My New Friend's House


We are located on the western side of the City of Whittier, California, in the unincorporated area of West Whittier, just ½ mile east of the 605 freeway and ½ mile south of the intersection of Whittier Blvd. and Norwalk Blvd., at 6525 S. Norwalk Blvd., Whittier, CA, 90606.  

Phone: (562) 692-0953

Fax: (562) 692-1983 



Pastor Jim Ortiz our Senior Pastor.  He is an Ordained Minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. He has held credentials with the AG since 1969. He has guided this congregation since its beginnings in 1971. He is a graduate of Vanguard University (formerly Southern California College), and has pursued graduate studies at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA; C.P. Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA; Princeton Seminary, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; and Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.  Pastor Jim is a native of New York City, New York, born of Puerto Rican parents, and attended high school in Oxnard, CA. He is married to Yolie Mendoza (40 years) and they have three children and seven grandchildren

Pastor Ray Telles is our Lead Pastor and comes to My Friend's House with over 28 years of ministry experience as a Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor, Evangelist and 12 years of Senior Pastoral experience with Hope of Glory Fellowship. Most recently,  Pastor Ray is a native of the Whittier area, having been raised in the neighboring town of La Habra.  He and his wife Arlene have shared several years of ministry together as a strong leadership team for many.  They have two sons, Joshua and Josiah who are also very knowledgable in ministry operations and evangelism.  Pastor Ray and his family have a heart for God as they passionately serve here at My Friend's House.

Pastor John Salgado Jr. is our Senior Administrative Pastor.  He is a native of the Whittier area, growing up in this community and attending the local schools. He attended BIOLA University and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. Pastor John responded to the call of God for full-time ministry in 2007 in which he pioneered a church plant and in 2009 transitioned to My Friend's House.  He is a gifted man of God and enjoys discipling and equipping the body of Christ in the Word of God and through music ministry.

Articles & Resources for Church Workers

  • Starting a Greeter Program
    Four years ago I accepted the challenge of evangelism chairperson for our church. One of the first programs the pastor and I developed was the Sunday morning greeter program.
  • Motivating the Right Person into the Right Ministry
    One of the greatest challenges for most leaders is selecting and motivating the right people into the right ministry positions in hopes of minimizing turnover and frustration. Even in the smaller church with limited personnel, it is important to coordinate people and ministry as much as possible.
    “I tried, but no one ever called me” are painful words for a leader who has much work to do and not enough people willing to do it. These words are painful for the person who wanted to contribute, but was never called. These are also painful words for a person who is committed to helping people connect and contribute in meaningful ways within the church.