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Brian Adkins


Office: 408-294-9796 ext 12

We welcomed Rev. Brian Adkins as our Senior Pastor for Willow Glen United Methodist Church on July 1, 2020. Pastor Brian served on the pastoral team of Epworth and Trinity United Methodist churches in Berkeley, CA from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, as well as 2008-2010.  From 2014-2019, Pastor Brian served as Pastor of Open Door UMC in Richmond, CA.

Pastor Brian grew up in rural Ohio, where his Pentecostal grandmother had a great impact on his faith and formation. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked in nonprofit development, as a fundraiser and program manager, and was trained as a faith-based community organizer. 

Pastor Brian is known throughout the United Methodist community as a former member of the United Methodist Commission on a Way Forward, as well as a former board member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, and one of 144 clergy signers of the 2016 #CalledOUT letter. 

He holds a Master’s in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. 

"Your Word is like a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot."  ~ Jeremiah 20:9

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Susan Grace Smith

Pastor of Children and Family Ministries and Director of Woodhaven Preschool


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!"

Roxanne Kohlin

Office & Facilities Manager

Office: 408-294-9796

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WGUMC Office & Facilities Admin - Alternative email



More Church Staff

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