Rev. Kent Doss

The Rev. Kent Doss, minister of Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Rev. Kent Doss began his ministry at Tapestry in August 2013. Before joining us here he served the UU congregation in Laguna Beach for six years. He attended seminary at Iliff School of Theology in Denver CO where he also earned a certification in Justice and Peace Studies. Rev. Kent currently serves as the President of the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and he sees his ministry as one that reaches beyond the congregation to build a thriving Unitarian Universalist movement for the future.

Outside of Tapestry Rev. Kent enjoys running, cooking, sailing, and walking his dog Lucy. If you come to Tapestry during the week you are likely to see her in the office. Rev. Kent is also working on a Doctorate of Ministry through Phillips Theological Seminary. The focus for the degree is pastoral theology.

John Bloom-Ramirez, Intern Minister

John Bloom Ramirez, ministry internJohn has grown up in Southern California between the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. He received his BA in Organizational Management from Ashford University in 2013, and felt called to professional ministry in 2015. He is currently in his last year of study at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and he joins Tapestry in his second year of a two-year internship commitment. He previously served First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles as their student minister under Rev. Rick Hoyt-McDaniels.

John is married to his husband Rene, a supervisor at Disneyland for Resort Transportation and Parking, and they have a son Geordyn, who is in his first year of college at Fullerton College. They share their home with two cats and a dog: Hades (a black male), Rukia (a tortoiseshell female), and Polyphemus (a white Pomeranian). Outside of ministry and school work, John enjoys reading, cooking, and sewing (specifically historical garments). He runs a non-profit historical reenactment company that performs at various renaissance faires and cultural events throughout Southern and Central California.

Katelynn Riva, Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth

Katelynn RivaKatelynn Riva is the Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth. Katelynn is a southern California native; she grew up in San Diego. She received her BA in Religious Studies from Boston University and her Secondary English Teaching Credential from Alliant University. After two years of teaching she found her home at Tapestry. As Director, she combines her love of religions with her love of working with children. She spends her free time with her four-year-old daughter, Emillia, her husband Jarett, and their Siberian husky Loki.

Dr. Melissa Sky-Eagle, Music Director

Dr. Melissa Sky-Eagle

Melissa Sky-Eagle is music director at Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Mission Viejo, California, leading the choir, and programming and accompanying music for the services. For the last 22 years, she has held continuous jobs as pianist, collaborator, and music director. She serves as the staff accompanist and vocal coach at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, rehearsing singers on notes, diction, and blend, taking a practical approach to music making. She also enjoys accompanying and acting as music director for theater productions at A Noise Within Theatre in Pasadena, and Los Angeles Valley College. She serves her community by volunteering with Selah Gospel Choir.

Melissa is involved in the Unitarian Universalist community, playing at the UU Community Church of Santa Monica and also at deBenneville Pines, where she helped lead the Singing in the Pines Choir Camp. She played the piano at the Unitarian Universalist Association Pacific Southwest District Assembly in Chandler, Arizona, collaborating with Mr. DeReau Farrar and Rev. Tera Little, from Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena. In January of 2016, she participated in the MLK Greater LA UU Choir Festival. She has created five piano arrangements suitable for use in Unitarian congregations as preludes, offertories, postludes, or meditations. Included are hymn tunes from both Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey. To listen to those arrangements, please visit her SoundCloud page.

For more detailed information, please visit Melissa’s website.