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Rebecca Irelan

Senior Pastor

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Rebecca's passion is helping people to pursue wholeness in body, mind and spirit; wholeness in their relationships; wholeness in human community; and wholeness in all of the Creation. She is always looking for ways to take our life and our love for God and neighbor to the next level. She aspires to follow a Jesus who came to preach good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, liberty for the oppressed, and a kingdom life for everyone else.

Born in Iowa, raised in Montana, educated in Boston, Durham and Berkeley, she has lived all over the country and has practiced ministry in rural Idaho, suburban Eugene, Santa Cruz, Marin County, and for a short time, the city of San Francisco. She loves the diversity of her job and the people she meets and can't believe that she gets paid to have this much fun and to find this much fulfillment. Rebecca welcomes you to Willow Glen UMC and invites you to join us on the journey into a deeper communion with Christ and all of God's creatures.

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Susan Grace Smith

Pastor of Children and Family Ministries

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For Susan, children are the most important people in the church. They're not just the church of the future; they're the church of now! For this reason, Susan is committed to providing a place where children and families can grow together in their faith, experiencing God's presence in their lives and learning to respond to that incredible love.

On Sunday mornings, you'll find Susan sharing stories with the children, singing and dancing with them, participating in Sunday School projects, or just sitting with children to hear about their lives.

Susan shares her life with her husband Stephen (a high school history teacher) and her son Casey. Outside of work, she enjoys knitting, baking, biking, and being a mom. She also loves to spend time with her friends and family for whom she feels truly blessed.

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Lisa Jacobs

Director of Joint Youth Ministries

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Lisa Jacobs is the Joint Youth Director and the Fitness Ministry Director for Willow Glen. Lisa's desire to be a Youth Pastor started when she was 16 and she has pursued that passion ever since. She worked in the Episcopal church, the Free Methodist Church and the Urban ministry program at Westmont College. She graduated from Westmont College in 2002 with a major in Religious Studies and an emphasis in Urban Ministry.She has been working as the Joint Youth Director for 10 years and loves serving, working with and getting to know the in's and outs of young people. Everyone always asks if she will soon study to be a pastor of adults and Lisa's response is this; "I believe that the young people are one of the most important parts of a congregation. Churches need relevant, affirming programs that help point teenagers towards God. Youth ministry is essential to the life of any church and my desire is to help facilitate that growth wherever God leads me. I can never imagine myself working with anyone but teenagers!"

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Lorene Sheridan

Director of Woodhaven Pre-school

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Roxanne Kohlin

Office & Facilities Manager

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Even More Church Staff

Organist and Director of Music Ministries Bob Birnstihl
Associate Director, Chancel Choir Barbara Brustrom
Coordinator, Praise Band Brian Ganz
Director, Willow Glen Ringers Tom Mounts