Rev. Eric Eichinger enjoys wearing his many vocational hats of husband, father, pastor, and scribe.
He hails from the great state of Michigan and was ordained in the office of holy ministry in 2006 in his hometown congregation of Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo, MI. Currently he serves as senior pastor of OSLC Arcadia, since 2022.
Prior to the pastoral ministry, Eichinger met his future wife, Kara, as they served together as missionaries in China. Today, as they raise their three children together, Pastor Eich feels fulfilled utilizing their overseas experience serving in the holy ministry amidst the strongly Chinese populated city of Arcadia.
Eichinger says, “Our church seeks to Share Our Savior in the hearts of individuals, throughout our neighborhood, and beyond.”
Our Savior Lutheran Church has many exciting people, ministries, and opportunities for people to meet and become involved with. OSLC strives to blend legacy congregation members with newer faces in the community. Our worship services and ministries continue to reflect this reality more and more.
Pastor Eichinger loves to share Jesus in creative and innovative ways and has written for The Lutheran Hour as well as authored three books of his own.
In His leisure time, Pastor Eich enjoys playing sports with his family, sipping coffee, reading, writing, and cheering on his beloved Michigan State Spartans, as well as the Detroit Lions (because someone has to).
He looks forward to seeing you this Sunday!
Chinese Ministry Evangelist
Born in China, Peter Jin Yanghai embraced the gospel of God’s grace in August 1990. This newfound faith ignited a passion for preaching, further intensified after a volunteer training course at his church in Christmas of 1991. During a pivotal morning prayer meeting, he felt God’s clear call on his life.
Peter's journey led him to the Beijing Yenching Theological Seminary from 1993 to 1999. After securing a bachelor’s degree in theology, he served as a full-time pastor for eight years. Then, in 2007, moved by a deeper sense of purpose, Peter completed his Masters of Divinity at the Los Angeles International Theological Academy.
Today, Peter stands as the pastor of the Chinese Ministry. Alongside him in life and service is his devoted wife. Together, they find joy in their son, a college student, and their daughter in high school. The Yanghai family, rooted in faith, reflects the blessings of God's grace.
Chinese Outreach Director
Born into a Christian family in China, Kathy Jin began her theological journey early. At the age of eighteen, she pursued her spiritual education at Yanjing Theological Seminary, culminating in a bachelor’s degree. After a span of 17 years, Kathy found herself in the USA, where she deepened her theological understanding by obtaining a Masters of Divinity from the International Theological Seminary.
Together with her husband Peter and their two children, Kathy is dedicated to her service at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia
Deacon Kniep raised at Emmaus Lutheran church in Alhambra, where he also attended grammar school. He met his wife Pam at the church and they were married there in 1979. He ventured through six different colleges before attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. However, Deacon Kniep's career path led him to dedicate 45 years to custom hardwood floors. He is a proud father to three children and grandfather to four baptized believers, with hopes for more grandchildren in the future. He and Pam transferred to OSLC in 1986. Over the years, he taught Bible study for approximately thirty years and was installed as a deacon even before the church initiated a formal deacon program. Now retired from his flooring career, his hobbies include music, woodworking, and spending quality time with his grandsons.
Director of Music
Since 2014, Dr. Marija Loncar Hallman has been serving as the Music Director and Organist of Our Savior Lutheran Church and has loved every moment of it, even during the year of online services during the pandemic.
A native of Croatia and Serbia, Marija emigrated to the United States after receiving a full ride merit scholarship. She obtained her Master of Music at the University of Southern California and then embarked on the long journey towards a performance career. These efforts led to concerts at some of the nation’s most esteemed organ venues including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas 5th Avenue in New York City, the Crystal Cathedral of Orange County, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, many performances for the American Guild of Organists, and numerous engagements and master classes abroad. In 2010, she was offered another scholarship to complete her Doctorate of Music Arts at USC. She finished her DMA in 2015, majoring in Organ Performance with specialization in Choral Music, Sacred Music, and Music Education.
Besides her work as organist and choir director, Marija is also a teacher. In 2015, she helped launch a music ministry for children, the Our Savior Lutheran Church Music Academy. One of the highlights of Marija’s week is Thursday evening, the choir and hand bells rehearsal where she gets to not only make awesome music to praise God, but also do that with amazing groups of people.
Director of Music, Chinese Assembly
Esther was born and raised in Tainan, Taiwan. She was admitted and then received 4 years of professional music education by the special music program. She learned piano, violin, music theory, musicianship…etc and built a strong foundation of her musical ability which God has used greatly later on in her life.
At 12 years old, she lost her earthly father and moved to Taipei. She started going to a Baptist church because her mother was a Christian. She then received Jesus as her personal Savior at age of 13 and started serving God in church by playing piano in the worship services.
She immigrated to U.S.A. with her mother when she was 18. She received her B.S. degree in Business Administration option in Accounting at California State University, Los Angeles and got her CPA License later on. While being at school and working, she never stopped serving God in church with her musical gift. She had served in Mandarin Baptist Church of Pasadena, and Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles. After quitting as an accountant from the City of Los Angeles, God miraculously led her to Lutheran Church of the Cross to work as the music director for almost four years. She always feels grateful and blessed to be used by the Lord.
Her favorite Bible verse is from the Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Creative Arts Director
Lee is the Director of Creative Arts at Our Savior providing creative elements for worship services. She works with Pastor Eichinger and talented volunteers to produce drama sketches that bring the message to life. Lee also teaches drama classes for children using fun activities to encourage them to speak and present themselves well in front of others and develop their own unique creativity to glorify God.
She is the author of Jesus, Son of God: A Collection of Drama Sketches for Advent and Lent. The work includes staging notes and stories drawing on 20 years of experience.
Director of Youth Ministries
Anastasia has been a member of OSLC since she was a little kid. She grew up in Arcadia, CA and this church community. She went through confirmation at Our Savior before graduating high school and moving out of state for college. While studying Drama and Irish Studies at New York University, along with her academics, she led weekly arts-based Bible studies for her peers. After graduation, she has been blessed to be able to pursue both acting and ministry opportunities.
A fun fact about Anastasia: she loves rock climbing even though she’s not very good at it :)