JOHN JAY ALVARO
As far back as I can remember, church was a part of my family's life. I was baptized as a young boy, when belief was still simple and comforting. I studied architecture and studio art in undergrad, which have been great foundations for how I approach ministry and preaching. I was lucky to have married my best friend, and she still laughs at my stupid jokes after 15 years. Our kids are just the coolest humans I know. We love to be outside, climbing trees and riding scooters/skateboards/bikes/anything-with-wheels. I read way too many books, and buy more books than I have time to read. I love coffee until 3pm, then I hate it. I also love sleep, hence the fickle affection for coffee late in the day. I have found that following Jesus is rarely easy, but it is always good. I will keep my eyes open to the sacred pulsing in the ordinary rhythms of life, and you do the same. I am also always looking for a new surfing friend.
I grew up in beautiful Burbank where I met my husband Richard (in high school) and we
began our family. With 2 small kids, we moved to Oregon where we lived for 21 years. Missing our family here in SoCal and the sun, we were thankful when God moved us back home in 2016 to join the staff at FBCP. We are blessed with 4 wonderful children, who I enjoy so much- 3 biological & 1 Son-in-law. Loving and serving Jesus is at the very core of who I am. Saying yes to going on this life adventure with Him is the best choice I've ever made. I am amazed over and over again at the depth of God's love & grace for me (& you too!) I also love all things Disney, coffee, football & the Oregon Ducks! In my free time, I like to read, go to the movies and spend time at the beach!
Director of Worship Ministries
When my dad, who was the pastor of the largest Chinese ABC church in Seattle, moved us down to Southern California in the 80’s, our family started attending this church because he wanted us to experience worship in a multi-cultural context. Back then, every student in this church’s youth program was involved in multiple aspects of worship (choir, handbells, drama), and I did it all…and loved it. Those were formative years for me because it opened a pathway to experiencing Jesus in a way that fit me so much better than everything I’d learned in Sunday school. God called me back to this serve here in 2006, where I am super thankful for the opportunity and the freedom to discover imaginative ways to encounter Christ through the creative arts. I am constantly blown away by how willing this congregation is to try out new, creative worship ideas. My amazing wife, Joanna, is a hospice chaplain and wears many hats at church (singing, doing the announcements, and preaching on occasion). You’ll most likely see my three super-cute kids (JP, Tabitha, and Deacon) crawling under the church pews, running in the balcony, or singing on stage with me. When I’m not at church, I’m either performing in a musical somewhere in town, playing with my kids at an amusement park, or teaching at Azusa Pacific University, where I serve as the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Feel free to contact me (especially if you want to serve on one of our volunteer worship teams – band, choir, handbells, drama, tech).
(Colin is known for his catch phrases, dry wit, and deep respect for Scripture.)
I think teenagers are pretty awesome, and usually they are much more fun to be around than adults. I guess that’s why I ended up pursuing a career as a middle and high school English teacher (and also because I get paid to read!). My first teaching gig is what brought me to Pasadena, and I started attending FBCP around ten years ago. Though I was gone for a couple years while teaching in Thailand, I always returned home to this church family and a group of youths who captured my heart. I recently became Mrs. Dorman (yay!), and my husband Gavin loves hanging with our church youth, too, largely because they speak his language—movies, candy, and goofing around. Other things I love: chocolate, sitting around a fire with friends, and traveling anywhere and everywhere. Most of all, I love knowing and pursuing Jesus with such a diverse and fun group of people.
Although I am new on staff at FBC Pasadena, I am not new to the church. I became a member in 2002. Since then I have served in a few different ways. When my boys were young I helped in the Children’s Ministry department in the Nursery and Pre-school rooms. I was also Asst. Church Clerk & Church Clerk for the Board of Deacons for a few years and I have been Assistant Wedding Coordinator here since 2007. I am active in the PTA and have served on a PTA Board for over 13 years, mainly as Treasurer or Auditor. Before joining the staff here, I was the Office Administrator/Bookkeeper for a structural engineering consulting company in Glendale for 9 years. I enjoy hiking, camping and riding ATVs with my family. My husband Dwayne and I have been blessed with 2 sons, Kenny and Ryan, both of whom I just adore. They are both very different and quite interesting. I am excited for this new adventure in my life and to be part of the team here at FBC Pasadena.
God first led me to FBCP in 2012 for a Midweek Bible study. I felt so accepted and loved on as a new Christian that I quickly chose to make this my church home. My husband and I were both baptized here together in September 2013 and married in the Chapel in January of 2014. My deepest passions are studying the Bible, worship and working with children. As I have grown in my relationship with Christ, the Lord has blessed me with opportunities to serve in Children’s Ministry, Choir and as a small group leader.