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Liz Murphy

Membership and Stewardship Assistant

Liz Murphy

Liz Murphy is the new Membership and Stewardship Assistant at Neighborhood. She’ll be assisting with membership development and engagement, as well as working with the Stewardship team on the annual budget drive. Liz is also a first-year Master of Divinity student at the Claremont School of Theology. Liz comes to Los Angeles from Washington, D.C., […]

    Matt Vasko

    Matt Vasko has a diverse professional background in nonprofit organizations, education, communications, and volunteer organizing. For 15 years, he worked in various supervisory and management roles for two of Los Angeles’ leading cultural institutions, the Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatres) and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Walt Disney […]

    Brent Huss

    Operations Manager

    Brent joined the Neighborhood Church team in October 2016 as Operations Manager, overseeing much of our business, operational, and administrative responsibilities. Brent was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Pasadena 2 1/2 years ago. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Brent is the proud father of Izzy…his […]

    AJ Blackwood

    AJ Blackwood will be serving Neighborhood Church and the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills as a ministerial intern for the 2016-2017 school year. AJ is a Unitarian Universalist candidate for the ministry and holds a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology where he served on the Worship Council and was the administrator […]

    Stephanie Ballard

    Social Justice Coordinator

    You might know Stephanie Ballard from the anti-racist allies group called White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley, which she co-founded in Fall 2015 and now co-facilitates. Previously, you might have known her as a member of the task force that launched Rainbow Connections group for LGBTQ youth. Or from a Chalice Circle, […]

    Gregory Carrow-Boyd

    Interim Director of Religious Education

    Greg will be serving Neighborhood as Interim Director of Religious Education starting in August.  He is currently a seminary student at Wesley and will begin serving as a UUA trustee this June.  He holds degrees in Bilingual Education (B.S., Boston University) and Teaching and Curriculum (M.Ed., Penn State). Greg’s background as a lifelong UU and […]

    Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach

    Senior Minister

    The Rev. Lissa Anne Gundlach is Senior Minister at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, a progressive spiritual community serving Pasadena and the Greater Los Angeles County area. Lissa most recently hails from New York City, where she served with Rev. Galen Guengerich as the Assistant Minister for Congregational Life at the Unitarian Church of All Souls. Her […]

      Rev. Christina Shu

      Affiliated Community Minister

      Reverend Christina Shu serves Neighborhood Church as an Affiliated Community Minister. As a community minister she works full-time as the Lead Interfaith Chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. There she provides spiritual care to patients, their loved ones, and staff. She specializes in working with the palliative care team, and in providing care to people of […]

      Taylor Chazan

      Office Coordinator

      Judy has worked in the front office since 2011 and provides administrative support for the church staff, members and volunteers.

      Venny Rodriguez


      For the past four years, Venny has been one of our “go-to” weekend guys that keep the church sailing smoothly for evening events.  He’s quite the multi-tasker and can often be found greeting people having events, handling unique situations quickly, being friendly, setting up and cleaning rooms, acting as security…did we mention friendly?  And if […]

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