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 Music Ministry
Ondine Young (violin/viola) is a busy performer and musical director of many Bay Area organizations and has taught music in area high schools. She completed a doctoral degree at the University of Southern California, studying choral conducting and early music performance. Ondine is a Berkeley native and lives in Wildcat Canyon with her children Talia and Liam, who are also musically inclined.
Marcie Avalon is a native of Oakland and lives in Berkeley with her wife of 27 years, B, their 20-yr-old son Drake and two dogs. She has served as music director in three different congregations prior to working at FUMCSL, where she has been for the past 9 years Marcie is also a Board Certified Music Therapist, piano instructor, classically trained pianist and has a Master’s in Music Education. Also, Marcie’s interests include travel and spending a lot of time with her family… She has a background in social work and mental health for 25 years.
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.