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.
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 brings 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.
Godly Play/Sunday School Assistant Teacher
Julissa Guadamuz has 10 years of experience working in preschools, along with Montessori preschool experience and some Montessori training. She happily joins our Sunday School and Godly Play program. She is originally from Nicaragua and studied Architecture and is now a student at College of Marin, working toward a degree and teaching credential.
Julissa has two children and a great passion for learning, music, writing and reading. She loves art, laughing, walking, singing, sharing about her culture and getting to know others! Some of her goals are to learn to swim and to publish a book (poetry and short stories).
LaRae grew up with two major loves - music and children. She knew from a very young age that both of these things would play a huge role in her life. After spending many years as a professional background singer and becoming a mom, LaRae went back to school to obtain her B.A. in Liberal Studies, with a concentration on Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last few years working as a Minister of Music, a Special Education para educator and as a private in-home nanny. LaRae and her family are huge advocates and justice fighters- more specifically LGBT Rights, Black Lives Matter, fair and equal treatment of immigrants, children welfare and safety, and Women’s Rights. "As a Christian I feel that it is important that the church stands up against what is wrong and for/with those who are treated unjust. If I have learned anything from the love of Jesus and God’s Word, it is that there is room at the table for EVERYONE."
First and foremost, David is proudest of raising two daughters (27 and 23) 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.
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.