Pastor paige eaves

lead pastor

Pastor Paige brings to the UJMC pulpit her love of scripture, delight in storytelling, and passion for the church's mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


She is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis on Christian Education. She also has a Masters of Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and a BA from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Pastor Paige has served churches throughout the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2002.


Prior to attending seminary, she was the Executive Director of the Sierra Service Project, which creates opportunities for church youth groups to serve in Native American and inner-city communities throughout the West.


She is active with Progressive Christians Uniting and the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative and connected to Orange County networks of faith-based communities working for peace and justice.


Pastor Paige is married to professional musician Forrest Robinson, a partnership that enhances her ministry and ups her Cool Factor.


Pastor Paige also brings to her ministry years of improvisational acting training; a full passport with its corresponding stories of adventure and misadventure; enough Japanese language to entertain UUMC's Nozomi congregation; a guitar, a ukelele, and a trombone. 

pastor hong yun won

dream korean umc pastor

Pastor Hongyun Won (Brandon) was appointed to serve University UMC as the Associate Pastor and as the Lead Pastor for the Irvine Dream Korean UMC in 2015. He attended the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul and the Claremont School of Theology.  

John Carpenter

director of music

John W. Carpenter is the Director of Music at University United Methodist Church, Irvine, California where he directs the Chancel Choir.  The choir is known for its energetic and moving performances, encompassing a wide variety of musical styles.  The choir participates in the weekly worship service as well as offering two annual concerts, at Christmas and in June.  In November 2016 the choir performed Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna at Carnegie Hall, has toured England and Scotland, participates in various choral festivals and ecumenical services, and was a featured choir at the National Association of Church Musicians.   


Mr. Carpenter is also the Assistant Director for the Saddleback Valley Community Chorale, Mission Viejo, California.  He received his Masters of Music History from California State University, Fullerton and Bachelors of Music with Conducting Emphasis from Chapman University (formerly Chapman College) studying under Dr. William Hall and John Koshak.  He also is the former President of the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Church Musicians.  In addition to his choral duties, Mr. Carpenter has directed Broadway musicals, as well as children, youth, and handbell choirs.

andrew ponder williams

church administrator

director of young people's ministries

Andrew’s passion is to create innovative new programs that connect young people with the United Methodist Christian faith. As a young adult Andrew has held significant positions of leadership across the United Methodist Church connection and seeks to use these distinct experiences to empower other young people. Here at University, Andrew is the founder and staff leader of our MOC campus ministry and our Glow youth program. Andrew also manages the church’s office, campus, and communications. Andrew is the coordinator for all the cooperative special events that Orange County Untied Methodist youth groups participate in together.


Andrew’s leadership in the general church has included serving on the Board of Directors for the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C., chairing a subcommittee on social concerns at the international General Conference, and serving as the Rules Committee Chairman for the South Central Jurisdiction. Andrew’s main focuses in his international leadership has been making the United Methodist Church more inclusive and protecting indigenous communities around the world. This work has taken Andrew from Hawaii to the United Nations.


Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit University in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri and a Certificate in Religion, Activism, and Social Justice from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.


Andrew is married to Ashton, who is a manager with Albertsons grocery stores. They live in Newport Beach and enjoy movies, music, traveling, and exploring the California Coast together. Andrew is a vegetarian of 16 years, enjoys writing, and working out.


joan lundbohm

director of children's ministries

Joan Lundbohm comes to UUMC with a background in both Early Childhood and Children’s Ministry. Joan has been both a Preschool Director and a Director of Children’s Ministry for many years. She holds a BA from Long Island University and a Preschool Program Director Permit. She is a Director Mentor for the State of CA and mentors preschool Directors in her spare time. She is also a consulting editor for NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and serves on two local preschool boards as well as the Selection Committee for the Mentor Program.


Here at UUMC, Joan oversees Kid Jam; our Sunday morning program for kids three years through fifth grade; as well as Messy Church which is Church for the whole family held the last Thursday of every month. She organizes Chapel for the Child’s World Preschool students and parenting workshops for the preschool families as well as the community. Joan oversees our Little Free Library outreach to the community as well as the Noiseful Joy team.


Joan has a love for children and the Lord. In off hours Joan likes to spend time with her husband of 36 years – Eric and take her dog Regis for walks. Joan has a son; Adrian who lives in Marin County and a daughter Kristin who lives in San Diego and she and Eric like to visit with them as often as they are able. In addition she is an avid reader and gardner.

cyndi mccormick

director of child's world preschool

Cyndi McCormick was born and raised on a working farm in rural Indiana. She attended Purdue University and Orange Coast College as she pursued her love of teaching, first in Elementary schools and finally in the Early Childhood environment. 

wan-chin chang

accompanist

Wan-Chin received her doctorate from USC in musical arts - piano performance. In addition to playing for UUMC worship and concert events, she serves as adjunct faculty at Soka University; Associate Faculty at MiraCosta College; and Piano Department Director at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, MI. Dr. Chang excels at violin as well. She joined the UUMC staff in 2014.

jeff moretti

media ministry technician

Jeff Moretti was born and raised in Southern California. He has been a part of the United Methodist Church since he was 5 years old. It was in high school that he discovered his passion for computer visual arts and went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree from Cal State University in Fullerton. Jeff has been attending UUMC since 2007 where he both creates and runs the visual presentations for the worship services.

tiffany vantine

director of noiseful joy

Tiffany is a "home grown" member of the staff, having attended UUMC since birth. She has sung in its children's, youth, and adult choirs throughout her life, and can also be caught doing solo work occasionally.  With John Carpenter as a father, music was unavoidable.  


Tiffany attended Chapman University, where she studied voice, conducting, and music education.  She believes every child has the right to a quality music education, that involvement in musical ensembles develops discipline and drive, and that God is easiest to reach through music.


Tiffany is married to Mike, a software developer.  When not singing or directing, Tiffany enjoys writing children's music, sewing, reading, playing games, and having new adventures.  


"Make a joyful noise to the Lord all ye land." -Psalm 100:1

cathy evans

noiseful joy accompanist

Cathy Evans has been a member of UUMC Irvine since she was three years old, the Noiseful Joy Children's Choir Accompanist since 2001, and a member of the ReJoySing sextet since 2014.  Cathy completed eight levels of Guild and a Certificate of Merit in piano and studied under UUMC's organist Jennifer Puhl.  While earning a Master's Degree in History from CSUF, she was an Author and Editor of the Welabaethan Honors History Journal, and also enjoyed playing Tuba in the Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble.  Since 2007, Cathy has worked for Squar Milner LLP, an accounting and financial services firm in Newport Beach as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner, HR and Tax Departments, and coordinates their Real Estate, Restaurant, and Financial Services Industry Groups.  However, one of her greatest joys in working with the next generation of UUMC Irvine's children and fostering their love of the Lord and music.  

ministry support staff


  • Mariella beltran

    Youth ministries assistant

    Mariella received her bachelor's degree at Univerity of California, Irvine with a major in Quantitative Economics and minors in mathematics and statistics. Working as the youth assistant at UUMC Mariella is able to provide a friendly and safe environment away from school, where young people can enjoy themselves and mature. Her time at university United motivates her to learn more about cultural differences and proceed in her future aspirations.  Mariella is also the student co-founder of our MOC campus ministry.  

  • kate jensen

    Kid JAm Teacher


  • steven don

    sunday morning custodian