Interim Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hinerman began as our Interim Minister in September of 2014. Stephen is originally from West Virginia, whStephen Hinermanere he attended Marshall University. He received a Ph.D. in Communication from The Ohio State University, and has taught on the faculty of a number of schools, including spending the last 26 years at San Jose State University in Communication Studies. He also teaches Religious Studies at Las Positas College, teaching both World Religions and The History and Literature of the Bible.

Stephen attended Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, where he received an Masters of Divinity and is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has been trained by the Interim Ministry Network as a Certified Transitional Minister, and has served as the Interim Pastor at Lafayette Christian Church and as Interim Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church of San Jose (UCC). Stephen will be with us through the process of transition as we seek, ultimately, a settled pastor. You are welcome to contact him anytime with pastoral needs.

On a personal level, Stephen loves to play guitar, and loves to look at old vintage guitars. He has even tried his hand at songwriting a bit. And he enjoys going to concerts around the Bay Area and eating out at the amazing array of restaurants that we have available.

Retired Pastor

The Rev. Pam Shortridge was our pastor from 1991 until June, 2014.  An engaging speaker, Pam was adept at digging into the Pam ShortridgeBible and discussing the latest scholarly research on difficult texts.

She actively supported the congregation when we confronted social problems.  She always said the best thing about the Community Church is our willingness to take risks, our love of laughter, and our sincere desire to engage people with a wide range of ideas and experiences.

In addition to her pastoral duties, she was an admired instructor of seminary students at Berkeley’s Pacific School of Religion.  She also lead a weekly discussion group on Progressive Christianity in Tumultuous Times for seniors who reside at The Redwoods in Mill Valley.

Pam is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.


Worship Musician and Choir DirectorKevin M1

Kevin Manz, son of a United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor and a public school teacher, has decades of experience as a settled or interim church musician and consultant.  His music training focused on pipe organ and woodwinds.  He has conducted choral groups of all ages, hand bell choirs, and instrumental groups.  He has served congregations of many denominations in several states and has devoted years to leading and singing in volunteer and community choral groups.  He co-founded a music and arts program for homeless children.  He believes that music is one way in which an entire congregation participates in ministry and worship.


Business Manager

Barbara Strader Sitkin has been with the Community Church for over 20 years.  A skillful  business administrator, she keeps the church office running smoothly, making sure the accounts are balanced, processing payables and receivables, and producing the financial reports. She also handles all rental inquiries and contracts for the church.  As Executive Editor for Of Good Report, she produces our newsletter monthly, sending it out by email and producing a printed version for distribution at church.  If a wedding is booked at the church, Barbara, as our On-Site Coordinator at both the rehearsal and on the day of the ceremony, will facilitate your plans and assist with those small details to make sure that the day goes smoothly.  A Marin Master Gardener volunteer in her spare time, Barbara co-created our memorial courtyard garden.


Facility Operations Manager

Since he was hired in 2005, Aaron Young has proved to be indispensable to the Community Church.  His skills go far beyond maintaining the building and grounds and keeping all systems—electrical, audio/visual, plumbing, etc.—functioning properly.  He is a fine carpenter and furniture builder who has remodeled spaces, built new pews, and created cabinets and tables that are functional and beautiful.   In 2006, Aaron took his skills to New Orleans on behalf of our church to help rebuild houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina.