Reverend Anne Hoffmann

Reverend Anne Hoffmann

is our Interim Minister. It is her job to help our congregation develop a plan for ministry, envision the next years, and call a settled pastor.

Pastor Anne, born in Chicago, raised a Jersey Girl, and lived most of her many years in New York City, has served churches in New York, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts but she loves California and she says, “They will have to cart me in chains over the Donner pass and dump me on the other side. I’m not leaving.” Anne is a member of Actor’s Equity and spent her twenties as an actor playing ingénues, Irish maids, and both “pants roles” (Viola and Rosalind) in Shakespeare. She is a graduate of Fordham and Union Theological Seminary; has a certificate in conflict resolution from UC Davis, and has studied the Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Urasenke Center in New York City, and Mindfulness teacher training at the Center for Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Besides acting, her path has included teaching, social work, catering, public radio, communications, conflict resolution, writing and storytelling. This experience and energy has been useful in her work as an interim where she loves meeting new people and listening to the stories that make and bind communities. In those stories, she says, can be found the heart for living and hope for our future.
Long ago, while teaching and working improve in Sun Valley Idaho she went hiking in the Sawtooths, sitting next to snow and wildflowers at the edge of a mountain lake she knew she was called to “something more.” At Fordham, she discovered that “something more” as Jesus. Over the years, she has been pulled again and again into a new and what she would call a more human version of herself by the one who was himself fully human…Jesus the Christ.