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."
Hi! I am Melissa, one of the CLU campus pastors. I like to do crafty things like knit, rubber stamps, and scrap book. I like to read novels while petting our dog, Ripley. I like to try new recipes, especially if they involve garlic, a vegetable I would buy at Whole Foods, or chocolate. When I was young I wanted to be a ballerina, marry a fireman, and have 22 children. When I was in high school I wanted to be an interior decorator, wine maker, or a special education teacher within the deaf community. I guess the Spirit has a sense of humor, which I am grateful!
I moved to California in 2007 from Israel. It has been wonderful journey that has allowed me to explore myself and to discover this beautiful country. I feel privileged and joyful to have the opportunity to live here. Along my journey I have completed my second master’s degree, Masters in Divinity and was ordained as a Rabbi in June 2013.
I spend my time between raising our 3 young boys, teaching, dancing Zumba for fun, reading and walking my dog, Butter. My next endeavors are learning to play the Guitar, Spanish language, to get over my fear of riding a bicycle and learn 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.
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.