Meet the Staff
Born in Burbank, California, Pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty grew up playing with his Tonka Trucks, carving roads into his mother's garden. Listening to the likes of Tower of Power, Pastor Scott became an avid tennis player, eventually competing as a student-athlete at CLU and currently rooting for Roger Federer. A man who loves burgers and fries, he came to CLU for the opportunity to engage in a different kind of Pastoral Ministry. His favorite Bible verse comes from 1 Peter 2:9-10: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the might acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
Pastor Melissa Maxwell-Doherty serves as one of the campus pastors at California Lutheran University. She likes to do crafty things like knit, make cards, and scrapbook. She enjoys reading novels while petting her dog, Ripley, and trying new recipes, especially if they involve garlic or chocolate. Growing up, Melissa wanted to be a ballerina, marry a fireman, and have 22 children. During high school she wanted to be an interior decorator, wine maker, or a special education teacher within the deaf community. Melissa is grateful for the sense of humor that the Spirit has exhibited throughout her life!
Rabbi Belle Michael moved to California from Israel in 2007. It has been wonderful journey that has allowed her to explore herself and this beautiful country. Along her journey Belle completed a second master’s degree, a Masters in Divinity, and was ordained as a Rabbi in June 2013.
Outside of work, Belle spends time raising her 3 young boys, teaching, dancing Zumba for fun, reading, and walking her dog, Butter. Her next endeavors are learning to play the guitar, studying the Spanish language, getting over her fear of riding a bicycle, and learning to cook.
Coordinator of Chapel Music and University Organist
Dr. Kyle Johnson is Coordinator of Chapel Music, University Organist, and Lecturer of Music at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, where he teaches organ lessons and other classes.
Dr. Johnson holds the doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Dr. John Ditto. He also holds music degrees from Indiana University and Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS), where he studied organ with Dr. Larry Smith and Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, respectively.
Shortly after arriving at CLU, he founded the CLU Chapel Choir, which is a cross-cultural ensemble consisting of students, faculty, staff, administrators and locals. Dr. Johnson's choral anthem, Lamb of God, dedicated to the Chapel Choir, was recently accepted for publication by Augsburg Fortress.
Dr. Johnson served for three years as Director of Music and Community Arts at St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square in Chicago, Illinois, where he oversaw the church's efforts to become a center for community building through the arts. He has also served on the music faculties of UMKC, Missouri Valley College, and State Fair Community College.
Meet the Catholic Seminarians for Spring 2014
Simon Kim is a Catholic seminarian from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA. He arrived to Los Angeles from South Korea when he was just six years old with his family and has been in Los Angeles ever since! Prior to entering the seminary, Simon taught middle school math and English for four years and majored in history and education from Loyola Marymount University. Simon enjoys rooting the Lakers, playing golf, going hiking and sharing the joy of the Gospel!
My name is Ron Clark and I am a Catholic seminarian currently studying at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. Having a passion for Family History and after years of research I have amassed a great deal of information regarding who I am and from where our family has come. It is inspiring to see the ambition of those in my family who had the foresight to cofound the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce along with those who loved God so much they dedicated their lives for five generations as Methodist Ministers. I have been blessed by God as He continues to use all of my life's experiences not only as a Private Investigator and Parish Youth / Vocation Director but also as the father of a 26 year old son. He has taught me to love and to share myself with those I encounter. I pray that my heart remains open as I ponder the beauty of God's call placed at my feet.
Confidential Pastoral Care
If you need someone to talk to, we are here. The pastoral staff is available to the Cal Lutheran community for conversation, pastoral counseling, and consolation in times of crisis. Hospital visits are made to those persons who are known to be hospitalized. All pastoral conversation is confidential. You are invited to make an appointment by calling (805) 493-3228 or by dropping in the Campus Ministry Office.