Church Leadership

Nicole Reilley, Pastor


Rev. Nicole Reilley joined us in July 2018. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, receiving the 1989 Outstanding Graduate Award. She received her Master of Divinity degree in 1992 from the School of Theology at Claremont. There, she was the recipient of The Reverend Edwin H. Witman Pastoral Care Award and The President’s Award for Academic Excellence.

With 25 years in full-time ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church (UMC), Nicole has served at Hope UMC (Torrance), Shepherd of the Hills (Rancho Santa Margarita Campus), and Redondo Beach UMC. Nicole brought her passion for new ways of doing and being church to her work as the Director of New Ministries for the California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church (Southern California & Hawaii), where she oversaw new church starts and the revitalization of current UM churches from 2013-2018.

Pastor Nicole helps people take their next steps in their faith. She is gifted in preaching, church and leadership development, and teaching, and she enjoys working with young adults, parents with elementary age children and preschoolers. She blogs at

She is married to Dr. Jeffrey Luther, a member of the faculty of the Family Medicine Residency Program at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. They have an adult son, Jacob Reilley-Luther.

Favorite Food: Frozen Grapes
Favorite Movie: “Chocolat”
Favorite Song: American Girl (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
Favorite Place to Visit: Sandy Cove, Kinsale, Ireland
Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Favorite Book: “The Spirituality of Imperfection” by Kurtz and Ketcham

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Michelle Andrews, Associate pastor

Kelley Cannizzaro,
Director of Family Ministries

Steven Applegate, Director of Music Ministries

Sherry Klahs, Director of Worship

David Stradling, Youth Leader

Ann Moore, Pianist and Treasurer

Deb Baur, Director of Business Operations

Susann Sleutjes, Ministry Coordinator

April Piroumian, Connectional Ministries Coordinator

Erica Camara, Media Coordinator

Morgan Avagliano, Nursery Coordinator