MEET OUR STAFF
Reverend Denyse Barnes
Rev. Denyse is appointed as senior pastor to Crescenta Valley UMC effective July 1st 2021. She is also appointed as Associate Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries to the California PAcific Annual Conference.
Rev. Denyse was commissioned as a provisional elder in June of 2018 and ordained in Full Connection in June 2020. She was appointed to HUMC as associate pastor effective July 1st 2018. In June 2019 Denyse was appointed 1/4 time to the Cal-Pac annual conference as LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Coordinator.
She graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in May of 2018 and is currently studying for her D.Min where her thesis is based on a proposal for a new organizational structure for the UMC based on Celtic Christianity models.
Rev. Denyse hails from the UK originally, leaving there in 2003 and teaching English as a second language in various countries across the globe. She arrived in the USA in 2004 and has worked as a travel consultant and tour guide for adults with developmental disabilities and as an in-home hospice caregiver for Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Prior to leaving England, Rev. Denyse was teaching computer skills to young people with severe epilepsy.
She married Deborah Levinson on August 1st 2020 and when not working, can be found with her dogs, Sheldon, Jiminy, and Mozzie at the beach or in the park!
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 Consentino - 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
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.