OPEN & WELCOMING

Kenwood Community Church invites you in...from its charming historic exterior and interior, to its truly warm and welcoming people. This is a faith community that is open and affirming, and embraces everyone, no matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey.

WHERE FAITH & COMMUNITY MEET

The church has been a part of Kenwood history since 1988. The interior remains little changed: a Carpenter Gothic sanctuary lit by colorful stained glass windows, with comfy Windsor chairs. For over 130 years we have provided not just a center of worship, but a place for the community to gather and find sanctuary. From local service organizations to the neighborhood quilters, Kenwood Community Church is home.

We are a small, progressive Protestant Christian congregation, affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Our members come from a wide variety of denominational backgrounds and beliefs, making this truly a Community Church.

Here you can feel God’s presence and find peace and joy. This is a good place to connect, find meaning and purpose, and to live and serve in a community of faith.

Reverend Doctor Larry Hallett

Worship Pastor

    Rev. Dr. Larry Hallett earned his B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University and Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. He later earned his Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on spirituality and recovery while working at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco.

    After the church’s lengthy search to fill our pastor position, Dr. Hallett answered the Call in early spring of 2019.  He comes to us from Southern California where, over time, he served as Pastor for the Pacific Beach Christian Church in San Diego, First Christian Church in Bellflower and North Long Beach Christian Church.  After leaving the pastoral ministry for a period, Dr. Hallett worked in the hospice field as a chaplain/spiritual care counselor, as well as a bereavement coordinator.

    ​In addition to Pastor Larry’s ministry at Kenwood Community Church, he continues to provide chaplaincy services through Heartland Hospice in Santa Rosa and throughout Sonoma County.  Pastor Larry enjoys outdoor activities, running, hiking, and getting to know all the wonders of his new Northern California home with his partner, Pamela Travers.  Pastor Larry is a kind and caring person who wants to serve God and care for people.  We are excited to have Pastor Larry join our church family for a new chapter in our journey together at Kenwood Community Church. 

    Timothy Dorman

    Moderator

      Timothy moved to Sonoma Valley with his wife, Lauri, in 2010, and discovered the church soon thereafter, drawn to its friendly inclusive community, progressive outlook and traditional UCC roots. 

      In addition to leading the church’s Board of Trustees, Tim offers executive coaching and leadership team advisory services to companies and non-profit institutions. His work has focused on helping leaders identify and pursue their purpose, and build communities of high trust and high impact.

      He has delivered leadership development programs at the Wharton School, Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business and the American University of Beirut. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Korn/Ferry International’s Leadership Coaching and Development Group.

      He received his MBA from Stanford University with concentrations in organizational behavior and marketing, and a BA from Williams College.

      Brenda Roberts

      Church Secretary

        Brenda has been a resident of Sonoma County since 1996. She became KCC’s music director in 2010. She served in this position for 5 years for the then pastor Jim Fish. Other work opportunities took her into new directions for several years and she returned to this rich and wonderful community as part time secretary in 2019. Brenda loves the graphic and creative elements of preparing newsletters and bulletins. She also manages the flow of communications through the office. Along with her part time work as secretary, she maintains a piano studio of 25-30 students. In her “spare” time, she is the music director at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Brenda holds a BA degree in piano performance with a minors in voice and psychology. Brenda finds fun in playing and singing with local performance groups. Her passion has become piano ensemble; specifically, music written for two pianos. You will find her at KCC services playing piano organ duets with our music director Harold Julander or singing duets with Kay Oppenheimer.

        Harold Julander

        Music Director

          Harold Julander comes to our church from having been organist at First United Methodist Church in Napa for 4 years. Prior to that, he was organist at Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, CA, starting in 1980. He has studied with Lawrence Moe, UC Berkeley; Ed Hansen and Peter Hallock, Seattle; David Dahl, Tacoma; Rodney Gherke, San Francisco; and at University of Puget Sound, Washington State University, Summer Concourse in Haarlem, Holland; and Westminster Choir College. He has degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Physics. He worked for Hewlett-Packard/Agilent for 26 years. His current occupation is Manufacturing and Quality Manager at Winchester Interconnect., in Santa Rosa. He is married, has 3 children, and lives with his wife and 4 dogs in east Santa Rosa.

          Cathy Valerga

          Wedding Coordinator

            Wedding Coordinator Cathy Valerga has been a member of Kenwood Church since 2012. She has extensive experience in event management and organization, and implemented the Red Carnation Ladies in 2013, bringing a new level of on-site support to weddings at KCC.

            Cathy takes pride in providing attention to detail and making the planning process, as well as the wedding day, as stress-free as possible for our bridal couples.