Rev. Joseph Shore-Goss MDiv/MA  

He previously was Pastor of Congregational Care and Spiritual Life at MCC in the Valley (United Church of Christ.) He was Spiritual Care coordinator for Hospice Care of the West serving Ventura, Los Angeles and North Orange Counties. Joe received his MDiv and MA from Claremont School of Theology where he specialized in Pastoral Care and Counseling with a concentration in Chaplaincy. Rev. Joe’s MA thesis was on Pastoral Care and Counseling of Transgendered Youth.

Rev. Joe also did four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Rev. Joe has a certificate in Spiritual Direction  from Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality to add to MCCV’s goal as a center of spiritual direction and practice. Rev. Joe is available for Spiritual Direction/Companioning.

Rev. Joe brings a large amount of experience with him in the LGBT communities in San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles. In his past, Rev. Joe has been vice president of a tour company, owner of a bed and breakfast, an Oblate of Julian of Norwich, founding member of both Caballeros (the Gay Men’s Chorus of Palm Springs) and the Palm Springs Chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He has 15 years experience working as a behavior modification specialist and vocational trainer with developmentally disabled adults.

At MCC in the Valley, Joe supervised the pastoral team, all MCCV groups, and all educational and spiritual programs. He is a signer to the hearing-impaired community as well as to the accessibility team at MCCV.

As a LA Sister, Joe has led a successful community-wide Christmas toy drive for HIV kids in LA in conjunction with a number of LGBT organizations.

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Administrative Assistant Kathleen Tobin

staff photoI feel very fortunate to be the Office Manager here at UCC Petaluma. I have been a Bay Area resident for over twenty years, having first moved to San Francisco as a newlywed, married to Jim Tobin, attorney/entrepreneur. We moved to Marin County when our girls were still in elementary school. Now Kaci is in High School at Marin School of the Arts , Vika, our younger daughter attends Sinaloa Middle School.

My professional background is primarily Hospital Administration. I have a MsPH from UCLA, but I did lots of general secretarial/administrative work before I got to hospitals. I took a break with kids, and have kept myself busy with them and volunteer work, especially in the schools. Finally, I was ready to get back to the working world and this position has proven an exceptional landing spot for me.  I really appreciate the warm welcome of this church, and look forward to helping you with any administrative needs that might arise.


Moderator Lynn Berard