Pastor Myrna Benadel-Huey
The Pastor earned her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University. She is a native of Haiti; but her family emigrated to the US when she was a young child, and settled in suburban Philadelphia. She has served in local churches and in extension ministries in several states: Eastern Pennsylvania, where she was ordained an Elder in 1986; Oregon-Idaho ; and California-Nevada. She has been the Pastor of First UMC, San Leandro since 2005
Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries
“I love God and I love young people. All my life I have been in or around youth ministry within the United Methodist Church. With a deep desire for ministry mixed with a passion for the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. I’m currently a graduate student pursuing my Masters of Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. I have the honor and the privilege to serve as the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries at First United Methodist of San Leandro. Though it is a great responsibility, it is also a glorious opportunity for me to bring out the best in young people so they can impact their communities for Christ.”
Nancy Skinner has been our custodian for 10 years. She is a dance teacher and performs sacred dance during worship for special occasions. She also composes her own songs and plays the guitar which she also graces us with during worship. She leads a gentle exercise class most Monday mornings which focuses on seniors, but all are invited.
Director Of Music Ministry
Ondine is a performer/musical director/educator of many Bay Area organizations including: Piedmont East Bay Children’s choirs (training); Golden State Youth Orchestra (Chamber/camerata), the Crowden School of Music (strings); Philharmonia Baroque, Albany Consort, Sacramento Baroque, and other local institutions. Prior to her experience in the Bay Area, she spearheaded the choral program at the University of San Diego. Ondine studied violin/viola/choral/orchestral conducting/performance practice at the University of California Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara; and earned a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California in choral conducting and early music performance. For more information on Ondine, visit Lamonicaensemble.com.
Tan Sang is an accomplished pianist, has taught music, and received many awards in China for his composition of musical theater productions. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Tan’s musical interests include a variety of styles, particularly musical theatre, and strives to accompany with a richness in content and variety of styles.