Campus Pastor

Meet Torrance Campus Pastor Alex Grahmann

Alex Grahmann has been in pastoral ministry for 17 years. He has spent the last eight years on staff at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, a church of over 25,000 across six campuses. As student ministries pastor, Alex has been integral in growing a solid, vibrant ministry with over 2,000 students each week. 

Alex grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of missionary parents. He became a follower of Jesus as a freshman in high school. He received his bachelors degree in English at the University of Minnesota, which is where he met his wife, Erin. After graduating, Alex started his first youth ministry job at a church plant in the Twin Cities. From there he accepted an associate pastor position at a rural church outside the area, and began his master’s program at Bethel Seminary, graduating with an MDiv in 2008. 

Alex and Erin have two sons, Martin (11) and Charlie (6). Alex enjoys Star Wars, cereal, and tech, and unwinds by going to the movie theater, by himself, once a week.

Campus Constants

Campus Constants

For over 100 years, Journey of Faith has offered relevant worship and teaching, vibrant ministries for young people, and opportunities to serve others. With a desire to glorify God and expand His work, we envision our church as multigenerational, multicultural, and multisite. To remain one church in more than one location, the following are “constants” for our current and future campuses:

1. ONE CHURCH: All campuses will flow from shared vision, mission, values, core beliefs, governance, budget, and strategy with campus pastors serving under a centralized directional leadership structure.

2. ONE MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY: All ministry environments (children, students, adults) will be consistent through a centrally-approved strategy for programming, curriculum, methodology, and communications based on our core values:

Welcome : shared processes for new visitors, guest services, assimilation, and membership

Transform : shared processes for spiritual growth, care ministry, and leadership development

Serve : shared processes for volunteering, service projects, and ministry partnerships

3. ONE WORSHIP PHILOSOPHY: Our worship leaders, under the direction of the Worship Arts Pastor, will design worship for all campuses, balancing common style with some freedom to locally contextualize.

4. ONE MESSAGE: Our teaching team, under the direction of the Lead Pastor, will be the primary source for weekly preaching at all campuses in person or through video delivery. 

5. ONE MISSIONS STRATEGY: All campuses will operate under a centralized missions strategy for local outreach and global mission support.

6. ONE OPERATIONS SYSTEM: All campuses will share centralized support for accounting, information technology, human resources, property management, safety, and communications strategy including logo, branding, graphics, website, print materials, and social media. 

7. ONE FINANCIAL PLAN: All campuses will share a common budget, financial strategy, accountability, and will be designed for financial sustainability.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to start another campus?

Yes, we want to reach more people for Jesus and our current services in Manhattan Beach have reached capacity. God is doing something special and we must respond. We believe starting a new campus is the best way to reach new people for Jesus.

Will this be a new campus be different than the Manhattan Beach campus?

No, one way to think of it is that we are starting another Journey of Faith worship service, but at a different location! Our Campus Constants serve as a guide to help us remain one church at more than one location. The Torrance campus will have the same feel and “DNA” as the Manhattan Beach location, while giving people the opportunity to attend Journey in their neighborhood. 

Where will this new campus be?

Torrance High School. After evaluating many different possibilities, Torrance High School was determined to best fit Journey's needs. The facilities are fantastic and the school has been incredibly open to working with us. The location is a 15-20 minute drive from the Manhattan Beach campus, which will allow a core of the current congregation to transition to Torrance, while opening up the possibility for many new local people to attend the MB campus. We hope to be a portable church at Torrance High School for 2-3 years while in search of a more permanent location.

Will the worship service (music and message) be the same?

Yes, we will initially have just one service at 9:30am. The new campus will have a live band, a live host for announcements and prayer, and a video-delivered sermon from the Manhattan Beach campus.

Will the new campus have ministries for children and students? 

Yes, we will offer children’s ministry in the gymnasium, led by Dani Holt, and Jr High and High School student ministries, led by Nick Williamson, every Sunday morning. We are still prayerfully exploring the possibilities of offering mid-week gatherings for these ministries.

What other ministries and programs will the Torrance campus offer?

We will start with one Sunday service, children and student ministries, which will be held during the service, and hospitality/volunteer teams. Other programs, as they are brought on, will flow through the small group ministry, so that Torrance attenders can connect in the context of community. The MB and Torrance Campuses will participate together in Local Outreach and Global Development/Mission initiatives, large church events, (i.e. Easter services, "A Christmas Journey", children's festivals, etc.).

When will the Torrance campus start?

Journey of Faith attenders are welcome to join the “soft launch” on Sunday, February 4, 2018, but the official launch weekend will be Sunday, February 25, 2018 and we will kick it off with a special celebration! 

Who will be the Torrance campus staff?

Alex Grahmann will be the Torrance Campus Pastor. Michael Seifert will be the main worship leader and Jackson Bush will oversee the Torrance Tech/Media team. Dani Holt will be the Children’s Ministry Director and Nick Williamson will oversee Student Ministries. Sarah Gabel Seifert will be the Hospitality/Volunteer Coordinator. The Torrance Campus Staff will work closely with the rest of Journey's staff and pastors to develop and run the Torrance programs.

How can I get involved?

We'll need many, many great volunteers to help us launch and run the campus well! Whether you have or haven't volunteered in the past, we need your gifts and talents. There are a variety of volunteer needs in children’s and student programs, tech, hospitality/volunteer, small group leadership, and set-up/tear-down. If you're interested, let us know by filling out the form under the tab "Serve at Torrance Campus." Aside from volunteer needs, we are praying for 200-250 families to commit to attending the Torrance campus so that we can begin to grow a healthy church family. 

Is this the same thing we’ve tried to do in the past with other churches?

No, our other off-campus church ministries (Bellflower, Venice, Lennox) were hybrids of church plants, church rescues, and church turn-arounds. The Torrance campus is unlike the previous models in that it is a multisite. This is a new paradigm for us as we become a true multisite ministry. Journey of Faith will continue its mission as one church in more than one location.

Timeline

Timeline

November 2017 

Congregation members attend home meetings in various locations in Torrance to hear more about the vision for the Torrance Campus, as well as learn the latest details, meet the Torrance Team, and fellowship with other Journey attenders intending to join and/or serve at the Torrance campus.

Pastors Jason and Alex give the congregation a "Vision of Torrance" and an inside look at the Torrance Campus on Sunday, November 26.

October 2017 

Pastors Jason and Alex give a vision message on Sunday, October 15, sharing the location of the Torrance Campus, launch date, gives the opportunity to fill out the ‘Next Steps’ card and attend home meetings in Torrance.

September 2017

Journey identifies Torrance High School as the best location for a site for a period of 18-24 months and also connects with Portable Church Industries to help transform the school facilities into a fully-functioning campus of Journey.

August 2017

Journey hires Multisite Campus Pastor, Alex Grahmann. 

April 2017 

Journey launches a full worship venue with live worship and live hosting for our 9:30am and 11:00am worship services on the Manhattan Beach campus.

March 2017

Pastor Jason hosts two multisite Q&A sessions to answer questions and discuss progress for a future South Bay location with our congregation.

February 2017

Journey recruits an additional worship leader to assist with developing worship leaders for multiple venues.

January 2017

Journey leadership enlists the help of Slingshot, an executive search firm, to locate and interview potential candidates for the new campus pastor position at the future multisite location.

December 2016

Journey gives Multisite Survey to entire congregation to obtain important information for our multisite planning.

November 2016

Pastor Jason introduces multisite vision to the congregation through two sermons that pertain to Journey's mission and core values.

August 2016

Pastor Jason, elders and ministry leaders share initial ministry-specific plans for multisite with Jim Tomberlin and the entire team.

June 2016

Planning meetings with ministry leaders of children, students, young adults, small groups, worship and hospitality begin to discuss ministry alignment and multisite ministry. Search begins for potential locations in the South Bay.

May 2016

Multisite team creates our 7 Campus Constants to guide and help develop and keep us a unified church in more than one location.

April 2016

Jim Tomberlin speaks to a selected group of ministry leaders and congregation members about multisite vision and ministry.

February 2016

Elders and Pastors prayerfully agree to proceed with multisite planning. A Multisite Directional Team is formed to oversee planning and development.

January 2016

Pastors, Elders, and Ministry Leaders meet with Jim Tomberlin for vision casting, discussion, and prayer about potential multisite ministry at Journey.

October 2015

Journey leadership connects with Jim Tomberlin of Multisite Solutions to discuss options for beginning worship services in locations other than our current main campus.

Serve at Torrance Campus
Torrance Campus Volunteer Form

( )   -

( )   -

Meet Torrance Campus Pastor Alex Grahmann

Alex Grahmann has been in pastoral ministry for 17 years. He has spent the last eight years on staff at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, a church of over 25,000 across six campuses. As student ministries pastor, Alex has been integral in growing a solid, vibrant ministry with over 2,000 students each week. 

Alex grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of missionary parents. He became a follower of Jesus as a freshman in high school. He received his bachelors degree in English at the University of Minnesota, which is where he met his wife, Erin. After graduating, Alex started his first youth ministry job at a church plant in the Twin Cities. From there he accepted an associate pastor position at a rural church outside the area, and began his master’s program at Bethel Seminary, graduating with an MDiv in 2008. 

Alex and Erin have two sons, Martin (11) and Charlie (6). Alex enjoys Star Wars, cereal, and tech, and unwinds by going to the movie theater, by himself, once a week.

Campus Constants

For over 100 years, Journey of Faith has offered relevant worship and teaching, vibrant ministries for young people, and opportunities to serve others. With a desire to glorify God and expand His work, we envision our church as multigenerational, multicultural, and multisite. To remain one church in more than one location, the following are “constants” for our current and future campuses:

1. ONE CHURCH: All campuses will flow from shared vision, mission, values, core beliefs, governance, budget, and strategy with campus pastors serving under a centralized directional leadership structure.

2. ONE MINISTRY PHILOSOPHY: All ministry environments (children, students, adults) will be consistent through a centrally-approved strategy for programming, curriculum, methodology, and communications based on our core values:

Welcome : shared processes for new visitors, guest services, assimilation, and membership

Transform : shared processes for spiritual growth, care ministry, and leadership development

Serve : shared processes for volunteering, service projects, and ministry partnerships

3. ONE WORSHIP PHILOSOPHY: Our worship leaders, under the direction of the Worship Arts Pastor, will design worship for all campuses, balancing common style with some freedom to locally contextualize.

4. ONE MESSAGE: Our teaching team, under the direction of the Lead Pastor, will be the primary source for weekly preaching at all campuses in person or through video delivery. 

5. ONE MISSIONS STRATEGY: All campuses will operate under a centralized missions strategy for local outreach and global mission support.

6. ONE OPERATIONS SYSTEM: All campuses will share centralized support for accounting, information technology, human resources, property management, safety, and communications strategy including logo, branding, graphics, website, print materials, and social media. 

7. ONE FINANCIAL PLAN: All campuses will share a common budget, financial strategy, accountability, and will be designed for financial sustainability.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to start another campus?

Yes, we want to reach more people for Jesus and our current services in Manhattan Beach have reached capacity. God is doing something special and we must respond. We believe starting a new campus is the best way to reach new people for Jesus.

Will this be a new campus be different than the Manhattan Beach campus?

No, one way to think of it is that we are starting another Journey of Faith worship service, but at a different location! Our Campus Constants serve as a guide to help us remain one church at more than one location. The Torrance campus will have the same feel and “DNA” as the Manhattan Beach location, while giving people the opportunity to attend Journey in their neighborhood. 

Where will this new campus be?

Torrance High School. After evaluating many different possibilities, Torrance High School was determined to best fit Journey's needs. The facilities are fantastic and the school has been incredibly open to working with us. The location is a 15-20 minute drive from the Manhattan Beach campus, which will allow a core of the current congregation to transition to Torrance, while opening up the possibility for many new local people to attend the MB campus. We hope to be a portable church at Torrance High School for 2-3 years while in search of a more permanent location.

Will the worship service (music and message) be the same?

Yes, we will initially have just one service at 9:30am. The new campus will have a live band, a live host for announcements and prayer, and a video-delivered sermon from the Manhattan Beach campus.

Will the new campus have ministries for children and students? 

Yes, we will offer children’s ministry in the gymnasium, led by Dani Holt, and Jr High and High School student ministries, led by Nick Williamson, every Sunday morning. We are still prayerfully exploring the possibilities of offering mid-week gatherings for these ministries.

What other ministries and programs will the Torrance campus offer?

We will start with one Sunday service, children and student ministries, which will be held during the service, and hospitality/volunteer teams. Other programs, as they are brought on, will flow through the small group ministry, so that Torrance attenders can connect in the context of community. The MB and Torrance Campuses will participate together in Local Outreach and Global Development/Mission initiatives, large church events, (i.e. Easter services, "A Christmas Journey", children's festivals, etc.).

When will the Torrance campus start?

Journey of Faith attenders are welcome to join the “soft launch” on Sunday, February 4, 2018, but the official launch weekend will be Sunday, February 25, 2018 and we will kick it off with a special celebration! 

Who will be the Torrance campus staff?

Alex Grahmann will be the Torrance Campus Pastor. Michael Seifert will be the main worship leader and Jackson Bush will oversee the Torrance Tech/Media team. Dani Holt will be the Children’s Ministry Director and Nick Williamson will oversee Student Ministries. Sarah Gabel Seifert will be the Hospitality/Volunteer Coordinator. The Torrance Campus Staff will work closely with the rest of Journey's staff and pastors to develop and run the Torrance programs.

How can I get involved?

We'll need many, many great volunteers to help us launch and run the campus well! Whether you have or haven't volunteered in the past, we need your gifts and talents. There are a variety of volunteer needs in children’s and student programs, tech, hospitality/volunteer, small group leadership, and set-up/tear-down. If you're interested, let us know by filling out the form under the tab "Serve at Torrance Campus." Aside from volunteer needs, we are praying for 200-250 families to commit to attending the Torrance campus so that we can begin to grow a healthy church family. 

Is this the same thing we’ve tried to do in the past with other churches?

No, our other off-campus church ministries (Bellflower, Venice, Lennox) were hybrids of church plants, church rescues, and church turn-arounds. The Torrance campus is unlike the previous models in that it is a multisite. This is a new paradigm for us as we become a true multisite ministry. Journey of Faith will continue its mission as one church in more than one location.

Timeline

November 2017 

Congregation members attend home meetings in various locations in Torrance to hear more about the vision for the Torrance Campus, as well as learn the latest details, meet the Torrance Team, and fellowship with other Journey attenders intending to join and/or serve at the Torrance campus.

Pastors Jason and Alex give the congregation a "Vision of Torrance" and an inside look at the Torrance Campus on Sunday, November 26.

October 2017 

Pastors Jason and Alex give a vision message on Sunday, October 15, sharing the location of the Torrance Campus, launch date, gives the opportunity to fill out the ‘Next Steps’ card and attend home meetings in Torrance.

September 2017

Journey identifies Torrance High School as the best location for a site for a period of 18-24 months and also connects with Portable Church Industries to help transform the school facilities into a fully-functioning campus of Journey.

August 2017

Journey hires Multisite Campus Pastor, Alex Grahmann. 

April 2017 

Journey launches a full worship venue with live worship and live hosting for our 9:30am and 11:00am worship services on the Manhattan Beach campus.

March 2017

Pastor Jason hosts two multisite Q&A sessions to answer questions and discuss progress for a future South Bay location with our congregation.

February 2017

Journey recruits an additional worship leader to assist with developing worship leaders for multiple venues.

January 2017

Journey leadership enlists the help of Slingshot, an executive search firm, to locate and interview potential candidates for the new campus pastor position at the future multisite location.

December 2016

Journey gives Multisite Survey to entire congregation to obtain important information for our multisite planning.

November 2016

Pastor Jason introduces multisite vision to the congregation through two sermons that pertain to Journey's mission and core values.

August 2016

Pastor Jason, elders and ministry leaders share initial ministry-specific plans for multisite with Jim Tomberlin and the entire team.

June 2016

Planning meetings with ministry leaders of children, students, young adults, small groups, worship and hospitality begin to discuss ministry alignment and multisite ministry. Search begins for potential locations in the South Bay.

May 2016

Multisite team creates our 7 Campus Constants to guide and help develop and keep us a unified church in more than one location.

April 2016

Jim Tomberlin speaks to a selected group of ministry leaders and congregation members about multisite vision and ministry.

February 2016

Elders and Pastors prayerfully agree to proceed with multisite planning. A Multisite Directional Team is formed to oversee planning and development.

January 2016

Pastors, Elders, and Ministry Leaders meet with Jim Tomberlin for vision casting, discussion, and prayer about potential multisite ministry at Journey.

October 2015

Journey leadership connects with Jim Tomberlin of Multisite Solutions to discuss options for beginning worship services in locations other than our current main campus.

Torrance Campus Volunteer Form

( )   -

( )   -

© 2017 Journey of Faith Church   |   1243 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA US 90266

Phone: 310.372.4641