Pastor Manda is called to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA and serves that call here at CGS. After obtaining her undergraduate degree she earned a Masters of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She has been involved in faith communities of many kinds in her life, all over the US. Manda has insatiable wanderlust that she satiates by visiting friends and family all over the world and planning for her future home in a bus. She also enjoys visual arts, sustainable living, and the hot mess of communal living. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the church office.
Laura is the Office Manager at CGS. This means that she's been called to administrate the ministry that all the people at CGS do - she coordinates our facility use, she keeps our calendar and manages all our communications; she keeps our records, helps us with worship, welcomes our guests; and she assists all the people and groups who operate in our community.
Laura has a fascination with water in all its forms, whether diving in the salty version or playing hockey on the frozen version. You can reach her at email@example.com or at the church office.
Daniel is called to be the church musician which means that his gifts and training in music performance and leadership help our whole community to access the sacred through music at CGS. He leads music in Sunday morning worship and is finding ways to make music a part of our other activities and events.
Daniel came to CGS in 2015, having returned to his native Bay Area after far too long in Southern California. While he was there he served as the tenor section leader/soloist at Westwood Hills Christian Church and then 13 years as the music and choir director at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Long Beach. Daniel has been active as a music director, conductor, pianist, singer, actor, arranger and arts administrator for over twenty years; he is currently the Executive Director of 42nd Street Moon, a musical theatre company in San Francisco, and does freelance musical direction for theatre companies throughout the Bay Area. Daniel is blessed to have the love and support of his wife Rebecca and son Joshua.
You can reach Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rey is CGS's choir director. His gifts and experience in leading choirs aids the people at CGS to sing together. He currently leads two choirs at CGS: the CGS Choir, and the Keynote Vocal Group.
Rey’s deep interest for music started at 17, when he started singing in his local church choir in the Philippines. This interest grew into passion, took private piano and music lessons, and got more involved in choral singing and started arranging music. In 1991, he started serving as the music and choir director of Bagong Ilog Unida Evangelical Church in Pasig City, Philippines, and eventually became the president and choir director of Koro ng Unida, the national choir organization of Unida Evangelical Church. Since coming to the US in 1999, Rey has been actively involved in different community choirs, and feels specially blessed to continue to serve and make music in faith and love of God at CGS. It’s his hope and prayer that music will continue to help us through our walk and growth in faith, and bring joy in times of celebration or comfort during challenges.
You can reach Rey at email@example.com.
Vanetia is called to work with the kids at CGS. She is currently teaching the 0-6 year old crowd during Jesus and Me, using the Frolic curriculum.
You can reach Vanetia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comfort is called to be the Housekeeper of CGS. Hundreds or Thousands of people use the facilities on our property and Comfort prepares those spaces and makes them hospitable for many people.
Comfort emigrated from Liberia, and recently became a US citizen. You can reach her through her supervisor (Laura) at the church email address.
Diana is a friend of our congregation who is certified in CPR and background checked and lovingly watches all of our younger friends on Sunday mornings. Diana has 2 sons of her own and lives with us in San Jose.
Doug is the sexton at CGS. He is called to care for the community's building. Doug does weekly maintenance, upkeep, and set up for the many uses of the property at Meridian Ave.
Doug has been attending CGS since he was 12 years old. He likes to be outside and do yardwork. You can reach Doug through his supervisor (Laura) at the church email address.
Ronny provides his gifts of music by playing the drums and other percussion instruments in our worship. We are so blessed to have his leadership on Sunday mornings.
Kevin Visscher, Treasurer
Kevin Visscher serves as our treasurer and leads our finance team in the stewardship of all the gifts that CGS receives.
Michael Flanagin, Eric Norland, and Jean Herriges use their combined managerial experience to ensure that our paid staff are supported in and held accountable for their work.
Janet Keeley, Reader coordinator
Janet finds people to read the Word of God in our midst every Sunday and during special worship services.
Janet Keeley, Finance Secretary
Janet is the person who processes our donations, offerings, and incoming gifts. She's the only one who sees these gifts and has managed our income for years.
Paul Thomas, Librarian
After receiving a large gift for a library at CGS, Paul offered his gifts and skills in Library science to curate our exceptional library.
Joan Byron, Communion coordinator
Joan finds people to serve Holy Communion to the community on Sunday mornings. It's a surprisingly easy job.
Jean Jeansen, Memorial Secretary
When people die, those who love them will often make donations to our community in their honor. Jean manages these donations with care.
Beate Teufel, Worship Coordinator
Beate Teufel serves as worship coordinator and organizes all kinds of worship experiences
Lois Hagebusch, Altar Guild
Lois Hagebusch organizes our Altar Guild (those who prepare Holy Communion) and cares for all the items that assist our worship and sacred ritual.