Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Putting our Faith into Action

1000 Gravenstein Hwy North       707.823.2484

Church Staff

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent, Senior Minister

Pastor Ben

Pastor Benjamin (or Ben) began his ministry at the Community Church in August 2016. Ben comes to us with his wife Brooke Bell and their son, Marin, and daughter, Sophia, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served for 17 years at The First Congregational Church. They are happy to return to Northern California – Ben grew up in Santa Cruz and Brooke is from San Jose. He and Brooke met for the first time in our Pilgrim House in 1997, at a meeting of counselors for Camp Caz!

Ben earned his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1998 and received his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2012, writing a dissertation on Preaching as an Embodied Practice.

In addition to ministry, Ben loves playing guitar and ukulele, listening to live music, beach cruiser bicycles, craft beer, speaking Spanish and traveling.

Rev. Lacey Hunter, Associate Minister of Faith Formation

Pastor Lacey

Pastor Lacey began serving as the Associate Minister of Faith Formation with the Community Church in August 2019. What forms us to build God's kin-dom on earth is one of Lacey's guiding questions. Lacey’s story of formation has been shaped by experiences of kin-dom models found within activist communities and queer chosen family, the sacredness of detours experienced while walking El Camino de Santiago, the daily rhythm of prayer and sacrament embodied while living in a Benedictine monastic community, and countless other unexpected, divine encounters.

Lacey received her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in 2015 and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2018. Lacey takes delight in wandering through neighborhoods and forests, creating liturgies of healing and liberation in collaboration with her partner Sharon, and finding any opportunity to dance. Lacey’s gender pronouns are she/her/hers. Lacey often uses the word “bro” to articulate her gender expression and identity.

Rev. Rachel Knuth, Associate Minister of Congregational Care

Pastor Rachel

Pastor Rachel was ordained to Ministry at the Community Church in August 2015. Rachel, her husband Nathan, and four children, Aaron, Jonah, Tamar, and Henry, reside in Sebastopol, and are usually part of at least three school communities at once. Rachel was raised Presbyterian in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, studied in Atlanta and New York City, lived in St. Paul, Minnesota, and found her way to the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 2002.

A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Rachel earned her Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 2000.

In addition to ministry, Rachel loves being with her family, hiking, gardening, cooking, working out, and dark chocolate.

Chris Chang Weeks, Congregational Administrator

Chris Chang Weeks

Chris works Monday thru Friday. She began her position at Community Church in April 2020. She holds a Masters in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, and has spent much of her working career fund-raising for nonprofits. Chris enjoys cooking and sharing meals with family and friends. When her extended family gets together, the conversation always includes planning for the next meal together. Chris' other hobbies include training dogs, hiking, gardening, yoga and knitting.

Karna Roa, Handbell Director

Karna Roa

Karna has been a part of the musical life of the Community Church since she joined Glenda Elvy's children's choir in 1980. In 1986 Karna began ringing with the newly formed handbell ensemble under the direction of Joyce Morrow and has been ringing at the Community Church for the past 35 years. In 2002 she became the director of the ensemble and continues to enjoy the thrill of ringing with the group and preparing music for worship. In 2021 she became the newest member of Sonos, the professional handbell ensemble based out of the Bay Area.

J. Althea, Keyboardist

Althea

J. Althea has been playing the piano since age 4. Her grandmother (Althea) taught her to play by ear, teaching her the repertoire of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and also Methodist hymns. Althea also had a standard piano teacher, so she learned to read music and music theory.

Althea's piano career began at age 16 while in high school, and that led to playing professionally all her life. She has worked in music venues and theatre for over 50 years as a professional pianist, music director, arranger, composer, actress, theatre director, and piano teacher.

In the last 3 decades Althea has embraced playing in churches, and looks forward to serve at Community Church of Sebastopol as long as God intends.

Andy DelMonte, Choral Director

Andy

Andy DelMonte has been a member of Community Church since 1999. He first came to us as our Chancel Choir director in 1998, serving for one year.

Andy has been the choir director at the local high school in Sebastopol since 1997. In 2013, he was named Teacher Of The Year for West Sonoma County, and in 2017 he was named Director Of The Year by the Northern California Band And Choir Directors Association. He lives in Sebastopol with his wife Kristen. They have two daughters at home (Elia and Erika) and two adult children (Ethan and Emma) out of the the house. Andy is an avid composer and arranger, and in addition to making music, he enjoys riding bikes, running, and watching professional soccer.



Deanna Euritt, Bookkeeper

Deanna Euritt

Deanna works on Mondays and Wednesdays. She has an interesting mix of education which includes a B.S. in Accounting and an M.Div. in Theology. She was a CPA auditor in Arizona earlier in her career prior to attending seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. Following ordination, Deanna was ordained in the UCC Nevada-California Conference at Fairfax Community Church.

Maria Mojica, Custodian

Maria Mojica
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Maria comes to the Community Church with a wealth of experience taking care of commercial cleaning accounts. She works during the week, Monday-Saturday. This schedule provides important coverage for our church and works best with her family and childcare needs.

To leave a message for Maria, please contact: the church office.