Pastor Sally brings to the ministry a rich and varied background. Her life journey has taken her through several careers and many life changes. Yet there is a thread connecting them all. That thread is the Spirit. She has always felt the presence of the Spirit leading her from one task to another, from one vocation to another, from one learning to another. That Spirit has been the one constant in a life of change.
She earned a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. She was called to serve as Minister of Memorial United Church of Christ in Easton, Penn. It was in Pennsylvania that she met her husband. After they were married, they moved back to the Bay Area. Sally was called to serve as Associate Minister of the Little Brown Church of Sunol. Her duties were primarily conducting weddings and children’s ministries. She directed the Sunday School program and initiated Vacation Bible School during the summer.
She was called to the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Antioch as their Minister, where she served for five years. It was during that time that her daughter was born, thus ushering in the most joyful vocation of all – motherhood. “I had no idea that raising a child could be so delightful!” she says.
The child of a close friend was diagnosed with dyslexia, otherwise known as a “specific learning disability in reading.” Dyslexic students also struggle with spelling and often have difficulty memorizing math facts. Sally became aware of how difficult it is for parents to find help for these students. She felt called to assist. In 2009 she earned her certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling System and began tutoring children every day after school. When she is not at the church, she is usually tutoring a child who needs the help.
Sally served as the half time Sabbatical Relief Minister for the Congregational Church of Belmont, UCC during the summer of 2014. In the Fall of 2016, she began a one-year assignment as the Assistant Minister at the Orinda Community Church where she specialized in Women’s Spirituality and preaching.
In the fall of 2017, she received training in Transitional Ministry (formerly known as Interim Ministry Training) and began serving First Congregational Church of San Rafael, UCC as their Interim Minister. Her work was successfully completed in November 2019 when they called their settled pastor.
Pastor Sally happily agreed to return to the Congregational Church of Belmontat the end of November 2019 and served as the half-time Bridge Minister until March 8, 2020, when Rev. Elizabeth Clement began her work as Interim Minister.
When Pastor Liz completed her ministry at the end of July 2021, Pastor Sally was delighted to return once again to serve as half-time Bridge Interim Minister. It is anticipated that she will stay until the church’s vision is clarified and a suitable settled pastor is called.
Sally is married and lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, daughter, Australian shepherd dog and tabby cat.
Elizabeth Mye directs both our Sanctuary and Youth Choirs
Elizabeth began her musical studies at age 5 with piano, then voice at 12 and oboe at 14. She grew up in the Congregational Church of Westfield, Mass., where she participated in the youth choir, joined the senior choir at the age of 12 and then was hired as the soprano soloist starting at 16.
She won first place in the all-state music competition in Massachusetts two years consecutively while in high school where she graduated a year early and went to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on full scholarship for oboe and vocal performance.
While at the university, Elizabeth was a member of the Opera, Chamber and Early Music instrumental and choral groups where she expanded her musical leadership through solo and choral directing.
In addition to her collegiate studies, Elizabeth held several soprano soloist positions through local churches. Her audition and performance of Laudate Dominum won her second place in the National Bel Canto Aria competition.
Elizabeth sang professionally with the Folger Consort in Washington, D.C., and the New England Conservatory Camerata. She was Musical Director at the Methodist Church in Malden, Mass., directing the adult and children’s choirs.
In parallel to Elizabeth’s music career, she has built a career as a Human Resource professional with 20 years’ experience directing and building the human resources function, with a focused strength on the ability to effectively manage through high change environments, in start-up and high growth emerging companies, as well as Fortune 100 national and international organizations in the biotechnology, health care, high technology and consumer products industries.
“I learned very early in my life that music is a voice through which we all can speak,” she says. “There is a voice in all of us and together we can make a beautiful sound. God speaks to me in love and in music, no matter what form. If you want to share or experience ‘One Voice’ through our choir, come and join us! We would love to have you!”
Organist, Pianist and Accompanist
Jeffrey Jones brings a wealth of musical experience to his position as organist, pianist and accompanist at the Congregational Church of Belmont.
Jeffrey started on the piano at age 6 and gave a full solo recital at age 8. His father, Mark Jones, would take lessons from Tom LaRatta at College of Notre Dame in Belmont and then come home to teach Jeffrey what he learned. Jeffrey developed quickly into mastering the major classical masterpieces. At San Jose State University, he was pianist for the Wind Ensemble and the SJSU Symphony Orchestra. He is known as a versatile and prolific sight-reader and has accompanied many singers, instrumentalists and chamber groups. He has also frequently been invited to perform with the Redwood Symphony under Maestro Eric K.
In addition to the piano, he plays organ, fortepiano, harpsichord, timpani, marimba and several other percussion instruments. He studied piano with the late Joann Pruitt and Professor Gwendolyn Mok and has had master classes with Stephen Hough, Vladimir Viardo, and the late historical music guru Laurette Goldberg. He plays an eclectic variety of standard classical repertoire, forgotten gems, and colorful 20th century composers.
Lea Mavroudis is the Office Administrator at CCB. A San Mateo County native, she left home for a few years to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. During her time there, she did field work with a local folk dancing group and performed statistical analysis of catalogued artifacts from the ancient Harappa Civilization, among other accomplishments.
Now she is happy to be back among friends and family in the Bay Area. She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Her passion is learning about diverse cultures and supporting inclusivity.
She also enjoys music and singing, plays a variety of percussion instruments, and is an accomplished writer who has contributed to several publications.