Charlie Corum is the pastor of the South El Monte Community Outreach. In 1980 he started Olive Branch Outreach in Rosemead where he was pastor until 1997. Charlie is a ordained Baptist minister and served as a community ministry consultant for the California Southern Baptist Convention from 1999 to 2014. He also has been a chaplain with Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries since 1995. He began the Youthful Offender Resource Network in 2007 that provides services and activities to Los Angeles County Probation youth camps and juvenile halls. Charlie grew up and lived in South El Monte from age 7 until he was 20 years old. He returned to his childhood city to start a community based outreach ministry and congregation. On August 13, 2012, the Lord opened the door to begin the ministry with a Visual Bible Study at the Ramada Inn South El Monte. On February 5, 2013 the Bible Study moved to Dean L. Shively School on Tuesdays at 7pm. SEMCO began Sunday services in English (July 2014).
Jim Hitt is Associate Pastor of SEMCO and leads our Spanish Outreach and Bible Study on Wednesdays at 12 noon. He and his wife Mary have been with SEMCO since 2018 and Jim was ordained in 2020 at SEMCO. Mary assists with SEMCO's Children Ministry. Jim is a graduate of BIOLA and Veritas International University and he and Mary lead our Week day prayer time at 9am, and Children's "Kid Cast," on the SEMCO Facebook page at South El Monte Community Outreach.
Art Delgado and Steve Artea are musicians and worship leaders who lead us in praise and worship on Sunday mornings. They have played music together more than 30 years beginning with "Golgotha" a popular gospel band in the 80's. Art and Pastor Charlie graduated 8th grade together in 1965 from Valle Lindo School (Dean L. Shively School where SEMCO met from 2013 to 2020.). Art, Steve and Charlie have partnered in ministry together since the Golgotha days! Brother Htike also plays keyboard on Sunday mornings along with Art and Steve.
Frank Alvarez leads SEMCO worship two Sundays each month along with his worship team that also is a guest worship leader at other congregations when he is not at SEMCO. Frank also works alongside Pastor Jim, providing praise and worship and translation for our Spanish Bible Study on Wednesdays at 12 noon.
Deann Pinuelos serves at SEMCO as our Corporate Secretary and has been a devoted member and Sunday School assistant since 2015.
More to Come . . .