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.
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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 email@example.com or call at (909) 622 1144.
- Music Director
- Associate Minister
- Nursery Attendant
- Director, Child Development Center
Dr. Vernon SnyderMusic Director
Dr. Snyder holds degrees from Southern Oregon University (B.A., Music Performance, Music Education), California State University, Long Beach (M.M., Music Performance), and Claremont Graduate University (D.M.A., Music Performance). He has performed collaborative and solo concerts throughout the United States, Korea, Taiwan, and live on radio (Classical King FM Seattle). His work includes frequent performances with the vocal duo Duetto and piano four-hands repertoire with the Lin-Snyder Duo. Dr. Snyder appears frequently throughout the Los Angeles area as a collaborative pianist, including with artists from the LA Master Chorale and LA Opera, most recently assisting in workshops by maestro Peter Mark and award winning playwright/director Lillian Groag. As an avid educator, Dr. Snyder has served on the piano faculty at Pomona College, and currently lectures at CSU Pomona. Vernon is author of “An Introduction to Music” (Great River Learning, 2017), an interactive digital publication for use in the university classroom. He undertook additional piano studies at the Vienna Konservatorium while completing German language certificates in Austria, and later Germany. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Evans Family Music Scholarship, Kenneth Fiske Fellowship in Music, Fernandez Prize, and First Place in the graduate division of the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award.
Rev. Werner TillingerAssociate Minister
Werner joined the FCC Pomona family in 2013 upon answering God’s call and moving to Southern California to attend seminary. He completed his field education and ministerial formation at the church and in 2016 earned his Master of Divinity degree from Claremont School of Theology. While at Claremont, Werner concentrated in theology, spiritual formation, and radical compassion. Werner believes that Christians’ communion with the Living God is more fully realized through complementary external and internal faith lives reflected through externally-focused relational community and internally-focused contemplative prayer.
After graduation, he returned home to Santa Fe, New Mexico to further discern God’s call to ministry through spiritual direction, animal chaplaincy, and pastoral care. In Santa Fe, Werner attends First Christian Church of Santa Fe, where he serves as an Elder and occasionally preaches and leads worship. Werner was ordained into Christian ministry in March 2017 by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at FCC Pomona.
Donna PaulsonNursery Attendant
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
Rev. Dr. Rafael Reyes IIIMinister of Administration
Rev. Rafael Reyes III is the Minister of Administration at First Christian Church Pomona. Ordained by the Northeastern Region of the Christian Church, Rafael moved to California to finish his doctoral studies at Claremont School of Theology. He is currently teaching at New Theological Seminary of the West, and provides pulpit supply.
Rafael’s work has been in the study of the Imagination as the space for hope and development. His dissertation, titled “Open Receptacles: Imagination in Continental and Process Thought, and the Opening of Religious Pluralism,” centers on the imagination as integral to any thinking beyond the self. One needs both imagination and reason when engaging the other, as imagination does not judge, but opens a space to construct the novel where all can reside. It does not use power as its motivating factor, but love and wonder.
Peggy KovacsFinancial Officer
On occasion the church hosts candidates for ordination.
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.