“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
David C. Brown
Rev. Brown is our Director of Ministry and has been serving the Wayfarers Chapel since his ordination in 2006. In 2004, Rev. Brown received the Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Rev. Brown is an Ordained Minister of the Swedenborgian Church of North America and oversees the Rites and Sacraments at Wayfarers Chapel.
Rev. Dan has been serving Wayfarers Chapel since 2000. In January of 2018, he joined the Leadership team and assumed the Director of Finance & Administration position. His ministry career beginning in 1980 includes Senior Minister and member of the Board of Directors while administrating all aspects of staff, programming, and finance for two Southern California churches. During that time, he served as a hospice chaplain for four years. Rev. Dan received his education at Global University, Springfield, MO (1981), Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA (1998) and the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA (2019). Rev. Dan was inducted as an ordained Swedenborgian Minister in 2019.
Rev. Rachel is an ordained Swedenborgian minister. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Previously, she worked as a hospital chaplain in Hawaii and San Diego, and she is originally from New England. Rev. Rachel currently serves as the Ministry Coordinator and as a Rites and Sacraments Minister here at Wayfarers Chapel.
Rites and Sacraments Ministers
We have a wonderful team of Rites and Sacraments Ministers who officiate weddings, perform baptisms, and lead memorial services at the Chapel. Our Chapel Ministers officiate at all services and sign all documents. Chapel Ministers are scheduled for services based on availability.
Lead Chapel Ministers Throughout History
The Chapel has had many wonderful lead Ministers to guide the worship of the Chapel and carry out its mission since even before the structure was completed in May of 1951.
1951 – Rev. Andre Diaconoff
1952-1962 – Rev. Kenneth W. Knox (The Chapel’s first full-time minister)
1956-1957 – Rev. Franklin H. Blackmer
1963-1971 – Rev. Robert L. Young
1972-1994 – Rev. Harvey A. Tafel
1975-1984 – Rev. Ernest O. Martin
1984-1989 – Rev. Jaikoo Lee
1984-1985 – Rev. Susan Turley
1989-1997 – Rev. Carl Yenetchi
1995-2001 – Rev. Theodore LeVan
1997-2004 – Rev. Marlene Laughlin
1998-2012 – Rev. Harvey A. Tafel
2003-2012 – Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mitchell
“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.”