Ministers and Staff

Ministers and Staff


Rev. Sian Wiltshire

When I was five years old, I asked my mother “What is God?” Since it was the 1960’s, she replied “God is Love.” That seemed to make perfect sense then and it still does today! As I’ve grown, however, I had to define for me what “love” is, as it gets overused in this culture. I have come to believe that the Holy is the experience of love and that this love is fierce, prophetic and authentic. Love is Fierce.…
Director of Music Ministries

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 the Orange Coast Choir. 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…
Director of Religious Education

Karen Magoon Pearson

Karen Magoon Pearson is Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church’s Director of Religious Education. She brings her extensive experience educating children of all ages to create an impactful program guiding our children and youth to find their own truth. Check out her blog, Forming Faith, for updates and other topics of interest.
Office Manager

Sarah Jones

Sarah has been our office manager since 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, 10:00–2:00; Sundays 9:00–1:00. Please feel free to email or leave a message at (714) 556-2882 if the office is closed.
Minister Emerita

Rev. Karen Stoyanoff

Karen Stoyanoff, OCUUC Minister Emerita, was minister of OCUUC from 1998-2011. There is a lot of light shining in the world: the bright glow of love, the fiery light of commitment, the gentle, steady light of peace, the sparkling light of hope and joy. Whenever we reflect these lights out into the world by our actions, our words, or our emotions, we “go shining.” That is what Norma Cordell, Unitarian Universalist minister in the San Francisco Bay area, believed and…