Meet our Pastor, Rev. Stacy Thomas, M.Div.
Rev. Stacy Thomas is a second-generation California native, although she grew up in Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii. She earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and History from California State University, Fresno. She taught middle school for five years (history/social science, English, and English as a Second Language) and has worked in the business sector in various roles. Stacy met her spouse Cindy, a LCSW, through a parachurch ministry called Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE).
After leaving the fundamentalist and evangelical churches, Stacy, with Cindy, found her way into the Metropolitan Community Church. While that church provided safety and protection needed for healing and growing in faith, Cindy and Stacy reached a time when they yearned for something more, something that would provide them the much-needed safe space but also something that would extend their involvement in issues of justice, equality, and peace. Stacy and Cindy found such a place in the United Church of Christ. In 2007, they joined the First Congregational Church of Pasadena, UCC. Stacy was enrolled in seminary at Claremont School of Theology, working toward her Master of Divinity degree, following God’s call to the ministry.
After graduating in 2011, Stacy began an eight-year journey working in hospice as a chaplain/spiritual counselor, bereavement counselor, and volunteer coordinator. During the eighth year in this specialized ministry, Stacy felt God saying that her time in hospice was ending, that this particular season was coming to a close. While Stacy was unsure as to the next steps in her journey, God impressed upon her to begin the search-and-call process toward becoming a church pastor! With the incredible support and encouragement from her family as well as clergy friends, Stacy embarked upon a new path that led her to the United Church of Christ in Simi Valley!
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