Church Staff

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Rev. Lee Yates

Pastor

Rev. Lee Yates grew up in Kentucky and first came to California in 1992 to attend Chapman University. Five years ago, he returned to southern CA after years of serving Churches in Kentucky, Missouri, and Indiana. Along the way, he has done extensive work in the areas of faith formation and trauma informed care. Along the way, Rev. Yates has two children and is married to Rev. Dr. Mandye Yates.  When he isn't working, Lee enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and hanging out at Disney with is family.

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Rev. Nora Jacob

Minister of Reconciliation

Rev. Nora Jacob retired as Library Services Director at Orange Public Library, went to Claremont Theological Seminary, started a new career path in ministry, and worked with our UCC partners at UrbanMission. Along the way, she has built amazing restorative justice programs inside the California prison system, developed support programs for those “re-entering,” and is now working full-time for Just Us 4 Youth in Pomona as Coordinator of Restorative Justice and Care. Rev. Jacob balances a deep spirituality with a passion for justice

Irene McConnell

Office Administrator

Irene is a wife, mother, animal lover, and the longest tenured member of our staff. She makes sure everything is ready for Sunday mornings and reminds us of all the other things we forgot to do. 

Emily Morley

Accompanist

Emily is a student at Cal State Fullerton and serves as our primary accompanist and musical resource. She has a passion for classical music and a deep appreciation for sacred music and Church community.