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Staff

Rev. Virginia Brown
Minister of Visitation
Rev. Jeri Newell-Davis
Associate Minister

Jeri Newell-Davis is a native So. Californian who moved to San Diego in 1967.  She graduated from Madison High School in 1975 and started working for Time Warner Cable in 1983.  She began her education towards ministry in 1994, graduating from San Diego Christian College in June, 2004 and entered Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena in July 2004.  Jeri graduated with her M-Div from Fuller in May, 2011.

During her educational years, Jeri continued working at Time Warner Cable and transitioned to Office Manager at tw telecom.  Jeri left her 29-year career at tw telecom when she was appointed Associate Minister to St. Mark’s in August, 2012.

Jeri has one son, Adam, who lives in a suburb outside Dallas, Texas.

Rev. Lydia Sohn
Senior Minister

Lydia Sohn was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of three. Born into a Christian family, her faith has always been a central part of her life and development. She attended college at the Claremont Colleges and there felt that strange and mysterious “calling” for the very first time.

She slowly but steadily followed the sense that she was called to ministry, which led her to pursue a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School.

In June of 2015, Lydia was commissioned as a United Methodist Elder and appointed as the Associate Minister of Church of the Good Shepherd, United Methodist in Arcadia, California. She was then ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in June of 2018 and appointed to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Her ministerial passions include broadening, complicating and at the same time, enriching people’s theologies and walking alongside them on their spiritual journeys as they discover and continually re-discover the awe-inspiring reality of the depth, height and expansiveness of God’s love for each one of us and all of creation.

For fun, Lydia enjoys reading, journaling, hiking, dinner parties, spending time with family who are split between the west and east coasts and lastly but most importantly, spending time with her husband and son.  To follow her blog, visit http://www.revlydia.com.

Michelle Herman
Church Administrator

Michelle was born and raised in Maryland and came to San Diego in 1999 via Brazil and Pennsylvania.  Her son, Luke, attends the preschool and she tricked her way into the office.  Prior to becoming a mother, Michelle had a 20 year career in geriatrics, the last 12 years of which was at UCSD.  Her passions are A Course in Miracles and the Real Housewives of New York and Beverly Hills.  And chocolate.

Dr. Anita Hill
Nursery School Director
Kris Neider
Director of Youth and Intergenerational Ministries
Frank Williams
Music Director

Frank, born and raised in Pennsylvania, started piano lessons at age nine. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1973 and played piano and organ for churches near his duty stations. A 23-year career at Point Loma Nazarene University as Senior Financial Aid Officer and Adjunct Professor of Music, Frank has taught and played organ and piano and directed many choirs in churches throughout San Diego County.

“I have always loved choral and organ music-especially when the words and the music perfectly complement each other,” Frank says. “It takes me to a place I call heaven on earth. How wonderful it is to sing God’s Word.”


Robin Haber
Glory Ringers & Pease Ringers Director
Jo Anne Hammond
Carillion Bells Director
Craig McIlwain
Organist
Christina Peer
Hallelujah Chimes Director

Debbie Bell
Wedding Coordinator
Debbie Milne
Wedding Coordinator