Minister in Training
Originally from Orlando, Florida, Jeremiah Jenkins is currently pursuing his MDiv. A Presbyterian for over 20 years, Jeremiah joined up with the Disciples of Christ shortly after moving to the Bay Area 3 years ago. He loves the idea that the Table is central to Disciples theology and praxis and that everyone has a seat at the Table!
Rita Lilly is a professional classical singer and teacher who moved to California from NYC in 2000. Specializing in the performance of early music, she sang and toured with the renowned Waverly Consort from 1988-1997. Since coming to the Bay Area, she has been a featured soloist with numerous ensembles and orchestras in the bay area and throughout the country. Previously, she earned her BA/BS in voice with K-12 music certification from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. She was the Music Director of St. Jerome Catholic Church from 2004-2009, is the voice teacher of the SFEMS baroque workshop, is on the faculty of the Pacific Boy Choir Academy as their private voice teacher, maintains her own voice studio in her home and thoroughly enjoys being director of the LCC Choir.
She enjoys her family time with Nitash Balsara, professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UC Berkeley and founder of SEEO and her two lovely children,
Sonya and Matthew.
Born in the Philippines, Lino Rivera has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and accompanist on three continents. He makes it his mission to advocate and premiere contemporary works; to explore and meet the artistic, creative, and technical challenges of piano transcriptions; and to discover and perform obscure solo piano repertoire throughout the ages. Lino is a celebrated performer for Composers, Inc., an organization based in San Francisco that is dedicated to promoting works by contemporary American composers.
Lino holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Santo Tomas, the University of Hawaii, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. He currently serves as professor in the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary's College of California, while maintaining active concert engagements internationally. He recently performed in Switzerland and Mississippi, and he served as soloist for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra last spring. He will again be teaching and performing at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany this summer.
Spirit Kids Teacher
Madeline Dell is a teacher and caregiver for our preschool-Kindergarten class. She is a Senior at Las Lomas High School, and she enjoys the opportunity school gives her to be with her friends. In her spare time she likes to relax with her friends or in her bed. She also spends time babysitting and and tutoring. Of her LCC job, Madeline says, "I love working with the kiddos! They're so sweet, kind and smart. I really enjoy working with them, and I'm very grateful that the church decided to hire me." The kids love her gentle spirit and and care and we are so pleased to have her!
Diana Silva is our bookkeeper. She has been a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) all her life, growing up in the San Jose church and later attending Disciple churches in Kansas and Virginia. Diana and her family joined Lafayette Christian Church in 1984, with Diana becoming the Treasurer two years later and by 1993 was taking care of all the bookkeeping for our church. In 1987, Diana became our organist with four years of previous experience in Alexandria, Virginia and for 32 years, her gift for music enriched our weekly worship. Diana retired as the LCC organist in 2019. She is married and has two grown children who consider this church part of their family.
Kelley Lawton (she, her)
Kelley Lawton has been our "church secretary" and Office Administrator at LCC for 18 years. She loves coming to work in this warm and loving, close-knit community and walking about our beautiful campus, filled with lush old trees.