Vincent Collyer

General Manager

Vince@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: Out of the long list of reasons why I love being at MinistryGear, my favorite is making someone’s day! Whether that is getting their shirts to them a few days earlier than expected, or taking their idea and creating a design that they’re proud to wear, I get giddy when they have a great experience at MinistryGear.

 

What Makes Me Grin: Faith. Family. Friends. Hot sauce. Also, acronyms and a clean font or logo.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Terrible customer service makes me the most frustrated! I strive to treat everyone the same way I would like to be treated.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California, I’m a unique blend of Filipino, Irish, Spanish, and Chinese.

 

Ask Me About: The Buffer Zone. Basketball – on any level…I coached it for 8 years at my alma mater. I enjoy almost every type of music, as long as I can bob my head and air-drum to it. I’m a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan by day, and a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan by night.

Darragh Descisciolo

Marketing Director

Darragh@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: I love the sacrificial attitude of the team. Commitment to our values starts at the top and flows through all of MinistryGear. Getting to use my abilities to assist leaders brings me great joy and satisfaction.

 

What Makes Me Grin: Words used well. A clever billboard. Getting out in the ocean. Eating someone’s signature dish. My church community, my husband. Chai. Boba.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: The lack of the em dash in modern writing. More importantly, when ideas, styles of dress, foods, fill-in-the-blank are dismissed because they’re unfamiliar. We can all learn from each other! “A mistake is to commit to a misunderstanding.”

 

Where I Came From: Born in Oklahoma, raised in California. I come from a family of creatives. For a long time I planned to teach English in Korea after I graduated from university, but as an upperclassman, I fell in love with words in a different way. I knew I wanted to work in the marketing field, and the Lord keeps opening those doors.

 

Ask me about: What I’m cooking for dinner tonight. Plants. Vintage stuff. Why Bob Dylan is the g.o.a.t..

Brian Szafran

The Design Team
Brian@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: God is so deep at work in so many churches and schools and organizations and He allows me, through Ministry Gear, to play a supporting role. And each person here is unique, gifted and passionate about what they do and they each inspire excellence.

 

What Makes Me Grin: Jesus. My baby girl. My bride. Cooking. Proper grammar. Seeing strangers help one another. Humble confidence. Kindness. New England Patriots. Boston Red Sox.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Being quick to speak. Being careless with words. High prices on avocados.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in Southern California. I went to culinary school and spent time cooking professionally in Boston and Hawaii before coming back home.

 

Ask Me About: My family. Dancing With The Stars. Boy Meets World. Anything food related. Where to get the best hot dog in LA.

Tiffany Shin

The Design Team

Tiffany@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: I love the serving aspect most about Ministry Gear. I think it’s one of my so-called love languages because it feels awesome to help out even when not asked. I also love that it feels like a second family away from home working with everyone at Ministry Gear.

 

What Makes Me Grin: Dark chocolate will always makes me happy, haha.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: TRAFFIC!! But on a more serious note, I’d say I’m frustrated with the amount of abandonment regarding animals and the homeless.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in Westminster, Colorado. Family from both divisions of Korea. Originally wanted to become a vet and then realized I didn’t have the stomach for surgeries. So did a complete 180 and got a bachelor’s in art and design instead!

 

Ask Me About: ALL THE GAMES! Whether it be cards, boards, and video games. Mostly video games. Drawing, crafting, and origami/papercraft are fun past-times as well. Also love playing the piano and jamming out with my praise team!

Araceli Chavez

The Design Team

Araceli@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: I am blessed to have the opportunity to help spread God’s message through awesome design while working with a team of talented and supportive people.

 

What Makes Me Grin: My family, friends, dogs (shoutout to my two little chihuahuas, Simba and Chicharito), serving in church, and french fries.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Unkind people and stray animals.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s in art (Concentration in graphic design).

 

Ask Me About: Scandal, HGTV shows, true crime shows/documentaries, music ministry, youth ministry and exploring new food spots.

Andy Hsiau

The Design Team

Andy@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: I love the Team atmosphere, The Challenge of being creative and realizing the vision of our customers. Working at Impact shirts allows me to serve those who serve others.

 

What Makes Me Grin: I’m happy when I’m with my friends and family. I enjoy spending time and relaxing with my wife. I’m happy when I see my friends and family experience freedom and joy in their life.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: I’m sad when others are struggling and experiencing low times in their life.

 

Where I Came From: I came to the US when I was 5 years old from Taiwan. I have a background in fine arts and illustration.

 

Ask Me About: Basketball. The Lakers. Strictly nerdy things like Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Tabletop Models, and Lord of the Rings. Anime.

Andrea Cline

Logistics Manager

Andrea@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: Love the atmosphere learning about the t-shirt world and the fact that I can wear t-shirts to work!

 

What Makes Me Grin: Jesus. Drums. Live music. Being outdoors. Coffee.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: When people clap on 1 and 3. Being in large crowds of people. Feeling rejected.

 

Where I Came From: I’m originally from Concord, NC (NASCAR!!!). I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to study drums and music at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and I ended up staying for good.

 

Ask Me About: Playing drums and just music in general. Listening to podcasts and learning more about my God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Karen Kick

Administrative Director

Karen@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: I love the people that work here. Each one loves the Lord and the work ethic is awesome. Of course they are all youngsters compared to me. They never cease to amaze me at their speed in looking up things on the web. Also I love our beautiful customers. They’re excited about their new shirts and the event where they’ll be wearing them. I get to share in a little bit of their loves and ministries.

 

What Makes Me Grin: My husband of 49 years and our children and grandchildren mostly. I also come from a large family and enjoy getting together them and my cousins. We spend a lot of time laughing and sharing memories. A sunny day and a green freshly mowed lawn also make me happy.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: My green lawn is no longer green because of the drought and mowing it just makes dust that gets everywhere. That makes me sad.

 

Where I Came From: Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Still live and work here. I am easy to track on ancestry. Schooled as a dental assistant. When I became a mother, I was a homemaker while the kids were at home. Then they got older, I worked with my husband, in the office, at our Automotive repair shop, and now work for my son.

 

Ask Me About: I love scrapbooking and have 7 beautiful grandchildren that bless my pages with smiles and memories. My guilty pleasure is chocolate.

Don Kick

President

Don@MinistryGear.com

 

Why I’m At Ministry Gear: My friend and I started MinistryGear in 1993 to serve pastors and their ministries.  I am passionate about using my gifts to serve the church and get excited at the prospect of being able to assist these front line workers who are spreading the love of Jesus.

 

What Makes Me Grin: My wife and kids, meaningful conversation, great friends, freedom, surfing with my family, craftsman architecture, underdog victories, and the fun group of amazing people I get to work with here.

 

What Gets Under My Skin: Mean people, Dishonesty, Short Sightedness.  Poor customer service really drives me crazy, serving others can bring so much joy, yet it’s often not valued.

 

Where I Came From: I was born and raised in Southern California and I still live within 7 miles of where I grew up.  I love to create and build things and have started 10 businesses since I was 13 years old.

 

Ask Me About: How the surf was today, or anything to do with Craftsman architecture and furniture.