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.
Pastor Brandon's blog:
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.
John's Facebook thoughts on music and ministry:
Marcel is a communications enthusiast who is passionate about brand consistency and who looks for innovative ways to elevate the brand of Jesus.
He has served in senior management roles at organizations of various sizes and has been an entrepreneur at some time in his career. Today his desire and focus is to equip the church with the right tools to reach more people.
As the Church Administrator, Marcel leads the communications, marketing and administrative work of UUMC. His other passions include helping people reach their fullest potential, staying fit, golfing, reading, church research, fine dining, cooking, baking and coffee.
Irma came to UUMC after a 20-year career in the Anaheim School District, where she served as Senior Administrative Assistant to the Principal. The church relies on her experience with human resources and budgeting. Active in her local church, Irma considers her service at UUMC to be part of her personal ministry.
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.
Cyndi's blog on parenting and preschoolers:
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 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 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
Tiffany's Facebook postings on music and minsitry:
Joy was born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina. She's a life-long United Methodist who graduated in 2009 from Pfeiffer University, a United Methodist-related university. In 2011, she was commissioned as a United Methodist young adult missionary Mission intern. (The program is now known as Generation Transformation. She served in Hong Kong with an NGO working with Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers, and then in Southern California with the Filipino Migrant Center, which assists victims of human trafficking and their families.
Joy is the current co-chair of the UMC Cal-Pac Philippines Taskforce, an annual conference body doing human rights and peace work in Solidarity with our Philippine Central Conference partners.
After four years volunteering with the Methodist campus ministry at UCLA, she is excited to bring those experiences to Irvine as she learns more about the community and its students.
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.
Erin works with our mission partner Families Forward as well as with us at UUMC on including as many church participants as possible in their work.
Rachel grew up as a pastor's kid in a Christian co-housing development in North Oakland. She is now working on her degree in education at UCI.
Mike Bae is a member of our Dream Church. Bilingual in Korean and English, he works professionally as an education specialist.
Mike and Rachel volunteer with our young people, bringing their love of kids and love of Jesus to Sundays @ UUMC.