La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Presents its Annual Gala “Loving Mercy; Restoring Lives”

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 10:12 PM

Anne Sorensen Bierling (MA, MFT) Director of LCPC Parent Education


La Canada Presbyterian Church (LCPC) Parent Education is pleased to announce its annual gala, “Loving Mercy; Restoring Lives.” The gala will be held on Saturday, February 29 (Leap Day) at Oakmont Country Club (3100 Country Club Dr, Glendale) in Glendale. In addition to LCPC Parent Education raising funds for their operational budget, they are thrilled to be partnering with a local foster care advocacy organization, Foster All, to raise funds to secure homes for foster children in Los Angeles. L.A. County has 30,000+ foster children in need of homes which is the largest foster care crisis in the nation.


The gala will be emceed by John Cervenka, Chris Erskine, and Chuck Osburn. A ticket purchase of $100 will include a seated dinner, complimentary drink, cash bar, and live auction. Tickets can be purchased online at as well as donations toward LCPC Parent Ed and the Cathy and Christopher Erskine Compassion Memorial. An online auction will run from February 14th to March 1st at Donation items are still be accepted at


Parent Education would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s underwriters: Diamond sponsors Brad and Ashley Barrett and John and Melissa Schiller; Platinum sponsors Gordon and Dona Crawford, James and Maggie Mason, Brad and Lisa Freer; Silver sponsors Michael and Debbie Barsom and Ted and Betsy Merchant; Bronze sponsors Annie Brose, John and Katie Enney, Dennis and Carrie DeYoung Foundation, Carrie B. Grochow- Dilbeck Real Estate, Ben and Cristina Kelly- Compass Real Estate, Steve and Christy McCormick (x2), Skeehan and Young, C.P.A., and Weightman Giving Fund.


Director of LCPC Parent Education, Anne Sorensen Bierling (MA, MFT), will receive the 2020 “Shining Star” award which is awarded annually to a person who has had a “significant impact on the community” especially its families and children.” Anne will be honored for her 30 years of service and dedication to families in Los Angeles. She first came to L.A. in 1989 to work at Los Angeles Lutheran High School as a guidance counselor, AP English teacher, and, eventually, as assistant principal until 1996. Anne says it was there she gained a deep and lasting love for the students and families she served—many of whom she is still close to today.


In 1996, she joined the staff of Shepherd’s House Counseling Center in Van Nuys where she finished her 3000 hours and became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. As a family therapist, Anne and her colleagues wrote The Life Model (1999), now translated into 11 languages. A major component of the “Life Model” includes The Maturity Map which Anne speaks on frequently, including last year at the LA Conference for Women Who Influence and Transform 2019 in Denver. The complete conference is available @


Since 2007, Anne has served as Director of LA’s popular LCPC Parent Education, offering 22 classes for parents of children from ages 0-18. The program, which was featured in Outreach Magazine in January of 2017, has been a wonderful community to her to learn, serve, and grow. Dr. Katrina Harbers, Parent Ed participant and LCPC member, stated: “I have known Anne since she became the director. Working with her and learning from her, I have grown immensely as a parent, a Christian and a woman. She is one of the strongest, smartest and most inspirational people I have ever known.” Anne and her husband Randy have three grown children (Jessi, Grant & Tasha) who have, as she says, “taught her the most about impacting families, and have been the inspiring joy of her life.”


Bierling cited she began her love for impacting families during college when she spent the summer of 1991 living and teaching in Kansas City’s inner city. It was there she gained a new understanding and admiration for those in under resourced areas—and has had a passion for social justice and racial reconciliation ever since.


To learn more about LCPC Parent Education, please visit And to learn more about the transformative work of FosterAll, visit