Meet our Pastors and Staff

Senior Pastor
English Language Ministry
Associate Pastor
English Language Ministry
Local Pastor
Japanese Language Ministry
A - Gary
Rev. Gary Oba
Rev. Janet CromwellRev. Janet Cromwell
A - BeckyRev. Rebecca Hirata

Rev. Gary Oba received his BA from UCLA and Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He has served five United Methodist Churches and as a District Superintendent. Before receiving this appointment, Rev. Gary served as a Development Director at Claremont School of Theology.  Gary has a passion for preaching and leading Bible studies. He is married to the Rev. Janet Cromwell. Rev. Gary began serving WLAUMC in July 2010.

Rev. Janet received her BA from Oberlin College in Ohio and Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She served as the Wesley Foundation Campus Minister at the University of Oregon, Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Trinity UMC in Ontario, and as an Administrator at Pilgrim Place Retirement Community in Claremont. She has a passion for children’s, youth and young adult ministries. Rev. Janet began serving WLAUMC in July 2011.

Pastor Becky was born and raised in Japan. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BFA degree. She attended Torchebear Bible School in Austria, Seoul Theological Seminary in Korea, and Talbot School of Theology, graduating in 1991. She has served as a Christian Education Director, an organist, and a Japanese language minister at churches in Southern California. She began serving at WLAUMC in July 2008.

Administrative Assistant Director of Music Accompanist

Nozomi Uchida
A - Ashley

Ashley Ramsey
A- Thomas
 Thomas Gaff

Nozomi greets guests at the church and on the phone throughout the week. She oversees the production of the Church Newsletter and Master Calendar, and prepares the Sunday bulletin and PowerPoints for Sunday worship.

As an artist, Nozomi brings creativity and design to her work at the church.

Ashley enjoys being the Music Director at West LA UMC where she directs the chancel choir, children’s choir, youth praise band, and handbells. She assists in selecting hymns for worship.

Ashley has a Masters in Choral Conducting from USC and is a music teacher at Notre Dame Academy.

Thomas Gaff is an accomplished accompanist, musician, and sound engineer.

Thomas moved to LA to pursue his dream of becoming a Hollywood composer for film and television, and is thrilled to have found this United Methodist church family with whom to share his music.