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.

colin mcdearman

Worship leader/pianist

Colin anchors and blesses our worship with his enthusiastic, spirit-filled piano stylings. As a doctoral student at the Thornton School of Music at USC, he teaches graduate students and administers performance instruction. Colin also tours internationally, most recently performing with orchestras in Italy and France. 

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. 

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! 

cynthia azarcón

songleader & soloist

A long and winding and sometimes perilous road led Cynthia to LMUMC…well, that and her buddy and musical right-hand guy, Lloyd, paved the way. As far back as she can remember, Cynthia always knew she wanted to be a singer. Her musical journey has been rich with a variety of singing styles and opportunities. Cynthia was brought up singing with the choir and singing solos at Holy Family Catholic Church in Artesia. Cynthia graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from CSULB and then returned years later to obtain a Master’s in Linguistics with a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate. Currently, Cynthia is an online adjunct professor of English as a Second Language and Music Theory 1 for beginning ukulele to adult students.

In between undergraduate and graduate school, Cynthia spread her wings at vocal competitions, the Long Beach Opera, Opera Pacific, the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, and Zephyr Voice Ensemble. Later she branched out and sang in a progressive rock band for a short confusing time. Always up for a musical challenge, Cynthia dabbled in composing music and acting with Shakespearean theater troupes in Orange County and Long Beach. At the age of 19, with only one semester of choral and instrumental conducting under her belt, Cynthia was unexpectedly appointed to be Director of Music at Belmont Heights UMC. There she discovered the satisfying and marvelous craft of conducting for the next 31 years. Cynthia is now delighted and overjoyed to be part of this talented and soulful music team, as well as becoming a member of LMUMC. 

sonia vivar

office administrator

Sonia brings her years of experience with sales and staff management to her work in our church office.  She keeps things running smoothly. You can find her in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-5.