Our Staff

**Please note that our office is officially closed per county and conference guidelines.  We are WFH and may be contacted via emails listed below **

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Jaekuk Jo


Office: 408-294-9796, ext. 12

Pastor Jaekuk was appointed to Willow Glen UMC in January 2021, having served congregations in the SF Bay Area over the past 12 years. He was born in South Korea and grew up as a missionary kid in Mexico. His upbringing gave him a unique understanding of the importance of building communities of faith. He believes that even in a world that overflows with technology and information, God’s grace is still the most reliable anchor for life. 

Having lived in Mexico, Korea, and the US, while fully assimilating to the culture of each country, Pastor Jaekuk treasures diversity above all societal virtues. He envisions a church where differences become the greatest assets and God’s grace is experienced fully by all who walk in. 

Jaekuk enjoys cooking, roasting his own coffee, and anything sci-fi. If you talk to him about any of these subjects, you’ll be engaged in a lively conversation. Of course most of all, he enjoys talking about faith with anyone who is interested. He is honored to call Willow Glen UMC his spiritual home.

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Susan Grace Smith

Pastor of Children & Family Ministries and Director of Woodhaven Preschool

Office: 408-294-6072

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


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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Roxanne Kohlin

Office/Communications/Facilities Manager

Office: 408-294-9796

WGUMC Office - alternative email



Church Music Staff

Organist and Director of Music Ministries Bob Birnstihl
Director, Praise Band Michael Kuo
Director, Willow Glen Ringers Tom Mounts