Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

The People feature can be used to publish profiles and contact information for pastors, staff, deacons and any other groups. You can optionally organize people by group.

Office Administrator
Patsy Kyles

Patsy Kyles

Patsy has been an office administrator and executive assistant for years, and her warm disposition helps set a welcoming tone at the church office. She’s the one who takes care of membership concerns, including updating church records, like attendance. Patsy keeps the white board in the office updated with news of hospitalizations, births, prayer concerns and bereavements. She also stays busy with preparing Sunday bulletins and staying on top of church mailings, plus other (less interesting) paperwork. This responsibility also means working with…
Office Manager

Laura Roy

Laura has over 23 years in ministry experience as both a Children’s Pastor and Community Life Pastor.  She is passionate about building a strong faith foundation for children by providing a safe and fun place for them to learn to live and love like Jesus. Helping families to connect both with the church and each other to build a strong community is also a high priority. Over the years she has worked with children as a pre-school teacher, Girl Scout…
Director of Next Generation Ministry

Jamere Crawford

Jamere most recently served as the NextGen Director at Embrace Church, the ministry that our very own Pastor Sam planted and led for the past 8 years. In fact, before coming to SRVUMC, Pastor Sam had hired Jamere to lead their children’s and youth ministry and had worked directly with him for a year. Jamere has also had extensive experience with at risk youth during his time at Larkin Street Youth Services, Huckleberry Youth Programs, and Boys & Girls Club…
Accounting Clerk
Michelle Cooke

Michelle Cooke

Michelle serves the SRVUMC community in the role of accounting clerk. In this position, Michelle is responsible for processing and maintaining accurate records of donations from this generous community, and for providing relevant reports to pastoral staff, to church committees, and to individual members. Should you have any questions about your donations or the church giving platforms, please reach out to Michelle at extension 102 or by e-mail. It would be her pleasure to assist you.
Preschool Director
Christine Pezza, Preschool Director

Christine Pezza

Hello, my name is Christine Pezza, and I have been part of the San Ramon Valley preschool community for the past 30 years as both a teacher and a director and have had the privilege of interacting with countless wonderful children and their families. I thoroughly enjoy watching children explore the world around them. Providing children a safe, nurturing, creative environment where they can thrive emotionally, socially, physically and academically through play-based, developmentally appropriate, hands-on experiences is what makes my…
Director of Music Ministry
Jeff Howe, Director of Music Ministry

Jeff Howe

I’m overjoyed to be your new Director of Music Ministry. As a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, I’m especially excited to return to the denomination where I first encountered God’s love, and I can already feel that love radiating from each and every member of this community.  I am originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, and moved to the Bay Area in 2018 to accept the position of Cantor and Assistant Director of Music at St. Dominic’s Church in…
Organist & Pianist

Nadia Blank-Koliha

Dr. Nadia Blank has served as SRVUMC’s organist since 1997. Nadia maintains a private teaching studio and performs as a soloist. Her public appearances include performances with the orchestra of the SF Opera and Ballet Company, Pro Art Symphony, as well as solo recitals and performances. Nadia is mainly heard in worship where she performs on both organ and piano. She also accompanies the Chancel Choir and soloists.
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