Pastor Paul Tangonan

Pastor Paul is a native of Southern California who literally grew up in the United Methodist Church. 

He is one of ten children, and is grateful to his parents for providing him, his seven sisters, and his two younger brothers with a spiritual and reassuring faith in God and Christ that has influenced him in developing both an orthodox theology, as well as a transformational, eclectic and ecumenical theological perspective, which he embraces to this day.


In ministry, Paul has always tried to make his interpretation of Scripture and the life of Christ a style that is known as Practical Divinity.  Meaning, to find ways to incorporate our faith so it may become a natural part of our daily living as we bear witness to the Spirit of Christ through our words and actions representative of Christ in our every day lives.  This is a theology he has attempted to practice in his 35 year’s of local church appointment ministry.


His journey into the ordained ministry was filled by his family, many friends, and surprising serendipitous moments.


After graduating from High School, he began his formal college education at Chapman College in Orange, CA, with the desire to become a music teacher.  Along with music education studies, his primary instrument was studying and playing the classical alto sax.


After completing his first year in college, he was invited to be a staff member aboard Chapman College’s World Campus Afloat Program, where he taught music and directed the Sunday Chapel Choir.  The experience of being introduced to so many cultures on this voyage had a major impact on his life. So much so, that when he returned to begin my second year in college, he changed his major from music to the Social Sciences, where his emphasis was now on Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.

After his second year in college, he began to feel the strong promptings of God’s call in his life to enter the ordained ministry.  This was especially reinforced when he was selected to represent the Cal-Pac Annual Conference as one of ten college students who studied Liberation Theology in the countries of Panama, Peru, and Bolivia in the summer of 1976.  This was a theology written by Gustavo Gutierrez, a Peruvian Philosopher, Theologian and Dominican Priest whose interpretation of the Gospels gave hope and empowerment to people who were experiencing severe challenges in their lives brought on by the ruling militaristic governments in those countries.


Finally, his seminary education was filled with many memorable experiences where he studied at Boston University School of Theology, Harvard Divinity, and the Iliff School of Theology where he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1985.  Post graduate studies took him to the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies in Israel, the Vatican in Rome and Holocaust Studies in Krakow, Poland.  


We are so delighted to welcome him, his wife Connie, their sons, and even their fur family into the CVUMC family and look forward to sharing and growing with them in the faith.

Barb Catlin, Music Director

Barb is an amazing jazz pianist with more than a decade of experience leading and loving worship. She is well-versed in the contemporary Christian music of today and loves to take beloved hymns with their strong melodies and beautiful texts and reset them to modern harmonies. She is also an experienced teacher of jazz, having spent years as the Director of Jazz Studies at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, where she directed student big bands, combos, and studio work. As a freelance and studio musician, she has toured, gigged, and recorded with artists such as Smokey Robinson, Lou Rawls, Ben Vereen, and others. A committed, progressive Christian, Barb brings a lifetime of music and ministry to the CVUMC mix.

Ricky Cosentino - Lead Vocals, Percussion

This incredibly soulful singer is from Omaha, Nebraska. A talented drummer, excellent vocalist and energetic performer, Ricky has toured all over the world performing with War, Ambrosia, Gary Wright, The Commodores, and Earth, Wind and Fire to name a few. He is also a successful songwriter composing jingles and songs for movies and television. His work has been featured on MTV, VH1, CNN and The Today Show.

Tim Kobza - Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar

Tim is a multi-talented and respected guitarist, composer/producer and educator. He has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Texas in Jazz Guitar and a Master's Degree in Studio-Jazz Guitar Performance from USC. Tim has taught in the USC Studio Jazz Guitar Department since 1995 and has numerous TV/Film credits including: CBS, Steven Spielberg, Felicity, Queer Eye for The Straight Guy, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, 48 Hours, Ed and many more. He was the film composer for "Angels With Angels" a feature film starring Rodney Dangerfield and Frank Gorshen (Warner.) His performance and recording credits include: Jon B, Steven Perkins (the drummer for Jane's Addiction,) Jimmy Haslip, Keller Williams, Korrupt, James Torme, Branscumb Richmond and the Renegade Posse, Barry Williams, Leif Garrett, Deborah Gibson, song writers Marylyn and Allen Bergman ("The Way We Were") and the jam band Modereko which he cofounded with John Molo (Drummer Phil and Friends, John Fogerty.) His publishing credits include: "Blues Guitar Lessons Volume 3" Alfred Publishing.

Alexis Sklarevsia- Bass Guitar

January 01, 2020

Musicians Institute “Outstanding Achievement” graduate, Alexis Sklarevski has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Manhattan Transfer, Jackson Browne, Dweezil & Ahmet Zappa, Albert Lee, Carole King, Rita Coolidge, Johnny Rivers, Jamie Walters, Daniela Romo, Martha Reeves, and Chuck Berry. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and numerous film, TV, and jingle sessions.


Alexis is the author of the critically acclaimed instructional video The Slap Bass Program and also coproduced Fingerstyle Funk, the instructional video by legendary Tower of Power Bassist Francis Rocco Prestia. In addition to having written the Bottom-Line Bass column in Bass Player magazine for seven years, Alexis is the author of Bass Playing Techniques: The Complete Guide (Hal Leonard/MI Press), and has done bass clinics throughout Japan and Europe.


Currently, he continues to record and perform with many artists in the U.S. and around the world. At MI, Alexis teaches Playing Techniques, Blues Bass, Beatles Bass, Fusion LPW, and Private Lessons.

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 CVUMC is a faith community that welcomes all persons to celebrate their love of God and their birthright as children of God. We affirm Jesus' example of love without exclusion. We welcome into the life and ministry of CVUMC all persons of every race, ethnicity, age, faith history, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, marital status, family configuration, and physical and mental ability. We believe that a diverse community makes our faith stronger, our spirituality deeper, and our service more helpful. 


Phone: 818-249-6173

Fax: 818-249-6174


2700 Montrose Ave
Montrose, CA 91020

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