Our Leadership

Our Pastor's Story

"An incredible husband, preacher, and man of passion" is a description given to Reverend Torrence Nivens by a colleague. This colleague further stated that "He is a Godly leader that will influence others by the life he lives."

Reverend Torrence Keyon Nivens was born on July 29, 1977 as a twin to Turkessa Keyondra Nivens in Los Angeles, California. He resided and attended school in the Los Angeles area, graduating from Cathedral High School. Reverend Nivens is always one to promote academic learning. After graduating from High School, he went on to further his education by attending Los Angeles City College, where he received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. He then attended Cal State University Northridge, graduating with a Bachelor's Of Arts degree and is currently attending Andersonville Theological Seminary completing his Master's degree in Theology.

It was while in high school that Reverend Nivens met the lady, Rebecca Gordon, who would later become his wife. Rebecca attended Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School. Torrence and Rebecca both attended Cal State University Northridge and graduated together with Bachelor's degrees in 2003. Torrence and Rebecca were married on July 19, 2003. In 2009, while attending a revival it was prophesied to them that they would have a son. On that same night God revealed to Reverend Nivens that their son would be named Ephraim. On July 10, 2010, they were blessed with a wonderful son, Ephraim Keyon Nivens.

Reverend Nivens has had a special relationship with the Lord and a divine calling on his life since he was a child. He was baptized at the age of 12 at Redeemer M.B.C. by Pastor Perry J. Jones. As a youth, he was always a part of the church youth ministries and was involved in the youth ministries of both the Los Angeles District Association and Western Baptist State Convention. In 1999, Reverend Nivens became the Youth Director at Redeemer M.B.C., where he put on gospel plays, started a church basketball league, birthed a big brother & big sister ministry, performed youth counseling, assisted in putting on various programs, and helped lead the youth and young adults towards winning souls for the Lord.

Reverend Nivens accepted his calling to preach the gospel in 2002 under the leadership of Pastor Curtis Monroe Jr. of Redeemer M.B.C. On December 14, 2003, he received his Minister Certificate License from Pastor Monroe and received his Certificate of Ordination on January 25, 2004. Under the direction of God, he was then moved to Messiah B.C. under the leadership of Pastor Perry Jones to become the Youth Pastor. He started a youth church ministry, taught youth Sunday school and bible study, and was a mentor to the youth and young adults.

Reverend Nivens and his wife Rebecca were sent by Pastor Perry J. Jones to Oxnard, California to assist Trinity M.B.C. In October, 2004, Reverend Nivens was selected to be the Pastor of Trinity M.B.C. where he faithfully served until God transitioned Reverend Nivens and Rebecca to another part of his vineyard. God placed in Reverend Nivens's heart to birth the New Beginnings Community Church, Ventura, California, in April 2008 where he led souls to Christ.

In April, 2012, Reverend Torrence Nivens was called to become Acting Pastor of Evangelistic Missionary Baptist Church in Port Hueneme, California. On November 8, 2012, Reverend  Nivens became the official Pastor of Evangelisitc Missionary Baptist Church..

Reverend Nivens believes that God has His hands in everything that we can see or do and if we trust and lean on Him He will reveal His wonderful glory in our lives that others will come to know Him.

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Worship

Worship comes from the Greek word proskyneo and its Hebrew equivalent shachac. Both of these terms refer to a posture of submission and thus an acknowledgement of God's sovereignty. The word worship is also derived from the Old English word weordscipe meaning worthiness or meritoriousness and thus giving God the recognition He deserves.

One of the terms that I personally use when referring to worship is an attitude of gratitude. Worship takes place apart from the temple of God, however, God does not intend that worship be connected with a place, but with the heart attitude. John 4:23-24 says, "But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." There is no other way to worship Him but in spirit and in truth. James 4:8 tells us to "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" There is a drawing near to God that is holy, there is a drawing near to God that is righteous.

Worship is one of our weapons of war that have been given to us. Worship will take you to a place in God where your current situations will be minimized, because of the simple fact, that God is being magnified. As we worship, we are placing God above our problems. As we lift our hands, we are saying God you take it, because you are so much greater. As we kneel before Him in adoration and honor, He is there. I encourage you to submit to the Spirit of God and allow your worship to go to a greater dimension, for God is worthy of it.

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Ministry Leaders

Deacons

Chairman: Deacon Henry Smith
Vice-Chairman: Deacon Mack Boone
Deacon: Deacon Odell Washington
Deacon: Hilton Hall
Deacon: Deacon Keith Aaron

Youth

President: Sis. Terrina Price
Advisor: Deacon Hilton Hall

Trustees

Chairperson: Sis LaRita Montgomery
Secretary – Sis Felicia Nickelberry
Trustee – Deacon Henry Smith
Trustee – Sis Janice Teemer
Trustee –Sis Kimberly Beaty
Trustee – Deacon Mack Boone

Children's Church

Coordinator: Sis Khalilah Durias
Advisor: Dr. Ruby Durias

Associate Ministers

Chairperson: Rev Rebecca Nivens
Vice-Chairperson: Open
Minister: Rev. Dr. Freda Wiggins
Minister: Rev. Wendy Harrison

Pastor's Aid

Coordinators: Sis Janice Hall
Assistant Coordinators:
Bro. Woodrow Thomas
All Associate Ministers

Deaconess & Ministers Wives

Chairperson: Deaconess Edie Ballard
Vice-Chairperson: Deaconess Margie Smith
Deaconess: Deaconess Arlether Washington

Singles

Coordinators:
Pastor Torrence Nivens

Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Couples

Coordinators:
Pastor Torrence Nivens
Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Singles

Coordinators: Pastor Torrence Nivens
Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Information Technology - Website/Facebook

Co-Chairpersons:
Deaconess Edie Ballard
Bro. Eli Wiggins
Assistants:
Deaconess Margie Smith
Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Membership

Chairperson: Deaconess Edie Ballard
Vice Chairperson: Deaconess Margie Smith
New Members Class Admin: Sis. Janice Hall
Rev. Rebecca Nivens
Email Communications: Sis LaRita Montgomery


New Members Welcoming

Chairperson: Deaconess Edie Ballard

Vice Chairperson: Deaconess Margie Smith
Assist New Mem Welcoming: Deacon Hilton Hall

Music

Lead Musician: Sis. LaKesha Carson
EMBACY Choir
President: Sis Janice Teemer
Vice Pres: Sis. Janice Hall

Male Chorus
President: Rev. Sylvester Dortch
Vice Pres: Deacon Hilton Hall
Secretary: Bro. Woodrow Thomas
Treasurer: Bro. Darrell Koontz
Pastor's Angel Choir
Coordinators: Sis. Jaleilah Smith
PRAISE DANCE - ‘Veiled Beneath His Wings’
Coordinator: Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Men Ministry - Brotherhood

President: Deacon Hilton Hall
Vice President: Deacon Keith Aaron
Secretary: Bro. Woodrow Thomas
Treasurer: Deacon Mack Boone

Ushers

President: Sis. Kimberly Beaty
Secretary-Treasurer: Sis. Renee Woodson

Women Ministry - Sisterhood

President: : Sis. Wylene McKenzie
Vice President: Sis. Gay Lanzarotta
Secretary: Sis. Cheryl Chiles

Sunday School

Chairperson: Deacon Henry Smith
Vice Chair: Deacon Mack Boone

Sick & Shut-In Shepherding/Condolences

Chairperson: Sis. Felicia Nickelberry
Vice Chair: Sis. Carol Bratton

Christian Education

Chairperson: Pastor Torrence Nivens
Vice Chair: Deacon Henry Smith
Assistant: Deaconess Edie Ballard

Audio & Sound

Co-Chairman: Bro. Don Montgomery
Co-Chairman: Bro. Mack Boone
Secretary: Bro. Walter Williams
Assistant: Deaconess Margie Smith

Hospitality

Coordinator: Sis. Carol Bratton

Church Beautification

Coordinator: Sis. Carol Bratton

Finance

Treasurer: Sis. LaRita Montgomery
Asst. Treasurer: Sis. Felicia Nickelberry
Financial Secretary: Sis. Kimberly Beaty
Asst. Financial Secretary: Sis. Janice Teemer
Deacon Mack Boone
Sis. Janice Hall
Sis. Michele Jordan
Deacon Henry Smith

Administrative

Church Clerk: Dr. Ruby Durias
Asst. Church Clerk: Sis. Deborah Stewart
Bulletin Clerk: Sis. Rosie Espino
Bulletin Board Attendant:
Sis. Veronica Garrett
Historian: Open

Transportation

Chairman: Deacon Henry Smith
Driver: Deacon Keith Aaron Driver: Rev. Torrence Nivens

Community Outreach Missions

EMCO (Evangelistic Missionary Comm. Outreach)
Coordinators: Deacon Henry & Deaconess Margie Smith

EMBC JAIL MINISTRY
Coordinator: Minister Wendy Harrison

RECOVERY - TRY GOD OUTREACH
Coordinator: Sis. Wylene McKenzie
Secretary: Sis Gay Lanzaretto

FOOD SHARE MINISTRY
President: Sis. Renee Woodson
Vice Pres: Sis. Gloria Nixon

MILITARY MINISTRY
Chairpersons: Sis. Felicia Nickelberry

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