Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist
Jim has been a minister for over 20 years, having served churches in the greater Chicago, Seattle, and Boston areas, and worked as Campus Minister at Seattle University. He began his ministry at Orinda Community Church in April 2014.
Jim blends his Evangelical upbringing and his Progressive theology with an expectation that the church should be a place of community, engagement, and vitality. He is known as a talented storyteller, community builder, teacher, and listener.
During his career he has helped run a homeless youth center on Capital Hill in Seattle, led large youth groups in the Chicago and Boston suburbs, facilitated and led nearly 40 service and immersion trips (from regional to international), coordinated a Sunday School program with over 300 children, and served as liaison with 60 Chicagoland social-service agencies while serving in Kenilworth, IL.
Jim and his wife Ingrid have two girls (9th and 6th grade), and they live in Orinda. In Jim's spare time, he enjoys movies with the family, golf, home repair, coaching, and driving his daughters around town.
Jim can be reached at email@example.com
Rev. Elizabeth Robinson
Elizabeth studied literature and psychology at Bard College in New York, and then earned an MFA in creative writing at Brown University. She earned her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in bioethics at the Pacific School of Religion.Along her vocational path, Elizabeth has worked with autistic people, been a part of an intentional community in Los Angeles devoted to racial reconciliation, and taught at several universities. For the past five and a half years, she has worked full time with people experiencing homelessness in Boulder, Colorado. She is currently the Minister in the Community and Poet in Residence at the Community United Church of Christ in Boulder.
The great joys of her life are her sons, her husband, Randy Prunty, writing poetry, and—most centrally!—working in community to share God’s lovingkindness. Elizabeth enjoys exploring her faith through contemplative practices, through the arts, through conversation and prayer, and through outreach into the community. Reach Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie Darwin O’Brien
Youth & Women's Ministries,
is honored to learn and serve with the youth and children of Orinda Community Church, as well as help facilitate OCC’s Women’s Spirituality Group and Women of Spirit, an interfaith community group. She loves that OCC feels like a family and that it is a place filled with authenticity, love, humor and acceptance, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey. Leslie leads our children’s chapel time each week and is the Music Leader of JAMM (Joy, Art, Music, Mindfulness) Camp. She is the founder of GirlPower Message and Music, a program to help build community and self-esteem in teenage girls.
Leslie is a singer who performs in primarily in San Francisco. Her passion is comforting and entertaining people through music. https://youtu.be/pCLu_4tfqy4
She enjoys hanging out with her husband and three sons, hiking in the hills with friends, cycling and reading. She earned a communication degree from Stanford, where she was also Senior Class President.
Contact Leslie at email@example.com
Director of Music
David Milnes joined OCC as Organist/Choir Director in 1998. He also serves as music director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players.
Following early musical studies on the clarinet, piano, organ, cello and voice, he earned degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and Yale University. His conducting teachers have included Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Max Rudolf, Herbert Blomstedt and Otto-Werner Mueller.
David has recently conducted the Oregon, Columbus, Anchorage and Cheyenne Symphonies, and has performed at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Monadnock and Killington Music Festivals. He has guest conducted and lectured at the Juilliard, Curtis and Mannes Schools as well as at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has also had a lifelong interest in jazz which has led to appearances with Gene Krupa, Chuck Mangione, Billy Taylor and John Pizzarelli.
David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Dion. My mother is Jewish and my father is Greek both immigrants to America right before and after World War 2. I am a Hoosier born in Indiana. As a child, I grew up in Midwestern states, Mediterranean countries and then Berkeley in the 60's. As a teenager in
the late sixties I lived in rural north western Sonoma County attending an alternative high school with farm animals and organic farming. I lived in Fresno where I was a daytime custodian for Fresno Unified Schools for 20 years. I worked for an alternative books distributor in Oakland called
Book People for two years. I lived in Seattle for five years and in Arcata Humboldt County for two years. I have lived outdoors in nature for many months at a time. I enjoy bicycling 10 to 75 miles a day as recreation and transportation as I have not owned a car for 20 years. I write essays and
poetry about the human condition, nature and spirituality.
Dagmar runs the day to day operations of the church, including updating the web site, and managing all print and electronic communications as well as personal interactions with visitors and members and friends of the church. Dagmar has worked at Orinda Community Church for over 10 years. Dagmar can be reached at office@orindachurch,org