Pastor Cathie Capp- lead pastor

Pastor Cathie, a native Southern Californian who earned her Bachelors Degree in Social Work, began her career working with at-risk youth in the Los Angeles foster care and probation systems. It was a tenure that lasted 14 years which she considers as her secular ministry.

Yet, as a lifelong Methodist who believed she had more to give, she attained her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary. During that time, she served the Princeton United Methodist Church as Director of Christian Education, and upon graduating, as Pastor of Congregational Care at Chambers United Methodist Church in Trenton, NJ.

Returning to Southern California, Rev. Cathie served the last four years as Lead Pastor at Ojai United Methodist Church where she also led the Preschool Chapel Services, Disciple Bible Study and Prayers Services, and performed in the choral and hand-bell choirs.

Pastor Cathie brings with her a passion for planning worship, preaching from Scripture, teaching, creating avenues to engage in spiritual disciplines, engaging in thoughtful dialogue, and ministering to the needs of the congregation and community throughout the week. She enjoys running, hiking, Zumba, traveling, being near water, cooking, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog Shaggy.


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.  

Pastor Brandon's blog:

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.

John's Facebook thoughts on music and ministry:

email: John Carpenter

Melissa Thach

Children & Youth Ministry Director

Melissa Thach comes to us from Honolulu, Hawaii where she was a Music and Bible Teacher at a private school for 13 years. She earned a B.A. in Christian Education from Olivet Nazarene University and is continuing her education in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

A mentor at heart, she loves seeing children realize they are loved by God and discover the gifts they have to share with the world. She is a lover of theater, language, reading, and all things Disney.

Melissa is joined in ministry by her husband, Chris, and their children Bianca (3 years) and Xander (1 year). 

email: Melissa Thach

Marcel Millot

Office Administrator

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 Ramirez

Finance Administrator

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

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. 

Cyndi's blog on parenting and preschoolers:


wan-chin chang


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

Children's music & 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

Tiffany's Facebook postings on music and minsitry:

email: Tiffany Vantine

ministry support staff

  • kate jensen

    Kid JAm Teacher