We are a small community that depends on great volunteers and staff, most of whom are part-time.
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 working on a music theater piece
about the American Dust Bowl entitled, The Broken Land.
is an accomplished pianist who has played for
the staff of
and is the
for our sister
congregation Arlington UCC in Kensington.
He is well-versed in many genres of music and
brings a wealth of experience providing music
for diverse spiritual communities. Beyond
bringing his musical skills to our worship, Tim
is excited about the possibilities of the GOOD
table and will help us grow our practices of
prayer and contemplation through music. Tim
also sings, plays the guitar, and has some
facility with tablas and harmonium.