Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. Frazier is an ordained elder and pastor in the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Frazier has been serving as a cross-cultural-cross-racial pastor for 20 years. She is currently serving at South Hayward United Methodist Church in Hayward, CA.
Since 2003, Rev. Frazier has served four multicultural churches in four counties throughout northern California. She is an intercultural competence advisor and enjoys worshiping and serving with diverse congregations. She believes God loves everyone and everyone should know and love God and love each other.
As a spiritual leader, Rev. Frazier has served in various leadership roles in the United Methodist Church. She was a District Circuit Leader for seven churches and a former member of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Council of Clergy Development. She is currently the Vice-Chairperson for the Conference Committee on Ethnic Ministries and Outreach and a member of the Conference Claimants Endowment Board.
In 2022, Rev. Frazier received her Doctor of Ministry degree in Contemplative Practice, Spiritual Renewal and Strategic Leadership from Claremont School of Theology. She was awarded the President’s Award for Academic Excellence by a Doctor of Ministry graduate and the Harry Hosier Spirit Award from By Faith Magazine. The Harry Hosier Spirit Award is given to a pastor who has exemplary preaching and pastoral gifts. She also received her Masters of Divinity degree from Claremont and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
Throughout her life, Rev. Frazier has worked tirelessly serving the Lord, building up God’s kingdom, and helping those in need. She focuses her efforts on assuring people have access to the abundant life that Jesus offers to the world.
Ed Keller is the organist and pianist at South Hayward UMC and he currently serves as the choir director. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and PhD from the University of Michigan, he taught mathematics at CSUEB for 42 years. Although his degrees were in mathematics, he has always been active as a musician. He played trumpet in the orchestra, marching band, and concert band at Duke, and has sung and played in churches ever since childhood.
When he moved to California in 1969, he joined Wesley UMC (which is now South Hayward UMC) and began playing trumpet, piano, organ, and guitar at church. Over the years, he has served on lots of committees, including the Church Council, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and Worship Committee, and has directed the annual Christmas musicals.
He loves contributing to the music at South Hayward UMC. Music gives the members of our congregation a way to rejoice in happy times and to find peace and comfort in times of trouble. Personally, he finds that music allows us to express our deepest emotions in ways that cannot be put into words.
Giana Gesmundo is the Administrative Assistant at South Hayward UMC. She will only be working until the end of her summer vacation as she currently attends UC San Diego pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering.
When Giana was little she joined South Hayward UMC with her family. Her family grew up going to church and found South Hayward UMC as their second home. In high school, Giana was apart of MYF, helping out with fundraisers and going to events. As she moved out for college she was less active in the church but tries her best to help out. While in school, she works on the slideshow that gets presented every week for Sunday Worship.
As she has been working during the summer as our Administrative Assistant, she has worked on this website for the church, the bulletins for Sunday Worship and even helping out during events. The most recent event she took part of was Vacation Bible School (VBS). Giana really enjoys everything she has done for the church and is proud to help out as much as she can.
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