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Our Staff

Our friendly and dedicated staff are here to help you

  • Rev. karen tannheimer

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Karen has been an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church since 2005.  She has served in three other United Methodist Churches in Southern California.   She enjoys sharing her faith in Jesus Christ via worship,  preaching, teaching and simply sharing faith one on one over a cup of coffee.  She received her Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and her undergraduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona.  Karen was called to ministry after a long career in Banking and finance, she is also a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain.   You may email her at or call the church office at 562-691-1797.

  • sandy cram

    Preschool Director

    The LHUMC Preschool has acquired a reputation for loving and caring guidance.  Sandy Cram has worked in child care for more than 35 years.  Under her leadership enrollment increased and we have been able to upgrade many classroom and playground facilities.

    You may email Sandy at or call 562-691-9615.

  • Scarlett Brais

    Director of Music

    Scarlett Brais is a seasoned performer and gifted music educator, with over 20 years of experience working as a professional musician in Los Angeles.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Cal State University, Long Beach, and currently leads the music program for the blind and visually impaired youth students at The Braille Institute.  Scarlett also runs and operates her own private voice and piano lesson studio, and can also be seen performing throughout southern California with her 8 piece soul-jazz band, Scarlett and The Fever. 

  • Izzy IZaguirre

    Office Manager

    Izzy Izaguirre is warm, enthusiastic and welcoming to members and guests. She has worked for the United Methodist Church organization for over 7 years. She became a Methodist at heart and found that her belief lead her there in 2016 when she started working for another Methodist church.  She witnessed to her mom, then her mom joined the Methodist church, as well.  Over her career she has served in the event planning, fundraising and the non-profit arena since she graduated from college. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.  Izzy enjoys travel and has been all over the world. If you want an adventure, just ask.

staff and volunteers

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So many volunteers keep our church running and beautiful!  If you spend any time around our church at all, you'll quickly learn one thing: we love our church family. There are opportunities to serve, both routine and creative.  And there is no better way to get to know one another as we strive together for a better campus or a better world.