Pastor Chris was baptized as an infant in a United Methodist Church on Long Island, NY, and was raised in the church. She went to Cornell University, and then came west to Pacific School of Religion on a Fellowship for a Trial Year in Seminary from the Fund for Theological Education. The trial worked! She graduated from PSR and was ordained in this conference in 1978, and has been serving different-sized local churches ever since.
Chris became a spiritual director in 1994, and has engaged in that ministry since then. At a workshop in the mid-90s, she heard that “the purpose of the church is to create an environment where people can go deeper in their relationship with God,” and that has continued as her guiding principle, pastoring churches to create that environment. She has also recently been leading spiritual direction groups in the Santa Clara Women’s jail.
She had cancer in 1989, and learned a great deal about praying through cancer, and trusting God in all things.
After her divorce in 2006, Chris was trained in Transitional Interim Ministry, and served several short-term appointments since then. She’s happy to be coming to serve Byron UMC (not as in Interim!) and to live in beautiful Discovery Bay, and to seeing what God can do here and now!
Sarah has been directing our chancel choir and leading music in our worship services since summer 2015.
Dort is a skilled musician who has been accompanying our singing on organ and piano for nearly 30 years.
JoAnn keeps our office running smoothly. She started in this role in 2014.