Pastor Rachel deBos-Haigler is was appointed to Ojai UMC July 1, 2018 after receiving her Masters of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  She and her husband, Nick, moved to Ojai as a faithful response to the call that God placed upon their lives.  She has a rich background in mission and ministries through the United Methodist Church, serving as a US-2 missionary in Miami and as a missionary in New York City, along the way discovering her love for the arts, for building relationships, and seeking to be her most authentic self. Her call to ministry is grounded in a faithfulness to follow the guidance of God and trust that the process will be filled with meaning and love.  Pastor Rachel seeks to love relentlessly, to forgive endlessly, and to extend compassion radically in all that she does and with all whom she meets.


Our Music Director, Chris Gillmon, has been an outstanding addition to our staff for ten years. His responsibilities include coordinating all of the chancel choir and instrumental music for our church services and special events. In addition, he directs the choir and the community handbell group in their rehearsals and performances and accompanies their musical selections on either the piano or organ. He also sings and plays solo selections as required. [Read More…]