"That Church"

Staff & Leaders

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Dr. Jill Kirchner-Rose

Senior Pastor Jill Kirchner-Rose has “come home” to RUCC after serving for 19 years at University Christian Church in San Diego.  She was a member of RUCC as a youth, and graduated from Redlands High School in 1987.  In fact, she preached her very first sermon at Redlands United Church of Christ, and was ordained…

Peter Tupou

RUCC welcomes Peter as the new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.   Peter was born in New Zealand and raised in Tonga.  Peter now calls Redlands his home.  He enjoys interacting with students and young people in all facets and stages of their life and has a passion for mentorship, advocacy and human…

Susi Jacobsen

Susi began her ministry at Redlands UCC in 2013. She brings considerable experience as a teacher to the position and a genuine love of children and providing a fun and loving environment for them at church.

Gavin Thrasher

Gavin received his Master’s Degree in Choral Music Conducting from USC, where he sang with the Chamber Singers and conducted the Apollo Men’s Chorus. He is the Assistant Conductor and Alive Music Project Coordinator for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, organizing the youth outreach program that brings music and LGBT awareness, as well…

Sophia Ohanian

Sophia received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Redlands. Currently, Sophia is head of the piano department at San Jacinto Valley Academy, a K-12 charter school, where she coordinates the piano curriculum, teaches piano classes, and accompanies the school’s choirs. Sophia is proud to be one of the founders of the…

Dr. Steve Morics

Dr. Steve Morics is our handbell choir director. He brings excellent musical knowledge and a vibrant energy to this wonderful group.

Nancy Sheets

Nancy is a native Southern Californian residing in Banning with her husband of 46 years, Bob.  They have two sons, both electricians, and four beautiful grandchildren. She is the Office Manager and is helping our church run smoothly and efficiently and brings years of human resource experience with her.

Jay Grayson

For several years, Jay has been the “man behind the scenes” making things run as well as they do. He helps set things up for meetings and makes sure the facility and property are secure and looking nice.

Leah Lane

Leah takes care of our precious little ones and provides a safe, loving environment for our kids in the nursery.