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Leadership

We believe Jesus Christ is the head of His Church and that His leaders are to represent Him in His fullness. Ephesians 4 outlines the five primary functions the Church fulfills in culture to demonstrate the fullness of Jesus’ life and mission. At Ecclesia, we call these the Five Functions of a Collaborative Church. While we need to grow in all five to reflect Jesus, we believe each individual disciple is supernaturally gifted in one or two of these and our leadership teams are selected to represent all five gifts as a collective group.

 
 

Elder Team

Our Elder Team is comprised of men and women chosen from our church community to provide spiritual oversight. They also discern how Jesus is leading us to join in His mission in Hollywood.

The elders pray for the staff, congregants and neighbors of Ecclesia. Additionally, they discern and focus vision, shape and safeguard biblically faithful theology, doctrine and practice, and exercise discipline within the church.

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Pastoral Team

Ecclesia’s Pastoral Team equips and empowers the whole church to join God in His mission to make disciples who redeem and renew all of creation through Jesus Christ.

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JON RITNER, Lead Pastor

Jon joined Ecclesia in August, 2015 after serving for three years as a "micro church" planter in Brussels, Belgium and ten years as “mega church” pastor in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was drawn to this community of creatives who longed for new ways to demonstrate God’s Kingdom in the city of Hollywood as well as new ways to contextualize good news in the industry of Hollywood. Jon serves on the Board of Directors for Communitas International, a global church planting network, and is the Director of Forge Hollywood, a missional training organization that equips people to live as missionaries in the places they are already doing life. Jon and Kristyn will celebrate 17 years of marriage in 2019 alongside their children, Addy (13) and Jax (10). Jon is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Virginia (B.S. 1997) and Trinity International University (M.Div. 2002).

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GARY CLEMMER, Operations Pastor

Originally from Pennsylvania, Gary moved to Hollywood in 2000 to pursue a career in acting. Soon after he joined Actors Co-op Theatre Company in Hollywood, where he is still a member. In 2005 he started attending Ecclesia, and joined the pastoral team in 2008, after sensing that God was leading him in a different path than what he had originally intended. In 2013 he met his future wife April during a prayer gathering in the lobby of the Warner Pacific Theatre. They married two years later, and daughter Ava Brooke joined the family in 2017. April is an Early Hollywood historian, and is the proprietor of the Vintage Hollywood Walking Tour. She is also on staff at the Hollywood Property Owner’s Alliance, and a member of Hollywood Heritage, a historical preservation society in Hollywood.

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KEVIN MILLER, Community Pastor

Shortly after moving to Hollywood from San Jose, California, Kevin attended Ecclesia’s very first service in May of 2005. A few months later he was an active volunteer and invited to join the staff. During this time, he met his wife and fellow Ecclesian, Kat Miller – who has a fiery passion to see God’s glory realized on Earth – and the Lord has blessed them with two children. After over a decade of working for Ecclesia, Kevin was ordained in July of 2017. While he considers himself fortunate to work in full-time ministry, he shares his story is an example of how God can use “regular” people to do His work. Kevin finds great joy and satisfaction in helping others discover and develop their God given opportunities to “Go and make disciples of all the nations.” {Matthew 28:19}

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MONDO SCOTT, Family Pastor

Mondo joined Ecclesia in May of 2017 after serving 12 years as a Youth Pastor in the suburbs of Ventura County. While serving on the Board of Directors for AMP Los Angeles, an arts-based mentorship non-profit for urban youth, he began feeling a prompting from God to move his family from the suburbs to the city. His desire to be immersed in a more diverse and missionally engaged community led him to Ecclesia Hollywood. Mondo considers his greatest partner in ministry to be his wife, Salena. They have been married 11 years and they have the coolest 9 year old daughter named Selah.

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MELISSA SMITH, Pastor in Residence

An Ecclesia family member since 2008 and active in the Hollywood community since 2009, Pastor Melissa Smith specializes in inner healing and deliverance ministry. She is also the founder and director of Epiphany Space—a co-working space, creative artist community and Ecclesia ministry partner in the heart of Hollywood. Melissa joined the Ecclesia staff in 2017. Prior to living in Los Angeles, she was a classically trained chef and hospitality executive. She is also a member of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening. Melissa and husband Brennan are the parents of two children, daughter Viola and son Kerrick.

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ADJOA SKINNER WEBB, Worship Director

Adjoa has over 30 years of experience as a professional musician. After years of training and working in her youth, Adjoa lived in East, South and West Africa with Youth With A Mission. After her time in Africa, Adjoa made her way to Los Angeles in 2006 where she began working full time as a singer/songwriter, lyricist and session vocalist. She self-released and produced multiple albums and EP's in the years following (available at adjoaskinner.com). While finalizing her first Musical 'On With The Show" with Lynn Renee Maxcy (Emmy Award winning Handmaids Tale writer), she attended Fuller Theological Seminary and worked as the Music Director for Living Spring Church. She met her husband Aaron during that time and got married in July 2018 before she started working for Ecclesia Hollywood. Aaron and Adjoa are expecting their first child this spring.