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. If you would like to be added or removed from this list please email your request to assist@disciplespswr.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

 

Wally Burman
Pulpit Supply Pastor, Rev. Wally Burman, is an ordained Disciples of Christ (DOC) minister having graduated from Claremont School of Theology.  He has many years of ministry experience as a Pulpit Supply Pastor and has worked as a Chaplain in hospitals and home healthcare agencies.  He is skilled in the area of preaching and presiding over Sunday morning worship services, funerals, weddings, and baptisms.  He is very capable of ministering to your congregation and is available for various ministry opportunities.
Contact Wally Burman at 909-992-9741

 

Galen Goben
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 sloego86@gmail.com

 

Steve Lacey
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 sllacey54@gmail.com

 

Ed Linberg
Dr Linberg is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Prior to retirement he served these congregations:

                  First Christian Church, Mt Sterling KY, 1957-1963

                  Gateway Christian Church, Los Angeles, CA, 1963-1968

                  Temple City Christian Church, Temple City, CA, 1968-1985

                  Saddleback Christian Church, Mission Viejo, CA, 1985-1989

                  Shepherd of the Hills, UCC/Disciples, Laguna Niguel, CA, 1989-1991

                  Park Place Christian Church, Hutchinson, KS, 1991-1999

In retirement, he served First Christian Church, Fullerton, CA, on a part-time basis from 1999-2011. He has been fully retired since February 1, 2011. He and his wife, Mariette, were married on December 28, 1957. They have two daughters, Catherine Linberg and Martha Ann Wall.  They have three grandchildren, Eric, age 24, Jenna age 20 and Greg age 19.
Contact Ed Linberg at 909-392-6688 or emlinberg@earthlink.net

 

Darwin Mann
Darwin is available to serve in District 8 only.
Contact Darwin Mann at 858-587-6670

 

Darrel Manson
Darrel Manson grew up in Orange County, attended school at Milligan College in East Tennessee and Philips Graduate Seminary in Oklahoma.  He served at Lakeview Christian Church in San Angelo, Texas; First Christian Church Garden Grove (associate); and for 17 years at Artesia Christian Church until its close.  He currently reviews films for Screenfish.net, a faith-based review site.

 

Bridgette Sullenger
Rev. Bridgette Sullenger, LVN, M.A., DMin, CT provides pastoral counseling support to individuals, families and community groups.  She is a Licensed Practical Nurse and Ordained Clergy.  After receiving her Masters’ Degree in counseling she went on to complete all the coursework for an M.A. (in Divinity).  During this time, she obtained her Doctorate in Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.  Rev. Dr. Sullenger is a university professor noted for her compassionate and engaging style.  As a Professor, one of her greatest accolades was the “Most Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award” from the University of Phoenix, San Diego received in 2012.  She is the creator of multiple classroom materials including faith based educational materials.  Recently she collaborated on a manuscript with several colleagues on the effects of pastoral counseling support for those with terminal diagnoses.

She serves on several professional committees and organizations, including the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Rev. Dr. Sullenger has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with spiritual and grief crisis issues, having served as the bereavement and grief support specialist for hospice.  She is skilled at working within the state health and human services system, local businesses and local school systems.  Dr. Sullenger became a Chaplain to help people navigate their lives to achieve the goals they have in mind.  She believes in a holistic approach to spiritual health; that all components of life are interrelated.  As a Certified Thanatologist she is able to assist both individuals and workplaces by offering seminars, in-services and pastoral support on grief, loss and caregiver adjustment.  During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family gardening.
Contact Bridgette Sullenger at 760-774-3448 or bridgettesullenger@gmail.com

 

Annica Terrones
Annica Terrones graduated with a MDiv with focus of Multi-Cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2008.  She served as a full-time Associate Pastor at Downey Memorial Christian Church from 2009-2014, where she worked with the New Beginnings Program reaching out to the bilingual Latino community of Downey.  She currently serves as a full-time qualified bilingual Hospital Chaplain Fellow at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.  Her love for people of all cultures and walks, as well as her own journey as a Swede living in the US, inspires her sermons and colors much of what she does.
Contact Annica Terrones at 626-629-7664 or pastorannica@gmail.com

 

Tim Tiffany
Tim first joined a Disciple congregation in early 1969 (Bakersfield First Christian Church, now Mill Creek CC). It was there where he first heard the call to full-time ministry, a call he at first tried to ignore! Eventually he gave in, which led Tim to being called as the Youth Minister where he served for2 ½ years under Dr. Tom Toler. His seminary years from 1976 to 1980 were divided between the seminary at Claremont and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He returned to Bakersfield in early February 1980 for his ordination.

Since that time, Tim has served congregations in Stockton and Concord, CA, Medford, OR and for the last 10 years before retirement at University Christian Church in San Diego. His primary focus for 39 years was a commitment to radical inclusiveness that he believes determines whether a congregation is fully committed to following Jesus Christ.  He loves to preach and is always willing to travel in the region for the opportunity to pursue that passion.

Tim has been married to Ruth since July 1968, and is the father of two children and the grandfather of five. He plays slow pitch softball three days a week, reads voraciously, and loves to travel beyond the borders of the US.
Contact Tim Tiffany at 619-462-5753 or timtiffany4246@gmail.com

 

Jeff Utter
Jeff is currently long-term supply worship leader at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, UCC, in Laguna Beach.  He has been the settled pastor of three United Church of Christ congregations and interim pastor (totaling 12 years) at five Disciples of Christ congregations in the Pacific Southwest Region.  He has preached about 1,500 sermons in his career.  Jeff has also been a Veterans Administration chaplain (9 years), a prison chaplain (3 years), a world mission board executive (4 years), and a college professor of religion (six years) – and has served overseas for four years in short-term mission and church positions.  He is married and has four children and four grandchildren.  He loves preaching, celebrating communion, and leading in prayer, but also feels, on the basis of his life and career experience, that he understands and appreciates the counseling, teaching, mission, community, and administrative sides of ministry as well.
Contact Jeff Utter at 626-794-1839 or hefffer@earthlink.net

 

Sally Welch
Sally continues to serve as an active retired minister.  She leads ecumenical retreats at the So CA Retreat Center, and serves on the task force for So CA Christian Forum and EIRC. She coordinates as well as participates in major Ecumenical Events, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service of St Jeon Pethidine Burbank. Sally is a docent at “The Museum of Tolerance” in Los Angeles–one of the only clergy in this capacity.  She is a member of Upland Christian Church and preaches when needed. She continues to teach “Walk, Dance, Pray” which is in its 21st year. She works for Veterans, continues to support our DOC/UCC on Campus at Chapman University, and supports DSF at Claremont. 
Contact Sally Welch at 951-205-2293

 

Kenneth Zear
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 661-945-5118