Pastoral Team

Senior Pastor

Jessica Strysko

Pastor Jessica is someone who loves to hear and share about God’s grace and God’s call. She is dedicated to discerning God’s active presence in the church and the world community, and therefore is passionate about inter-generational ministry, Christian Education, ecumenical/interfaith dialogue, and social justice.

Jessica grew up in Yucaipa, California, and was raised in the United Methodist Church there. She developed a deep love for God nurtured in the youth and camping ministries of her church. As a result of these ministries, she first felt God calling her to ministry at age 14, and has been living into this calling ever since.

Jessica attended the University of Redlands where she studied English Literature and Religious Studies, followed by seminary at Harvard Divinity School. Jessica began her pastoral ministry as an Associate Pastor of First UMC of San Diego in 2012. In 2017, Jessica was involved in the merger of First UMC of San Diego with Point Loma UMC, and planted the Water’s Edge Faith Community in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego. Jessica came to serve as the senior pastor of Anaheim UMC in 2022. Jessica lives with her husband Tim, their two daughters, and two dogs.

Feel free to contact Jessica—she loves to meet new people and would love to hear your story!

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

Kathy Barr

Thank you for welcoming me! I am already feeling at home and comfortable, with many of your members introducing themselves and being so kind to me.

My experience and life are long and varied. My entire career was with AT&T, starting as a 411 operator and ending as the Director of Community and Government Relations. I earned both my bachelors and MBA while working full time through the University of Redlands and La Verne.

I love to run and jog, work out, travel, read, garden, and spend time with my family and my roommate, Harlow- a standard Schnauzer rescue. I will work hard to keep this place in great working order. I appreciate your guidance and patience as we work together to give this beautiful church and church family what it needs and deserves!


June Lee

Organist & Pianist June Jongeun Lee is a native of Seoul, South Korea. She has played the piano since the age six, and she was actively involved in music as a school conductor and an accompanist since junior high school. Since then, she won several prizes in piano competitions. Ms. Lee majored in religious music and studied piano and organ from Chong-Shin University in Seoul Korea and got a Bachelors degree and an Artistic diploma (MM). She worked actively as a church organist, a pianist and an accompanist in Korea.

She has performed at a lot of concerts as an organist and a pianist over the course of her career, and has taught many students and accumulated her great careers as teacher. After arriving in the U.S.,  she studied organ performance with professor Cherry Rhodes and the piano with professor Antoinette Perry, and she earned an Artistic Diploma from USC. While she studied, she earned  USC music department scholarship, Englebarts scholarship and Mu Phi Epsilon scholarship. She has also performed numerous concerts as a soloist and as an accompanist with Choirs & soloists.
She is currently working at music studio as a piano instructor and teaches her private students in Irvine, and she teaches at Citrus High school .

Minister of Music

Herman Hope

I am from Fullerton, California, and attended Fullerton First United Methodist Church until I went to Centenary College of Louisiana, a Methodist-affiliated college, to earn my B.A. of English. With musical performances and involvement forming the backbone of my development from childhood through my time at Centenary, especially with my involvement in the Centenary College Choir and studying voice with renowned soprano, Twyla Robinson, I decided to go to California State University, Fullerton, to earn my Master’s degree in Music. I earned that degree in Spring of 2021 and will now be entering the credential program to become a teacher in the Spring of 2022.

I have also been in a plethora of performances and choirs, often telling people that I was born singing! Notably, I have been the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Whittier Regional Symphony, and have performed in the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at CSUF. I have been singing at Anaheim United Methodist Church since 2017.

I’m very excited to take on this new role of leadership at this church! Music is such an important part of my life and plays an important role in the life of the church. I look forward to being an instrument through which that music can continue to breathe new life into Anaheim United Methodist Church and finding ways to help bring that same music out into the community. Thank you all so much for honoring me and trusting me with this position. I look forward to making music with all of you!

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 with my wife, Krystal, and our son, Elias.


Miguel Rodriguez