In the UCC our leadership is not "top down." Our leaders work collaboratively, in covenantal relationship with God and each other. At UCH we don't believe in "power over." We believe in "power with."
Minister & Teacher - Rev. Jeanne Loveless
The Rev. Jeanne Loveless has served United Church of Hayward since 2012. She came to UCH as our Interim/Transitional Minister, and helped us realize that God was calling us to something deeper and wider. Rev. Jeanne was called as our Minister, Teacher, and Spiritual Navigator (Designated Term) in Spring, 2015. She continues to lead UCH in a process of growth, discernment, and revitalization. With her help we have become a healthy, forward looking, spiritually vibrant community of faith.
Rev. Jeanne is a gifted preacher, spiritual leader, storyteller, and educator. With over 17 years of pastoral experience, she understands the movement of human and Holy Spirit energy in congregations and brings her extensive knowledge of family systems theory and Jungian depth psychology to her work. She is well versed in Christian spirituality, biblical hermeneutics, and the history of Christianity which makes her sermons, and our “Scripture Seekers” bible studies very lively and thought provoking. Rev. Jeanne challenges us, and inspires theological reflection, spiritual inquiry, and community building. Most importantly she equips us to stand in our values, and the values of Jesus Christ as we live into our call to be faith leaders, community transformers, and justice seekers in South Hayward and in 21st Century America.
Rev. Jeanne is a graduate of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/Sofia University (M.A. Transpersonal Psychology), and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div. Christian Spirituality and Congregational Leadership/Congregational Systems). She holds Ordained Ministerial Partnership Standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Northern California/Nevada Region, and in the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. Rev. Jeanne has extensive training and experience in transitional ministry (Interim Ministry Network, Alban Institute), and congregational conflict resolution (Lombard Mennonite Peace Center). She is a Spiritual Director (Mercy Center) and professional member of Spiritual Directors International. She enjoys writing, photography, flea-marketing/antiquing, fly fishing, hiking, traveling, trying to figure out what God is doing, and playing the organ really loud. She is a mother, partner, spiritual seeker, gardener, low-carb cook, and lover of music and good books who resides with her family in Oakland.
Pianist - Beau Dream
Transmale classical musician Beau Dream has lived and played in the Bay Area since the year 2000. Originally from Charleston, SC, Beau holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from SF Conservatory of Music (2002), and a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance from SF State University (2007). As a worship and praise musician he led music programs at Saint Aidan's Episcopal Church, Peninsula MCC, and The Center for Spiritual Living - Ashbury Heights; and provided music at New Spirit Community Church, MCC San Francisco, Most Holy Redeemer, United Church of Hayward, and Grace Cathedral. Beau's opera credits include Conductor/Pianist in Paul Bowles's A Picnic Cantata (1999 and 2002), Répétiteur at Dramatic Integration (Banff, 1999), Conductor in Bellini's Norma (City Opera of SF, 2003), Principal Viola in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (SFSU, 2005), and Principal Violin II in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (OAC, 2013). In 2012 he taught composition for the SF Opera program for 5th graders, Book to Bravo. Also a hiphop violinist and beatmaker, he played in Los Angeles, New York, and Amsterdam, in a rap/violin duo called JFP & CNOTE (2006-2012), with albums out on iTunes and bandcamp. His physical transition from female to male began in 2011, and in 2012 he returned to San Francisco after a 3-year stint in Los Angeles. In addition to teaching private lessons in piano, violin, and viola, he is developing his new singing voice, and presenting multi-instrument recitals around the Bay Area and beyond. Check facebook.com/beaudivo and twitter.com/beaudivo for news and concert dates.
Choir Director - DeeAnne Rojeski
Our choir director, DeeAnne Rojeski, is a longtime UCH member. She has been involved in our music program for forty years as a choir member, acting director and now director. DeeAnne is a talented performer, singing both alto and soprano. Her careful selection of music in a variety of styles brings warmth, meaning and interest to our worship services. Music has long been an integral part of our UCH worship. DeeAnne's generosity in sharing her musical gifts insures that this tradition continues.
UCH Leadership/Council Members: (Front Row) Betty Shumway, Financial Secretary; Diana Schauffler, Fellowship Team; Chris Leahy, Building and Grounds; (Second Row) Bill Ralph Co-Moderator: Jackie Freitas, Vice Moderator; Laurie Blue, Worship Team; Kristina Burnett, Outreach Team/Co-Moderator; (Third Row) Sarah Lyn Torres, Treasurer; Rev. Jeanne Loveless; Steve Holly, Care Team Liaison.