's important with people who are just trying to live life in love. Everyone 18 to 35 years old are welcome. As we grow, additional times and groups may develop. We are beginning with the story of Job. If you are interested, contact BJ Barlow ( ) or Jess Kim ( ) for log-in information.

The Youth Leadership Team is a regional Christian leadership training program for high school students who are passionate about camp ministry and building community. Each year YLT serves to provide support leadership to the various summer camp programs offered in the PSWR... read more
Sponsors for the Don Shelton Memorial Golf Classic

We are seeking sponsors for this years golf tournament! With your help, we hope to make 2019's event a success!

Head over to our page at  to learn more about the event and how to become a sponsor. 

Get Ready for #ABIDE2019

Click here  to learn about the PSWR reception on July 22, who you will see serving at General Assembly, and much more!

GA Workshop Events
CEUs available 

General Assembly always presents wonderful and engaging opportunities for education, sharing ideas with others, and participating in meaningful and resource-building discussion.

Pre-Assembly events include:
Clergy Retreat: Resilient Hearts, Leaders, Communities
Doing and Denying Justice: A History of the Christian Church and Social Justice 
Shine 2019

To learn more about General Assembly education opportunities,  click here.

Volunteers Needed at All Peoples Community Center

We need your help to bring play to kids in South L.A. - Vernon-Central!  On Thursday, June 20, 2019 volunteers from All Peoples Community Center and Warner Music Group, in partnership with KaBOOM!, will build a great new place for kids to play in ONE day. Community Volunteers are needed on June 18th and June 20th to help build the new playground!  For more information or to sign up, click here.

Staff offices are up and running on the second floor of our new address, 115 E. Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832. The phone number will remain (626) 296-0385. Click here for the list of updated email addresses.

If you would like to schedule meeting space please contact Janelle Vannoy at 

The Regional Minister Search Committee  is excited to be recommending a candidate to the Board on June 15th. Praise God for leading us in the search! Please pray for the candidate and continue to keep the Search Committee in your prayers. After June 15th, details can be seen on our webpage at

by Tanya Lopez, Disciples Women Coordinating Minister

Visit the Disciples Women PSWR webpage, or full website at

La Voz de la Convención es la nueva sección de nuestra Convención Hispana del Pacifico dentro del "Newsletter" de la Región Suroeste del Pacifico. Esta columna tiene como propósito de informar nuestras futuras actividades, celebraciones y eventos dentro de nuestra Convención. Si su iglesia celebra aniversario o desea invitar las demás congregaciones para algún evento, favor de comunicarse con este servidor y con mucho gusto esteremos anunciando su evento en esta columna informativa.  Read More
Spencer Burke: Launching Common Cause Communities

Greetings colleagues and friends! Please join me in celebrating a new era of leadership for Hatchery LA. It has been my great pleasure to work alongside Maria French who is stepping into the role of Director as I rotate off PSWR Regional staff. As the ministry of Hatchery LA continues, spurring innovation and being an incubator for Spiritual Entrepreneurs , Maria brings leadership skills that will take Hatchery LA to new levels of scalability and sustainability... Continue Reading

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Please review the Regional Calendar before your group, unit, or committee schedules your next event. To have your event publicized regionally, please visit our webpage to learn how.


Clergy Captions

Rae Karim has been called as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church, Honolulu in Honolulu, HI.

Rip Rippetoe  was ordained on Saturday, June 1st at Pacific Beach Christian Church in San Diego. Rip was installed on June 2nd at Pacific Beach Christian Church during their morning service.

Deborah Rice was ordained on June 2nd at Harbor Christian Church in Newport Beach.
Cisa Payuyo  will be ordained on Sunday, June 9th at Chapman University's Fish Interfaith Center, the ordination service will begin at 4:00 p.m.

VeAnn Clark will be ordained on June 9th at Church of the Valley in Van Nuys during the morning service, the ordination service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Dr. Joi Robinson will be  ordained on Saturday, J une 29th, 11:00 a.m.  at Abundant Life Christian  Church.

Rev. Mitch Becker, pastor of First Christian Church, Antelope Valley, announced his retirement as of June 30, 2019.

Rev. Richard Kurrasch, Interim pastor of First Christian Church, Morro Bay, announced his retirement as of June 30, 2019.

Rev. Spencer Burke will complete his time as Founder/Director of HatcheryLA, a ministry of the PSWR, June 30, 2019.

Rev. Dr. Jose Morales has been called to the position of Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy for Claremont School of Theology.

Rev. Frank Hamilton, pastor of First Christian Church, Ontario, announced his retirement as of July 1, 2019.

Rev. Dan Moore has completed his time as pastor of Clairemont Christian Church. 
Rev. Fred Schaeffer has completed his time as Interim pastor for First Christian Church, Hemet.


Congratulations to  Al LopezNora Jacob and  Stephen Patten in receiving the 2019 Distinguished Alums award for their collaborative ministry at UrbanMission in Pomona, on May 20th at Claremont School of Theology!

We also celebrate graduations within our region.  Below are some of our graduating Students:
Rev. Darrell Haley  graduated with his DMin,  presented with Presidential Award for Academic Excellence.
Tim Burnett  graduated with his DMin
Rev. Layne Beamer  graduated with his DMin
Rev. Bob Bock  graduated with his DMin
Rev. Jose Morales  graduated with his PhD
Rafael Reyes  graduated with his PhD
Leah Laird  graduated with an MA
Courtney Armento  graduated with her MDiv
Beth Parker  graduated with her MDiv
Sam Ramirez  graduated with his MDiv
Rip Rippetoe  graduated with his MDiv, presented with Disciples Seminary Foundation Award.
Lacy Soto  graduated with her MDiv
VeAnn Clark  graduated with her MDiv, presented with First UMC of Santa Monica/Edwin & Frances Witman Pastoral Care Award.
Gethsemane Tagaloa  graduated with her MDiv
Larry Morris  graduated with his MDiv
Patrick Ioakimedes  graduated with his MDiv

Joi Robinson completed a non-degree program through DSF
Congratulations to all those who graduated this year!

Prayers of Support

Please pray for the McHarg family on the passing of Tami McHarg. She was the widow of Rev. Jerry McHarg.  
Please keep Paul Beal in your prayers as he continues through health issues.

Prayers are requested for Rev. Myungsun Grace Kang, pastor of Sallims Christian Church. 
Prayers are requested for Rev. Bob Bock, pastor of North Hollywood Christian Church. 
Prayers are requested for Pastor Rumaldo Gonzalez and wife Ruth recovering from recent car accident. 

Prayers for  Rev. Nancy Brinks'  father who is now under hospice care.
First Christian Church, Norwalk closed its visible ministry as of April 30, 2019 
First Christian Church, Morro Bay will close its visible ministry as of June 30, 2019 
First Christian Church, Whittier will close its visible ministry as of December 31, 2019

For General Assembly housing information, including video links for walking routes, click here.
Association of Disciple Musicians

Calling all Disciples of Christ members who are musicians, clergy or laypersons interested in music, liturgy and worship!

July 7-12, 2019 | Webster Groves Christian Church, Missouri

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Interfaith Toolkit to End Trafficking

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We believe God calls the Pacific Southwest Region
to be a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
OUR VISION, to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community,  deep Christian spirituality and passion for justice (Micah 6:8); and,   
OUR MISSION, to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and  serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth". (Acts 1:8)
Pacific Southwest Regional Church Mission Statement
Regional Board of Directors; Adopted September 15, 2003

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