Elizabeth Mitchell Clement is an intentional interim and transition pastor from Atlanta, Ga., where she and Mr. Clement (Arthur) have lived and worked — he as an architect and program manager — for most of the 40 years they have been married. Their two adult sons, Arthur and Mitchell, are academics at the University of Chicago and the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (in LaJolla), respectively. “We don’t always know what they do, actually,” she says, “but we are proud of them.”
For most of her life in ordained ministry, Pastor Liz has worked in specialized ministries, the term the church uses for callings that are not based in congregations — an interfaith, public leadership project; a grant-funded congregational development initiative; dean of spiritual and ethical life in a New England boarding school. Before she answered the call to ministry, she was a conference interpreter and translator in French and English, and a few other interesting adventures.
Pastor Liz will tell you she was “born in the church” which is very nearly true. Both her parents were ordained clergy and church professionals, serving in churches, conferences, and the academy. “I belong in church,” she says. “I don’t make very good sense of myself and my work without a congregation to accompany me.”
Pastor Liz is delighted to return to the Bay Area where she was born, and to be near a number of family and friends. She is making her home in the lovely apartment over the Dining Room of the church. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Congregational Church of Belmont and looks forward to the journey together in this time of transition.
This is her Statement of Purpose:
I am a woman of color, of a certain age, called to live fully in my gifts and in God’s purposes by cultivating healing, wholeness, and hope, one space at a time, fearlessly, wherever that can happen; to create spaces in which anyone can experience the love of God in community.
Children’s Program Coordinator
Our Children’s Program Coordinator, Telma Rojas, has been working with children and advocating for children for the past 33 years. She began her career in the classroom as a preschool teacher and, after 18 years, was promoted to a director. She has directed programs and communities for 15 years and plans to continue to lead the Mountain View Building Kidz Center.
She attended college in Rancho Cucamonga, has been trained and certified as an Outdoor Specialist, and achieved NAEYC accreditation three times. She believes all children have the right to be happy and to navigate through their childhood at their own pace and will. She sees it as her job to secure environments that are conducive to free exploration.
In her free time, Telma likes to stay active in the outdoors, do yoga and be mindful of the stillness of nature. She also loves to be with her pack of dogs. She says, “I look forward to meeting all of the families and to learning more about your children. I hope to cultivate meaningful relationships with both parents and teachers”
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 Social Work. 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.