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.
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.
Greg Hayakawa is the choir director for the Chancel Choir. He lives in Davis with his wife, Mary, his daughter, Devon, his son, James and his daughter, Jordan. (All three of his kids have been very active in performing in many of the Woodland Opera House’s musical theatre productions.) Greg has been a choir director and/or a music/liturgical minister at Loyola Marymount University, St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades and St. Anastasia Church in Westchester, CA before moving up to Davis in 2004.
Larry & Sarah Danielson