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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 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


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

Senior Spiritual Liaison:
Deacon Odell Washington


President: Minister Robert Washington
Vice Pres: Minister Dominique Washington

Spiritual Liaison:
Deacon Hilton Hall


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

Spiritual Liaison:
Deacon Hilton Hall

Associate Ministers

Chairperson: Rev Rebecca Nivens
Minister: Rev. Dr. Freda Wiggins
Minister: Rev. Sylvester Dortch

Min. in Trng: Min. Robert Washington
Min. in Trng: Min. Dominique Washington

Pastor's Aid

Coordinators: Sis Janice Hall
Assistant Coordinators:
Bro. Woodrow Thomas
Sis. Gay Lanzarotta
Sis. Rochelle Williams
All Associate Ministers


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

Spiritual Liaison:
Deacon Mack Boone


President: Sis. Kimberly Beaty
Vice President: Sis. Renee Woodson
Secretary: Sis. Kim Hunt
Treasurer: Sis. Michele Jordan

Spiritual Liaison:
Deacon Mack Boone


Pastor Torrence Nivens
Rev. Rebecca Nivens


Coordinators: Pastor Torrence Nivens
Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Information Technology - Website/Facebook

Deaconess Edie Ballard
Bro. Eli Wiggins

Deaconess Margie Smith
Rev. Rebecca Nivens

Video Team - V-Team
Lead V-Team Mentor & Advisory Tech
Bro. Eli Wiggins
Lead Video/Camera Tech & Video Editor
Min. Robert Washington
Assistant Video/Camera Tech
Bro. Freddie Jenkins, Sr.
Assistant Video Tech Editor
Min. Dominique Washington
E.M.B.C. Live & Ministry Marketing Bro. Freddie Jenkins, Sr.
Creativity Liaison & Director of Special Video Projects
Min. Dominique Washington

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Walter Williams


Chairperson: Deaconess Edie Ballard
Vice Chairperson: Deaconess Margie Smith

Assist. New Members Welcoming:
Deacon Hilton Hall

New Members Class Admin:
Sis. Janice Hall
Email Communications: Sis LaRita Montgomery

Spiritual Liaison:
Deacon Hilton Hall


Lead Musician: Sis. LaKesha Carson
EMBaCy Choir
President: Sis Janice Teemer
Vice Pres: Sis. Janice Hall
Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Henry Smith

Male Chorus
President: Bro. Woodrow Thomas
Vice Pres: Deacon Walter Williams

Pastor's Voice of Praise
Co-Chair: Min. Dominique Washington
Co-Chair: Min. Robert Washington
Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Hilton Hall

PRAISE DANCE - ‘Veiled Beneath His Wings’
President: Rev. Rebecca Nivens
Vice President: Min. Dominique Washington
Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Hilton Hall

Men's Ministry - Brotherhood

President: Deacon Hilton Hall
Vice President: Deacon Keith Aaron
Secretary: Bro. Woodrow Thomas
Treasurer: Deacon Walter Williams

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Mack Boone


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

Women's Ministry - Sisterhood

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

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Henry Smith

Sunday School

Co-Chair: Deacon Henry Smith
Co-Chair: Deacon Mack Boone

Sick & Shut-In Shepherding/Condolences

Chairperson: Sis. Felicia Nickelberry

Christian Education

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

Audio & Sound

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

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Walter Williams


Coordinator: Sis. Carol Bratton

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Mack Boone

Church Beautification

Coordinator: Sis. Carol Bratton

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Mack Boone


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

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Mack Boone


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

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Mack Boone


Chairman: Deacon Henry Smith
Vice Chairman: Deacon Keith Aaron

Driver: Deacon Keith Aaron
Driver: Rev. Torrence Nivens

Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Keith Aaron

Community Outreach Missions

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

Coordinator: Sis. Wylene McKenzie
Secretary: Sis Gay Lanzaretto
Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Keith Aaron

President: Sis. Renee Woodson
Spiritual Liaison: Deacon Henry Smith

Chairpersons: Sis. Felicia Nickelberry

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