Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Bau Dang

Senior Pastor
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Rev. Dr. Bau Dang (M.Div., MBA, D.Min.) is an Elder of The United Methodist Church. He studied at Biola University, National University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Claremont School of Theology. Rev. Dang was the pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in San Diego for 20 years before he became the District Superintendent of Riverside District (2008-2012) and East District (2012-2014) of the California-Pacific Annual Conference.  Rev. Dang has served as member of the General Commission on Religion and Race (2000-2008), director of the General Board of Global Ministries (2008-2012), delegate to the General Conference (2008) and Western Jurisdictional Conference (2008 & 2012). Rev. Dang is also the translator of the Vietnamese Bible, 2011 Version (BD2011), which is available on www.BibleGateway.com and www.YouVersion.com.  After completing his term as District Superintendent, Bishop Minerva Carcaño has appointed him to serve as the Senior Pastor of Garden Grove United Methodist Church since July 1, 2014.

Eketone Tosi

Samoan Pastor
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Our Samoan Pastor is Eketone Tosi. Tone, as he prefers, is serving his very first congregation since answering God’s calling. His theological, religious training and education began in American Samoa at Kanana Fou Theological Seminary, where he received a Diploma of Theological Studies in 2001 and a Bachelor of Divinity the following year. In 2009, he received his Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. He is married to Barbara Tu’ua and they have one child.

Janine Ryder

Administrative Assistant
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Janine Ryder is the Administrative Assistant at Garden Grove United Methodist Church.  Janine began her service in the church office as a volunteer.  Seventeen years ago, Janine became our official Church Secretary and was soon after promoted to the position of Administrative Assistant.  Janine is the publisher of “Expectations”, our church newsletter, and has an active role singing in our Chancel Choir.  Janine grew up at Garden Grove United Methodist Church and is the daughter of Lloyd and Martha (deceased) Cole.  She is married to Steve Ryder and they have one son, Eric.

Janine is the contact person for anyone wishing to rent hall space at our church.  For hall availability, please contact the Church Office at exp@ggumc.com or call (714) 534-1070.

Bill Shelly

Director of Music Ministries

Bill Shelly – Director of Music Ministries

Bill Shelly is serving Garden Grove United Methodist Church as Director of Music Ministries. He has a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University. He has served as choir director at United Methodist Churches in Lincoln, NE, Brea, CA, and Artesia, CA. He also served as choir director at First Lutheran Church in Fullerton, CA for over 17 years. Prior to coming to GGUMC, he was the bass section leader and interim organist at Newport Center United Methodist Church in Corona Del Mar, CA. He and his wife, Janet, have been married for over 40 years. He currently sings with the Pacific Chorale and Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble. He was the associate conductor of the Cypress Masterworks Chorale for over 25 years, and with that group participated in choir tours of England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Greece, Israel and Belgium as well as taking the choir of First Lutheran Church to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is looking forward to continuing the wonderful music tradition at GGUMC.

Norberto Guinaldo

Organist

Norberto has been our dedicated, energetic, and much beloved organist since 1965.  There are very few musical projects that take place at Garden Grove United Methodist that Norberto is not involved with.  Whether it is stirring our listeners with the presence of our impressive pipe organ or accompanying the Chancel Choir on the piano during rehearsals, Norberto can be relied upon to support his fellow musicians with his technical skill and talent.

Norberto holds a Master’s Degree in Musical Theory and Composition from the University of California at Riverside and the prestigious  Diplome Superieure d’Orgue from the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where he studied with internationally celebrated composer of modern classical music, organist, and improviser,  Jean Langlais.

Norberto regularly writes article for the church newsletter, “Expectations”, titled “The Church Organ”.  The articles explain the history as well as the inner workingsof the organ itself.  Here’s a link:  https://www.ggumc.net/the-sanctuary-organ 

For more information on Norberto’s original compositions and audio samples, browse http://www.guinaldopublications.com/index.html 

For any correspondence with Norberto Guinaldo, please contact the Church Office at (714) 534-1070 or email ggumc@ggumc.net

Sally Hickman

Director of Children & Youth Choirs
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Sally Hickman is a career educator.  Here at GGUMC she has devoted her life to teaching our younger folk, the “short people”, as she lovingly calls them, the joys of singing through faith.  Our Cherub Choir, Chorister Choir, Sonshine Singers, and Annual Choir School all lift their voices to heaven under Sally’s nurturing direction, make new friends, and gain a musical life experience that they’ll never forget.

To contact Sally Hickman, please call the Church Office at 714-534-1070, M-F, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, or email exp@ggumc.net.

Mitzie Larson

Wedding Coordinator
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wedding_12805acMitzie Larson has been the coordinator of our wedding ministry for over 20 years.  Mitzie finds it to be a blessing, to be a small part, for those who are joining in holy matrimony at our beautiful church.  Can you think of another job where you cry tears of joy regularly?

Weddings are regularly performed in our main Sanctuary or the Chapel.

If you would like to have your wedding at Garden Grove United Methodist Church, please verify your calendar date by contacting Mitzie Larson.  Or emailing exp@ggumc.com or calling (714) 534-1070.