Coordinator: Clifton L. Holland, IDEA Ministries

(Update of original report from October 1997)

The following institutions and persons are part of a growing network of organizations and individuals that are working together to maintain and update our current database of information on ethnic and religious diversity in the Greater Los Angeles Metro Area (GLAMA = Los Angeles & Orange counties); the Inland Empire (Riverside & San Bernardino counties); and Ventura County (urban spill-over from Los Angeles County). We hope to have at least one organization in each region that will accept the primary responsibility for on-going fieldwork and database management within their region. They will be the primary providers of new information about their region to other members of the network.

IDEA Ministries will continue to facilitate the interchange of information between these organizations and individuals, and will coordinate training activities in the use of IDEA Church Directory Software (ICDS), the Atlas GIS (Geodemographic Information Systems) software, and other software programs that are essential to maintaining the network. Global updates on the database will be provided to participants in the network by IDEA Ministries or our agents at least twice each year. However, we hope to provide a continuous flow of information between participants by means of a GLAMA-NET world-wide web page on the Internet where users can upload and download information at any time using a password. This will ensure all users of immediate access to new information about specific ethnic and religious groups that members of the partnership have uploaded to the web page/FTP site.

Currently, our database of religious groups includes over 12,400 listings (Los Angeles 5-county region), which are linked by classification codes to The Encyclopedia of American Religions (5th Edition, Dr. J. Gordon Melton, editor; Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1996). Dr. Melton, Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR) in Santa Barbara, serves as an advisor for this project. We have reason to believe that our database on ethnic and religious diversity is the largest such database for any city in the world. See our order form or web site for a list of products that are available related to this database.

Shared responsibility RG-1, Central City  
Note: We are working on a joint-venture for this region with USC-School of Religion, IUI-Church on Brady, APU-Global Studies Program, BIOLA-Intercultural Studies STC-Urban Leadership Institute, FTS-School of World Mission, etc.
*+Urban Leadership Institute/ STC/First Methodist Church Central District Los Angeles Staff & student research: Michael Mata/Director
*+USC/School of Religion Center for Religion & Civic Culture/Los Angeles Staff & student research: Grace Dyrness/Professor & Associate Director, 213-740-8562
*+L.A. So. Baptist Association (LASBA), Downey Staff research: Robert Sowell/Scott Hinman 310-869-5391
+International Urban Institute/ Church on Brady East Los Angeles Staff & student research: Wolf Dr. Tom Wolf: 213-728-4850/ Professor of Missiology; Carol Davis/Administrator
YWAM/Sunland Base, Note: inactive (Ben Capps was working on project in '92-93) RG-2, San Fernando Valley Sharon Pearson, Prayer Coordinator: 818-899-2876
*+Insight Ministries/CPEN, CA Prayer Evang. Network, Santa Monica RG-3, Westside/Malibu: Childs Tim Childs, Director/Coordinator 310-823-0668
*The Navigators/Asian Min Rolling Hills Covenant Church Rolling Hills Estates RG-4, South Coast: Honeyman Tom Steers: 310-831-9721; Ken Gong/Atlas GIS: 310-832-4644; Jean Honeyman/ICDS: 310-324-0678
+BIOLA University/Inter- Cultural Studies, La Mirada RG-5, Norwalk/Whittier: Dr. Tom Steffen: 310-903-4844
Dr. Bob Krauss/Ref. Library Trainee: Jeanette
+Azusa Pacific University/ Global Studies Program, Azusa RG-6, San Gabriel Valley: Dr. Richard Slimbach 818-815-6000 (#3717); Trainee: Eliz Leahey/Library
+Pacific Christian College Fullerton RG-7, Orange County:
Jeff Wilson/Librarian 714-879-3901 (#244); Trainee: Connie Born
*Inland AD2000 Committee. Ontario (San Bernardino & Riverside counties) RG-8, Inland Empire:
Norm Brinkley/Coordinator 909-463-6757; Robert Gordon/Research 909-794-6262
Pending: RG-9, Ventura County: Paul Nachian /Technical Support/Camarillo, 805-445-1184
+Fuller Theological Sem./ School of World Mission Pasadena Staff & student research:
Dr. Eddie Elliston: 818-584-5260; John Dickason/ David Holifield/Library: 818-584-5219
*Korean Frontier Mission, Los Angeles Korean Churches in GLAMA: Mary Park, Director 213-383-5499 Trainee: Karen
*Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach Long Beach Area Outreach: Marilyn Mall 310-496-3264; Robert Shavelle/ Mapping: 310-595-6881
Hispanic Center for Theological Studies/Evangelical Covenant Church, Bell Gardens Staff & student research Dr. Jorge Maldonado, Director 310-806-8325
+Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR) Santa Barbara Staff & Student research: Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director 805-961-0141
*+Mission Training & Resource Center/Paraclete Mission Group, Altadena Staff & student research: Dr. Phil Elkins, Director 818-797-7903
*+William Carey Int'l Univ./ Latourette Library Pasadena Staff & student research: Dr. Dwight Baker/Librarian (Andy: Computer Services) 818-398-2113
+World Vision USA/Com. Housing/Economic Development, Los Angeles Office Staff research: Dr. Jolly Beyioku/Director 213-737-4310 (home) 213-387-9604 (office)


Clifton L. Holland, Executive Director:
*+Alan Young, Technical Support (Orange, CA):


Robert López, President
15560 Rockfield Blvd. Bldg. C, Irvine, CA 92718
Office: (714) 580-1930; FAX: (714) 580-1933

NOTE: *Indicates the locations that have ATLAS GIS mapping software; all locations have the IDEA Church Directory Software (ICDS) with the database for at least one region of GLAMA; however, locations that have the entire GLAMA database are listed with +.

Last Revised on 3/23/02