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." 


  • Director of Congregational Care Ministy

    Judy Everley

      "As the Director of Congregational Care Ministry, it is my responsibility to establish, organize, educate, and communicate with the care team to visit shut-ins, nursing homes, assisted living members, and any member of AUMC as needed. It is my responsibility to lead a Connectional Ministry Team to provide support and connection to our members, visitors, and new members.  Also, I support and assist the senior pastor, make hospital calls, and support familiar during illnesses, life transitions, death, weddings, and the birth of babies. I publish the Community of Caring message on email each Friday. As the CCM Director, I organize small groups such as Meet and Greeter, Welcoming, Renewed Hope, and future small groups as need arises. My goal is to show God's love to others, provide comfort and support, deepen our faith in God, and bring a smile or laugh to those in need. "

  • 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."

  • Youth Director


      

  • 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."

  • Choir Director

    Ashley Wheat

      Often when there are no words, music can tell the story the heart is ringing. Music has always been my path to the divine whether in church or in my secular life. I have found no more powerful method of speaking my truth or reveling in that fellowship with others, than through music. I am grateful to share those intimacies in the spirit of openness and love that I have found at Avondale.

  • 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

    Whitney Lollar

      "Over the past 6 years I have taught children in Pre-School to 5th grade. I have also worked many years with younger children. I enjoy helping a child explore the world around them and learn new things each day! Working in the nursery at Avondale is a great opportunity to help young children learn and grow!"