Meet the Staff
Born in Burbank, California, Pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty is a double alumnus of Cal Lutheran earning his BA in 1976 and his M. Div. from PLTS in 1981. He has served parishes in Glendale, CA, Phoneix, AZ, and Grand Forks, ND. If you ask him what his favorite parts of Campus Ministry are he will tell you "All of them!" Married to Melissa, class of 1977, he has two sons Kyle and Nathan, and a daughter-in law Lauren.
His favorite Bible verse comes from the Gospel of John, chapter 1, verse 5: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it."
Rabbi Belle Michael moved to California from Israel in 2007. It has been a wonderful journey that has allowed her to explore herself and this beautiful country. Along her journey Belle completed a second master's degree, a Master's in Divinity, and was ordained as a Rabbi in June 2013.
Outside of work, Belle spends time raising her three sons, teaching, dancing Zumba for fun, and reading. 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 Muslim Life
Ezra is a native of Simi Valley, California. At the age of 18, Ezra graduated from UCLA with his degree in Communication Studies. At 20, he completed his Master's in Business Administration at California Lutheran University. Ezra is fluent in Persian, Spanish, and is studying Arabic.
Ezra's hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, web design, and photography.
Coordinator of Chapel Music
Jessica was born and raised in Ventura and grew up attending the rehearsals and concerts of her musical parents. She earned her BA in Piano and Oboe from Cal Lutheran in 2004, studied Piano Accompanying at Westminster Choir College from 2006-2007, and recently graduated with an MM in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles.
When not making music all over town, she enjoys quilting, playing video games, seeing live theater, and cuddling with her cat, Olivia Benson.
Elizabeth comes to Cal Lutheran from Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, VA where she put her BA and MA in Art History to use as a curatorial assistant. The daughter of a pastor and a college professor/administrator, she feels very at home on campus and in the Office of Campus Ministry. University Chapel is her favorite part of the week and her goal is to make everyone feel warmly welcomed to Samuelson Chapel.
- Vincent Nguyen
- Stephen Watson
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.