our staff

Get to know a little bit about our amazing staff by viewing their profiles. 

  • Rev. karin Ellis

    lead pastor

    Rev. Karin Ellis was the Associate Pastor at Aldersgate UMC before her appointment as Senior Pastor at La Cañada United Methodist Church. Prior to this she was on family leave for two years in order to stay at home with her two small children. Her past appointments include: Senior Pastor at Community UMC in Pacific Palisades, Senior Pastor at Toluca Lake UMC and Associate Pastor at Northridge UMC.

    Karin grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and attended the United Methodist Church. She went to Nebraska Wesleyan University where she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Hearing a call to ministry, Karin then attended Boston University School of Theology and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1997. She returned to Southern California to be close to family and begin her ministry career.

    Karin is married to Steven and they have two children – Abigail and Paul. In her spare time, Karin enjoys reading, traveling, walking, crocheting, playing with her children, and occasionally, scuba diving with Steven.

  • Rev. Dr. joel green

    teaching pastor

    Rev. Dr. Joel B. Green Teaching Pastor Joel and his wonderful wife Pam began attending LCUMC in 2008 and has 12 years of pastoral ministry experience. Joel teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and is the Dean of the School of Theology. Prior to coming to Fuller, he served for ten years at Asbury Theological Seminary as professor of New Testament Interpretation, as dean of the School of Theology, and as Provost. Joel has written or edited more than 40 books. 


    Ph.D., New Testament Studies, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

    Master of Theology, Perkins School of Theology

    Bachelor of Science, Texas Tech University

  • Denise lenore

    Minister of children and family ministries

    Denise began her internship at our church in January of 2014. She started working as an intern to our Lead Pastor Elaine Cho and stayed since. Denise's primary responsibilities are now working as the Minister of Children and Family Ministries. She also helps with teaching the Woman's Bible Study, assisting with worship services, and leading the Worship Intercessory Prayer Group. Denise also enjoys gardening, cooking, photgraphy, walking, and reading. 


    Master in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

    MBA in Healthcare, Regis University, Denver, CO

  • Victoria Symonian


    Victoria, our very talented accompanist, began playing the piano when she was 7 years old. Before she began serving at our church in 2002, she worked at Monterey Park United Methodist Church for 8 years. Victoria is currently the Head of Lark Conservatory's Performance Department and is a Master Teacher in Piano and Accompaniment. She also enjoys traveling, and live classical and jazz performances. 


    Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Accompaniment, Mussorgsky Music College, St. Petersburg. 

    Piano Performance, Komitas State Conservatory of Music, Yerevan

  • liberty vigran

    administrative assistant

    Liberty is a highly qualified professional with experience in ministering at local churches.  She has worked in administrative and managerial jobs.  She has a strong love, commitment and dedication to God and his people. 


    Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, CSU Bakersfield

  • Blanca Rodriguez

    Director of Children's Center Preschool

    Blanca began her work at the Children's Center back in 1991 as the first teacher for the school alongside Sue McKenzie. During this time she taught and co-directed for 7 1/2 years. Blanca left the Children's Center to get married and to have two children of her own, but returned in 2008 and has been there ever since! Blanca has a certificate in Early Childhood Education and 13 years experience as a teacher and director. She has all of the requirements by the Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division and she is certified in CPR and First Aid. Blanca also enjoys spending time with her family, children, enjoys anything Disney, loves baking and needle point.