Staff


Rev. Brian Adkins, Pastor

brian2Pastor Brian has served at Open Door since July 2014. He previously served congregations in Richmond and Berkeley. He holds a Master’s in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. Pastor Brian grew up in rural Ohio, where his Pentecostal grandmother had a great impact on his faith and formation. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked in nonprofit development, as a fundraiser and program manager, and was trained as a faith-based community organizer. Pastor Brian is a former board member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, and one of 144 clergy signers of the 2016 #CalledOUT letter.

Rev. Carol Bono, Minister of Congregational Care

Rev. Carol Bono earned her Masters of Divinity at San Francisco Theological Seminary and also has degrees in Religious Studies and Cellular Biology. In addition to her work at Open Door, she currently serves as pastor at Berkeley-Richmond Intercity Ministry (BRIM) house church, and as a chaplain at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. She enjoys birding and singing. A native Californian, she lives in Richmond with her wife Beth and their little dog Diego.

Barbara Arriaga, Church AdministratorDSCF1214

Barbara is a Bay Area native. She has been in the administrative field for thirteen years. Barbara is the mother of three grown children and four four-legged children (2 cats & 2 dogs).  An avid reader, hiker and runner, when not running or coaching she can be found hiking most of the East Bay Regional Parks or Marin Headlands with her partner, Robert. A Richmond, California resident, Barbara is very happy to be at Open Door UMC and excited for the future and the church’s impact on her community.

 

Adriana Ruiz, 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, 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.

 

Myrissa Lai, Accompanist

 

Permanent Music Director, Position vacant. Applications being accepted. Contact us!