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Our Staff

Larry Love



Pastor Larry has been the minister of this congregation since August of 1989 following an eight and a half year ministry with the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Red Bluff and Corning here in Northern California.  Larry is a graduate of Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  He has been married to Nancy for 30 years and they have two young adult children, Micah and Alexa.  Preaching, teaching (at least two adult studies each week), pastoral care, and involving the church in mission are priorities in Larry’s ministry as he strives to help the church be “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.”  Larry is actively involved in Woodland Ecumenical Ministries and in the ministry of the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada (he served a two year term as moderator of the regional church, 2004-2006, and currently serves on the regional Justice Commission).  Larry served a five year term on the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and is just concluding a four year term on the General Nominating Committee.  He enjoys walking, reading, playing guitar, watching the San Francisco Giants and following any sport of the University of Oregon Ducks.

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Erin Edwards


Reverend Erin Edwards is the lead pastor and founder of LOP( Live on purpose) Community Church, Davis/Vacaville Ca. Married, in 2017 to her wife Chelsea and they welcomed twin daughters, Erilee and Evagrae, in January 2019.  Erin also is an ordained Disciples of Christ Pastor. She began her ministry at the Christian church of Woodland, CA (Disciples of Christ) in September of 2022.

Erin graduated with a Master's degree in Ministry and Theology and is currently attending the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley for her Doctorate in Ministry.

As a gay, African-American woman in ministry, Erin is no stranger to opposition. Because of this, Erin has been equipped with an understanding of the marginalized and has used it as a platform to combat injustice. With a passion for what God has for His people in the here and now, Pastor Erin promotes a life lived not only with purpose but on purpose. Her voice and story speak directly to the soul, waking people up to encounter and live out their God-given dreams.


Pastor Erin and Chelsea strive to build a community in which all people are free to experience the love of God, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, etc.


Dr. Jay Surdell

Pianist & Organist


Dr. Jay Surdell joined our staff early in 2014. He has had a wide range of experience as a church musician. For over 25 years, Jay has held organist/accompanist posts in several states, and has played or directed for a variety of different styles of worship. He is also an active adjudicator for the National Piano Guild and teaches piano privately in Woodland. Jay and his wife, Pam, are a duo piano team, and have been featured at the International Dvorak Festival.

Larry & Sarah Danielson



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