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Women's Book Group Wednesday, Jun 16 @ 11:30 AM
Men's Power Breakfast Thursday, Jun 17 @ 7:30 AM
Annual Conference Thursday, Jun 17 @ 9:00 AM
Finance Committee Meeting Thursday, Jun 17 @ 7:00 PM
Sunday School for Children - Via Zoom Sunday, Jun 20 @ 9:15 AM

Ministerial Staff

Linda Doran

Church Secretary
[email protected] | Phone: (626) 447-2181
Eva Thai-Erwin

Eva Thai-Erwin

Senior Pastor

Rev. Thai-Erwin, or Pastor Eva as she prefers to be called, is of full Chinese heritage but was born in Vietnam. Her family settled in Long Beach, CA. after immigrating to the US. Pastor Eva grew up at Long Beach First UMC where she was active in children’s choir, acolyte club, youth group, and teaching Sunday School. As she was growing up, she also attended Buddhist Temple services with her grandparents. However, her love of Biblical Scripture, UM Traditions, the practice of Reason in faith, and her many wonderful church Experiences led her to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior while in high school.


     Pastor Eva attended Long Beach State University and was involved with the UM campus ministry. The summer before her last year at CSULB, her fellow campus ministry friend invited her to be a counselor at Camp Colby Senior High camp. It was on the last night of camp that she first experienced God’s call for her to ministry. As she was helping to serve Communion by the campfire, she felt the warmth of God’s love surround her and she knew He was leading her to commit further to His service. This commitment led to first youth ministry work at Los Altos UMC and then jointly with California Heights UMC and Lakewood First UMC. After eight years in youth ministry, Pastor Eva then worked in Campus Ministry settings: United Ministry at USC; Wesley Foundation at University of Hawaii; and Director of the Wesley Foundation at University of California, Irvine.


     During her third year at UCI, she attended a Sierra Service Project Young Adult week with her students in Arizona. As the group was visiting a small church on the Indian Reservation she once again felt God’s voice calling her to ministry. This time it was the undeniable and unescapable call to Ordained Ministry. She began the Masters of Divinity program at Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.   Then transferred and completed the degree at Claremont School of Theology. While at CST she also served as a seminary intern at Artesia-Cerritos UMC; and Young Adult Director and Pastoral Care Coordinator at Hollywood UMC.


     Pastor Eva was Commissioned in 2011 and Ordained Elder in 2014. She was appointed to Chinese UMC as Associate Pastor in 2011 and Senior Pastor in 2015.   Her eight years at the church have been vital to her formation as a Pastor. This includes: leading English Ministry and assisting with the Chinese Ministry; growing the Young Family Ministry program; pastoral leadership in bible studies, fellowship groups, church committees; and active community involvement in the church’s Chinatown Children’s Choir, the Chinatown Business Improvement District Board, Pacific Alliance Hospital chaplaincy, and the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.  


     Her faith journey has taken her from childhood and youth years at Long Beach FUMC, to Youth ministry work as a young adult, to Campus Ministry positions, and finally to Ordained ministry. And while she did not complete her M.Div. degree from Garrett Seminary, she did meet her now husband, Philip Erwin there. She and Phil enjoy traveling together, eating out and experiencing new restaurants, staying in and trying new recipes at home, and watching or attending baseball games (LA Dodgers for Pastor Eva and Chicago Cubs for Phil)!


   Pastor Eva has always felt God’s presence with her in all these phases. She has taken comfort from His words in Psalm 25:10, “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.” and been inspired by the words of Christ in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” She now looks forward to the new appointment with the members of Church of the Good Shepherd in Arcadia. Let us together be the light of Christ for the world!  


400 W. Duarte Rd Arcadia, CA 91007      [email protected]      (626) 447-2181
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