Office Managers – Kathy Flagstead & Susan LaPat
Kathy Flagstead and Susan LaPat are our Co-Office Managers, job sharing the administration and coordination of the work of the church office. This work involves managing the use of the church facilities by Hillcrest and outside groups and coordinating special service arrangements such as memorials, funerals, baptisms, etc. The Office Manager also prepares the worship service bulletins, and processes articles for publication in the church newsletter.
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Financial Secretary – Jim Flagstead
Jim Flagstead is the Financial Secretary for Hillcrest and is responsible for processing bills for payment, for maintaining financial records of the church’s income and expenses, and for publishing financial reports. The Financial Secretary also maintains the membership roster, church attendance records and records of contributions.
Organist, Pianist and Chancel Choir Director – Luke Mayernik
Luke is an internationally acclaimed and award winning composer/organist. Luke has won many first prizes in both organ improvisation and composition at prestigious competitions throughout North America and Europe. His original music is published and distributed word-wide by several international recognized publishing houses.
His experience includes many years as church organist, music director and choir director in the a variety of churches in the Pittsburgh PA area. He has an Associate certificate (AAGO) with the American Guild of Organists.
Luke has a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance/Sacred Music from Seton Hill University in Greensburg PA and is currently a graduate student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying composition with Dr. David Conte.
Pianist – Lino Rivera
Born in the Philippines, Lino Rivera has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and accompanist on three continents. Lino is a celebrated performer for Composers, Inc., an organization based in San Francisco that is dedicated to promoting works by contemporary American composers, where he has performed three World Premieres in the past two seasons.
Lino currently serves as Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary’s College of California. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Santo Tomas, the University of Hawaii, and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. Lino maintains active concert engagements across the country. He has been an accompanist with Hillcrest since 1999.
Guitarist and Vocalist – Ron Borland
Ron Borland sings, plays guitar, mandolin, and percussion. He enjoys writing songs with Christian themes and strives to include a variety of musical genres in worship services. Ron taught the History of American Popular Music course at Humboldt State University (“most fun I ever had in a classroom”) and served as manager and program director at KHSU (Arcata, CA) and KDVS (Davis, CA). Ron has played at the 8:30 service at Hillcrest for the last 3 years and, before that, performed regularly at First Congregational Church (Antioch). Ron can be frequently found singing with Dee Dee Kirwan (also in the picture above) at the 8:30 service. Dee Dee brings a beautiful voice and a great talent on the guitar to enliven our morning service and other special occasions.