Staff

 

Robin Wells, Pastor

Rev. Robin Wells was appointed to serve with the Lafayette United Methodist Church beginning July 1, 2018. Before serving in Lafayette, Robin was pastor of Tehachapi Valley United Methodist Church in Tehachapi, CA.

Robin began her path to ordained ministry with Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel in 2007 and was appointed as the Associate Pastor for Outreach there in 2015. Prior to that time, with the love and support of the Wayfarer congregation, she completed studies for a Master of Divinity degree at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) and subsequently studied clinical chaplaincy in a residency at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego, her hometown. Before returning to the Monterey Peninsula as a Staff Chaplain at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP), Robin served as a spiritual counselor and bereavement counselor for Silverado Hospice, Orange County, a company that specializes in Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care.

As an endorsed Pastoral Counseling Chaplain through the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA,)  Robin cherishes the ancient and sacred role of the clergyperson in the art of healing. She counts it as an honor and privilege to companion people of all backgrounds, languages, and traditions in times of spiritual crisis.

Community is a core value for Robin. She cares for people, the planet, and God’s preferred future for creation. The love of Jesus & love of neighbor are central to the life of the church and her hope is to embody Jesus’ love in ways that will show others how to do the same. Email Pastor Robin

 

LORRI SULLIVAN, Office Administrator

Lorri Sullivan has served as Office Administrator since 1996.  She offers gracious hospitality to all who visit our church campus.  As a hub of the church, her administrative leadership undergirds all the ministries of the church.  She coordinates the facility calendar for all organizations using the campus.

Lorri grew up in the San Diego area where she met and married her husband, Jim, in 1976. Lorri and Jim attended Northwest Christian University/University of Oregon and moved to the Bay Area when Jim was offered a position at Children’s Hospital in Oakland. They have two grown children, Justin who lives near Chicago with his wife and Shauna who resides in the LA area with her husband.  Lorri likes to travel, read and watch the bay behind her house.   Email Lorri Sullivan

 

COLENE “BUNNY” GRUHN, Director of Music Ministry

Bunny Gruhn earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Montana.  She taught music in the public schools and has served as a church choral director for over 25 years.  She sings with Contare con Vivo Chorale and the Four Sisters Quartet.  She has three grown daughters and six grandchildren.  In addition to her love of music, she enjoys reading, knitting, and traveling.  She has lived in many different places, including Geneva, Switzerland.  Email Bunny Gruhn

 

 

CAROL CARTER, Joyful Beginnings Preschool Director

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development from California State University, Sacramento in the 80’s. I returned to school in 2009 and earned my Master of Science in 2010 from California State University, East Bay. My Master of Science degree was in Education with a Curriculum Option. Throughout my career in Early Childhood Education I have attended countless conferences, workshops and earned a variety of certificates in the field. I am an enthusiastic lifelong learner of Early Childhood Education. I currently teach courses in Early Childhood Education at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.
I am a wife and mother. I have been married for almost 25 years and have two grown daughters. Rachel graduated from SDSU in 2015 and Hannah is currently attending college in Oregon. My husband and I have been enjoying the “empty nest” this past year and have taken up a couple of new hobbies…including kayaking!
​I look forward to meeting you and showing you around our school! Email Carol Carter