Leadership Team

FUMC Staff

Church Staff [L to R]: Philip Butler (Director of Youth Ministry), Livingstone Zan (Sexton), Connie Millsap (Minister of Hospitality & Discipleship), Steven Vredenburgh (Communications Coordinator), Sandra Olewine (Pastor), Gregory Norton (Minister of Music & Communications), Maggie Audley (Office Manager), Aaron Shows (Organist), Timothy Sun (Business Manager)

Sandy Olewine

Rev. Sandra K. Olewine
Pastor
solewine@fumcpasadena.org

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).
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Known as an inspired preacher, writer and teacher, Sandy has worked across social, racial and economic borders throughout her ministry, attempting to create solidarity among diverse communities. Driven by a passion for the Gospel, Sandy seeks the healing of creation through acts of compassion, justice and mercy.

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.

Gregory Norton

Rev. Gregory Norton
Minister of Music and Communications
greg@fumcpasadena.org

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.
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With a heart for deepening the connection between music and the proclamation of God’s Word, Greg lives out his calling as a deacon in the church by conducting choirs and orchestras, playing the organ and piano, singing, teaching and preaching. He is a published composer and choirs under his direction have been heard on National Public Radio and have toured Germany, Austria and Mexico. He is a sought-after speaker and teacher and his writing has been published nationally. At First UMC he oversees the church’s print and electronic communications in addition to leading the music ministry and serving as an associate pastor.

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.

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Rev.Connie Millsap
Minister of Hospitality and Discipleship
cmillsap@fumcpasadena.org

Connie Millsap participated in this congregation as a layperson in the early 90s. Moving to Texas, she entered the Perkins School of Theology, earning her Master of Divinity in 2000.
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She has been an ordained elder in the North Texas Annual Conference for 12 years.

Connie served as the Executive Associate at a large suburban church, but most of her ministry has been as a pastor of urban churches which were struggling with who they were as the “church” in communities that had hanged dramatically over the years and the churches’ membership had decreased significantly. Each church was in a “survival” mode and had turned inward. Her ministry was to help the church to turn towards God and God’s mission for them in their particular place and time. Connie typifies her ministry as spiritual catalyst and missional collaborator.

She is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree in ‘Christian Hospitality and Holy Wholeness’ at Perkins School of Theology. She was in the design phase of her project when our church leadership was designing our Strategic Vision process in the fall. Our hope to create Christian hospitality as part of the DNA of the congregation aligned with her thesis for her DMin. She was able to rewrite her project description, making FUMC the primary focal point for her research. Connie will be working with the Navigation team and the Ministry Areas to assist us as we consider what it means to have a DNA of Christian hospitality, working to help us make that dream a reality.

Connie is an avid gardener, and when she has her hands in the dirt, pulling weeds, or planting seeds, she describes that as a soul tending time of prayer, filled with the possibilities of what can be.

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Philip Butler
Director of Youth Ministries
philipb@fumcpasadena.org

Philip Butler was born in Hackensack, NJ and raised in Germantown, MD. He is the oldest of three boys and seeks to live a life that displays the love of God.

As an undergraduate, he attended Morehouse College where he received a BA in religion. At Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, he received his MDiv in Ethics and Church History.
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He currently is in a PhD program at Claremont School of Theology where he studies the intersection of neuroscience and spirituality in the Practical Theology department.

He is passionate about social justice and spiritual transformation both on the individual and  communal levels.  Philip has over 10 years of experience working with youth and young adults in the areas of ministry and sports performance as he believes in the real connection of faith and the body. In ministry, he has served as the Young Adult Minister for Central United Methodist in Atlanta, Georgia, where he helped to revive the young adult ministry, forming it into a self-sustaining entity. In youth ministry, he has worked as a mentor and curriculum developer. In sports performance, he has worked with athletes ranging from the elementary school level to the professional level, incorporating spiritually formative principles into their training. He spent three years working as an Assistant Coach for Mount Vernon Presbyterian where he served as the Strength Coach, Linebackers Coach and Defensive Coordinator. A member of the Emerging 100, Philip works with the BEST Academy in Atlanta, an organization whose purpose is to mentor and help students navigate through high school and get into college.

He is an avid athlete, having played football through college, and he is a sports enthusiast; his favorite teams are the Philadelphia Eagles, Florida State Seminoles (all the way from the time of Peter Warrick) and the Washington Wizards.  Most of all, Philip is a family man. He loves spending time with his wife, Tresse, and son, Michael.