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

Matthew Brandon, Children & Youth Director
(415) 786-6364
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Matthew Brandon came to Skyline seeking opportunities to combine his study of meditation and prayer with his passion for nurturing leadership and curiosity in youth. Matthew has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley and maintains a private practice in San Francisco helping adult professionals integrate their spiritual needs and gifts with their day to day lives. He brings a sense of humor and engaged curiosity to his work with children and youth.


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.

Selena Esaias, Nina Daluz, Childcare Providers

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12540 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
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