Cyclical Inc. Staff and Board
Nick Warnes - Executive Director
Nicholas Warnes (Masters of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Emphasis in Worship Theology and Art) is the Founder and Executive Director of Cyclical. He enjoys the regular pattern and rhythm of being both the Executive Director of Cyclical Inc. and Director of Cyclical LA in Los Angeles. Nick is also a recognized speaker on church planting, coach for New Worshiping Communities with the Presbyterian Church USA, on the advisory board for the Brehm Center and the Church Planting Program at Fuller Theological Seminary, and an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary (church planting certificate). Nick finished his first book in 2014 with Dr. Mark Lau Branson called Starting Missional Churches: Life With God in the Neighborhood. Nick is lives with his wife, Whitney, and son, Lee, in Los Angeles, CA.
Justin Beck - Director of Operations
Justin has a Masters of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. During his time at Fuller, Justin assisted in starting Northland Village Church (NVC) in Northeast Los Angeles. The NVC church plant helped Justin discover a passion for coaching people as they begin their ministries. Over the last 10 years, Justin has offered coaching to adults and college students in a variety of settings as they discovered God's calling in their lives. Justin also works with under-resourced community college students around the greater Los Angeles area, and is a Developer with Cyclical Los Ranchos and Cyclical Canada. Justin lives in Pasadena with his wife, Dawn, and two kids, Declan and Avery. The Beck family enjoys exploring all the beautiful things Southern California has to offer.
Brianna Kinsman - Assistant to the Director
Brianna is a liturgist, actress, and published writer. In 2017, she graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Theology and an emphasis in Theology and the Arts. Her training in theatre, music, writing, and theology inspires Brianna to craft stories, spaces, and projects that foster the collective imagination of a community. Brianna has worked as a worship assistant on the Fuller Chapel team, where she created worship experiences that blend multicultural faith with narrative expression and spiritual formation. In 2016, she became a member of the Fujimura Fellows, a group committed to providing care and friendship to local artist communities. One of Brianna’s current projects is directing Illumine Playback Theatre, an all-female theatre troupe that interprets stories told by audience members through improv, play, and music. In the future, she hopes to continue bringing art, culture, and theology into conversation through storytelling in all its forms.
Brianna currently resides in Pasadena with her husband, Michael, who pastors at La Cañada Congregational Church. Together, they enjoy eating their way around the incredible Los Angeles food scene.
Henry Artime - President
Henry Artime is married to his wife Susan and together they have three children. He is the principal owner of Artime Group, a full service B2B advertising agency located in Pasadena, California. He is an Elder in the PCUSA and has been a member at Glendale Presbyterian Church since 1997. Henry has served on the Committee on Ministry (COM) of the San Fernando Presbytery and was a Youth Director at Grandview Presbyterian Church from 1988-1990. Prior to that, Henry was a Young Life volunteer leader for six years. Whenever time allows he will try to get away and do some fly-fishing. Henry lives in Glendale, CA.
John Polite III - Secretary
John Polite was born and raised in Riverside California. He received his bachelor of arts in communications from Cal Poly Pomona in 1992, where he served as president of the campus chapter of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity inc. and was an editor of the campus newspaper. John holds a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA. He has been active on a national level in the American Baptist Churches in the USA since 1997 serving as a member of the Biennial worship team (2009, 2011,) Youth Ministry Resource Team, and the planning and worship teams for ABCUSA national youth gatherings for more than a decade. He is a past president of the Alumni Council of American Baptist Seminary of the West and current member of the board of trustees. In 1997, he became the first African American pastoral staff member at the historic First Baptist Church of Los Angeles in 1997 and was ordained into the gospel ministry early on in his tenure at First L.A. From 2001 to 2012 he was the Senior Pastor of Panorama Baptist Church in Arleta, CA. Currently, John leads reMIX, a house church for millennials, and serves as interim pastor of Granada Hills Baptist Church.
Len Tiso - Secretary
Len Tiso has spent the majority of his career advising executives of major corporations on strategic and financial initiatives. In 2014, as a continuation of this work, he founded an independent consultancy. He also coaches entrepreneurs and start-ups. Len holds an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MBA from UCLA, and is a CFA charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst). As an elder in the PC (USA), Len served as Treasurer of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and was involved in the leadership team of a church plant in Downtown LA. In 2016, he completed an internship with Northland Village Church in Northeast Los Angeles and also participated in the PC (USA) 1001 New Worshiping Communities summer cohort. He is currently exploring ways in which the church can engage in the practice of ethics and reconciliation at the intersection of faith, economics, and vocation.Len and his wife Bobbi, a Fuller MDiv student, live in the Los Angeles area.
Dr. Liz Lin
Liz is a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House Studies in San Francisco, where her work focuses on race and culture. In this role, she teaches seminary courses and leads seminars for laypeople in the Newbigin Fellows program. Alongside her work with NHS, she is the co-founder of Progressive Asian American Christians, an online community with over 3000 members and local meetups in nine cities. Liz also writes about race and culture and speaks about Asian Americans and race at non-profits, schools, and churches.
Liz has a PhD in clinical psychology, as well as master’s degrees in psychology and theology, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Previously, she taught in Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology. She lives with her husband and son in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Whitney Warnes helped the team that created USC Trojan Search, an internal recruiting firm at the University of Suthern California. Whitney is currently responsible for leading the buildout and operations management for TrojanSearch. Whitney is also on the board of USC Women in Management, the advisory council for Alive and Well Woman, and is also a coach with 1001 New Worshiping Communities. She’s passionate about professional and life coaching an certified with ICF with an ACC - Associate Certified Coach. Whitney is married to Nick and they live in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles) CA with their son, Lee.
Frances Lin was an immigrant from the Republic of China (Taiwan). She came to the United States of America at the age of fourteen. Frances has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is the founder and the president ofSola Kaleo, a web based platform building company that works with Christian leaders who seek to get their work published to the public. She has served as the Moderator of the San Diego Presbytery 2014, Vice Moderator of the Middle East Issues to the General Assembly (2016), PCUSA. Currently, Frances is a member of Missional Development and Resources Committee of the Mission Agency, where she serves as a grant reviewer for the 1001 Initiative. She is also a coach for the leaders of the New Worshipping Communities for PCUSA.
Shelton Oakley Hersey
Shelton Oakley Hersey has sought out, participated and facilitated spaces working toward reconciliation over the past decade. Her Bachelor degrees are from Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) in Religious Studies and Sociology. From Los Angeles and Fuller Theological Seminary, where she obtained a Masters in Intercultural and Urban Studies, to South Africa, she has worked cross-culturally as community development specialist, social entrepreneur, and pastor. Shelton is a certified spiritual director with the Evangelical Spiritual Direction Association, leading and designing retreats for contemplative reflection. She also serves as a consultant to non-profits and guest lecturer for Olin College. Currently, Shelton serves in dual roles as a Vocation Formation Leader with Fuller Seminary online courses and the Program Director for Boston's Interfaith Youth Initiative. She has worked strategically over the past two years to expand the IFYI program to create more spaces designed for young leaders in greater Boston to recognize their significant role in unlearning and relearning that which divides and unites us. She lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts where they share a passion for building community where everyone is included and valued as one made in the image of God.