Church Staff

Rev. Dr. Lynn Reece is our Pastor.  The Rev. Dr. Lynn Reece is a member of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served as an ordained minister for 20 years. She most recently served for three years as pastor for the University United Methodist Church in Redlands, CA. She is an Executive Associate for Webb & Associates Chaplaincy Consulting, in Oceanside, California, and her area of specialization is Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Prevention. She holds a B.S. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in NY; a M.Div. in Theology from the Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY; and a Ph.D. in Human Services from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. She served 20 years in the United States Navy and retired as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman in 1994. She is also a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

As the incoming pastor of The Shepherd for the Valley United Methodist Church in Indio, Dr. Reece is passionate about introducing people to Jesus Christ and growing Christian disciples through spiritual development and discernment programs. She is also committed to social justice ministries and joining our neighbors in community development. Dr. Reece believes every Christian should be held accountable and be ready to answer the question, “How did my thoughts, words, and deeds bring honor and glory to God today?”

Patricia Brown is our Church Secretary.  Patricia is in the office Monday to Thurday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  You can reach her at 760-347-1046.

Jerry Bursch is our Music Director.  Jerry comes to us from St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.  He brings a wealth of experience in church music.