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An Interview with Phillip Olive (cont.)

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 1.  Tell us a little about yourself and your background (i.e. where you grew up, etc.)

My name is Phillip Gerard Olive. I'm 38 years old, single and a native of Pasadena, California. I am the eldest of 2 sons. My parents have 5 and 10 siblings, respectively, so I've been fortunate to grow up with many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

I attended UCLA (undergrad) and the Southern California Institute of Architecture (grad school) and have lived and worked all over the LA area. I played the violin from 4th grade until the end of my first year in college and eventually decided to move into the visual arts. For fun, I enjoy photography, hiking, woodworking, music, artsy movies and good food.

2.  Where do you live and what do you do?

I live in Midtown, a smallish community of Los Angles between Koreatown, Hancock Park and north of the West Adams district. I work as an architectural designer and project manager for a small firm in Pasadena that does commercial and residential architecture and engineering projects all over California and in a few other states.

3.  How did you find Hollywood Pres?  Which service do you normally attend?  What are you involved in here?

I've known Nina Huckabay for over 15 years and I'd mentioned to her that I was about to begin looking for a new church in spring of 2007. She suggested that I check out Hollywood Presbyterian and had always talked about how much she loved it. I now attend the 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service. I just recently finished my first year serving as an Elder on Session and working with the Youth Ministries Team.

4.  When/how did you know you wanted to be a part of this congregation?

In early summer of 2007, I attended a service with Nina and the first two people that I met on my first Sunday were Sylvie Brenot (in the parking lot) and Brenda Davidson (serving as a greeter at the door). I couldn't have run into two more welcoming and enthusiastic people. There was a great group of young adults that I met over the course of the service and lunch after church. I wanted to declare FPCH my home church that day but I didn't want to be too hasty. Apparently, the second Sunday was all the confirmation I needed and within a couple of weeks I'd taken the New Member's Class and become a member.

5.  What is your favorite aspect of HPres community?

I have to give two favorite aspects and they really go hand-in-hand to form one Super-Aspect. The first is that there is a culture at FPCH that allows for people to retain their individuality. Hollywood is a place of diversity and flux - the homeless, the transplant, the missionary, the seminarian, young, old and everyone in between can find rest and be blessed by this congregation. The second is that people are able to interact on a deep, Biblical level, sometimes disagreeing, but maintaining respect for the other person and a sense of unity. I came to FPCH at a time when two services were merging, an interim pastor was in place and the church was coming out of a tumultuous period in its history but I was confident that God was here and guiding us through that time of change.

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