Children’s Ministry Director: Rebecca Brooks
I’ve spent many years in ministry and am blessed to now be serving with UBC. I grew up in Seattle, WA and became a Christian late in high school. After four years of playing NCAA golf at Pepperdine, I graduated with my B.A. in Religion. I spent two summers working at a Christian Camp (Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp) and felt that I was made for camp! Still not feeling equipped to enter paid ministry, I went on to Princeton Theological Seminary to acquire more education and ministerial experience. While acquiring my M.Div., I interned as a youth pastor and interned as a chaplain at a men’s medium security prison. I also met this awesome guy – a fellow Princeton Seminary student. (My definition of “awesome” at the time: kind, gentlemen, genuine, athletic, super smart, committed Christian, and good-looking. ) We married during our third year and moved to southern California after graduation to begin ministry together. I first worked as a youth pastor (I love teens!), then worked for a non-profit organization traveling around the country speaking on youth and marital relationships, took some time off to have four rambunctious boys, and then began the UBC Mom’s Group. I am currently serving as the Children’s Director and absolutely LOVE serving with the kids and our incredible UBC Kids Church teachers and ministry leaders. Our Kids Church ROCKS! (We basically host a VBS every Sunday!) I love spending time with my still awesome husband, our still rambunctious four boys, and our church family. I also enjoy playing sports, games, Christian camp craziness, puzzles, organizing, serving alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ, and anything with the words “fun,” “loud,” and “fast” in it. I do it all for the Kingdom of Christ, and am so grateful that Jesus blesses me so much along the way. God is so good!
How long have you been a part of UBC?
Since February 2009.
How did you become a Christian?
Largely through the prayers of my paternal grandmother. She was a devout Christian and a prayer warrior! I went to a Jesuit Preparatory High School (Bellarmine Prep) and began to learn a lot about the Bible and the Christian faith. The teachers really emphasized a personal relationship with Jesus. After a lot of questioning, I first concluded that there was a God, and then, while reading through the Gospel of Matthew on our Senior Encounter, I was struck by the humility, love, faithfulness, and graciousness of Jesus during his trial and crucifixion and realized that Jesus was truly the Son of God. Then when I turned the page and read that he rose from the dead – that was all the proof I needed! I then lived a life for a couple years believing in Jesus, but dedicated to living the life the way I wanted to live it. While a sophomore in college, I came to the realization that living a life without having given it to Jesus was as foolish as could be. I was baptized on September 19, 1997. It was then that I gave Jesus my life and have tried my best to follow him ever since.
How has your spiritual practice helped in your home life?
I wouldn’t have a home life without my dependence upon Jesus! Without his help and guidance, my marriage would be a wreck and I would yell at my children all the time! It is only by his teaching through the Bible and by his grace, and the power of the Holy Spirit, that I am able to be loving, kind, gentle, and patient with my husband and children. (And I am still not that way all the time because I’m not always listening to God!!!) I am so grateful for Jesus’ grace to me and for the Holy Spirit’s help throughout every moment of every day.
What clubs or groups are you involved with at UBC?
Right now I head up Sunday Morning Kids Church and Sunday Night Kids Church, I lead the Mom’s Group, and I oversee the Teen Ministry. In the past, I have overseen the College Group and 20/30 Ministry, and spent a year as a member of the worship team (singing, playing some guitar, and playing bass). When we first came to UBC, I started up a senior high girls Bible Study and led that study for 2 1/2 years. I then began the Sunday Night Youth Group and led that for two years. I also taught the 9:00 am Teen Sunday School for a year (which is now at 10:00 am). Last summer I co-taught the adult Sunday night summer series with Pastor Rob. And I love serving with UBC’s UCLA Study Spot!
What are your favorite places in Los Angeles?
My home, UBC, the beach, Si Laa (an amazingly delicious Thai restaurant in Pico/Robertson – it’s my absolute favorite food. Very expensive, but sooooooooooooo delicious!!!), Burke Williams Day Spa (I first learned of this from the UBC Mom’s Group who generously gifted me with a gift certificate. I rarely get there, but oh my goodness – it is dreamy! When I go, I spend the entire day in the women’s Quiet Room where I nap, read, and pray. It’s amazing!!!), and definitely Diddy Reese. (I thought I made the best cookies ever until I experienced Diddy Reese. Their white chocolate chip cookies – without nuts! – are tooooooo yummy!!! And seriously, made-to-order ice cream sandwiches??!! Ah! Now I want one! I’m convinced there will be a Diddy Reese in heaven.)
What are your favorite books?
The Bible. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, The Great Divorce, and The Screwtape Letters, all by C.S. Lewis. I’ve pretty much only read parenting books for the past 10 years, but I used to love snuggling up with a good book. I remember really enjoying the Mitford Series by Jan Karon and Francine Rivers books, and I absolutely love the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and Anne of Green Gables.
Do you have any creative outlets?
I’m not very artistic, but I’m creative with ideas. I love brainstorming solutions to problems and trying them out. I love improving things. I LOVE organizing, which I consider to be very creative!