Rev. Dr. Julie Roberts-FronkPastor
Julie began as the Associate Pastor, became the called Senior Pastor and for the last 20 years has served as co-equal partners with Mike Fronk, her husband. She is a Southern California native and experienced the dynamic and sometimes difficult change through which the region has developed. She majored in music at Chapman University, receiving a Bachelor of Music and values the place of music in the life of the church. She received the Master of Divinity degree in 1988 and the Doctor of Ministry in 1993 from Claremont School of Theology.
In the time Julie and Mike have served, the congregation became an Open and Affirming congregation, reconnected more intentionally with Hope Partners and engaged more deeply in the communities around the church through Inland Communities Organizing Network (ICON). The congregation has always had a strong call to serve beyond its walls. Julie and Mike led the congregation to engaged action with people of other faith institutions and non-profits locally to build power for the common good.
Spiritual formation is a passion for Julie. She is a Facilitator for Engaged Compassion through the Center for Engaged Compassion, has led numerous retreats and plans for worship to a place and time where we intentionally stand on the threshold of divine presence.
email@example.com or call at church (909) 622 1144.
Rev. Michael FronkPastor
Rev. Michael Fronk began his ministry at First Christian Church, Pomona in 1987 as Pastoral Assistant. It was a voluntary position where he worked with different programs of church life and outreach. In 1997, he experienced a call to devote himself to full time ministry and was called to serve this congregation as one of its full time pastors.
Rev. Fronk has a deep passion for ministry in the urban context; the work of Christ calls us all to serve God where we are planted. There has been an ethos in southern California to flee to the suburbs and yet the urban world remains. Rev. Fronk sees his ministry at First Christian Church as spreading the love of Christ in the urban world through Discipleship and deepening the Spiritual life.
My ministry has involved me in developing and teaching Christian Education, developing nation building programs, serving on the fundraising committees, I have led retreats, and directed summer camps for children and youth. Currently I am active in the leadership of in broad based organizing effort (One LA). I am serving as a facilitator of congressional renewal for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and I am the treasurer of Inland Valley Council of Churches. You know some of my story, I would be honored to know some of yours.
You can write to Pastor Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (909) 622 1144.
- Nursery Attendant
- Director, Child Development Center
Donna PaulsonNursery Attendant
More information to follow.
Cristina GomezDirector, Child Development Center
Cristina began her relationship with the Child Development Center in 1987 when she was a student at the preschool. She returned in the fall of 2017 as the office administrator for the Child Development Center (CDC). She then took over as the director in August of 2018.
She holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Chapman University where she also minored in Holistic Wellness. She has an extensive background in customer service, management and nutrition coaching. She spent fifteen years volunteering at summer camps both as a counselor and a director.
- Minister of Administration
- Financial Officer
Erin GrasseMinister of Administration
A lifelong resident of Virginia, Erin moved to Southern California in 2016 following her graduation from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Religious Studies. She completed her Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2019, and is now using her newfound divinity to learn all of the secrets of church administration.
An import from the United Methodist tradition, Erin is currently a certified candidate for ministry in the Virginia Annual Conference. She will be beginning a 16-week unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at PIH-Health Hospital in Whittier in September, and assuming that this doesn’t radically alter her sense of call, she’ll continue working towards her goal of congregational ministry from there.
If you’d like to make her day, show her pictures of your pets and tell her what your bird call would be. She would love to hear about both.
Peggy KovacsFinancial Officer
Periodically, our congregation sponsors candidates for ordination. These are members of the church who are seeking to be in ministry on behalf of the church and willing to be accountable to the requirements of community life as leaders.
Candidates for Ordination
Courtney Armento is graduating from the Claremont School of Theology with a Master of Divinity Degree, spring 2019. She is a member of First Christian Church Pomona in Southern California and completing Field Education requirement at the University Church, Chicago. She is under care with the PSWR for ordination. She believes in the transformational power of God’s love to heal and remind us of our interconnectedness. She embraces enlivened ways of evolving and embodying the radical way of Jesus.
Courtney is a Womanist contemplative theologian, passionate about helping others discern what it means to develop the inner landscape of the soul. Which she believes informs a renewed, deeper and abiding relationship with Jesus. She is focused on teaching, leading and preaching in ways that aid individuals in cultivating their spiritual empowerment and impels them to flourish. She is intentionally creating sacred and safe space to engage difficult topics. One of her goals in ministry, is to shift the normative subversive culture of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. She seeks to shatter shame, stigma and silence, through bringing the wider church into conversation, action and response to this pandemic health crisis.
In her first effort to shift the social landscape of domestic and intimate partner violence, she co-authored resolution GA-1928, A Call to See and Respond to the Crisis Of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. GA-1928 is up for adoption at the General Assembly, 2019. She is aligns the mission of the resolution with action through training and program development.
Beth is a lifelong Southern California native who currently resides in Ontario, CA. As a fourth generation Disciple of Christ, the church has been a major part of her life and upbringing. She is a graduate of Chapman University where she got her BA in Film Studies in 2012 and has recently earned her M.Div. from the Claremont School of Theology. Her ministry focus is working with youth and young adult within the Pacific Southwest Region and beyond. Beth is an avid film fan and has a passion for literature. That passion spills over into naming pets, like her 5 year old German Shepherd/Husky mix Jane Pawsten. Joining FCC Pomona in 2015, Beth has appreciated the care and support of the church.
Aizaiah is a practical theologian who is passionate and committed to intercultural works of peace, justice, & social transformation. Aizaiah has experience serving in a variety of leadership positions within non-profit, educational, & religious institutions as well as in consulting roles with executive leaders seeking organizational change. He continues to publish numerous works related to issues at the intersection of wisdom-based leadership, pastoral theology and care, spirituality, and intercultural studies.
Aizaiah hosts a podcast called CHANGE HAPPENS NOW, in which, “…guests from our leadership collective share stories, insights, practices, and tools that will prepare and empower aspiring and emerging leaders to enact social change in their personal lives, communities, and in the organizations they serve.”