The following list provides profiles and contact information for pastors who can fill in during a time of transition or in a pastor's absence. The PSWR Committee on Ministry recommends a compensation range for pulpit supply of $200-$300 and hopes you will consider mileage as well. If you would like to be added or removed from this list please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Jo Bradshaw
Mary Jo Bradshaw was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on August 26, 2007 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from Cal State Long Beach (2003) and a Masters of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology (2007). She has a passion for peace and justice and for people on the margins of society. Mary Jo lives in Long Beach with her husband, Charlie, and their dog, Jethro, and is currently working as a Youth Employment Specialist for the City of Los Angeles.
Contact Mary Jo Bradshaw at 562-209-5172
The Rev. Dr. Amanda Burr was ordained in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (DOC) in 1983. She is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology and holds both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degrees. Her Doctoral project was on Preaching as story-telling. Dr. Burr has served Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church (UCC), First Christian Church (Reseda), Mission Hills Christian Church, First Christian Church (Hemet), First United Methodist Church of Indio (NKA: Shepherd of the Valley) (Interim), Winchester Community United Methodist Church, and eleven years as the Lead Pastor of the Palm Springs United Methodist Church from which she recently retired. Dr. Burr’s sermons have appeared in several sermon collections and she has authored two books: New Life for the Old, Old Story and Voices for Good Friday. Her standing in the Christian Church (DOC) is current. Videos of Sermons can be viewed on her blog: Revdocbur.blogspot.com.
Contact Amanda Burr at 760-333-6423 or email@example.com
Galen Goben, a Certified Thanatologist, is the Grief Support Director for Forest Lawn in Southern California. He is responsible for providing grief education and services to the community and to the grieving families served by Forest Lawn. Galen is an Ordained Disciples of Christ minister who served as a parish minister for 15 years. He is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary studying for his Doctorate of Ministry in Thanatology. Galen is married to Rev. Louise Sloan Goben, and they have three boys, Chris, Jeff and Neill.
Contact Galen Goben at 818-648-3547 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For over 45 years, Steve have been pleased to call the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) his ‘church home,’ having joined the First Christian Church of North Hollywood as a teenager. He is bi-vocational, having served the church full time for 20 years, and then entered the field of public education for nearly 20 more. He has been involved in many areas of regional life, especially camp and youth ministry, and now serves on the Committee on Ministry. Steve is a native-born Southern Californian and has been happily married to his wife, Susan, for 35 years. Now retired from teaching, he is looking forward to once again serving the church in many ways, especially by returning to the pulpit.
Contact Steve Lacey at 909-921-6560 or email@example.com
Ed is a graduate of Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, with the AB degree awarded in 1957. He is a graduate of Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY, holding the BD degree from 1961 and Th.M degree from 1964. He also graduated from Claremont School of Theology with the D.Min granted in 1975. He served three congregations in the PSW Region, plus one congregation in Hutchinson, Kansas between 1963 and 1999. Ed also held a Student Pastorate at Mt. Sterling, KY from 1957 to 1963, and a part-time position as Associate Pastor of First Christian Church, Fullerton, CA, in retirement, from 1999 to 2011. He has been fully retired since February 1, 2011. Throughout these years he has been active in Regional work, including serving as Moderator of the PSW Region in 1977 and 1978. His most recent involvement in Regional Ministry was serving as the Chairman of the Region’s annual golf tournament from 2005 through 2017 and is currently a member of the 2018 Golf Tournament Committee. Ed has been married to his wife, Mariette since December 28, 1957. They have two grown daughters, Catherine and Martha Ann, and three grown grandchildren, Eric, Jenna and Greg.
Contact Ed Linberg at 909-392-6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. C.L. “Skip” Lindeman is a native of the Midwest (Indiana) where he grew up in a Presbyterian church. He majored in Religion in college (Wabash) because of a great course he had in the Old Testament. After teaching religion in a private school (Old & New testament) in Colorado, he attended and graduated from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He felt called into the ministry and was ordained in the UCC in 2004. He served as Senior Pastor of La Canada Congregational Church for almost 14 years until July of 2016. He left there on his own because “I don’t think ministers should stay too long at the same church.”
Contact Skip Lindemon at 424-263-5117
Michael was ordained in the Christian Church (DOC) in 1996 by both the Indiana and Illinois/Wisconsin Regions. He has served churches in western New York, California, Pennsylvania and Connecticut in Disciple and UCC congregations. A former Marriage and Family therapist, Social Worker, and Addictions counselor, Michael is passionate about preaching and social justice issues. He and his wife, Laurie, currently live in Borrego Springs, serving as volunteers for the Anza Borrego Desert State Park and the Borrego Springs Film Festival.
Contact Michael Malone at 860-395-9416 or email@example.com
Darwin is available to serve in District 8 only.
Contact Darwin Mann at 858-587-6670
Rev. Dr. Bridgette Sullenger is an award-winning professor, nurse, motivational speaker, ordained minister and small business owner. She has presented workshops, community eulogies and commencement addresses across the United States. She is noted for her compassionate and engaging speaking style. She is currently professor and advisor to doctoral candidates while collaborating on a manuscript with colleagues and editing her first novel. She resides in southern California and is the proud mother of three children.
Contact Bridgette Sullenger at 760-774-3448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1968 and received standing as a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1990. He has served five UCC congregations and four Disciples congregations, having led worship and preached in those congregations over 1500 times. Jeff has also served as a national mission board executive (4 years), a short-term overseas missionary (2 years), a prison chaplain (3 years), Veterans Administration chaplain working with homeless veterans (9 years), and a college professor of religion (5 years). He has been very active on a volunteer basis in the ecumenical and interfaith movements. He is very grateful for my varied experience in ministry. Jeff has four children and has been married for 44 years. At 75, he is healthy, with a lot of energy, and eager to continue to serve Christ’s Church as long as he is able.
Contact Jeff Utter at 626-794-1839 or email@example.com
Rev. Sally Welch is a 5th generation DOC, growing up in Union Avenue Christian Church in St Louis, and transferring to No. Hollywood Christin Church, until her move to La Verne 31 years ago. She is now a member of Upland Christian Church. After working in the Film Industry and with writers for 9 years, she attended The Claremont school of Theology receiving an M. Div. Degree. After graduation and Ordination, she went straight on to the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, part of the world Council of Churches, and received a Certification in Ecumenical Studies. She has been in Ecumenical leadership as well as Interfaith from that time, and continues to serve in that Call. She was a Chaplain with the 1984 Olympics. Currently she is serving on the Southern California Christian Forum, the Ecumenical Interfaith Spiritual Formation Retreats and teaches Liturgical Dance. For the last 2 ½ years, she has been a Docent at The Museum, of tolerance in Los Angeles. She’s married to The Rev. David Berkedal, an ELCA (Lutheran) Pastor. They have one son, James Berkedal, an Attorney in LA County.
Contact Sally Welch at 951-205-2293
Kenneth served as Interim at Temple City Christian Church and as part-time Associate Pastor at First Christian Church El Monte. He also served as Pastor at First Christian Church, Barstow for 20 years. Kenneth has been guest preaching since the beginning of his teaching career 25 years ago. His sermons are uplifting, educational, Christ-centered and Biblical. As one said, “You make me think!” We all are to love God with our mind as well as our hearts.
Contact Kenneth Zear at 760-217-1667 or firstname.lastname@example.org