mark nazarian

Co-Pastor
 

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What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

Playing golf and guitar

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

Superman

What movie scene inspires you?

There's a scene in Les Miserables where the main character, Jean Valjean, steals silverware from a bishop who has offered him shelter for the night. Shortly afterwards, Valjean is arrested and brought back before the bishop. However, instead of confirming his crime to the officials, the bishop reprimands Valjean for forgetting to take the silver candlesticks that he'd given him. By doing so, the bishop claims he has bought his soul and is giving it to God, charging Valjean to become an honest man.
 

CONTACT:
mnazarian@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 225


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peter dunn

Co-Pastor
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

I love to take my son to the famous Lomita train museum!

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

In junior high, my hero was professional skateboarder Jamie Thomas. I watched the ZERO skateboard video Thrill of It All hundreds of times. I probably should have gone out and practiced my skateboarding instead of just watching videos, but I can kickflip. So I have that going for me.

What movie scene inspires you?

I love the scene in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King where Sam has to carry Frodo. “Come, Mr. Frodo!" he cries. "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you.” Waterworks for me, every time.
 

CONTACT:
pdunn@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 289


chelsea ham

Assistant Pastor of Christian Education & Youth
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

My favorite thing to do in the South Bay is to read a book at the beach. I’ll never get over how soothing the sound of the waves is, and I’ll never tire of the feeling of sand between my toes.

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

When I was in junior high, my hero was probably Oprah. Who am I kidding? Maybe Oprah is still one of my heroes?! I think as a junior higher I was super impressed with Oprah’s ability to have a conversation with all different types of people. I was shocked when one day she was talking to Nelson Mandela and the next day she was chatting with Cher. I thought she was the coolest.

What movie scene inspires you?

A movie scene that has always inspired me is the final scene from Little Miss Sunshine. Little Miss Sunshine is about an off-beat family who decide to pile into their yellow VW van and drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Redondo Beach, California when Olive, the youngest daughter, qualifies for a kiddie beauty pageant. Olive is not traditionally beautiful, or beautiful at all really, but she wants to be a beauty queen, and her family needs a win. They have recently struggled with attempted suicide, drug addiction, and the loss of employment, and so they decide to believe that Olive can win a beauty competition. In the final scene, Olive gets on stage to perform for the “talent” portion, and it is more than clear that her grandpa, who has been helping her prepare, doesn’t know anything about beauty contests. Her dance is not only inappropriate, it’s bad–really bad. And Olive starts to see herself for the first time through the eyes of the world. She sees herself as small and ugly and not worth anything. But then, just as she’s losing confidence, her family joins her on stage. They dance with her–badly, really badly. They dance and laugh and remind her that she is not alone. She is not alone in her successes, and she is not alone in her failures. That scene always makes me laugh, and it always makes me cry. It reminds me what community is–a safe place where we believe the impossible for each other.
 

CONTACT:
cham@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 236


PETER tvrznik

Creative Arts Director
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

I love introducing friends to my favorite restaurant in town, Green Temple!

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

I used to watch TV reruns of Zorro, which caused me to idolize the suave, caped crusader. His distaste for political corruption coupled with his skills with a sword made him the ultimate hero in my mind.

What movie scene inspires you?

Stranger Than Fiction tells the story of a man who discovers that he is the main character of a renowned writer's developing book and that his life is dictated by the story the author pens. After realizing that this particular writer always kills off her main characters, the man wrestles with his inability to control his fate as he finds love for the first time. However, after reading the outlined ending of the book, the man makes peace with his fate and encourages the writer to finish the story.

This willing sacrifice on behalf of the man perplexes the jaded, pessimistic writer and restores some of her confidence in humanity. As a result, she reworks the end of the story and doesn't kill off her character. She explains her decision to change the outcome of the book as follows: "It's a book about a man who doesn't know he's about to die and then dies. But if the man does know he's going to die and dies anyway, dies willingly, knowing he could stop it, then... I mean, isn't that the type of man you want to keep alive?"
 

CONTACT:
petert@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 228


dr. james hurd

Chancel Choir Director & Organist
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

One of my favorite things to do is to dine out in the South Bay at places such as North Italia, Kincaid's, and PF Chang's.

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

When I was in junior high, my hero was my father Rev. E. Bernard Hurd, Sr.

What movie scene inspires you?

One movie scene that inspires me comes from the movie Heaven Can Wait. An angel grabs a man who experiences a terrible accident; but when he arrives in heaven, he explains that he is not supposed to be dead and tries to proves the angel made a mistake in grabbing him too soon. He persists in his complaint only to discover he is correct. He is then sent back to earth but must inhabit another body. I am inspired by how he receives another chance and the way in which he goes about attempting to accomplish things he did not pursue in his first life.
 

CONTACT:
music@sntandrews.org


laura becker

Children's Director
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

Walk! One of the reasons that we chose to move into the neighborhood surrounding St. Andrew’s is that you can walk to almost anything.

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

My parents.

When I was in junior high, my father’s positon was eliminated as a result of what has been called one of the ugliest mergers in Wall Street history.

I was old enough to know this wasn’t a good thing, and I watched as my parents banded us together to not only do everything that we could (throwing newspapers, babysitting, taking odd jobs, putting our house on the market, etc.) but to go even deeper in our faith, setting aside deliberate time for family prayer and reflection.

At the end of my 8th grade year, after doing everything they knew how to do, they let us know that we would be moving to another state to start over. Iowa.

Although this is not what any junior higher wants to hear, it was one of the best decisions they ever made for our family, and I owe so much to them for this choice and making the transition a good one for me at that time in my life.

What movie scene inspires you?

This one is killing me because I love so many different movies for so many different reasons. And they inspire me in so many different ways.

AMADEUS is one of my favorites because it rests right at that dark, dimly-lit street corner at the intersection of envy and entitlement where we can find ourselves lost because we foolishly believe that we are still functioning in faith, when we are in fact far from it.

Saliere is one of the best villains on film and his confession is enough to “inspire” me to keep it all in check.


CONTACT:
lbecker@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 239


BOB WHITE

Church Administrator
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

Playing volleyball at the beach with friends, surfing, and sailing with family

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

My dad and grandfather; still are.

What movie scene inspires you?

The scene from Endless Summer when they ride the perfect waves in Africa for a mile inspires me because I surf and aspire to that perfect wave. I feel there is always hope, although I may never see it. I am also inspired by the scene in Shawshank Redemption when Tim Robbins talks about hope with Morgan Freeman and then encourages him to check out the box next to the wall near the large tree when he gets released from prison.
 

CONTACT:
rwhite@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 232


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shayna barker

Administrative Assistant
 

CONTACT:
sbarker@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 234


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Heather White

Office Administrator
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

Playing volleyball at the beach is one of my favorite things to do, since we're blessed to live by the beach in the South Bay. It's fun; it's free. It's great exercise, and you can't really injure yourself! I also love the camaraderie with the other players.

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

I guess my hero in junior high would be my mom. She fought cancer bravely but lost her battle when I was in 7th grade. My dad is a close second. Being the youngest of 4 girls by quite a few years, I was the only one still at home when she passed away. He cared for me while she was sick and afterwards.

What movie inspires you?

It's a Wonderful Life is inspirational to me in that it reveals how all of the things we do in this life really can and do have an impact on others, whether positive (George Bailey) or negative (Mr. Potter). Many times we do not even realize the impact we are having. I especially like the last scene where all of the town's people are coming to the Bailey's home with donations of whatever they are able to give in support of the Bailey family. I always like a happy ending where good triumphs over evil...a very Biblical theme.
 

CONTACT:
hwhite@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 221


ginny nenno

Church Accountant
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

Walking along the esplanade and watching the ocean

From your perspective, what are the characteristics of a hero?

A hero is someone who has integrity and is willing to take on a great deal of responsibility.

What types of movies inspire you?

Classic musicals such as The Sound of Music and Oklahoma
 

CONTACT:
gnenno@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 227


ignacio hernandez

Custodian
 

What is one of your favorite things to do in the South Bay?

Taking walks to the beach and down quiet streets

Who was your hero when you were in junior high?

Superman

What movie scene inspires you?

The scene from The Notebook where Noah reminds Ally of their history while staying with her at the nursing home... He doesn't give up on her despite the fact that she has amnesia, and that inspires me to never lose hope, regardless of my situation.


albert irwin

Building Maintenance Coordinator
 

CONTACT:
airwin@sntandrews.org | (310) 540-5252 ext. 274