meet our staff
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain
Before coming to Mira Vista in September 2014, Melinda served a number of congregations in Northern California as a transition pastor or director of music. An accomplished vocalist, pianist, organist, and choral conductor, she is the lead musician for Wing It! Performance Ensemble in Oakland and has sung jazz with the Tom Dambly Quartet. She has also served in many settings of the United Church of Christ locally, and nationally as the chair of Evangelism and New Church Development in Local Church Ministries and on the Executive Council. Before seminary, she was an opera stage manager, political organizer, and public relations professional who worked for several non-profits during their inaugural year including: the Los Angeles Opera, the Feminist Majority, and as a chaplain with Marin AIDS Interfaith Network. She holds a B.A. in Music from Rice University, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in postmodern ecclesiology from Drew University. She is also a budding librettist working with composer Sarah Hutchings on The Broken Land, an opera about the American Dust Bowl. Find her blog and links to sermons on the web. You can email Melinda directly here.
Office Manager: Diane Young
Diane Young is the glue that holds us all together! She is in the office Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. She is also a certified enrollment counselor for Covered CA and has been actively helping marginalized folks including recent parolees find health insurance and access to care.