Staff

  • Rev. PAIGE EAVES

    Pastor

    Pastor Paige started her career in ministry at the age of 6, when she was invited to help her grandmother, the long-time secretary of St. Matthews UMC in Memphis. When the offering coins had been counted out into their little paper rolls, and Sunday worship attendance had been carefully tallied, Paige would take a break and wander alone into the sanctuary to experience the living silence of a sacred space.


    She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where she was known as a good student, active MYF member, tenacious rifle-twirler and a second-chair trombonist. Pastor Paige is a political science graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC. She spent her junior year in Japan and can still speak the informal, incomplete Japanese of a year abroad.  

     

    Pastor Paige received a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley, where she found a community of friends-for-life, all of whom remain committed to just and equitable public service, anchoring Paige's network of professionals in public health, housing, and education. After Berkeley, Paige worked at the World Bank as part of a team seeking to integrate NGO financing in poverty alleviation projects.


    This was followed by a year in India with Habitat for Humanity.

     

    Through the 90's Pastor Paige was the Executive Director of Sierra Service Project (SSP) and part of Rockridge United Methodist Church in Oakland. This intense church consisting almost entirely of young adults fostered her growth as a disciple and as a leader. At the same time, SSP grew in capacity and leaned in to Christ-centered ministry. The intertwining of these experiences became a call to ministry.

     

    Her seminary years were spent at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, where she received an excellent theological education and became an even more radical Jesus follower. She also met her husband Forrest Robinson in Atlanta. Together they returned to California, where Forrest continued touring with India Arie, and Paige began her ministry at Anaheim UMC. Forrest is an awesome drummer who plays with celebrity guitarists, a delightful Irish band, and an expensive agency band. He generally  makes Pastor Paige cooler by association.

     

    Over the last 16+ years, Paige and Forrest have served Anaheim UMC, Pasadena First UMC, Crescenta Valley UMC, and University UMC in Irvine. As of July 2018, Pastor Paige began as the pastor of La Mirada United Methodist Church. She also serves as the Assistant District Director for the South District, where she works primarily with property development projects.


  • tricia luse

    office administrator

    Office Administrator Tricia Luse brings 20 years of administrative experience to the office of La Mirada UMC. She is an integral member of the congregation, where she pursues her faith journey through worship, study, and prayer. She is a faithful member of our small choir.

     

    Tricia grew up in Nebraska, where her relatives still work a farm that has been in the family for over 100 years. Her family has always been Methodist, and Tricia is grateful for the theological legacy of grace and love.

     

    Having experienced significant loss and upheaval at an early age, Tricia understands grief and the search for home. Her compassion, grace and hospitality are evident in her engagements with members, visitors, and the community. 

The Well Collective

worship leaders

The amazing musicians of The Well Collective lead our regular Sunday morning worship experiences. Their leadership reflects their heart for bringing communal songs of hope, lament, redemption, and reconciliation to our worshiping community. 


Brianna Ibarra Galbreath                     Jacob Williams                                Taylor Begert

Lloyd Hastings

choir coach

Lloyd came to our staff in the summer 2021 as we emerged from COVID. For the 15 years prior, Lloyd was the Worship Co-Leader at Belmont Heights UMC in Long Beach.  Together with the Music Director and Accompanist, they formed a team that brought an eclectic mix of styles for worship.  Traditional, Contemporary, Praise, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Ballad and Spiritual are all styles Lloyd particularly embraces.  Lloyd plays several instruments including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, Dobro, bass, and keyboards.  Lloyd grew up in the Montebello UMC where his father and mother were Director of Music and Accompanist as a team for nearly 40 years.  Choir rehearses every Wednesday night at 7:00. Join us! 


Melanie Ortiz

Social media Coordinator

Melanie is a graduate of Biola University and an alumna member of the St. Thomas Collective, a group of Biola students engaged in spiritual formation on our campus and elsewhere. Melanie instigates and coordinates our social media. She is currently a member of the Puentes Collective. In the last year, this Collective has conducted qualitative research with Fuller Theological Seminary's Department of Psychology on trauma and resilience in order to build community-of-practice groups for members of the Latinx community. Melanie enjoys seeing God's love of justice and play in the world around her. She hopes to continue telling La Mirada Methodist's story through this lens. 


Melanie currently lives in Los Angeles. She enjoys running, cooking and reading. 

Andrew Nguyen

Online Worship Host

Andrew has spiritual gifts of hospitality and engagement. Whether you are meeting him online or in-person, you'll find a warm welcome. Andrew  is the friendly face you'll  find when you sign onto our livestream on Sunday mornings.