Our Staff

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Dr. Kim Riddlebarger, Senior Pastor

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church, and is co-host of the White Horse Inn radio program, which is broadcast weekly on more than fifty radio stations.

A fourth generation Californian, Kim is a graduate of California State University Fullerton (B.A.), Simon Greenleaf University (M.A.), Westminster Seminary California (M.A.R.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.) where he worked under Richard A. Muller.

Kim has served as a visiting lecturer in the graduate program in Reformation studies at Concordia University in Irvine, CA, and was the chairman of the Growing Reformed Churches Conference, cosponsored by First Chino URC and Westminster Seminary California, where he served as a member of the board of trustees. Kim also served as executive vice president of Christians United for Reformation (CURE), the forerunner of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE).  Kim has also served several terms as visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.

Dr. Riddlebarger is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches (URCNA), is a regular contributor to publications such as Modern Reformation and Table Talk and has written chapters for the books Power Religion (Moody), Roman Catholicism: Evangelicals Analyze What Unites and What Divides Us (Moody), and Christ the Lord (Baker), Theologia et Apologia (Wipf and Stock, 2006), Called to Serve (Reformed Fellowship, 2007),  Risking the Truth (Christian Focus, 2009). Always Reforming:  Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey (2010), and Planting, Watering, Growing: Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century (Reformation Heritage, 2011). 

Kim is also the author of three books:  A Case For Amillennialism, (Baker Books, 2003/2013), and The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth About the Antichrist (Baker Books, 2006), and First Corinthians:  The Lectio Continua Expository New Testament Commentary (Tolle Lege Press, 2013).

Kim is married to Micki, and has two adult sons, David and Mark. He is interested in family history and is presently writing a history of the Riddlebarger family. Kim is also a life-long New York Yankees fan.

 

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Rev. Andrew Compton, Associate Pastor

B.A. Dordt College
M. Div. Westminster Seminary California
M.A. Univesity of California, Los Angeles

Rev. Andrew Compton is the associate pastor of Christ Reformed Church where he has served full-time since the Spring of 2012.

After graduating from Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA), Andrew taught high school band and orchestra in southern California.  A budding interest in studying the Bible and Reformed theology, in addition to a growing desire to preach the gospel, drew him to enroll at Westminster Seminary in California (Escondido) where he earned his Masters of Divinity (M.Div) in 2007.

While studying at Westminster, Andrew became very interested in Old Testament studies, thanks to several gifted professors in the discipline, and prepared to become a scholar/pastor who could make a contribution not only to his congregation, but to Old Testament scholarship more generally.  Sensing that his Confessional Reformed tradition could utilize a critical engagement with secular academic study of the Old Testament, he spent a year studying at the Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA) before transferring to the University of California, Los Angles.  He earned his M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures in December of 2011.

In addition to Old Testament studies, Andrew is interested in Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology, and the Doctrine of Scripture. He is especially interested in homiletics (the science of preaching) and the Old Testament. Other theological interests include Protestant Scholasticism, the Puritans, Presuppositional Apologetics, and Biblical Counseling

Andrew is an avid cyclist.  When he is not engaged in ministerial work or out cycling himself, he can be found obsessively following professional cycling!  He is also a trumpet player and enjoys playing and listening to classical music. 

Andrew is married to Pamela, the organist at Christ Reformed Church, and together they have two daughters.

Pamela Compton, Church Organist

Pamela has a B.A. in Music Education from Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA) and an M.M. in Sacred Music from the University of Southern California.  She is nearing completion of a D.M.A in Choral Music at the University of Southern California.  Pamela has been a church organist for 17 years, the last 9 of which have been at Christ Reformed Church.  

Pamela's primary professional interest is in sacred music, particularly the Psalmody, hymnody, and liturgy of the Reformed tradition.  She has a passion for accompanying congregational singing and enjoys making each hymn's distinct personality come alive by means of creative harmonizations and registrations.  The most enjoyable and rewarding part of her job is hearing God's covenant people sing every week.

Music Education is also an area of great interest to Pamela.  She taught K-5 general music for five years at Christian schools in Iowa and California.  Currently she teaches piano and organ privately.

Outside of music, Pamela enjoys cooking and baking, organizing, and couponing, but her favorite thing to do is spend time at home with her husband Andrew and their daughters.

 

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Kenneth Richard Samples, Adult Education

Kenneth Samples serves as senior research scholar of philosophical and theological apologetics at Reasons to Believe, a Christian apologetics organization located in southern California. Ken teaches a weekly adult class at Christ Reformed Church and occasionally conducts the afternoon Lord’s Day worship service. An experienced teacher and educator, he has taught courses in philosophy and religion at several different colleges and universities, and presently serves as an adjunct instructor in apologetics at Biola University.

 

Kenneth was born and raised in southern California and is a graduate of Cerritos College (A.A.), Concordia University Irvine (B.A.), and Talbot School of Theology (M.A.). He regularly appears on two of Reasons to Believe’s apologetics podcasts Straight Thinking and I Didn’t Know That.

 

Kenneth worked as Senior Research Consultant and Correspondence Editor at the Christian Research Institute (CRI) for nearly seven years, where he was a regular co-host of the popular call-in radio program the Bible Answer Man.

 

Kenneth is the author of four theological and apologetics books including Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions (Baker, 2004), A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test (Baker, 2007), 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas (Baker, 2012), and Christian Endgame: Careful Thinking about the End Times (RTB, 2013). He is also the co-author of three other apologetics related books: Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: A Rational Christian View of UFOs and Extraterrestrials (NavPress, 2002), Prophets of the Apocalypse: David Koresh and Other American Messiahs (Baker, 1994), and The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the Apparitions of Mary (Baker, 1992).

 

Kenneth has held membership in the American Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and The International Society of Christian Apologetics.

 

On a personal level, Kenneth is an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan, a serious student of World War II, and his favorite musical genre is blue-eyed soul. His favorite Christian thinkers include Augustine of Hippo, Blaise Pascal, and C. S. Lewis.

 

Kenneth lives in southern California with his lovely wife Joan, and they have three grown children: Sarah, Jacqueline, and Michael.

 

 

 

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Mark and Ann Johnson, Choir Directors

Mark is Director of Music and conducts the Adult Choir. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton (B.A.-Music). Ann assists with Adult Choir and teaches hymnody to the children in Sunday School programs. Ann has degrees in Voice Performance from Biola University (B.M.) and California State University, Fullerton (M.M.). Having attended the church since its inception in 1995, Mark and Ann welcome this opportunity “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…” (Eph. 4:12). Mark and Ann met at Christ Reformed Church in 1995 and were married by Pastor Kim Riddlebarger in 1998. They are the proud parents of Nathaniel and Katharina.

 

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Winona Taylor, Secretary-Administrator

Miss Winona Taylor, AKA "Church Lady," is the secretary-administrator for Christ Reformed Church. For a number of years, Winona served as office manager at CURE, before the merger with ACE and the move to Philadelphia. She joined the church staff in 1997, and things have never been the same! Winona is the glue that holds everything together at Christ Reformed.

 

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Current Elders

Eric Akiyoshi (Clerk of council), Steve Irons, Ralph Kolbush, Bob Reeves, Jeff Sikkema, Ed Silva, John Skocilic, Jeff Tyler, and Pat Yamada

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Current Deacons

James Guan (Chairman of the Deacons) Dr. Tony Bae, Lane Chaplin, Jack Daley, Henry Hernandez, Wes Hoffmaster, Joshua Parsons, George Perez and Robert Vasquez