REV. KRIS BERGSTROM (she/her)
ACTING CONFERENCE MINISTER
Kris has been called to serve as Acting Conference Minister through December of 2022. She has been the Associate Conference Minister for Central and Northern Associations since November of 2020 and the chair of the Conference Ethics Team for several years. Prior to joining the staff, she sat on the Conference Board of Directors. A second-career clergy person, Kris has 35 years of experience as an educator and educational administrator. She has advanced training in dispute resolution, conflict mitigation and mediation. Rev. Bergstrom was the senior pastor of Church of the Foothills in Ventura from 2012-2018. During that time she chaired Northern Association’s Church and Ministry Committee. Her unique skills and experiences will lead us through a year of strategic planning and the search for the next settled Conference Minister.
Office: (626) 798-8082, ext. 702
Mobile: (805) 901-8308
EDITH GUFFEY (she/her)
PROJECT MANAGER FOR ADMINISTRATION
Edith Guffey has served the United Church of Christ for over 30 years. Her prior roles include Conference Minister for the Kansas Oklahoma Conference, Associate Conference Minister for the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference, and Chief Operating Officer for the United Church of Christ National Setting. Edith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Southern California Nevada Conference and in her one-year term with us, she will tackle projects related to the administration of budget, finance, and property matters.
VIRGINIA ARROYO (she/her)
Virginia has been with the Conference for over 33 years. Virginia’s portfolio also includes Search and Call administrative duties. She is the primary presence in our physical office, making Virginia one of the most recognizable faces in our Conference.
Office: (626) 798-8082, ext. 700
STELLA PEREZ (she/her)
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION CLERK
Stella has been with the Conference since 2011. She supports the work of the Conference by helping with “Connecting Voices,” is Registrar for the SCNC Leadership Academy, and sends out regular e-correspondence. Stella also helps with digital archiving, and financial record keeping.
Office: (626) 798-8082, ext. 704
MARY TRAYLOR (she/they)
PILGRIM PINES PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Mary Traylor started as a volunteer with youth and young adult ministries of the conference five years ago and has supported the programming at Pilgrim Pines Camp for decades. She is now in this limited-term position to plan for and lead the fall and winter (2021-2022) camp experiences.
Office: (310) 916-8866