Who We Are
Rev. Lincoln Skinner
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Lincoln is a Christian pastor, artist, husband, and father of 2 young girls. He is a native of Western New York and pursued careers in graphic design and musical performance before answering a full-time call to ministry in Los Angeles in 2004. Lincoln is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He has worked at Oneonta Congregational Church since 2008.
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Justin is a Midwest native who, along with Julie (his wife) and Audrey (5 yr old daughter), are fairly new to SoCal. They have a newborn, James, who was born in LA and already has the dialect (see SNL’s Californians). Justin earned his Bachelor’s degree studying Theatre and Creative Writing at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He is an award-winning playwright (if 2nd place counts) and actor who has been seen in commercials and primarily on stages across the continent in productions like, The Buddy Holly Story, Fiddler On the Roof, and Mamma Mia! Broadway Tour. He also has over 5 years of experience in Youth Ministry and Adolescent-centric Social Work with one toe dipped into a Masters of Theology degree. On a high school mission trip, he once faced off with a Siberian wrestling coach and tied. He is said to be a shirttail relative of John Stamos (Uncle Jesse).
His favorite color is yet to be invented by Crayola.
Office Assistant, Chancel Choir Section Leader
William R. Schmidt has served as organist at Oneonta Congregational Church since January 1993. He has accompanied choirs in the Los Angeles area for over 30 years, touring to San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Honolulu and Great Britain. He played organ continuo at Carnegie Hall under the baton of British composer/conductor John Rutter, and accompanied the featured choir at the International Church Music Festival at Coventry Cathedral in England in 1994. William continues to accompany the Glee Clubs and Chamber Singers at Caltech and also the Glee Club at Occidental College, and is the staff accompanist at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada. He also coaches cantorial students at the Academy of Jewish Religion for their liturgy classes and is the organist for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Mr. Schmidt holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ performance from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and furthered his studies in Los Angeles under Brooks Smith while working on a Masters of Music degree in Accompanying at the University of Southern California.
Director of Music
Steve is a veteran of the local, national and international music and entertainment worlds. He earned his MA degree in Music Conducting under the guidance of such distinguished conductors as Howard Swan, John Alexander, Paul Salamunovich, and Helmuth Rilling. An active member in the National Association of Church Musicians and the American Choral Directors Association, Steve's Music Ministry is informed by 35+ years as professional musician, vocalist and choral director at a diversity of church denominations and synagogues in the Los Angeles area, with broad experience in traditional and contemporary Christian music. Steve is also music professor at La Cañada's esteemed Flintridge Preparatory School having served as Department Chair of Performing Arts since the year 2000, and currently is Director of Choral/Vocal Music and The Flintridge Singers.
Steve's professional stage credits are plentiful and include 13 years of Musical Theatre productions for the Shakespeare League of Pasadena's Annual Benefit at San Gabriel Civic Auditorium; several musical productions for the Glendale Center Theatre; musical productions of "Peace Child" throughout Southern California and the former Soviet Union; Holland America Cruiseline's "Showstoppers"; various trade shows for such notable clients as the U.S. Army, Variety, Movieguide Awards, and Citicorp; vocal director and arranger for several entertainers including Mitzi Gaynor, Connie Stevens, John Tesh, and Les Brown and His Band of Renown's "Voices of Christmas" who appeared with numerous industry legends as Bob Hope, Mel Tormé, Maureen McGovern, George Shearing, and Peggy Lee.
An active voting member in the ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES, Steve has been credited as vocal arranger for a number of Emmy-Award winning national television spectaculars including "Christmas in Washington", "Disney's Teacher Awards" and the “52nd Presidential Inaugural of Bill Clinton”.
A professional session singer/recording artist, Steve is an active voting member of the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS AND SCIENCES and has performed with a variety of professional singing groups including the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers; the world-renowned Roger Wagner Chorale; and St. Cyril's Cathedral Choir at the command performance for Pope Benedict's 80th Birthday in Rome, Italy. As member of SCREEN ACTORS GUILD, Steve has several film soundtrack credits singing with the Hollywood Film Chorale, including "King Kong"; "Charlie Wilson's War"; and "The Simpsons Movie".
Steve's most prized honor is recipient of California's PTA Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in education. Hobbies include world travel, and music and art collecting.
Sarah is a talented musician and recording artist, known for her critically acclaimed folk/pop group "The Well Pennies".
Stephanie joined our staff in 2017 and helps us keep our campus safe, clean, and inviting!