Rev. Maria Santa Cruz
Kenneth Herman, Organist
Kenneth Herman took his undergraduate degree in Church Music from St. Olaf College and his Masters degree at San Diego State University (SDSU) in Music History. He taught music history at SDSU and covered classical music for the San Diego Edition of the Los Angeles Times (1982-1992). He now writes for SanDiegoStory.com and won first place in the San Diego Press Club’s 2010 Excellence in Journalism Awards for music criticism. He was both an accompanist for the San Diego Children’s Choir (SDCC) and its interim Choral Director, leading the SDCC choirs on several European tours. On July 31, 2014, he retired from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego after 43 years of service and was named Director of Music/Organist Laureate. The following week he took up his responsibilities as Organist for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, which he continues to serve.
Gabriel Millan, Pianist
Gabriel Millan has been playing for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for more than 17 years. Millan has played for dozens upon dozens of spiritual events for the congregation and community. He has taught many members and non-members through private piano lessons. Not only is Millan involved in the music life of the Congregation, he is also part of the spiritual life as he has participated in the Men’s Bible studies.
Salud Esmeralda Vences, Office Administrator
Esmeralda Vences, as she prefers to be called, has been a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for over 10 years. She began her involvement in the Congregation by teaching 1st Communion Classes on Sundays. In 2011, Vences became the Church’s financial secretary. The following year she was granted the opportunity to be the Church Administrator. Vences continues to teach First Communion Clases and continues to be part of the Church Council.
Carmen & Elizabeth Gonzalez