Mark Zier grew up in northern Ohio, graduating with a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. From there he went on to receive his MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and in 1977 he was ordained an Elder in the East Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mark went on to earn his PhD at the University of Toronto in the area of the study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, along with a Mediaeval Studies License from the Pontifical Institute in Toronto. While in Canada, he taught at York University, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto. He also served as Dean of Men at University College, UofT. Since moving to California in 1992, he has served as University Chaplain at the University of the Pacific, taught occasionally at the University of San Francisco and San Francisco Theological Seminary, and served in several United Methodist churches in the Bay Area.
Eileen M. Johnson, CAGO, grew up in New Jersey, Alaska, and eastern Pennsylvania. She holds a BMus degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and an MCM from Concordia University, Chicago, with additional theological study at Bethany Theological Seminary and Pacific School of Religion. She has served as Music Director at El Sobrante UMC for over 15 years. Ms. Johnson is a life member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and brings her passion for congregational singing to her work at ESUMC. She is currently pursuing ordination as a vocational deacon in The United Methodist Church.
Charlene was born and raised in Iowa. She graduated from Northwestern Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spent 5 years in the Air Force Nurse Corps, stationed in Texas and the Phillipines where she cared for Vietnam war wounded. In 1964 she married Frank Kafer. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Charlene is a Conference Lay Speaker, Conference Lay Minister and ESUMC Lay Minister.
Jacqueline Corl-Seidel was born and raised in El Sobrante, CA. After a career of dancing in Los Angeles, New York and Austria she returned to the US and completed her BA at Cal State Hayward. Since the mid 1970's Jacqueline's dance focus has been on sacred dance both in and outside of churches. She started training for the Lay ministry 2012-13. Jacqueline is already versed in liturgical dancing, music, worship space enhancing and has led a Faith Exploration group for 6 years
Marilyn Lomelino grew up in Daly City, California. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology from San Francisco State University. She later got her teaching credential from Cal State East Bay. She has worked as a bookkeeper for a property rental company in Richmond. She was church treasurer in the 1980's before children and now that they have grown up she is once again the Church Treasurer.