Rev. Dr. Tom Hillman
Pastor Holly Hillman
Cell Phone: 650-207-3634
Joyce Avalo, Interim Office Manager
Church Office: 650-344-6321
Aki Amai, Organist
JoJo Bernardo, Security Custodian
Gina Esguerra, Security Custodian
Holly Hillman has served as a co-pastor with her husband for 33 adventurous years, traveled to 54 countries as an international flight attendant, served as an Aide for a U. S. Congressman in Immigration and State Department matters and as a docent for Oakland's Natural History Museum, swoons over roses, sings off key, finds deep fulfillment providing retreats, presenting seminars, and ministering to women inmates, seeks to fling the door wide to all God brings her way and is a mother of 4 grown children.
Rev. Dr. Tom Hillman
Tom Hillman has been a United Methodist pastor for 40 years; 33 of which he served as a co-pastor with his wife, Holly. Tom has held many leadership roles within the district and annual conference, consulted with 77 churches, coached 50 ministers and missionaries, and was chaplain to a fire department. Tom is passionate about helping people grow in Christ and find their ministry and passion, particularly during difficult transitions in life. Tom enjoys endurance activities like hiking, climbing, long distance cycling and kayak adventures, and regularly leads people up Half Dome and Mt. Whitney to draw them closer to Creation and our Creator. Tom and Holly have been married for 38 years and have three grown children: Matthew, Nathanael, and Rebecca.
Aki was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, where she began studying music at the early age of four taught by her mother, a piano teacher. She attended Santa Barbara City College and met her husband there in a World Music class. After earning her A. A. degree, she transferred to San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a B.M degree. Since graduating, Aki has deeply rooted herself within the Bay Area as a piano teacher, performer, accompanist, and organist. Aside from working for local schools and churches, she also occasionally performs as a swing accordionist in a jazz band with her husband.
In 2013, Aki welcomed her first baby daughter Olina (which means "joyous" in Hawaiian). Like her name, Olina is bringing so much joy to her life. And since Aki started working at BUMC, she is studying organ with Angela Cross Kraft, to refine and develop her musicianship skills further and continue to grow.