Tribe is a diverse community of people working out what it means to follow Jesus. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. That means there are no spectators. Everyone is a minister with a part to play. We are part of the historic Christian faith and willingly affirm the truth of its creeds.
While we don't believe in the clergy/laity divide, we do believe that some are called to lead. David Eppley and Cole Montgomery, two longtime members of Tribe leadership, took over as Co-Lead Pastors in January 2017.
Tribe began in 2001 in the living room of Rebecca Ver Straten-McSparran and her husband David McSparran. The two started the church with their friend Kevin Rolly. Tribe was originally founded as an integral part of the Los Angeles arts and Burning Man community.
Over the years we have grown and evolved, moving from the McSparran’s home to a space on Wilshire’s Miracle Mile, to a paint factory turned artist complex in Lincoln Heights, to our current rotating roster of houses located throughout the San Gabriel Valley.
In 2009 we were blessed to welcome Deb Hirsch as our second lead minister. Deb's leadership gave rise to a ministry team that shared teaching and pastoral roles. Deb's legacy of shared ownership continues to be vital part of the community philosophy.
Deb welcomed Latina Williams as Tribe's third minister when Deb stepped down in September of 2013, and Latina led our community until the end of 2016. Latina's focus on activism and social justice transformed our community and permanently altered our DNA as a church.
Tribe is associated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). We identify with The Congregational Church because of its emphasis on simplicity in organization and its single over-arching statement: “Jesus is Lord."