Get to know our very talented and wonderful church staff!
Anne Hoffmann, Interim Pastor
Pastor Anne is our Interim Minister. She leads us spiritually while also helping 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.
William O'Neill, Music Director
William O’Neill is a Bay Area Performer, choral conductor and theater director. Originally from Rhode Island, William is the son of a church music director. He grew up singing in his dad’s church choir, and singing grew to be his favorite activity.
After graduating high school, William attended Rhode Island College for two years until his dad passed away. He dropped out of college, but decided to continue directing church music in his father’s footsteps. While at a church music conference in Washington DC, he met his wife Maureen and decided it was time for a change of pace. At the age of 22 he left RI and took a bus to California with just two suitcases and a couple of hundred dollars in his pocket. It was very difficult at first, and he slept on his brother-in-law’s couch for the first three months. He first lived in Orange County, where he directed church music and worked at any other jobs he could get. He also started a youth theater program in San Clemente, which has continued for 15 years. He married Maureen and he returned to school in 2005 to attend the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Singing opera became his main focus. He started singing with prestigious opera companies from Opera Colorado to Boston Lyric Opera, and sang as a soloist for many Bay Area concerts. Church music and directing youth theater was still a major part of his life, and how he earned a living while in school. After graduating, William took on a position as a full-time church music director on the Peninsula as well as starting a youth theater program in Redwood City. William continued to pursue opera as a side job, until, in 2014, he got the full-time chorus position at the San Francisco Opera. He is a tenured member of the company. After he and Maureen and their daughter, Charlotte, moved to Sebastopol in 2016, he became the Director of Music for the First Congregational Church of Santa Rosa. William hopes to be at this church for many years to come!
Chris Alexander, Service Musician (Piano/Organ)
Chris's strong musical background enhances our worship services each Sunday. He performs with local and regional theatre groups, leads several choirs, and teaches piano. He and his wife Dana have one daugher, Ella (who also sings in the choir occasionally.)
Chris Alexander has been pianist and music director for a wide variety of choral and musical theater groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since moving to Santa Rosa in late 1999, Mr. Alexander has been pianist or music director for Santa Rosa Junior College Theater Arts, Spreckels Theater Company in Rohnert Park, Raven Players in Healdsburg, 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, Novato Theater Company, Cinnabar Opera Theater in Petaluma, Hoochi-Doo Productions in Sonoma, and choirs at Sonoma State University. While living in the Peninsula and South Bay, Mr. Alexander was piano accompanist for the San Jose State Chorale (including a tour to Scandinavia and Russia in 2000), TheatreWorks of Palo Alto (including World and West Coast musical premieres), the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose, and the Redwood Symphony (in Redwood City), among other groups, as well as being an accompanist for the Stanford Savoyards for 11 years. Mr. Alexander received his BA in Music from Stanford University, and works during the day in data analysis and management. Mr. Alexander would like to thank his wife Dana (Choral Director at Montgomery High School) and daughter Ella for being wonderful!
Church Office Administrator
Christy has been our church office coordinator for the past several years. She supports our staff and congregation in many ways.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Sonoma County, Christy works at a small historic concert venue in SF, she also works as an EMT at special events around the North Bay. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, wine tasting and painting
Jeff is indispensable in our church and not just working our sound. He also sings in the choir and on any given day he can also be found up on a ladder installing liturgical art, or helping with our building and grounds.