The Rev. Jennifer Pavia
Priest in Charge
The Reverend Guy A. Leemhuis, Deacon
Bio for Rev. Guy A. Leemhuis
English and Spanish
Rev. Guy Leemhuis has been an attorney in private practice in Culver City for the past 10 years and recently has moved his offices to Century City. His areas of focus are special education, disability rights, family law and probate matters. He primarily litigates family law and probate matters in the Central District of Los Angeles County Superior Court. He has been appointed Minor’s Counsel in various departments in the Central District Family law and probate courts. He is bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.
Prior to October 2005 he worked as an attorney for Disability Rights CA (formerly Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PAI), a non-profit disability rights organization that provides free legal services to people with disabilities in California for eleven years and in his final three years there, served as the Multicultural Affairs Director for Protection & Advocacy Inc.
During the past twenty years Rev. Leemhuis has represented hundreds of individuals with disabilities, particularly in the area of special education, (e.g., early intensive autism intervention services, behavior intervention, full inclusion and language access) ADA discrimination, Public Benefits and Access to inclusive educational settings for children with disabilities.
From 1995-2005, Rev. Leemhuis had oversight for the coordination of PAI’s various statewide outreach programs targeting underserved/multi-ethnic disability communities. He also coordinated the agency’s various diversity initiatives and represents clients from underserved ethnic and language distinct disability communities.
From 2001 to 2007, he served as a founding member of Los Angeles Certified Neighborhood Council and served as president of the council for five years. He also was appointed as a Neighborhood Review Commissioner in 2007 and assisted in developing a comprehensive report on the impact and further improvement of the neighborhood council system.
From 2002 until 2010, he also served as a member of the Empowerment Congress, a group comprised of community leaders who provided input to the Honorable Mark Ridley Thomas, CA Assembly member, Senator and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, respectively. Rev. Leemhuis served as Chair of the Empowerment Congress from 2008 to 2010. In 2006, he was recognized as Franklin and Elenor Roosevelt Democrat of the Year for the 48th Assembly District for his work as a community leader. He was appointed in 2012 to serve as a commissioner on the California Commission for Disability Access and was elected its chair and continues to serve in that capacity currently.
Rev. Leemhuis is also a former bilingual school teacher having taught at all grade levels K-12. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School (Class of ‘94), Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree is from the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. Theater Arts).
The Rev. Leemhuis attended the Claremont School of Theology and the Episcopal Theological Seminary at Claremont where completed a Master’s of Divinity in 2016. He did a ministry year working as an intern at All Saints Church, Pasadena, primarily working with the Spanish speaking congregation at that church. He received his Certificate of Diaconal studies in May 2015 from the Episcopal Theological Seminary at Claremont and was ordained to the sacred order of deacons on December 20, 2014.
He has attended Holy Faith for the past eleven years and served a music director for six years. He developed a bilingual mass setting set to salsa music and continues to work with Holy Faith music program to develop innovative and contemporary multicultural blends to complement the church’s traditional music offerings. He is a life member of the Union of Black Episcopalians and recently served the national organization as Parliamentarian to the National Board at its annual meeting. Rev. Leemhuis is also a strong advocate for equal rights for LGBTQI persons and advocates for an inclusive church that welcomes all to the table and continues to be involved in community efforts that give voice to those marginalized by the greater society. He is a native of Los Angeles and currently resides in Riverside, CA.