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.