Loft Leadership

Chris Spearman
Minister Of Adult Programs & The Loft
chris@theloftla.org

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Rev. Chris Spearman is the Founding Pastor of The Loft, an emergent Christian Community providing transformative relationships for its participants and good for the world we inhabit together. The Loft’s mission is to pioneer new forms of Christian practice that hold true to our grace-filled history and embrace the changes technology and science have delivered to our modern world. The Loft is a conversational community in that dialogue and diverse encounter act as catalysts for personal discovery.
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As the Associate Pastor of Westwood United Methodist Church, Chris leads in efforts to fulfill our organizations mission to do justice, seek kindness, and walk in humility with God. Whether leading advocacy teams to Washington DC for the poor and the immigrant, to organizing food relief efforts in the neighborhood, or mobilizing to help our friends who sleep outside find shelter, Chris is passionate about fueling ministries that humanize and empower us to know one another.
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The results: 1) successful turnaround strategies assisting aging urban churches in becoming a multi-ethnic, dynamic, expanding community 2) spiritual innovation charting Christian religious practice congruent with the modern Scientific mind 3) stimulate greater creativity and imagination around art, film, and music to birth beauty in our world.
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Chris is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business specializing in market research while working of the University’s Small Business Development Center. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and an Elder in Full-Connection of the California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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Chris and his wife, Paige Allocco, are the proud and tired parents of Asher, Caleb, and Eden…and another “bun in the oven”.

Westley Garcia
Director of Loft Connections
westley@theloftla.org

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Westley is an extreme extrovert who takes pride in being able to connect with people from all walks of life, and yes, that includes introverts. Westley’s preferred gender pronouns are he / his / him and is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities in the cisgender gay tradition and of Mexican and Salvadoran descent, respectively. A Southern California native hailing from San Diego, he spent six years in northwest Iowa before calling Los Angeles home. Westley’s journey of faith began in a fundamentalist Christian tradition and has since moved through a few Christian expressions finally finding a safe place in the intellectual and progressive Cal-Pac United Methodist tradition as a member of The Loft at Westwood UMC. As the Director of Loft Connections, Westley works to create pathways for Loft attendees to better connect with the community gathered on Sundays. Let him know how he can help you fold into Loft community, Sunday participation, and Loft leadership.

Josh Lopez-Reyes
Community Life Specialist
josh@theloftla.org

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Josh is not the most interesting man in the world, but he aspires to stay thirsty for justice and mercy in our world. He is gratefully married to his life partner, Grecia who is an incredible community organizer. As a Chicano, Josh often refers to himself as an ‘organic Hispanic’. Though he was born and raised in central California, he has lived in the greater Los Angeles area for more than a decade. A transformative time for Josh was the two years that he spent in his twenties living and working in a favela community in Brazil. His mother encouraged him to stay in school, and to not be a fool, so he went to Azusa Pacific University and Seminary where he messed around and got a triple double in theology, transformational urban leadership and divinity. As the Community Life Specialist at The Loft, Josh is responsible for ensuring that our people are connecting with one another by building community through strong, healthy, and expanding friendships. One of the main ways that this happens is through our Loft Groups that meet throughout the week. Let him know how he can help you get connected with The Loft community!