Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Grace Park is a native of Southern California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Economics in 1987, with studies abroad in the U.K. and Japan.
After teaching severely emotionally disturbed (SED) high risk youth in Pacoima, she studied at Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 1993, focusing on multicultural studies and pastoral counseling. She just finished her doctorate of ministry in a joint program with New York Theological Seminary and New Theological Seminary of the West.
Pastor Grace was ordained in the PCUSA in 1996, and has served in different roles in the church as a children’s pastor, youth pastor and associate pastor. She has had the blessing of being able serve in urban missions with focus on the homeless, as well short-term missions in both Mexico and in Central America. She has served on several Boards in the southland, is very active at her children’s schools, and enjoys water sports, yoga, is an avid reader, and is a fond patron of the arts and a devout foodie.
Grace is married to Charlie, a physician, and they have four wonderful kids, Elijah, Hannah, Joshua and Jubilee, as well as three rambunctious dogs.
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.