Staff


Rev. Caiti Hamilton (She/Her), Pastor

Pastor Caiti Has served Open Door UMC since July 1, 2019.

Pastor Caiti is passionate about hearing and sharing how we each encounter God in our lives. She believes we are all called to reach out to each other in love, resist injustice and prejudice wherever they exist, so we can build beloved community together abiding in Grace.

She has a background in Non Profit work having spent time working for Sierra Service Project and Heifer International.

In her free time she enjoys Hiking, Mountain Biking, playing Ice Hockey and spending time with her Dog’s Amos and George.

 

 

 

 

Terry Lezama-Jensen (He/Him), Worship Director

Terry Lezama-Jensen began his Pastoral Music Ministry in 1971 as Chapel Choir Director at his alma mater, Berry College in Mt. Berry, GA.  Since then he has found himself in Methodist, United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, Interdenominational, and Catholic communities where he has been called on to sing, play the organ and piano, direct, preach, and teach.

Terry is a native of the Bay Area, born and raised in Petaluma. In 1979 he moved down to San Francisco and spent three decades living, working and ministering there.  In 2009 he moved across the bay to take his chances with the Hayward Fault. Terry and his Nicaraguan husband Mauricio live in Vallejo, with their three dogs and one cat. When not working at his real job as a Business Systems Analyst in San Francisco, or doing music for us, Terry enjoys barbecuing and lazing around the pool, exploring local street fairs, checking out historic sites, dining at restaurants (both the interesting and the mundane), watching telenovelas to improve his rudimentary Spanish, and taking in first-run movies at the local multiplex.

 

Cole McCrorie McKnight (He/They), Office Administrator

Cole is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University (BA) as well as Cascadia College (AA), both located in WA, where Cole grew up.

He has a passion for theology, diversity, and community. Cole loves to learn, as well as lead and is always eager to try new things. However, as a vegan, most of the interesting food Cole tries are animal and environmentally friendly.

Some things that are important to Cole are family, friends, and Divinity. He currently lives in Richmond with his family and animals. His spouse Jordan (They/Them), Sisters Kelsey (She/Her), and Zoe (She/Her), as well as Cousin Eva (She/Her). This big family also has many animals including a service dog, Duke, who you will find in the office most days (off duty and ready to say hi).

 

Adriana Ruiz (She/Her), Childcare ProviderDSCF1219

Adriana is originally from Colombia. She immigrated to the United States 28 years ago. She studied human service at the College of San Mateo. Adriana worked in a Jewish synagogue for 18 years as a care taker and child care provider.  She has also worked as a tutor for elementary school children in Richmond, and is currently teaching in an after school program in Marin County. She is married to Jesus Ruiz and they have a 23 year old son who is finishing his masters in New York City. They now live with their other son Snickers, a chocolate Labrador. In her free time Adriana loves traveling and entertaining with family and friends. She also enjoys reading walking, painting and practicing yoga. She loves working with children and getting involved in community projects.

 

DSCF1224Erika Cortes (She/Her), Childcare Provider

Erika Cortes is our new Assistant Child Care Provider. Erika lives in Richmond, is a student at Berkeley City College, and hopes to be a pediatric nurse someday. She comes to us with extensive child care experience and a great love for children. For fun, Erika likes to dance and to go places like the zoo. She joins Adriana Ruiz in caring for our kids on Sunday mornings.