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Rev. Jennifer Murdock

Lynnewood UMC’s Pastor

Email at pastorjenn@lynnewood.org

Following Jennifer’s graduation from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, Jennifer has been in pastoral ministry since 2004. Her greatest joys are helping people experience the love of God, discovering their soul’s purpose, and changing the world with love are her greatest joys in ministry. As Pastor of Lynnewood UMC, she has the pleasure of doing that through preaching, worship, small group studies, and experiences of service locally and globally. 1 John 4:16 says “God is love and those who abide in love abide in God.” She believes that learning to love with patience, forgiveness, compassion, and justice is our soul’s life-long journey. She feels blessed to companion this community along the way.

Prior to her appointment at Lynnewood UMC, she served the First UMC of Napa, South Reno UMC, Epworth UMC of Berkeley, and Los Gatos UMC. She also served as Case Manager to San Bruno fire victims in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the American Red Cross.

When she is not engaged in ministry, she loves to spend time with her husband and young children. Together they enjoy camping, hiking, and any other activity that connects them with nature. Music makes her feel alive, so you will occasionally hear her belting out songs in her car! She also enjoys running, reading, and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play football.

Amelia Riegart

Amelia Han Riegert

Worship Music Coordinator & Principal Accompanist

Email at music@lynnewood.org

Amelia was born in Singapore and lived in several Southeast Asian countries as a child of mission workers. She started playing the organ for church as a teenager and cannot remember a time she has not played for church since then. Her parents always encouraged her to strive for excellence and use her musical gifts in honor of her Creator. Her desire to pursue a music degree led her to Newbold College in England where she obtained a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She moved to the United States in 1998 to attend graduate school at San Jose State University.

Amelia joined the Lynnewood staff in January 2014 initially as church organist. Since then, her responsibilities have expanded and she now serves as Principal Accompanist and Worship Music Coordinator. As a church musician, Amelia does not see her role as a performer but rather as a worshiper presenting her gifts to God while helping fellow worshipers draw closer to Him. In addition to serving at Lynnewood, Amelia also serves as organist/pianist for the Sunnyvale Seventh-Day Adventist Church and teaches piano. In her past life, she has been an office administrator, college instructor, marketing executive, and English language instructor.

Amelia lives in Saratoga with her husband, David Riegert, a professional musician, recording engineer, and math tutor, and their two cats, Patches and Lipton.

Corey Forrester

Corey Dao-Forrester

Director of Youth, Family, & Discipleship

Email at corey@lynnewood.org

Corey was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He grew up loving and playing sports, particularly baseball, while also fishing and surfing constantly. Corey then attended college at Campbell University, majoring in Christian Ministry. After Campbell, Corey attended Duke Divinity school where he met his wife Emily. They lived in Durham, NC together for five years before moving to San Francisco. Corey loves playing and going on adventures with his three dogs – Wrigley, Milo, and Banks. Corey and Emily love traveling, experiencing food, and exploring new places. Corey has a deep love for Duke Basketball, the Chicago Cubs, and playing golf. Prior to Lynnewood, Corey served as the Family Ministry Associate at First Cary UMC in Cary, NC. He is grateful and excited to begin this journey at Lynnewood UMC. Corey is passionate about Family Ministry, engaging with youth and children, and pursuing justice and reconciliation in our community. He wants all to feel loved, welcomed, and accepted into our community.

Rev. Allie Knofczynski

Office Manager & Communications Coordinator

Pastoral Student Intern

Email at allie@lynnewood.org

A South Dakota native, Allie (she/they) is an ordained interfaith minister through The Chaplaincy Institute and is currently pursuing her Masters of Divinity, specializing in Church Leadership. Her undergraduate studies focused in Mass Communications and International Studies. Allie lives with her husband Sam and blended family of dogs, Olive and Luna. Between work and school, Allie enjoys knitting, thrift shopping, exploring new places, and baking vegan treats. She is also passionate about advocating as an autistic person with ADHD and creating more equitable, inclusive spaces inside and outside ministry.

Michael Morales

Choir Director

Email at michael@lynnewood.org

Michael-Brandon Morales is a Bay Area native, conductor, and countertenor with degrees in Drama and Music. He has conducted worship and educational music throughout the Bay. In 2021, he was named the new Artistic Director for Singers Marin, and he also performs with 21V, a non-binary treble ensemble. He believes in music as a form of personal and corporate prayer, as well as social advocacy. Outside of music, Michael is an avid Giants fan, fervent Beatles scholar, and enjoys exploring every coffee shop and taphouse in the Bay Area with his wife, Katie, and their new son, Michael-James.