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Pastor Bill Wong is a native of Los Angeles, where he became a fan of the Dodgers and the Lakers; and learned to drive on the LA freeway system. He became a baptized child of God at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Monterey Park, CA.
Pastor Bill is a trained intentional interim pastor and has served three other congregations in transition before coming to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Since graduating from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, in 1981, he has served as the redevelopment pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, San Jose, CA; associate pastor at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ; and pastor at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Davis, CA. In addition, he has served as an assistant to the bishop in the Sierra Pacific and Southern Ohio Synods, and as Director for Asian Ministries and Coordinating Director for Multicultural Mission Strategy on the staff of the Commission for Multicultural Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Pastor Wong is married to Linnea J. West, who is a glass artist with a studio in West Sacramento. Pastor Bill enjoys being a pastor and parish ministry. Where the Spirit blows, he goes. And the Holy Spirit has brought him to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Guiding this transition at St. Paul Lutheran Church are the five developmental tasks for intentional interim ministry:
- Come to terms with history
- Discover a new identity
- Deal with and work through shifts of power and leadership changes
- Rethink and strengthen denominational relationships
- Commit to new leadership and a new future
Pastor Wong maintains an open door to the pastor’s office. You are welcome to come to the church office to meet him or phone him to arrange a visit. He welcomes conversations about God, Bible, church, this congregation, transition ministry, and sports.
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Pastor Stephanie is married to Eric, her high school sweetheart and philosophy professor, and they have two children ages 15 and 11. Stephanie's undergraduate degree is in Religious Studies, she has a Masters of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology (the psychology of religious experience) and a Masters of Divinity degree. Stephanie has been a teacher most of her adult life, teaching high school psychology and religious studies, and community college comparative religions. She has had experience in youth ministry, college campus ministry, and leading workshops and seminars on psychological and spiritual development. Stephanie was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in April 2015 and couldn't be happier working with the good people of St. Paul and Shepherd of the Hills.
From Pastor Stephanie: "Welcome to our church community! We hope you know you are invited to all that we do and, even more importantly, we hope you feel the unconditional love of Christ here."
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Born in Galt, California, Chris attended Lodi Academy and Pacific Union College, Angwin, California. He taught music two years at Pacific Union College Prepatory School; one year at Fresno Adventist Academy, and five years in the Garden Grove Unified School District. He has studied at the graduate level at Cal State Fullerton. He has studied voice with J. Susan Brenner. He has performed in and been Music Director of Local Musical Theater. Chris has been Director of Music at St. Paul for more than 30 years. If you haven't seen this man perform, you have missed something special! Chris loves what he does..and it shows!
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Lori has been working at various churches for the past 30 years and at St. Paul since 2002. Her husband, The Rev. Matthew Seargeant is currently serving at Chino UMC. Married over 30 years, they have two daughters, Jessica and Nicole. Lori spends most of her time enjoying her three grandchildren! She has a Webmaster Certificate from Cal State Fullerton and worked in the software/digital graphics industry for more than 9 years.