Minister: Rev. Sian Wiltshire
Sian is a native of Washington where she completed seminary at the School of Theology and Ministry of Seattle University.
Previous UU experience include an interim minister position at the First Unitarian Church of South Bend, Indiana, and both the intern minister and sabbatical minister for First UU of Nashville, TN.
In preparing for parish ministry Sian has completed an internship in fulfillment of her clinical pastoral education as a chaplain at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, WA and then completed an internship as part of her seminary requirements with the King County Jail in Seattle. She conducted worship services and counseling for inmates as well as preparation of worship materials for both English and Spanish speakers.
Sian has a BA in Latin and a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Washington along with an MA in classical and near eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr. She completed her doctoral exams in the same subject area where she also was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for study abroad. At this point Sian had a change in career direction and worked in senior management for Aquent Corporation, a placement firm for marketing and creative professionals. Sian served in a variety of positions including country manager for several years in Australia. Sian has significant expertise in training, human resources and technical applications.
Sian’s spiritual journey began with explorations of Society of Friends, the Quakers, Judaism, several of the eastern religions and Shamanism before someone told her she just might be a Unitarian Universalist. This led her to attending a UU congregation in Washington. She knew she had found a home. Eventually she felt called to ministry and turned her attention and academic skills to pursue her Masters in Divinity and successful completion of all the requirements for preliminary fellowship as a UU minister which was awarded in April of 2011.
Sian is single and shares her home with her “loveable mutt” Ananda, who enjoys taking Sian for daily walks in the neighborhood. Sian also has an identical twin sister, Regan, who resides with her own family in Washington.
Reverend Sian Wiltshire has been OCUUC’s minister since August 2013. You can reach the minister at revsianocuucorg (revsianocuucorg) .
Office Manager: Sarah Jones
Sarah has been our office manager since November 1999. Sarah’s office is the hub of church activity. She coordinates the church calendar and building use, supervises distribution of the newsletter, prepares the order of service, maintains the church database, mailing list, and directory—and welcomes all with a smile! Sarah maintains office hours Monday–Thursday, 9:30–1:30; Sundays 8:30–1:00. Please feel free to leave a message at (949) 646-4652 if the office is closed.
You can reach the church office at adminocuucorg (adminocuucorg) .
Music Director and Choir Director: Beth Syverson
Beth Syverson has been with OCUUC since 2001, first as Pianist, and later her position broadened to Music Director. She plans and arranges the music for worship on Sunday mornings, provides piano music during services, and directs our choirs: Orange Coast Choir (adults) and Kaleidoscope Singers (intergenerational). She is also the artistic director of OCUUC’s concert series—Orange Coast Concerts—which features several eclectic concerts throughout the year.
Beth has played piano since she was three years old. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and a Master’s degree in Music History. She currently teaches piano lessons to children with special needs and directs the Orange County Homeschool Choir. She shares her life with her young son Joe, her partner Jan, 1 cat, 3 dogs, and 4 horses.
Beth’s updates are found at Music Ministry Notes. You can reach Beth at musicdirectorocuucorg (musicdirectorocuucorg) .
Director of Religious Education: Rayna Hamre
Rayna Hamre has been the Director of Religious Education since July 2010. Rayna is a long time member of OCUUC and has been an active teacher and facilitator in both youth and adult religious education programs. She is an experienced worship leader and public speaker. For the past four years she has worked as an elementary school librarian/media assistant for a school with 900 K-6, low-income students. In addition, she has a strong background in office management, information management, grant writing and events planning.
Rayna holds a BA in Classical Civilizations and a Master’s degree in History. She has been active in the Pagan community and has completed graduate courses through Cherry Hill Seminary. Raised in Orange County, she is currently a resident of Huntington Beach where she lives with her husband Steve Hamre, and their cat, Kitty. Her two children were raised in warmth of the OCUUC community. Rayna is very pleased to be able to give back to her church by serving as OCUUC’s professional Religious Educator.
Sexton: David Nuñez
David began working at OCUUC in December of 2005, and is in charge of building maintenance, setting up for worship services and special events, and is our sound and video engineer during Sunday services. David lives in Fountain Valley with his wife, Yesenia, and their new daughter, Angelina. David also works as a facilities and maintenance technician for a large property management company.
Congregation Nurse: Adair Small
Adair holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing as well as certification as a nurse-midwife and nurse practitioner. Her professional experience is in the areas of public health, childbirth preparation, and reproductive health. Adair has been an active member of OCUUC since 1993.
In 2002, with the support of a Health Ministry program sponsored by Hoag Memorial Hospital, she began serving as our volunteer Congregation Nurse, providing health and patient education, advocacy, counseling and referral both individually and with the help of outside speakers. Working closely with the Caring Ministry, she helps organize support groups and self-help activities desired by the congregation. In December 2004, Adair completed the basic Parish Nurse preparation course. As the Congregation Nurse, Adair works with the Caring Ministry to fulfill its mission.
Adair’s blog, Notes From the Nurse, is a resource for the latest health information and advice for staying healthy.
You can reach Adair at nurseocuucorg (nurseocuucorg) .
Minister Emerita: Rev. Dr. Karen Stoyanoff
Rev. Karen came to OCUUC in August 1998 from Third Unitarian Church in Chicago, Illinois. Karen earned B.A., M.A.T., and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, and the Masters in Divinity from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago.
Karen serves in many denomination-related leadership roles. She is a past member of our district’s Leadership Resources Council and committees on leadership development and social justice. Currently, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the UU Ministers Association chapter. She has given workshops at district and national UU gatherings and served as staff for three of the district’s recent Leadership Training Weekends. She was a given the Distinguished Service Award by the Pacific Southwest District in 2002. She has just completed two terms on the Board of Trustees of Meadville Lombard Theological School, and in 2006 spent three months there as Minister in Residence. She is also a member of the Board for the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s President’s Council.
Karen’s current participation in the larger community includes Co-Chair of the Executive Board of the Immortal Chaplains Foundation. She also serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council. Karen is a member of Clergy for Choice, a program of Planned Parenthood. She is a member of the Huntington Beach Rotary Club. Karen is also active with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (C.L.U.E.) and with the Orange County Hate Crime Victim Assistance Program.
Karen became OCUUC’s Minister Emerita by a congregational vote during the Annual Meeting in June 2011, just before her retirement in July. In her spare time, Karen is an avid connoisseur of theater and film and cares for several pets. Her late husband, Gus Rath, was active in OCUUC and in UUA affairs. You can reach Karen at Emeritaocuucorg (emeritaocuucorg) .