Pastor AJ Blackwood

Pastor AJ Blackwood

AJ ​Blackwood holds a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology where he served on the Worship Council and was the administrator of the Center for Sexuality and Christian Life. Additionally, AJ holds a Bachelor of Art in Philosophy with a minor in Comparative Religions from the University of California, Irvine. He has recently … Continued



Leigh Garner
Director of Music

Carol “Leigh” Garner grew up in a liberal Methodist parsonage in South Phoenix where she was singing in the adult choir by age 11; leading songs at church camp and active in SNCC at her multicultural high school. She started on piano and added the flute, studying with the principals of the Phoenix, San Diego, … Continued



Liya Melikyan

Liya Melikyan is a graduate pianist from University of Southern California. She has also received her Bachelor’s Degree from USC in piano performance. Over the course of her studies Liya has been a top prize winner of California Association of Professional Music Teachers Honors Audition, CAPMT Romantic Festival and Music Teachers National Association Honors Solo … Continued

Ramon Alvarez
Church Administrator

The Office Administrator, Ramon Alvarez, has served us for more than 10 years. He is responsible for much of the hands-on, day-to-day work of the church office. SUUS office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.