Pastor/Staff

THE REV. STEPHEN J. MATHER - MINISTER –

A direct descendant of famous 17th century Boston Puritan ministers, Increase and Cotton Mather, Pastor Steve graduated from Coronado High School in 1967. While an undergraduate at Whittier College, he spent a year studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East. Steve attended the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, earning two graduate degrees, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. In September, 1974 he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister by the Presbytery of San Diego.

Steve began his ministry with a call to become Assistant Pastor, from 1974-1976, at his home church, Graham Memorial Church in Coronado, CA, where he served under the Rev. Kenneth Carson, an experienced minister nearing the end of his 42-year pastorate. Steve’s other ministries were in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, Philadelphia, PA, and Anaheim, CA. In addition, Steve also taught at the Los Angeles campus of the Massachusetts based Springfield College.

From 1998 to 2005, Steve served on the national board of directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its Clergy Advisory Board. He has been active in the religious community as a voice for reproductive rights. In July 2005, Steve returned to a full-time preaching ministry as Pastor of the Coronado Community Church, Coronado, Calif. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for Pastoral Theology.
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CAROLYN AYRES – CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD

Carolyn Ayres is an eleven-year resident of Coronado.  She has served on the Coronado Community Church Board, participated in the Women’s Bible Study Group, served on the Congregational Care Committee, and contributed to various volunteer projects during her four-year membership in the church.  Other wide ranging volunteer work since moving to California include the following boards:  Storytellers of San Diego, Silver Pathways to Music, Los Amigos Dance Club, Coronado Island Film Festival, and the Coronado Crown Club.  She has served as the Coronado Historical Association House Tour Chair; Coronado Historical Association Annual Gala Co-Chair; San Diego Foundation; a YMCA Special Project Assignment; Missionary work on the African Mercy Hospital Ship in Africa; and is the Founder of the Coronado Support Group for Alzheimer’s Caretakers.. Contact Carolyn

AL OVROMTREASURER AND FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Al was born into a Navy family at Mercy Hospital. His family moved often, as most military families do, but mostly resided in San Diego. The family came to Coronado where Al began Coronado High School. Upon graduation he was off to the U.S. Naval Academy. Following graduation from the Academy, his career was spent in ship repair, ship salvage and ship construction management. Following retirement from the Navy, Al was employed locally in ship repair and modernization management. Al’s past service to Coronado includes being a member of the School Board (1986-1994), Planning Commission (1994-1996), the City Council (1996-2000), and the School District’s Facilities Oversight Committee . Al is an active member of a local service club and a member of the Coronado Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street and the SAFE Advisory Board. Contact Al

ANDY HAMILTON – Choir Director

Andy Hamilton served for 8 years as the CCC’s Tenor Section Leader, as well as substitute choir director, soloist, and classical guitarist.  Andy comes from a musical family, with both parents and two siblings making a living as classical musicians.  He has been a choral singer since the age of 6, in numerous vocal groups of various genres, including classical, jazz, and barbershop quartet.  Prior to moving to San Diego in 1994, he was a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (TFC), the chorus of the Boston Symphony.  With TFC, he performed with various symphonies, in opera productions, and on Boston Symphony recordings.  His voice can also be heard in the tenor-range notes of early Kurtzweil keyboards.  During the week, Andy works as an urban planner with the County of San Diego, concentrating on strategies to make walking and bicycling pleasant and safe. Contact Andy 

SHARON AXELSONPIANIST

Sharon joined our staff as church pianist in 2001. She has been accompanying choirs and individuals since her high school days in Akron, Ohio. She studied piano at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ohio State University. She enjoys the opportunity to work with the choir and to enhance our church worship service through music. In addition to her position with the church, she is currently employed in the jewelry business as a Certified Gemologist Appraiser. Sharon and her husband David live in Coronado.

MARLYS SIMMONSDIRECTOR OF MINISTRIES, EMERITA

Marlys attended the University of San Diego Pastoral Care Program and Claremont School of Theology. She has served as Director of Ministries at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Coronado Community Church. Marlys is a member of the American Academy of Bereavement. Her area of special interest is Church sponsored non-denominational Divorce Recovery Groups and Grief Support Groups which she has done for fifteen years in Coronado. She is a licensed RN with a special interest in end of life issues and palliative care. She does a monthly support group for weight reduction patients in Louisiana where her daughter is a gastric by-pass surgeon. She is committed to the belief that it is God’s desire for us to be healed and whole. Contact Marlys

CANDACE TYLERCHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Candy manages the position of Administrator. Her education is in business management for the medical community. She has worked in the medical staff office of San Diego Hospice and has managed 4 physician’s offices here on the Island. She is the owner of CAT Medical Management Service. Wearing 3 hats every day and operating from a cell phone is a rewarding challenge to her. Candy is a former Miss Coronado and like Reverend Mather, is from the Coronado High School class of 1967 and thinks it’s great to now have Reverend Steve as our Pastor. Contact Candy

THE REV. DR. TOM WARMERMINISTER EMERITUS

Dr. Warmer is the founding Minister of the Coronado Community Church. In his retirement, Tom stays in shape by riding his bicycle 90 miles a week. Tom sings in the Church Choir, and is available for prayer.