Staff

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Pacific Southwest District Office

Staff

Russ Matteson

District Executive Minister

Russ Matteson P: 909.406-5370 de@pswdcob.org

Russ began serving as the District Executive Minister in January 2015, following 11 years as the co-pastor of the Modesto Church of the Brethren. Russ has served the church as a pastor and as the Director of Marketing for Brethren Press, the Church of the Brethren publishing house. Russ continues to make his home in Modesto, splitting his time between the northern and southern sections of the Pacific Southwest District and making several trips a year to Arizona to connect with the churches there. Russ is married to Erin Matteson, and they have two young adult daughters. Russ is an avid jogger and enjoys reading and cooking.

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Nohemi Flores

District Youth Advisor

Nohemi Flores  youth@pswdcob.org

Nohemi was called to serve PSWD as the District Youth Advisor beginning January 1, 2018. Nohemi is a licensed minister and member of the Cristo Sion congregation in Pomona. She is a student at the University of La Verne majoring in math with plans to teach High School math following her graduation and credentialing. Nohemi has served as a Young Adult representative on the Policy Board and provided English to Spanish translation at Annual Conference on many occasions. Her first work includes gathering and training the Youth Cabinet, often planning a Spring Youth Event, coordinating with District churches on NYC and WRYC bi-annual events, and planning and coordinating District Conference youth activities.

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Gilbert Romero

MTC: Ministry Training Coordinator

Gilbert Romero P: 909.406-5371  mtc@pswdcob.org

In September 2017 Gilbert Romero began work as the PSWD Ministry Training Coordinator. Gilbert brings a breadth of experience in the Church of the Brethren and a commitment to working at growing our capacity for ministry growth with Hispanic sisters and brothers. Gilbert will be focusing on supporting and motivating our licensed ministers who are participating in SeBAH and EFSM-español. This will include checking in with them regularly to see how they are doing in ministry, studies, and life.

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Joe Vecchio

Administrative Assistant

Joe Vecchio P: 909.406-5368 frontdesk@pswdcob.org

As the Pacific Southwest District”s Administrative Assistant, Joe supervises, coordinates, and maintains the office functions of the district. A key function of the office is providing administrative assistance to the District Executive Minister. Under the District Executives”s direction, Joe arranges for meetings and administrative assistance to the district”s boards, commissions, committees and task teams. Joe also manages the content of the district web site and newsletters, where he uses skills from his junior college degree in Photo Lithography. Joe has earned an undergraduate degree from Calif. State Univ. Los Angeles in Philosophy and Classics. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1987. Joe is an active member of the Restoration L.A. Church of the Brethren in East Los Angeles. Joe enjoys backpacking, photography, reading and computers. He looks forward to “Discovery Camp” at Camp Peaceful Pines.

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