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Avondale Staff


  • Senior Pastor

    Dr. Choongho Kwon

       "I look for inspiration through my meditation, prayer, questions, study, experiences, relationship and conversation with others. Interpreting the life of our community is as important as reading the biblical text. Our neighborhood is a multicultural, multi-religious community. I believe God calls our church to the ministry of love and reconciliation with those who are different from our congregation. We are all lambs of God." 


  • Secretary

    Sandy Smith

       "I started at Avondale UMC in 1998 so my 20th anniversary is coming up. I had been working for a local family-owned newspaper, it was sold, and most of the employees, including me, lost their jobs. I wasn't quite ready to retire, so I was looking for something to do for just a few more years... The people make Avondale UMC so special to me. They are loving, kind, generous, and dedicated Christians. I've seen people in this church rally together many times to help those in need, in so many different ways."

  • Program Director /
    Bell Choir Director

    Mark Keeney

      "I started coming to Avondale in 1988 with my family. I started singing in the choir and joined the bell choir. In 1991 I put together a bell quartet and was asked to continue directing the quartet on staff. Later when the bell director left I began directing the Bell Choir. I started as Program Director in 2004, as another way to serve the members of Avondale Church. I find enjoyment  interacting with the wonderful members of Avondale UMC."

  • Director of Congregational Care Ministy

    Judy Everley

  • Youth Director

    Tony McBroom

  • Choir Director

    Taylor Tracy

  • Organist

    John Livingston

      "My favorite part of being a pianist is being able to share a wide range of great music, some familiar and some not so familiar to people. Music has always been extremely powerful and I enjoy being a part of great worship at this church."

  • Nursery Attendant

    Rachel Phelps

      "As an educator, I love working Monday - Friday with my 5th grade students. However, I wanted to be able to work with younger children and babies. After finding Avondale, it feels more like home than work; I'm surrounded by friends who feel more like family."

  • Nursery Attendant

    Kathryn Boman

      "The children often enjoy reading, playing on the sensory table, pretending in the kitchen area, playing with baby dolls, and age-appropriate art activities. As staff, we help the children develop skills such as leading prayer before snack, manners, and appropriate behavior in the Sanctuary. Each child chooses their own job each week. Some favorite jobs include "snack helper" and "line leader". We strive to create a safe and fun environment that is child-centered and child-led."

  • Nursery Attendant

    Carrie Cerra