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Clergy, Staff, and Parish Officers

 

Interim Pastor 

Rev. Kevin Omi began serving as our interim pastor on September 15, 2021. He previously served as interim pastor at Skyland Community Church in Los Gatos and as settled pastor at Sycamore Congregational Church in El Cerrito. His ministry also includes a United Church of Christ Committee on Ministry; and roles with the Shalem Institute and Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation; and serving as a spiritual director. You can reach him at  gracenorthchurchpastor@gmail.com.

Minister of Music

Lawson Barnes is a talented songwriter and performer. A carpenter by day (just like Jesus!), Lawson writes much of the music we sing at our services, as well as performing his own folk-rock compositions in other places. 

Co-Chair of Board

After being a graphic designer most of her professional life, Leonie Holzman has embarked on a spiritual creative journey reclaiming her artist/writer self by spending time meditating, reflecting and immersing herself in classes.

Co-Chair of Board

 

Rev. Niels Teunis serves as chaplain at Kindred Hospice. He has been children’s advocate, play mate, clown, comforter, advisor and friend. Niels taught college students, made theater, camped all over California, lived in 120˚ temperatures, and taught parenting classes.

Treasurer

An Interfaith minister, the Rev. Laura Rolen is a professor of psychology and hospice chaplain. She serves as our representative to the United Church of Christ and facilitates our prayer/support and writing groups.

Parish Secretary

An Old Catholic priest, the Rev. Ric Reed served as many years as our sacristan and organist. Ric composes music for our services and serves as our representative to the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches.