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Pastor Laurie Manning

510-972-4868  |  [email protected]

The Reverend Laurie J. Manning joined Skyline Church in 2006. She holds respective Master’s degrees from Union Theological Seminary (Columbia U), Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. Prior to serving Skyline church, Laurie also served on the staffs of Hillcrest Congregational Church, First Congregational Church in Berkeley and Riverside Church in New York City. Laurie has also served on the University Religious Council of Churches at UC/Berkeley to foster greater support and understanding of religious differences within the student and faculty body. This position included Christianity in dialogue with other faith traditions, such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and other faiths. Prior to her ordination, Laurie worked in various management capacities for Hewlett Packard’s Medical Products division, and then as a consultant with high technology and medical clients. Laurie brings a solid understanding of the psychological and organizational complexities of living as a Christian in today’s pluralistic and scientific world. More about Rev. Laurie officiating at your ceremony at skylineucc.org/events


Administrative Assistant Louise Nathe

A native Minnesotan, Louise Nathe has lived in Oakland for over 35 years. Her professional background includes healthcare sales and marketing management for various organizations and a stint in financial services.  She lives with her sweetheart, Tim, and two felines.


Music Director Gabrielle Lochard

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I am a singer, collaborative pianist, and writer.  An avid interpreter of classical song, I am active as a recitalist in the Bay Area. Recent programs have included “Liebeslieder” a program of love songs by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, performed with pianist Nate Ben-Horin; and “Elements: Romantic and Neo-Romantic Song,” a collection of songs dealing with our relationship to nature, time, style, and love, performed with pianist Jonathan Liu. I am also an enthusiastic voice teacher, piano teacher, and choir director for students and musicians of all ages.  More at skylineucc.org/music

Children, Youth, & Family Director

This position is open.  Here is a job description.

More about our Children / Youth and Family program.


Children, Youth, & Family Assistant Alegra (Al) Figeroid

Al is a graduate of California College of the Arts’ Illustration program. She was drawn to Skyline because of its open and affirming message to the LGBT community, something that was sorely lacking in her childhood home church.  She loves the close knit community and enjoys singing silly and serious songs during the services. She is the type of person who escorts a wayward spider outdoors and feeds a tired honeybee sugar water.

Event Coordinator Melissa Vee

510-679-7437  |  [email protected]

Melissa Vee has over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry.  She has a degree in Business and a Meeting & Event Planning Certificate from San Francisco State University.  She has worked in all aspects of the industry; for private clubs, venues, restaurants in and around Bay Area, as well as a number of private events. Prior to joining Skyline Church, she served as an Event Manager at a corporate company in Oakland. She has years of experience working at Hartmann Studios and was one of the main Wedding Coordinators for a popular wedding app in Silicon Valley. Melissa also planned many private weddings and events on her own. She often jests that the demands of these events have prepared her most for what she does today. Melissa has strong communication skills geared towards both event leadership and providing outstanding customer service. She is passionate about her clients and building meaningful relationships. Melissa is a valuable team member. She works hard to ensure wonderful and memorable weddings and other special events. Melissa resides in Oakland with her beautiful daughter.  Melissa is also active in her church. When she’s not planning memorable weddings/events you can find her with her daughter, working out, reading, checking out great restaurants, researching, traveling, volunteering  for a good cause or spending time with her large extended family.  Melissa is also available to be your wedding planner – from music to catering to flowers to day of.

Administrative Coordinator Jonathon Hampton

510-531-8212  |  [email protected]

Jonathon Hampton, a native of Chicago, now with firm roots in Oakland, brings a wealth of diversity and experience, having worked in administrative management, education, and music performance in New York and the Bay Area. He’s spent much of his business career in communications and outreach with Carnegie Hall, Pacific Boychoir Academy, American Bach Soloists, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA). As a singer and conductor, he performs regularly at Church of the Advent of Christ the King and Lakeside Presbyterian Church, both in San Francisco, and he teaches voice and manages media for Cantare Con Vivo and EBCPA. Hampton previously directed for San Francisco Youth Chorus, Tactus SF, and Grace Church in Newark (NJ). He also founded two choruses in affiliation with his Alma mater, Cornell University, from which he graduated in 2004, having studied business and music. Additionally, Hampton recently completed a six-month certificate program in non-profit management through Chorus America. In his spare time, he studies Spanish, enjoys word games, mentors students of color with The Richmond Promise and Berkeley Community Scholars, and he rows crew at Lake Merritt Rowing Club, where he also volunteers as their social media manager.

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