Dr. Josh was born and raised in Southeastern Ohio and has lived in nine different states. He has spent a lot of time traveling and singing around the world and has performed or conducted in 12 different countries. In addition to serving SCUMC as Director of Music, he runs the Music program at Los Angeles Mission College and is Production Manager of Landmark Opera in Los Angeles. He not only loves opera, oratorio, and sacred music, but also loves Broadway, jazz, and many other styles of music and art. He has been with his partner Brandon for nine years, and they have one dog, named Vixyn.
Favorite Food: Hot Wings
Favorite Books: “On the Road” by Jack Karouac, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Bhagvad Gita
Favorite Movie: “The Sandlot” or “The Goonies”
Last Place to Visit: Japan
Next Place to Visit: South Africa
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art” and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”
Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Master of Music, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
Master of Science, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
Bachelor of Arts, Muskingum University, New Concord, OH
Kristi Smith grew up in La Habra, CA. After traveling around the US and Canada with Fullerton College Concert Choir for way too long, she decided to settle down and graduated from Chapman University with a BA in liberal studies. Kristi also holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University. Kristi met her husband Jeff while working at Disneyland and two years after they were married - a job moved them to Richardson, TX. After 15 years in Texas and a 5-year sojourn in Oklahoma, Jeff’s job finally brought them back home to California. Kristi and Jeff have 3 children, Kallie, Aurora and Ty.
Favorite Food: California Mexican – NOT Tex-mex
Favorite Book: “Pastrix” by Nadia Bolz-Webber, and “Take This Bread” by Sara Miles.
Favorite Movie: “Beauty and the Beast”
Favorite Place to visit: I do love to explore, but I always feel at home at Disneyland – It is where it all began.
Favorite Scripture: Micah 6:8
Jessica Welsh was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up in the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church. Jessica was an active participant in the youth program all through out Jr. high and high school. She volunteered as a counselor for the youth group while in college. After taking some time off of school to focus on raising her daughter, Charlee, whom she welcomed to the world in March, 2017, she is excited to go back to school and continue working towards her degree in Creative Media and Film while building the best youth program the world has ever seen!
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Favorite Song: Line of Sight by Odesza
Favorite Place to Visit: Anywhere I haven't been before
Favorite Indoor/Outdoor Activity: Hiking
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 45:5 "God is within her, she will not fail; God will help her at break of day."
Favorite Food: Asian especially Chinese
Favorite Book: "Christy" by Katherine Marshall
Favorite Song: "Friends" by Michael W. Smith
Favorite Place to Visit: Wherever I am headed. I love road trips and seeing new places.
Favorite Scripture: I Corinthians 13
Kathy Gray moved to Saugus with husband, Charlie and their daughters Stefanie and Amy, January 7, 1987 and joined Santa Clarita UMC in March of 1987. She spent most of her time as a stay at home mom until going to work as a bank teller in 1988. In 1989, she came to work at SCUMC as the receptionist and eventually as the Church's secretary. Kathy and Charlie were married in 1971 after being High School sweethearts. They have 2 grown daughters and 5 beautiful grandchildren. Kathy enjoys candle making, reading, assorted crafts, music and spending time with her family.
Pastor Elaine was born in Seoul, Korea and lived in Hawaii before she moved to California in 1994. She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and University of Hawaii. Prior to coming to Santa Clarita UMC, she served as the lead pastor of La Canada UMC for 8.5 years. She has 16 years of ministry experience in the local churches in S. California, Washington State and Hawaii. Pastor Elaine and Martin were married in 2001 and have one daughter, Selina. Pastor Elaine loves to work out, ride bikes, sit at the beach, travel, and hike.
Favorite Food: BBQ Beef
Favorite Books: “Forgive & Forget” “Love Within Limits” (any books written by Lewis Smedes), “Plainly Praying” & “Things that Last (Korean)”
Favorite Movie: “Frozen,” “Hunger Games,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Goblin (Korean)”
Favorite Place to Visit: Anywhere there is ocean and lakes
Favorite Song: “Elohim” by Hillsong
Favorite Scripture: Galatians 3:26-29
Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Bachelor of Arts, University of Hawaii, HI