Leadership & Staff

Reverend Lynn Westover

Reverend Lynn Westover

Pastor

After attending Vacation Bible School as a child, Pastor Lynn became a Christian. As a teenager, she felt God’s call to ministry. She graduated from Claremont School of Theology and was ordained Deacon in 1985. In 1987, she became an Elder. Before her appointment to First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park, she served First UMC (Riverside), Park Boulevard UMC (San Diego), Trinity UMC (Lakewood), Native American UMC (Anaheim), and Malibu UMC (Malibu).

Lynn met Stan Westover on a blind date arranged by her friend and his pastor. They fell in love and married in 1998. She once asked him how he knew she was the one. He said, “You kept saying ‘yes,’ when I asked you out.” They have two grown daughters, Heather and Lauren.

Stan, who worked as an electrician for 38 years, is retired from Boeing. He was born and raised in the Methodist Church and has a strong faith. In fact, he used to pray to meet a woman with whom he could serve the Lord. In addition to helping lead worship as a liturgist, Stan loves taking care of the facility.

Pastor Lynn is retiring in June 2022. She and Stan are moving to Shoreline, WA, where they will have the fun of living near their granddaughter Lucille and family.

Reverend Lynn Westover

Pastor Elaine Shin-Paul

First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park is excited to welcome Pastor Elaine Shin-Paull to our congregation. Pastor Elaine’s first Sunday worship service will be July 10, 2022.

Educated at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pastor Elaine is ordained in the California Pacific Annual Conference. She has served Southland congregations at La Canada United Methodist Church and Santa Clarita United Methodist Church.

Pastor Elaine’s family includes husband Gideon and two children, college student daughter Selina and middle-school-aged son Aaron. Rounding out the family is Babycho, their four-legged furry friend whom Pastor Elaine describes as “very clingy, but sweet!”

In her free time, Pastor Elaine enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and travel. She also confesses a passion for Belgian waffles with strawberries. Take a look at her website, too: elainepaull.com

We look forward to getting to know Pastor Elaine as she gets to know our congregation at First UMC of Canoga Park.

Welcome, Pastor Elaine Shin-Paull!

Leadership

Grace Leighton

Grace Leighton

Lay Leader

Grace, born in Brooklyn, NY, was raised in the San Fernando Valley. She met her husband, Jeff, in 1974. They were married in 1976 and have four children: Marie; Jeffrey, Jr.; Melinda and Andrew

Grace has worked as an Emergency Room nurse, Home Health nurse, and Hospice Home Care nurse for over thirty years. She also worked for the Wildlife Way Station, where she handled and cared for California native and exotic animals. Grace has many pets, collects and repairs antique dolls, and loves sewing and crafts.

Since the time Grace was a child, she knew Jesus and considered him her friend. She feels awesome amazement at the beauty and majesty of God’s creation. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10) is Grace’s favorite bible verse.

George Grengs, Chairman, Administrative Committee

George Grengs

Chairman, Administrative Committee

George Grengs is a long time San Fernando Valley resident who has attended Woodlake Elementary, Hale Middle School, and Taft High. After high school, he spent two years at Pierce College and transferred to UCLA where he graduated with a B.S. in Economics. He has worked for over 25 years at Valterra Products Inc., a supplier to the RV, Pool & Spa, and Plumbing Industries.

George joined the Church in the late 1990s, and the church family is now an important part of his life. He is currently the chair of the Administrative Committee, co-chair of the Stewardship committee and is active in many other areas of the church.

George and his wife Karen have three children and two grandsons who are the joy of their life! In addition to family & church, they enjoy gardening, travel, and participating in community activities.

Staff

Wendy Finley, Preschool Director

Wendy Finley

Preschool Director

Wendy received her training in Early Childhood Education at Los Angeles Valley College and University of California, Los Angeles. Wendy began teaching at First United Methodist Preschool in 2003 and became director in April 2006. She has fostered a Christian child-centered curriculum designed to prepare children socially and academically for both kindergarten and life-long learning. Her goal is an environment in which children thrive. During her tenure, the preschool facility and grounds have undergone major repair, and enrollment has increased. She extends an invitation to all to visit and especially welcomes opportunities to give campus visitors a personal tour and to explain the benefits of attending “FUMP.”

Paul Cady, Director of Music

Paul Cady

Director/Accompanist

Paul Cady has a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.   He has been a church pianist or choir director for over twenty-five years. Paul says, “I like to try to bring a lot of emotion to the church service with my music.  I want the congregation to feel moved, uplifted and truly touched by what they hear.”

Administrative Assistant Julie Mosley

Sydney Thiroux

Administrative Assistant

Sydney was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and is a recent graduate from Whittier College with a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Global and Cultural Studies with a minor in Anthropology. When she was in high school and college, she was actively involved in campus ministry, which helped her develop her relationship with Jesus. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in all things crafty. Since she entered the Administrative Assistant position in January 2022, she has enjoyed learning new skills, meeting new people, and serving the local community.