Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, Pastor
Rev. Heather joined Lynnewood as lead pastor in July, 2011. Heather brings a love of people to our community. She is a life-long United Methodist and second-career pastor, having been a high school teacher and active lay person in the church for many years.
Before coming to Lynnewood as ordained elder, Heather ministered at St. John’s (Rohnert Park) and San Ramon Valley (Alamo) United Methodist Churches. She graduated from Pacific School of Religion (Master of Divinity), the University of Maryland (M.A.), and American University (B.A.). She has lived in Austria, Switzerland, and Micronesia.
Heather preaches most weeks, always using the Bible, but also sharing contemporary issues and literature. She seeks to help people find meaning in their lives and develop their faith in God through life challenges. Heather enjoys talking to people to help them discern their gifts for ministry and mission. She is passionate about music and social issues of today.
Heather’s husband, Jim Hammer, is a theoretical physicist. Heather and Jim’s son Sepp (35) lives in San Francisco and is a classical singer. Their daughter Leslie (32) completed her Master of Social Work degree at Smith College (Northampton, MA) in August 2015 and is now working as a therapist in Napa, California.
“The church is where my family has found meaningful connection in our busy lives. When our son died, I was surrounded by loving people who embodied God’s love. We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ here at Lynnewood. It is a sacred calling and a real joy. I hope you will join us and see whether this connection might give your life new meaning.”
Rev. Diana Marie Bohn, Minister to Children and Youth
Diana is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and a certified Minister of Education with 26 years in ministry within the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
Diana began working with children at her church in Texas when she was in junior high school. Her energy and creativity are both challenged and nourished by the energy and enthusiasm of young people. She joined Lynnewood full-time in October, 2009.
Prior to her appointment to Lynnewood, Diana served New Community UMC in Oakhurst and Wesley United Methodist Church in Fresno. She has also served in the Fresno District office of the United Methodist Church and as the Community Organizer for the Central Valley Gay-Straight Alliance Network. She graduated in 1982 from the Boston University School of Theology.
Diana has written Sunday School curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House and Friendship Press. She enjoys writing, team sports, and as a young adult competed internationally in soccer.
Diana is married to Grady Knowles. Her son, Jonas, recently graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara.