Staff

Laurie

Rev. Laurie Manning, Church Pastor
(510) 531-8212
Contact Rev. Laurie by Email

Please click on here to learn more about our pastor.

 

 

Music (links to music page

Benjamin Mertz singingBenjamin Mertz, Music Director

Benjamin is a native of New Jersey, where he grew up in the music of a multicultural church in the city of Paterson.  Steeped in a culture of jazz, rhythm & blues, and gospel music, he also studied classical piano and began directing choirs at age seventeen.  

By twenty he moved to California, became more deeply involved in church music, musical theater, and performance.  He has showcased everything from Bach to Stevie Wonder, and over the last decade has made a particular study of the Negro Spiritual.  His children Isaiah and Sammy are six and three years old, and their mother Alison is a lifelong social worker and currently an MSW student at UC Berkeley.

Benjamin joins us at Skyline following six years of teaching music at the high school level.  As a choir director, Benjamin is interested in creating a fun, safe environment for choristers.  He invites singers between the ages of ten and one hundred to join our choir, regardless of musical background or expertise.  Music in a church setting is about helping us connect to God and one another.  Excellence in music is created through passion, joy, and commitment, not with sight reading or music theory.

Feel free to join the choir during rehearsal at 8:30am every Sunday morning.  Benjamin is also available at bwmertz@gmail.com.

CYF Staff (add photos)

Eli’jah Carroll, Children, Youth and Families Director

email: elijah.cyf.Skyline@gmail.com

Elijah Carroll, our Children Youth Family director studied music and theatre at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and also studied liberal arts at the University of St. Thomas in Texas. He received his Masters degree in Divinity in 2016 from Pacific School of Religion. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a church school teacher, a youth leader, musician, a worship leader, and is currently a Member-In-Discernment with the Northern California and Nevada Conference (NCNC) of the UCC.

In his own words,

I am committed to fostering faith development for children and youth that encourage intergenerational experiences for championing all ages to learn from one another about God’s expansive and exhaustive Love for all of creation. Embodying our beliefs is at the heart of all spiritual development.  This is especially true for our youth.

Selena Esaias, Nina Daluz, Childcare Providers

banna-esaiasBanna Esaias, Child / Youth / Family Assistant
501-531-8212
Contact Banna by email
Hello all, my name is Banna Esaias. I am 19 years old and attend Merritt Community College. I like to do things such as swim, workout, eat good food, relax, and hangout with friends. I have been apart of the Skyline Community Church for around 4 years now and I love it. It is such a caring and warm environment to be in. All of the kids have such creative minds that will definitely excel in the future and I like that I can play a role in that.  If you need to reach me contact the church at 510-531-8212

Selina Esaias
510-531-8212
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My name is Selina Esaias and I work with the children during play time! I really enjoy playing with the kids and reading to them. Skyline Community Church is one of the best Churches I have ever been too because of how close we all are and we all feel like family! 

Admin

Nancy Montier, Office Administrator
(510) 531-8212
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Nancy is a certified life coach who’s lived in the East Bay for 30 years.  She loves bike riding, gardening, Qi Gong, yoga, swimming, walking in nature, great vegan food, and spending time with her family – Bill, Bill IV and Andrea.  She is a member of Unity of Tri-Valley church, and enjoys progressive spirituality.  Her passion is for people to find their true gifts and the ideal ways to express them.

 

 

Lay leadership

We believe that ministry is for everyone! Our church offers the opportunity for all members and friends to take a full part in the life of the church. For that reason, every member of the church, and those friends who wish it, serve the church through membership in one or more of these Service areas:

Invitation, Welcome, and Fellowship

  • Paula Byrens, Walter Jones, Marilyn Shaw, Suzie Harris
  • Our mission is to invite, welcome, and assimilate new comers into our faith community.

Care and Concern

  • Mirtha Ninahauer, Nancy Taylor & Philippia Pegram & Marcella Hardy
  • Our mission is to celebrate and care for friends & members of this community and beyond.

Social Media and Systems

  • Nancy Montier, Pastor Laurie
  • Our mission is to get the word out about who we are through social media (website, facebook, weekly emails, electronic media) ; track and remind volunteers

Stewardship

  • Our mission is to engage members and friends fully in the life of this community, discovering and using their talents for the greater good.

Spiritual Life  (worship & education)

  • David Styers and David Guerra (co-chairs)
  • Our mission is to inspire spirituality through our worship services and our music programs,  to enhance the faith journey of Skyline and the wider community

Green Team

  • Janet Gomes & Catherine Kessler  (co-chairs)
  • Our mission is to enhance and maintain the buildings and the sacred ground of the Church, and to and maximize the appropriate use of our facilities, including rentals, and coordinate education about eco-justice for Skyline and beyond

Justice & Witness

  • Nancy Taylor & Mirtha Ninayauer (co-chairs)
  • Our mission is to coordinate charity and justice, locally and globally

Children, Youth, & Families

  • Elijah Carroll (director)
  • Our mission is to advocate for children, youth, and families in all areas of church life, and partner with the preschool and other area CYF groups.

Finance Group

  • Chris Rutter, Wil Eng, Diana Silva
  • Our mission is to plan the annual budget, and long term capital projects for the church, preschool and rentals, monitor, and inform the congregation about status.

Service Team meetings are ably-led, purposeful, and efficient. They are also fun! Ours is a healthy and vibrant church, and the degree of participation in the life of the church is among the highest. Participation is an invitation to bring your gifts and inspiration, have fun, and serve God.

The Skyline Council is a special service team dedicated to the operations of the church.

Skyline Council (voting)

Moderator……………………………………. David Byrens

Vice Moderator…………………………….. Chris Rutter

Green Team…………………………………. Catherine Kessler & Janet Gomes

Justice & Witness………………………….. Nancy Taylor & Mirtha Ninayauer

Councilor at Large…………………………. Walter Jones, Lee Rutter

Invitation, Welcome & Fellowship…..

Care & Concern……………………………..

Council Members (non voting)

Children, Youth & Families………………..Matthew Brandon

Weddings & Events……………………….. Lee Rutter

Minister ……………………………………… Pastor Laurie

Spiritual Life………………………………… David Guerra & David Styers

Treasurer………………………………………Chris Rutter

Financial Secretary…………………………Wil Eng

Personnel…………………………………… Chris Rutter, Tom Manley, Pastor Laurie

Council Scribe……………………………… Lee Rutter

Preschool Liason………………………….. Chris Rutter, Pastor Laurie

Nominating Committee…………………… Paula Byrens, Tom Manley, Pastor Laurie

Pastoral Relations…………………………. Tom Manley, Dave Byrens

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Skyline UCC
A United Church of Christ
12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 531-8212

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