Clergy & Staff
The Reverend Nickolas C. Griffith
Fr. Nick Griffith was born on the East Coast, calling Richmond, Virginia home. His
first Parish placement was with the Anglican Church of Canada, serving as the
Parish Priest for seven congregations on the Western Coast of
Newfoundland. Fr. Griffith has done a variety of undergraduate and
graduate studies in British Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, Divinity and
Theology, studying in Richmond Virginia, Cambridge Massachusetts and in
Oxfordshire England. While incredibly passionate and in love with the
work and mission of the Church, Fr. Griffith also enjoys being active as he is
an avid, runner, cyclist and swimmer. Now a canonical resident of the Diocese
of Los Angeles, Fr. Nick+ lives in the Rectory located steps from the church
with his wife, (and Episcopal Priest) Rev. Yein Kim.
The Rev. Joshua Lee
Rev. Joshua Lee+ is an Associate Priest at Christ Episcopal Church. Fr. Lee+ works in conjunction with Fr. Nick+, to provide adequate coverage on all things relating to the spiritual and liturgical development of the congregation, by helping to foster a positive environment for the promotion of lay participation, not to mention administrative support and direction for the Parish and its employees. Fr. Lee+ is the principal priest in charge of the development of Asian Ministry at Christ Episcopal Church. Fr. Lee+, serving with his fellow Clergy, the Vestry, and the administration and volunteers of Christ Church, works to meet the needs for the Diocese of Los Angeles, the National Church, the Iona Collaborative and the greater community of Redondo Beach CA. Fr. Lee+ is additionally available for the pastoral needs and concerns of the congregation.
Fr. Joshua came from the Anglican-Episcopal Church of Japan. Although he is a Korean, he has worked in Japan for 14 years. Through this he has various experiences and interests in intercultural communication in multicultural societies. He is also a social worker with experience in assisting a variety of people in various situations in various places such as community centers, alcohol & drug rehabilitation centers, youth shelters, prisons and kindergartens in Korea and Japan. He taught at university in family therapy, social work practice, and community welfare. He has a PH.D degree in social work.
As a pastor, he is interested in lay leadership development, and Discipleship through small groups. He believes that the possibilities and potentials of the invisible things - values, meanings, good will etc. - are stronger than the forces of visible things and, he is ready to listen to your story.
He lives in Torrance with his wife, Theresa and two lovely daughters, Mary and Maria.
Fr. Norm Ishizaki
Priest in Residence
Fr. Norm Ishizaki Priest in Residence at Christ Episcopal Church. Although retired Fr. Norm+ serves as an incredible source of guidance for the Church, its liturgy, and its administration. His experience and love for God's Church is immense and we are deeply indebted for his continued service. If you are in need of pastoral direction, or have pastoral questions or concerns about the congregation, and do not feel comfortable approaching the vestry, clergy or staff, then Fr. Norm+ might be an excellent resource and sounding board to help. He deals well in conflict resolution and can provide detailed comments as to the structure, form and purpose of the Church, giving an excellent context that reflects both the inside and outside of the Parish community.
Kevin Wood is the Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church and handles all matters relating to the music program. Kevin is a classically trained musician and choir master and has competency in multiple musical disciplines. Please see Kevin if you are interested in participating or giving input into the musical program at CCRB. Additionally, if you have interest in lessons or gaining musical proficiency Kevin is a great resource. In the weeks and months to come we are looking to continue the development of the music program and if you are interested in being part of it we welcome your creativity, and participation.