Pastoral Staff

Council of Elders

The Council of Elders is Living Way’s senior leadership and chief governing body. This group consists of the pastors and elders whose primary function is to set the direction of the church as led by God and ensure the fulfillment of the vision.

James Yim

Co-Lead Pastor

Despite his best efforts to pursue the world and throw away his life, God graciously intervened and transformed James’ life through a show on television while in college.  Soon after, he changed his major from graphic design to religious studies, sensing God’s call to lead and shepherd His people through the local church. James is passionate about helping to transform lives through the preaching of God’s Word, life-on-life discipleship, and just loving on people by meeting them where they are.

James is married to the most wonderful girl, Jeandarlae, and have four children, Micaiah, Piper, Jaxon, and Addison. His favorite pastimes include spending time with his family, reading just about everything, rooting for the Dodgers (he swears he bleeds blue), and listening to music. Speaking of music, if James was to describe himself in a couple of sentences, this is what he would say: “I was born to be a musician. I just don’t have the talent.” He says he’s going to ask God why that is when He meets Him in glory.

What’s your role at Living Way?
I have the joy of co-leading this great group of people with my brother-from-another-mother, Ray Causly.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Loyal, principled, silly.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Bathroom humor (I know. I’m messed up like that.)

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Inconsiderate, ungrateful people (these are the times when I’m thankful I’m not God).

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m great when I’m really awesome. No, here’s the real one: People assume I’m always serious when I’m really a big goofball.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
The fact that I get to run with loyal, loving people who understand that life is short and eternity is long, and they choose to live for the long.

Ray Causly II

Co-Lead Pastor

Ray’s call to preach God’s Word, began when he was just 16. Growing up in a gang and drug infested neighborhood, all he wanted to do was escape. He worked hard in school, believing that financial success would be the escape he longed for. One day God met him in a dramatic way while eating lunch at his high school. In that encounter, he came to see the truth behind Christ’s words, “what profit is it to gain the entire world and lose his soul!” The futility of a life lived in pursuit of things where, moth and rust can destroy, resonated in His soul to such a degree that in that moment he made Christ His pearl of great price.Twenty-four years later, Ray is still chasing the eternal treasure that Christ is with a passion to see others do the same.

Ray loves to listen to Scripture while working out, rap, watch cartoons alone, watch movies with his wife of over 20 years, surf with his son (he’s the only black surfer he knows), and eat sweets, play board games and read fantasy books with his daughters. Most of all, Ray loves Jesus; the Lord, Savior, and Treasure of his life.

What’s your role at Living Way?
I co-lead a bangin’ group of people with my boy, Pastor James.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
ALL ABOUT JESUS!

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Watching Dwight act a fool on the show, The Office.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When my wife picks at my food! If her hand causes her to sin, CUT IT OFF!!!

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m Intimidating when I’m really intimidating (JK!).

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
The Living Way family lives out the true definition of community and I am changed because of it!

Paul Hahn

Worship Pastor

As the oldest son of a Korean pastor, Paul’s life was a moral one, on the surface. It wouldn’t be until church drama unfolded over the years that he was challenged to grapple with his assumed faith for the first time. He came out of this crisis of faith with the assurance that God has been forever faithful, and he committed to living for Him from that point on. One of the first things he took on to signify the change was becoming the praise leader at his high school Christian fellowship. What transpired at that point was the pursuit of a vision of seeing greater worship take place among greater people.

Paul is married to Grace, a godly, generous, and gorgeous gal. He enjoys games (notably Tetris and Mario Kart), working out, going with Grace to places he wouldn’t otherwise go to (such as Disneyland), keeping up with the up-and-down-but-hopefully-mostly-up Lakers, and of course, music, especially worship.

What’s your role at Living Way?
I serve as the worship pastor, leading a wonderful group of worshiping musicians for His people.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
An old soul.

What makes you crack up (laugh really hard)?
Imitations of people.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who refuse to recognize God’s great design for them.

Complete this sentence: people assume I’m _____ when I’m really _____.
People assume I’m old when I’m really young.

What do you love about being part of the Living Way family?
The pastors care enough to speak the truth; community is strong; Living Way is committed to shining for God to the world.