Pastor and Staff
Welcoming You To MCC San Francisco
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Rev. Robert K. Shively, Senior Pastor
Growing up in an artsy family with painters and sculptors for aunts and uncles, Robert assumed he would follow the family tradition with a professional art career. His parents were more than a little startled to find him pursuing a graduate degree toward ordination.
After completing his master’s degree at Pacific School of Religion, (and winning a preaching award), he joined two other graduates to form ARTSS, (Artists Revitalizing & Transforming Sacred Space). This collaborative passionately believes all creativity is sacred, and works to unlock people’s creative potential. He brings an artist’s care to the ministry of creating sacred moments.
During the past decade, he has worked as an interim pastor at churches in Modesto, San Jose, Fairfax, and most recently, at College Heights Church in San Mateo. Rev. Shively was also an intern at MCCSF from 1996-1998.
Irene Laudeman, Executive Pastor
Irene Laudeman has degrees in engineering and psychology as well as a life long interest in theology and early Christianity. Irene is the Executive Pastor at MCCSF where she manages staff, develops church programs, preaches and leads worship. She was ordained in a Gnostic Christian tradition in 2004 and is currently completing the course work required for her ordination in the United Church of Christ and affililiation with the UFMCC.
At MCCSF Irene is finding a way to combine her passion for creating thriving faith communities with her love of teaching, ritual and practical theology. In addition to being called to ministry with people, she has long felt a call to animal rescue work and to eco-justice.
Irene has spent many years in high tech, working at NASA and various Silicon Valley companies and currently has a market research consulting practice. She resides in East Palo Alto with her many furry and feathered companions.
Michael Cronin, Worship Minister
Michael is a native San Franciscan who has a background in the Theatrical Arts. He has been an active member in all aspects of the MCCSF community – choirs to Board of Directors – since 1996. In 2011 he received “The Call” which led him to pursue a Masters of Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley; a moment in which his Roman Catholic family, thinking he had grown a second head asked, “does this bring you happiness?” Michael seeks to meet people where they are and not live in the duality of the Sacred and Profane: God does not draw such distinctions. He is honored to be working with such a dynamic team and to serve this community.
Annie Steinberg-Behrman, Welcome Minister
Annie Steinberg-Behrman holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Psychology from Antioch University. She has been an ordained minister for the past twenty years, pastoring groups and individuals with a rich diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, race and faith traditions. She has incorporated the expressive arts throughout her work as a pastor and spiritual director and she is a noted speaker at workshops on creativity and spiritual discernment.