Pastor Katie Donaldson was appointed to Ojai UMC July 1, 2023 as local pastor in the United Methodist California Pacific Confrence.

She enjoys building relationships with people in the church, while also connecting to the surrounding community, especially over a cup of coffee or a lovely walk. She finds purpose in preaching the Word, caring for people, and welcoming everyone to join in the mission of God here and now.

Katie received my Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Ministry in 2019 from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City Missouri; and my Bachelors in Sociology from Point Loma Nazarene University. She currently is in the process of becoming an ordained elder in the UMC.

When she not working in the church you’ll find her spending time with her spouse (John), two kiddos, and dog (Annie) or cat (Toni). She truly enjoys to listen to an array of books, try to garden, go on adventures outside, bake bread, and explore local stores.


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…]