Leadership & Staff

Reverend Lynn Westover

The Reverend Lynn Westover

Pastor

After attending Vacation Bible School as a child, Pastor Lynn became a Christian. As a teenager, she felt God’s call to ministry. She graduated from Claremont School of Theology and was ordained Deacon in 1985. In 1987, she became an Elder. Before her appointment to First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park, she served First UMC (Riverside), Park Boulevard UMC (San Diego), Trinity UMC (Lakewood), Native American UMC (Anaheim), and Malibu UMC (Malibu).

Lynn met Stan Westover on a blind date arranged by her friend and his pastor. They fell in love and married in 1998. She once asked him how he knew she was the one. He said, “You kept saying ‘yes,’ when I asked you out.” They have two grown daughters, Heather and Lauren.

Stan, who worked as an electrician for 38 years, is retired from Boeing. He was born and raised in the Methodist Church and has a strong faith. In fact, he used to pray to meet a woman with whom he could serve the Lord. As a Certified Lay Speaker, he has preached in several churches. In addition to helping lead worship as a liturgist, Stan loves taking care of the facility.

Rev. Dr. Herb Lucas

Pastor Emeritus

Ordained Ministry is a second career for Pastor Herb. Born and raised in England, he first served for seven years as an officer in the British Merchant Marine. His seagoing career was followed by service in the British Foreign Office with overseas postings to Hong Kong and Nairobi. After leaving the Foreign Service, there was a long career in Data Processing. By 1974, he was a Methodist Local Preacher serving the church in England.

It was 1976, when Pastor Herb and his wife Amanda immigrated to the US to be near her family. He quickly became a Certified Lay Speaker continuing to serve the United Methodist Church. After taking early retirement from his secular career, he was ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance. He then served as Assistant Pastor and school chaplain before retiring from full-time ministry.

Pastor Herb and Amanda have been married for fifty-three years. They have two children and four grandchildren. He continues to enjoy teaching and preaching at various Methodist churches in the Los Angeles area.

Leadership

Grace Leighton

Grace Leighton

Lay Leader

Grace, born in Brooklyn, NY, was raised in the San Fernando Valley. She met her husband, Jeff, in 1974. They were married in 1976 and have four children: Marie; Jeffrey, Jr.; Melinda and Andrew

Grace has worked as an Emergency Room nurse, Home Health nurse, and Hospice Home Care nurse for over thirty years. She also worked for the Wildlife Way Station, where she handled and cared for California native and exotic animals. Grace has many pets, collects and repairs antique dolls, and loves sewing and crafts.

Since the time Grace was a child, she knew Jesus and considered him her friend. She feels awesome amazement at the beauty and majesty of God’s creation. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10) is Grace’s favorite bible verse.

George Grengs, Chairman, Administrative Committee

George Grengs

Chairman, Administrative Committee

George Grengs is a long time San Fernando Valley resident who has attended Woodlake Elementary, Hale Middle School, and Taft High. After high school, he spent two years at Pierce College and transferred to UCLA where he graduated with a B.S. in Economics. He has worked for over 25 years at Valterra Products Inc., a supplier to the RV, Pool & Spa, and Plumbing Industries.

George joined the Church in the late 1990s, and the church family is now an important part of his life. He is currently the chair of the Administrative Committee, co-chair of the Stewardship committee and is active in many other areas of the church.

George and his wife Karen have three children and two grandsons who are the joy of their life! In addition to family & church, they enjoy gardening, travel, and participating in community activities.

Staff

Wendy Finley, Preschool Director

Wendy Finley

Preschool Director

Wendy received her training in Early Childhood Education at Los Angeles Valley College and University of California, Los Angeles. Wendy began teaching at First United Methodist Preschool in 2003 and became director in April 2006. She has fostered a Christian child-centered curriculum designed to prepare children socially and academically for both kindergarten and life-long learning. Her goal is an environment in which children thrive. During her tenure, the preschool facility and grounds have undergone major repair, and enrollment has increased. She extends an invitation to all to visit and especially welcomes opportunities to give campus visitors a personal tour and to explain the benefits of attending “FUMP.”

Paul Cady, Director of Music

Paul Cady

Director/Accompanist

Paul Cady has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.   He has been a church pianist or choir director for over twenty-five years. Paul says, “I like to try to bring a lot of emotion to the church service with my music.  I want the congregation to feel moved, uplifted and truly touched by what they hear.”

Administrative Assistant Julie Mosley

Julie Mosley

Administrative Assistant

Julie grew up in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She moved to California to attend her alma matter, California State University Fullerton, where she received a BA in Theatre. There she met her husband of 21 years, Robert. They have lived in the San Fernando area for over 14 years and have 2 children. She has many years of administrative experience, most recently with the Los Angeles Unified School District. They Mosley family began attending Northridge United Methodist Church in 2006 where they have served as liturgists, ushers, preschool teachers, and are active on the Family Ministries Committee. Julie is happy to be here at First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park as the Administrative Assistant, and is thankful for all of the congregation who have been so helpful and welcoming.

 

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