Pastor Henry Kim
Pastor Henry is a gifted and experienced pastor who has served for 26 years in Northern California in both local church and campus ministry settings. He is a practiced leader and preacher with a rich experience in community engagement and age level ministries. As a church leader and developer, he is uniquely gifted to lead Lynnewood into an era of vibrant growth. He answered the call to the ministry after receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and working in data networking.
Among many other assignments, he has served at Grace UMC in San Ramon, as Director of the Wesley Foundation campus ministries at UC Berkeley, and most recently at Trinity UMC in Sunnyvale. Pastor Henry and his wife have been Pleasanton residents for many years and raised 2 children.
Mele Afu, 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, Custodian
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.
Tan Sang, Piano Accompanist
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.
Virginia McGee-Thompson started her music education in her hometown, Shreveport, LA. She
was raised by grandparents who introduced her and her younger sister to the love of music. I
high school, she played the alto and tenor saxophone, oboe, and English horn in the marching
and concert bands. She earned a music scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University. There
she was a member of the Delta Devils marching band and concert orchestra. Thompson earned
a graduate degree in public administration from the California State University, Hayward.
Roger Doering, Co-Lay Leader