Ministers in Covenant
Our Ministers in Covenant are members of Plymouth Church who are ordained in the United Church of Christ and are called to serve in hospitals, prisons, nonprofit organizations and other non-church settings. We are blessed to have eight Ministers in Covenant with Plymouth Church.
Rev. Kelly Childress
Rev. Kelly is a Board Certified Chaplain and has worked in health care for over a decade. She currently works at Kaiser Hospitals in Oakland and Richmond as a Healthcare Ombuds Mediator. Before attending seminary she was a political activist and labor organizer, working primarily on human rights issues. She received her M.Div. and M.A. (with a focus on Bioethics) at Pacific School of Religion.
Rev. Carolyn Collins
Rev. Carolyn serves as the chaplain for the Food of God Feeding Ministry. Carolyn received a PhD in molecular biology from Duke University and a M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion.
Rev. Leslie Leasure
Rev. Leslie is the program director at the Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion. She has held a number of positions at PSR, including Director of Advancement, Earl Lectures Coordinator, and creator of PSR’s interfaith event, Sacred Snapshots. She is the curator of Into the Wilderness, an experimental online spiritual practice-based community. Prior to her work at PSR, Leslie worked as fundraising director for served several nonprofit organizations. She has been active in advocacy for substance abuse treatment and prison reform. She holds a MFA in fiction from Indiana University and a M. Div. from PSR. Her fiction has been published in Blithe House Quarterly, Del Sol Review, and in various anthologies.
Rev. Joellynn Monahan
Rev. Joellynn is the founding spiritual director at the Spiral Way, serving people of all faiths in Northern California and across the US. She also serves as Abbess of Heart of Wisdom Monastery which offers retreats and spiritual formation. Her ministry reflects over 25 years commitment to education and activism on social justice issues including anti-racism, gender equity, LGBTQI/SGL advocacy, disability rights, and environmental & food justice. Prior to ordination, Joellynn worked in secular Higher Education as a therapist and training student leaders on issues of diversity. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling & Human Development from St. Lawrence University, a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union, and a Certificate in Interfaith Spiritual Direction at the Chaplaincy Institute.
Rev. Ayanna Moore
Rev. Ayanna came to Plymouth as one of our Ministers in Training during her seminary years. She’s been with Plymouth ever since! She currently works as a hospital chaplain.
Rev. Gillian Murphy-Stephans
Rev. Gillian serves as the Chaplain of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She received a M.Div. with honors from Union Theological Seminary and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Hunter College. Prior to seminary, Gillian spent more than 15 years working on the intersection of social health and justice. She completed Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where she discovered her love of chaplaincy.
Rev. Rhina Ramos
Rev. Rhina Ramos is an ordained United Church of Christ minister leading an open and affirming Spanish speaking congregation in Oakland. Her church, Ministerio Latino, welcomes Latinx immigrants and also members of the LGBTQ community. Rhina was born in El Salvador and grew up during the civil war. Her understanding of the fight for justice was influenced by watching people rise up to fight for their human rights. Rhina graduated from Hofstra University Law School in 1995. She also obtained a Masters in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in 2003. She practiced labor law for 5 years recuperating thousands of dollars in back pay for immigrant workers and is an experienced Community Organizer leading programs to promote educational equity, labor rights, international solidarity with El Salvador and domestic violence awareness.
Rev. Dearthrice DeWitt
Rev. Dea is a native of Albany, NY. He completed his undergraduate education at Colgate University and received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling program at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has served as Associate Pastor of First Congregational Church of Minneapolis, project director for the New Jersey-based nonprofit Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and pastor of First Congregational Church of Poughkeepsie, NY. He currently serves as a healthcare chaplain for Sutter Care at Home. Dea is both an ordained UCC minister and a bishop of The Renewal Church.