We’re in the process of getting a new office phone, so until that’s in place, please feel free to call our pastor at 510.290.4349 or email us at If you have a question about rental space, please call the building owners at 510.644.4949 or email


Our pastor, the Rev. John R. Mabry, PhD has been with us since 1994. Author of many books on theology and spirituality, he also serves as the Director of the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program at the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministry. Contact him at 510.290.4349. or


The Rev. Richard Mapplebeckpalmer is our pastor emeritus. With us since 1989, Richard withdrew in 2008, and now serves as chaplain at the Abbey of Merton St. Ambrose. Fr. Richard continues to preach for us several times a year. Contact him at 925.228.5252 or or write him at 472 Dale Road, Martinez, CA 94553.



Lawson Barnes is our music minister. A talented songwriter and performer, Lawson writes much of the music we sing at our services, as well as performing his own folk-rock compositions in other places.




Lay Leadership

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Martha Kay Nelson is our moderator and chair of the board of directors. 




Martha Kay Nelson is our moderator and chair of the board of director

lauraLaura Rolen is our treasurer. She teaches psychology online, and is the call center coordinator at the San Francisco Night Ministry. 




Associated Clergy

Associated clergy are not called to paid positions by the parish, but are ordained ministers who are members of GNC. They often volunteer their skills on behalf of the parish, preaching, presiding, and visiting the sick.

The Rev. Ric Reed is a deacon, and served as many years as our sacristan and organist. Ric also composes music for our services and serves as night watchman for Christ Church, our building’s owners. Contact him at 415-559-5826.



The Rev. Amina Wolf is a hospice chaplain and spiritual director. Trained in both Sufi and Christian traditions, she offers sacramental services and healing work. Contact her at 510.704.1262 or




The Rev. Diane R. Miles, MDiv is a hospice chaplain and spiritual director, educated at the GTU. She is available for sacramental services, weddings, and memorial services. She also does Reiki and is a healing touch apprentice. Contact her at 415.279.3667 or