We’re delighted to introduce you to our interim minister, Reverend Alan Claassen. Alan is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion and the University of Creation Spirituality, founded by Matthew Fox, and has completed Parker J. Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal Facilitator Preparation program.
Alan has served in ministry for over 30 years, serving congregations from 25 in worship to 250, in churches from Sonoma, California to Bellingham, Washington. Specializing in Interim Ministry, Alan has developed skills as a collaborator, consensus builder, and organizer. He draws great satisfaction from helping congregations affirm their values and confirm their visions.
Alan is also a singer/songwriter and started a church basement performance coffeehouse in Berkeley, which led him to work for other Bay Area non-profit agencies such as Bread & Roses.
Alan’s wife Betsy performed for many years with a Bay Area modern dance company before becoming an elementary school dance educator. Her interests now are in yoga and puppetry. The Claassens’ daughter is an avid mountain climber, and their son is a pizza chef.
Joanne Lefferts is CCC’s office manager and bookkeeper. Joanne feels a connection to her work at CCC that makes her a truly valuable asset. She insures that all aspects of our administration are welcoming and spirit led. Now that her two sons are grown, Joanne makes her home in San Rafael.
Scott DeTurk, our gifted musical director, graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Music in composition. He is in his twentieth year with CCC, and we feel extremely blessed to have him in our midst. Scott has worked extensively in theater, film, television and recording, as a composer, arranger, orchestrator and musical director. He has nine published musicals, and is currently writing a new musical for the Berkeley Playhouse. Scott has also worked as a writer and composer for numerous commercial clients. He and his very talented wife Kristine run a performing arts program, academy-deturk.com, and make their home in San Rafael.
Carl Oser, our choir director, is a vocalist, pianist, and educator based in Berkeley, CA. He graduated magna cum laude from the USC Thornton School of Music where he studied with Grammy award-winning pianist Russell Ferrante. He is a former visiting professor at Ecuador’s premier contemporary music school, Berklee College of Music’s Instituto de Música Contemporánea, and is active throughout the bay as a music director, voice teacher, and pianist. He is delighted to be part of the CCC Community. www.CarlOserMusic.com
Jana Heath provides childcare during the 10:00 am worship service. Jana was born and raised in Marin County and currently lives here with her family. She recently graduated from University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Human Development and a minor in Education. She has interned at a few elementary schools, and has worked as an assistant teacher at Carpentry for Kids in Marin County as well as a camp counselor at Kids’ Choice Summer Camp. She also volunteered for childcare at the Fairfax Community Church for a few months in 2013. She loves kids’ minds, and hopes to help them feel that they are absolutely special and have much to give to the world. She is happy to be working for a spiritual community like CCC, and looks forward to having some fun on Sunday mornings!