Rev. Erika Gara, Lead Pastor
Rev. Erika Gara is Lead Pastor of Hope UMC. Rev. Erika has been pastoring the Hope congregation since July 2006. A native of Southern California, Rev. Erika received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Cal State Long Beach in 1995 and her Master of Divinity Degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1998. She previously served Garden Grove UMC (as an associate pastor) and St. Paul’s UMC in Redondo Beach (as Senior Pastor). Rev. Erika is passionate about making the church a place of welcome and growth for all ages. 
Rev. Erika is married to Joel, an elementary school teacher and they have two girls. Rev. Erika, when not serving the fine folks of Hope UMC can be found in her kitchen cooking, drinking good coffee and baking bread. If you would like to connect with Rev. Erika you can contact her at