Pastoral Team

Senior Pastor

James Dollins

I was appointed as Lead Pastor of Anaheim UMC in July of 2014, and feel richly blessed by the loving, active community of faith that has warmly welcomed my family.

I am active in AUMC’s Missions and Outreach Team, in leading weekly scripture study, and planning worship in the church’s tradition of beautiful music and liturgy. I’m invigorated by AUMC’s new outreach to young people through Wednesday Evening “Gather” Worship, singing in our church choir, and welcoming neighbors of diverse cultures and languages.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your favorite religious questions!

Diaconal Minister

MJ. Buist

I started as the Minister of Children’s Education and Visitation in May of 2015 and love serving AUMC.

I am responsible for Sunday School, children’s events, and visiting our home-centered. I also enjoy planning the yearly women’s retreat.

I was blessed to publish “Lone Falcon” in 2019. I am currently working on two other books. Serving as a Diaconal Minister makes me very proud, being able to follow their mission to bring the love, service, and justice of Christ to the world.

Feel free to contact me to find out how we can serve our children and home-centered together.

Support & Music

Operations Manager

Sherry Hanberg

My name is Sherry Hanberg. I was hired to be the church treasurer in 1986. I have enjoyed every year since then. This is a loving, caring church and the people are so very friendly. This church has been my rock for many years and I am truly blessed.

I am in charge of the maintenance of the facility, outside facility users, payroll, contributions, and all monies related to the church. I am also involved in the Rummage sale, the Easter Egg hunt and breakfast and the Finance campaign and luncheon. I enjoy my work so very much and the interaction with all the people. Our staff is a loving staff and our office atmosphere is so enjoyable that we have over 16 volunteers to help make sure the office runs efficiently.

Church Communications

Lee Strohm

I remember finding AUMC’s website while looking for a church in early 2015. My mother-in-law had recently moved in with us and she had been quite involved in her Methodist church. I set out trying to find a church that would meet her needs and that would welcome my husband and I. Looking over the website I could see a church that cared for each other, their community, and the world.

It wasn’t long before I got involved with the the homeless food distribution, now called Lunches of Love. From there I was asked to serve on the Missions Committee, now called Provisions. Now I have the pleasure to co-chair this team with Sandie Duff.

It is a pleasure to serve as your Communications Coordinator overseeing the website, The Chimes (monthly paper newsletter), The Buzz (weekly online newsletter), the Sunday bulletin, the church calendar, and the social media accounts.

My time serving as a leader, pastor, consultant, customer service and sales has blessed me with a great set of tools to offer to AUMC.

Director of Music

John Elg

I grew up in Los Angeles and began singing in the Children’s Choir at La Tijera United Methodist Church. I attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a degree in Music Education. I went on to study music at Cincinnati Conservatory, USC, UCLA and Loyola Marymount. Some of my greatest teachers were John Alexander, Elmer Thomas, Robert Shaw, Donald Neuen, and Paul Salamunovich.

As an educator, I taught Choral Music at Mission Viejo High School and also at and Orange Coast College. As a Minister of Music, I was blessed to serve for 27 years at Presbyterian Church of the Master.

Professionally conducting over 500 Hollywood studio sessions for orchestras and choirs and serving as the Conductor of the orchestra for the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters from 2009 – 2016 have been highlights of my career.

I’m married to Gretchen (a fine alto) and we have 2 children, Edward and Elizabeth, and a lovely granddaughter, Lucy. My last name is pronounced “Elj”.

Worship Coordinator

Molly Robinson

I have loved being a part of the AUMC community since Marc, my husband, and I started as Staff Singers in 2014, and I consider myself blessed to have more duties on staff as the Worship Coordinator and Youth Ministry Assistant. 

After surviving graduate school at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and earning an MA in English, I decided to pursue an MS in Academic Counseling and a PPS Credential at National University, which I expect to complete in May of 2021. In addition to working at AUMC, I also teach at CSUF.

I am nourished and fulfilled by the Wednesday night Gather service, treasuring the new friends I have made and the old friends I have reconnected with. I enjoy the time mid-week to reflect on and discuss scripture, Biblical themes, and current events with a caring and close-knit community.

Worship Leader

Emilio Tello

I was born and raised in Southern California. My faith journey has included 11 years at a Lutheran school, 4 years at a Catholic school, international non denominational Christian missionary work, and involvement with the United Methodist church for the past 8 years.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Music from California State University, Long Beach with a primary emphasis on voice and a secondary emphasis on cultural anthropology.

I have been playing in, and leading, bands for the past 12 years as a guitarist and vocalist in styles ranging from jazz to classical, and pop to blues.

I particularly love the welcoming community at Anaheim UMC and am grateful to be a part of that fellowship by helping people grow in their faith through music.

Outside of the church, my work includes recording, performing, and teaching locally. When not working, I most enjoy outdoor activities like camping and hiking, and spending time my fiancée, Krystal.


Miguel Rodriguez