Church Staff [L to R]: Livingstone Zan (Sexton), Maggie Audley (Office Manager), Jennifer Chapman (Director of Intentional Faith Development), Gregory Norton (Minister of Music & Communications), Sandra Olewine (Pastor), Aaron Shows (Organist), Ken Chikonzo (Ministry Intern), Steven Vredenburgh (Communications Coordinator), Timothy Sun (Business Manager)
Rev. Sandra K. Olewine
Born in Maryland and raised in California, Rev. Sandra Olewine (Sandy) is a graduate of the University of California, Davis (BS) and the Claremont School of Theology (M.Div / ABD).
Sandy served two congregations, First UMC in Fontana and Holman UMC in Los Angeles, before accepting a call to work overseas. For 10 years she served as The United Methodist Church’s Liaison to Jerusalem through the General Board of Global Ministries. During those years she received numerous awards recognizing her work for peace and justice.
In 2006, Sandy was sent to downtown Long Beach to start a ministry, The Neighborhood (La Vecindad), an urban ministry with the poor in downtown Long Beach that has been recognized for its innovative community-based ministry. She was appointed to Santee United Methodist Church on September 1, 2011 and began her current appointment at First UMC, Pasadena, on July 1, 2014.
Sandy loves to read, go to movies, and hike in the mountains. She took up running (some might call it ambling) upon returning to the US and at age 50 completed four marathons and almost 20 half-marathons! She is an avid photographer, loves Peanut M&Ms (well, anything chocolate, really) and is a Steelers fan. She has one nephew, Jared. He and his wife, Carol, live in El Cajon and work in San Diego.
Rev. Gregory Norton
Minister of Music and Communications
A native of Redlands, (Calif.), Greg has spent more than thirty years serving churches in Colorado and Southern California, most recently at Westwood UMC in Los Angeles.
Greg is also the Music Director of The Claremont Chorale, an independent community chorus based in Claremont that he has lead since 1993. He holds degrees in conducting from Chapman University and the University of Southern California, the Colleague Diploma from the American Guild of Organists and attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
Greg lives in Altadena with his husband, Paul Floyd. Paul is the son and grandson of Methodist clergy and is an active layperson at First Church. Having spent over two decades coaching opera singers at LA Opera and in Santa Fe, among other places, Paul now teaches at Chapman University and spends the summers at music festivals. He is an avid outdoorsman, and when not seated at the piano he can be found riding his surfboard or his road bike or hiking.
Director of Intentional Faith Development
Born in California and raised in Texas, Rev. Jennifer Chapman is happy to be back in the sunshine state!
Before coming to First UMC Pasadena in July of 2017, Pastor Jen spent seven years as the lead pastor of an urban, missional church plant in Dallas, TX, Nexus Community Church of the Nazarene. She also served for two years as Pastor of Student and Family Ministries at Denton First Church of the Nazarene. Jen is a passionate and creative leader with a compassionate and missional heart.
Pastor Jen was raised and trained in the Church of the Nazarene, a Wesleyan denomination that shares both heritage and theology with the United Methodist Church. She is looking forward to making a full transition into the United Methodist Church. Jen is graduate of Southern Nazarene University (BA in Religion/Theology) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv).
As the Intentional Faith Development Director, she overseas the Christian education programs of the First UMC. In her first year, most of her energy will be directed to leading the children and youth programs, as well as developing strong and supported lay leadership in these areas.
Jen and her husband, John, have two sons, Joseph and Michael. John is a passionate and dedicated high school teacher. The Chapman family live in Pasadena and enjoy exploring their new home town, especially hiking, and going to the beach! In addition to spending time with her husband and kids, Jennifer enjoys walking their bulldog, Tank, practicing yoga, and dabbling in the creative outlets of writing and photography.