Pastor Kim Smith maintains that she would have been voted the "least likely to enter the ministry" in high school, she says, proves that "God has a sense of humor! And works through the most unlikely of people -- like me -- sharing God's love and forgiveness and bringing us into God's beloved community." Called to the ministry at age 19, while a college student, Kim came into faith at First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, where "the gospel became real through the congregation's work of social justice and community outreach. I witnessed people living out their faith in real and tangible ways. They were literally changing the world in the name of God's love. And they were so loving and accepting of me! I knew I had found my life path. I wanted to be like them -- and I'm grateful to God for providing these parents of the faith for me."
A graduate of Pacific School of Religion (Master of Divinity) and the University of San Francisco (Master of Nonprofit Administration), Kim has served a wide range of churches--small rural churches in Mendocino County, a large becoming-urban church in Fresno, traditional urban churches in San Francisco and Berkeley. In 2010, God called Pastor Kim into a new arena of ministry as the pastor of Mt. Tam Church. "I kind of wondered what the Bishop was thinking--26 years of urban ministry, and I'm sent to Mill Valley!" She has come to love the beauty of Marin County and the special community forming at Mt. Tam Church. About her ministry in southern Marin, Kim says, "We live in one of the most "un-churched" counties in the country. Members share with me that when they tell people they go to church, the response ranges from disbelief to laughter! At the same time many people in our community express their spirituality through engagement with nature and a deep commitment to family life. I love exploring with Mt. Tam Church how we are called to share God's love in Christ in this place, how to serve God's people here and around the world and invite others on the adventure. I'm especially interested in helping parents raise kids of strong values and generous hearts." Kim enjoys sharing great meals and travels with her whole family as well as reading, gardening and hiking.
Mimi Sheffer is a life-long Methodist, born and raised in the Bay Area by a Methodist pastor and software engineer. She has worked with children and youth for as long as she can remember, most recently as an elementary school counselor in a small mountain town in Northern California. Having recently finished her BA, she is pursuing graduate school and is thrilled to have found a part-time job doing what she does best: working with youth and being at church! Her favorite memories from youth group are snow trips, making pizza, turning a song about the 10 Commandments into a truly terrible rap and trying to convince the choir director to allow the youth to perform it, and successfully hiding behind a broom during a game of Sardines.
Director of Children and Family Ministries & Office Manager
Tricia Wiig joined Mt. Tam UMC as Director of Children and Family Ministries in 2010 after holding positions in both education and administration. Her passion for ministry with children is rooted in both her personal faith and being a mom! She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, her home state, and has lived in Marin since 2001. Tricia’s call to ministry with children and their families run deep: "I love the field of children's ministries as I get to combine my three great passions; working with children, doing crafts and learning and sharing about God. For me, ministry means sharing the vision of a world of justice, inclusion, love and peace and watching kids and families experience the Divine."
Tricia also assumed the role of Office Manager in March 2016. She's excited to bring her passion for ministry to this position as well!
Director of Music
Hyunjung Choi makes glorious music happen at Mt. Tam Church. A native of Seoul, Korea, she started to play the piano at the age of three and won the Grand Prize of National Piano Competition for Young Artists sponsored by Korea Times when she was nine. She studied Church Music and Organ Performance at Yonsei University in her home country and continued to study with Dr. Agnes Tan for Choral Conducting at Golden Gate Theological Seminary and Pipe Organ Performance with John Hirten of Legion of Honour in San Francisco. Hyunjung Choi was recently appointed as Artistic Director of The Pacific Choir and currently Church Music Director at Mt.Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley, California. She also has been an evaluator of Music Teacher's Association of California for the last 14 years.
First and foremost, David is proudest of raising two daughters (26 and 21) with the opportunity of being a stay at home dad for the first ten years of their lives while working nights. He has also been a volunteer in Mill Valley over the past 20 years. Areas included coaching Mill Valley Little League, CYO basketball, fundraising for Kiddo, Tam High School Women’s basketball scorekeeper & fund raiser. At Mt Tam UMC he has been the lead usher, choir participant and SPRC committee chairperson and participated in the Memorial Day Parade.
His professional background includes working at Autodesk for 12+ years as a sales manager with a goal of driving rapid and sustainable growth. This resulted in building high-producing sales teams and consistently exceeding quotas. He adapted quickly to changing priorities and excels at building consensus. Also, able to execute actionable plans as well as identify opportunities for improvement in performance and efficiency.
David has a Bachelor of General Studies from Ohio University with a focus on political science, 3rd world literature and film making. He also holds a Masters in Communication Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and is a member of Screen Actors Guild since 1981.
David grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and is the fifth child in a family of six. He has lived in Boston and LA prior to settling in Mill Valley. Finally, David has traveled extensively over the years including a nine-month journey in the early 1970’s. David is very grateful to be part of Mt Tam United Methodist Church as the facilities manager.
Pearl Chen provides loving, joy-filled care in the church nursery. She has served as a kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong, where she also worked as a registered midwife. She graduated in 2001 from the College of Marin, majoring in CIS Microcomputer Programmer Specialty and retired from working as a Registered Dental Assistant after 28 years in Mill Valley. She loves her part-time work as a swim instructor and lifeguard at the Strawberry Recreation and Park. One of Pearl’s passions is golf, and she gets on the course 5 to 6 days a week. About her ministry with children Pearl says, “I enjoy very much contributing all my professional knowledge of the early childhood education experience to work at church in the child care service in the past 15 years. I love babies and small children, and love sharing with them".
Staci became the Superintendent of the new Bay District this year! She has served the church in many ways, with pastorates in North Georgia, the Pacific Northwest, as pastor of Jones Memorial UMC in San Francisco, and as the Superintendent of the Camino Real District. She holds degrees from Spelman College (BA) and Claremont School of Theology (MDiv). Beyond the local church, Staci serves on the Faith Advisory Board of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of California, San Francisco, a mentor for five candidates for ordained ministry, and served as the Chairperson for the California-Nevada Annual Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women. She is passionate about preaching God's word and seeing lives transformed by the healing, empowering Gospel of Jesus Christ. She loves time with her family, her husband, the Rev. John D. Current, Sr., who is the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in San Francisco, son Leon "Leo” Current, currently a college freshman and her two bonus children, John Current, Jr., and Faith Anderson, and bonus grandson, David.