From our Ministry Team to our Administrative Staff, each member of our team brings a unique skill set to our Community of Faith. Together, we are committed to serving you-- whether it's nurturing your relationship with Christ, booking your Wedding or finding your way through tough times, we are here to help.
Rev. Dr. David D. Young
Basketball was in his blood at a very early age, what with growing up as a Hoosier in Kokomo, Indiana. His call to ministry came after an injury playing college hoops at Lewis and Clark College. There were many things he knew he could do but his heart led him to a life of serving others having been raised with solid family and Christian values.
David has been leading significant congregations in the United Church of Christ for over 35 years and feels blessed by the opportunity to share in the lives of people from the youngest to the oldest and everyone in between. Somehow God has gifted him with amazing energy and vitality – especially in worship leadership, which he feels is the central pulse of The Neighborhood Church.
He has remained active his entire life and enjoys biking and hiking, snow and water skiing, tennis and golf. His golden retriever Sunny is often by his side or under his desk. Family is such a blessing in his life beginning with his wife, Michelle. Together, they find enormous joy in their grown children and grandchildren: Nathan (and wife Brenda) and their son Everett, Amanda, and Ashley (and husband Levi) and their son Elias.
David loves sharing with others about faith, spirituality, and how we can grow in our care for others and creation.
Michael has the unique professional combination of being both a Minister and a Lawyer. He began his career as a trial attorney in the 1970s, having obtained his J.D. from Loyola University. After 25 years and many cases, Michael stopped trying cases and started mediating them. He currently mediates issues that arise in church congregations and helps resolve complex and wide ranging legal issues.
Michael became a Stephen Minister at the Neighborhood Church in 1996 and in 2002 became a Licensed Minister through the United Church of Christ. He strongly believes that God has given each of us unique and wonderful gifts that we are meant to use in service to God. It is this belief that calls him to serve as a Licensed Minister, a role in which he serves God in many ways, including preaching, leading Adult Education courses, providing pastoral care and performing weddings.
He enjoys travelling with Judy, his wife of over 20 years. Believe it or not, even Attorney-Ministers have spare time—Michael spends his racing sailboats, skiing, riding mountain bikes and fly fishing.
David P. Sateren
Director of Music
David began his service in church music singing in a children's choir directed by his mother. He graduated to the adult choir as a freshman in high school singing tenor, his voice gradually lowered so that by the time he was a junior he was singing bass next to his father. At the age of 18 he began his professional church-music career as an organist. Since that time, for over 40 years, he has served congregations in Southern and Central California working with singing and ringing choirs of all ages. He is deeply committed to bringing spirit-filled worship and musical excellence together. He is a conductor, singer, and organist, and holds a music degree in voice from California State University, Stanislaus and also completed graduate studies in Choral Conducting at the University of California, Irvine.
David and his partner, Karl Snider were excited to celebrate their marriage in the Fall of 2015. The marriage service took place at Neighborhood Church and celebrated 27 years of committed relationship. The two reside in Long Beach where they try to keep up with a house originally built in 1931 and provide for two adopted dogs that are eager to welcome them home no matter what hour rehearsal may have finished.
Lauren R. Hardin
Marketing, Communications & Office Manager
Lauren was born and raised in the South Bay, leaving it only to study abroad in London and again, two years later, to live in London for graduate school. A graduate from Loyola Marymount University, Lauren holds two Masters Degrees in Global Communication from The London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Southern California. She has a background in digital media and marketing, coming to The Neighborhood Church from JumpStart Games, where she worked on product launches for partnerships with DreamWorks Animations and the National Football League.
She is passionate about helping others and bringing new technologies and ideas to our Church community. Lauren is responsible for managing the website, handling internal and external Church communications, helping Church groups find creative new ways to promote their events and overseeing wedding bookings and inquiries.
Although she studied and works in digital media, Lauren has a penchant for analog technology-- she is an avid film shooter and frequent sender of snail mail. She enjoys traveling and is always finding new ways to get herself to new parts of the globe. When she is not traveling, she can be found in a yoga studio or on a patio somewhere, sipping coffee with her deaf pitbull, Maggie, by her side.
Setta is a longtime South Bay resident. She gradauted magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a BA in Economics. Her professional career began with ARCO in Internal Auditing and Contract Administration. After four years, she left ARCO to open the Palos Verdes Café, a favorite coffee shop for many locals in Malaga Cove. Setta's years at PV Café were a fulfillment of a dream of having her own place and running her own business-- she left it behind only when she began her family.
Setta loves spending her free time with her husband Tom and two adult children, Becky and Ricky. Besides her famiy, Setta's great joy is cooking and baking-- providing a meal or treat is one of her favorite ways of saying "I love you." If she isn't spending time with her family, you can often spot her running on the beach or hiking the beautiful trails of Palos Verdes.
Setta enjoys being a part of the community at The Neighborhood Church, overseeing the business activities and making herself available to lend support to members of the various Church groups and Ministries. She has a heart for God and feels at home here.
Dr. Hyunju Hwang
Hyunju first visited The Neighborhood Church in 2005 for an organ recital by Paul Jacobs and immediately fell in love with the Church and magnificent organ. Then and there, she started to dream of someday being the organist at The Neighborhood Church, and 14 years later, her dream came true.
Hyunju was born in Seoul, South Korea, and studied the organ at Yonsei University. She then started a gradual move from east to west, receiving a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College (New Jersey) in Organ Performance and Sacred Music; an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland School of Music (Ohio) in Organ Performance; and finally a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, with minors in choral conducting and sacred music, from the University of Southern California.
Hyunju is active in the Long Beach Chapter of the American Guild of Organists as an officer and recitalist. Besides performing the organ, she loves teaching the organ and piano, traveling to faraway places, and spending time with her "fur-daughter," Mochi (a Bichon Poodle mix). On weekdays, you can frequently find Hyunju and Mochi sitting together on the organ bench hard at work.
Children's Choir Director
Ellen has worked with children and their families for over forty years. From the East Coast to the West, she has directed Children's Choirs and helped little ones prepare for everything from singing on Sundays to musical plays by teaching music basics.
At the Neighborhood Church, Ellen directs our two Children's Choirs-- the Seaside Singers and the Sonshine Singers for younger voices. With her guidance (and patience!), the Children's Choirs have become a central part of our Family Christmas Eve Service and have presented musicals retelling favorite Bible stories.
Ellen is musically gifted and active in multiple South Bay Choral Groups, including the Space Chorale of Northrop Grumman and the South Bay Women's Chorus. She studied music at Duke University and holds a Masters in Music Education as well as a Masters of Music in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.
Sunday School Director
Myra immigrated to the United States from Egypt in 1971 and found the Neighborhood Church in 1987. Born in Cairo, Myra came to the United States with her husband with dreams of beginning a family and creating a new life together. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic and has worked with children on the Peninsula since 1985. With a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from California State University Los Angeles and over 40 years experience working with children, Myra looks forward to welcoming new families into our Church community.
In her role as the Director of our Sunday School, Myra helps coordinate teaching plans, trains teachers, and works one on one with children in our Christian Education program. She has tremendous energy and a cheerful, positive attitude towards others, along with an incredible memory! She remembers and greets our students and parents by name every Sunday morning.
Myra and her dedicated husband Magdy now call Palos Verdes home. Although it is a long way from Cairo, Myra has surrounded herself with a loving family and incredible community and spends her spare time gardening, swimming, and visiting with her daughter and grandchildren.
The Neighborhood Church has been Barbara's church home and spiritual support since 1972. A South Bay native, Barbara raised her family on the Peninsula and her sons received their Christian education right here at the Neighborhood Church. For over 40 years, Barbara has been active in the life of our Church, contributing to many boards and committees, Women's Fellowship, and much more.
Currently, Barbara serves as an integral part of our Wedding Ministry as our Wedding Director. She fields questions from Brides and Grooms throughout the wedding planning process and helps make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time on the big day. She has seen and heard it all when it comes to weddings, and is there to help our couples through every step of the process from their first glimpse of our church's beautiful setting to their first look at each other coming down the aisle. She truly enjoys guiding couples along this journey and looks forward to working with them every day.
With a background in costume design and stage production and over seventeen years experience under her belt, Barbara is ready with answers and prepared to help, whatever the question may be.
Doug can fix pretty much anything-- just ask any one of our Church Members who probably have his cell phone number. From building Coffee Carts for Hospitality Hour to meticulously restoring and caring for our 90 year old property, Doug can do it all.
Doug came to the Neighborhood Church in 2007 after several years in the manufacturing business. Together with his late wife Vivian, Doug launched his own company manufacturing and selling patio umbrellas. It was an adventure that took them from Redondo Beach to Crystal Cove, Costa Rica and everywhere in between. After many years in the industry, Doug and Vivian returned to the South Bay and settled in at the Neighborhood Church.
In addition to having been a business owner and our resident go-to guy, Doug is also a published author. In 2014, he published his book Tales of Crystal Cove: Flight School - Pelican Style which he authored and Vivian illustrated. This children's book tells the tale of two orphaned pelicans, Mooch and Milo, that the Falzetti's took in and taught to fly. It is available on Amazon.
Doug spends his free time sailing in Laguna Beach and is always in search of a hammock on a nice day. He has one son and two grandchildren who keep him busy and fill his days off with laughter and family.