Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church
Rev. Matthew Hardin
Pastor/Head of Staff
The Rev. Matthew Hardin began his ministry at Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church in January of 2021. After graduating from George Mason University in 1999 with a degree in Philosophy, Matt worked for two years in the Internal Affairs Division at the US Customs Service in Washington, D.C. Following his heart and a sense of call, he then attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He was ordained in the PCUSA in 2004.
Matt’s first call was as a solo pastor of a small church in North Carolina where he served until accepting a call at Tokyo Union Church in Tokyo, Japan in 2009. He most recently served as the Associate Pastor at Westwood Presbyterian Church (in Los Angeles) before joining the Pali Pres family.
Matt is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree in the field of men’s spirituality, an area of special interest to him since being introduced to the work of Richard Rohr in 2010. Matt serves as the Los Angeles Region Coordinator for Illuman SoCal, a global not for profit organization committed to supporting men who are seeking to deepen their spiritual lives.
His hobbies include traveling, jogging, eating chocolate, and all things baseball. Matt is married to Mary Fish Hardin who is a middle school teacher at Brentwood School. Together they have two amazing boys, Joshua (4 years old) and Luke (2 years old).
Rev. Dr. Grace Park
The Reverend Dr. Grace Park is a native of Southern California, born at St. John’s in Santa Monica, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Economics, with studies abroad in both the U.K. and Japan.
After a brief foray into the business world, then teaching severely emotionally disturbed (SED) high risk youth in Pacoima, she graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 1993, focusing on multicultural studies and pastoral counseling. She holds a doctorate of ministry from New York Theological Seminary, and her dissertation focused on clergy self care through interfaith dialogue and community.
Pastor Grace was ordained in the PCUSA in 1996, and has served in many different roles in the church as a children’s pastor, youth pastor, and associate pastor. She has had the blessing of doing urban missions with focus on the homeless as well short-term missions in both Mexico and in Central America.
When she is not at church, Pastor Grace serves as a chaplain intern at Cedars Sinai and is engaged in learning with their CPE program. In addition, she serves as a hospice chaplain for a hospice service in the greater Los Angeles area. Pastor Grace also continues to sit on the Board of New Theological Seminary of the West and is an immediate past member of the Leadership Council of Angel Interfaith Network.
Grace enjoys water sports, travel, yoga, is an avid reader, a fond patron of the arts, and a devout foodie. She has been married for almost 3 decades to Charles, a physician, and they are the proud parents of four adult children: Elijah, Hannah, Joshua and Jubilee, as well as three rambunctious dogs.
It is her deepest honor to be a part of the Pali Pres family!
Director of Music
Jaco Wong is a Hong Kong native, Los Angeles-based composer and conductor. He holds a double Master’s degree in Choral Music and Composition from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Jaco is the winner of the Allen Strange Memorial Composition Contest 2014 and the receiver of Morten Lauridsen Endowed Composition Scholarship. His compositions have been performed by Hocket piano duo, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, SJSU Choraliers, Duo Equilibrium, and among others.
As a conductor, Jaco has recently participated at the International Conducting Workshop & Competition 2017 and Taipei International Choral Festival 2016.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Anthony Wamble is Pacific Islander native, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, worship leader and teacher. He has a major in Graphic Design with double minors in Music and Psychology.
He has led his marching band drum line to national championship finals, spends some time recording as a studio musician, and performs live with his own music.
He teaches curriculum music to elementary and middle schools in the Los Angeles area teaching instrumentation, theory and preparing them for school musicals and performances. He also teaches curriculum STEM-STEAM-Technology Integration in the top ten L.A. based middle schools. Anthony’s passion for teaching technology and music has led him to open two locations of his learning center ATAM – Academy of Technology Art and Music where he teaches students of all ages and skill ranges.