Kriss Ibrahim, Traditional Worship Soloist and Music Leader
Luenna Kim, Chair for the Administrative Committee
The Reverend Ann Duncan is the 40-year-old daughter of two United Methodist ministers and the granddaughter of a United Methodist minister. She grew up in North Carolina, while also spending several years in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ann graduated from Duke University, with a degree in Religion and studied abroad in Israel and Italy. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. She has traveled to Europe, Central America, Africa, and Japan.
Ann met her husband, Nathaniel, in Boston, where he was also in graduate school. During Ann's time in Boston, she interned and worked for four years as a case manager at two downtown homeless shelters.
Ann and Nathaniel married in July 2007 in Asheville, NC. In 2008, they joined the Peace Corps and lived for a year and a half in Togo, West Africa in a remote village. Ann worked as a Girls Education and Empowerment volunteer, promoting the importance of women in the overall development of the country and teaching English in the local middle school using French and the local language, Kabiye.
Upon returning to North Carolina in 2010, Ann briefly served as a youth pastor before receiving her first appointment as pastor of Hoyle Memorial UMC. Subsequently she was the pastor of St. Timothy UMC and was ordained in 2016. Before moving to California, she served at Maggie Valley UMC. These congregations are similar in size to Burlingame UMC.
In addition to preaching and other pastoral duties, Ann has designed and implemented retreats for women and youth and was active in church-community ministries including a community garden, an alternative high school for at-risk youth, and a Dinner Church program. With her father, she wrote the eBook "The Gospel According to The Hunger Games."
Ann and her family moved to California in December 2019. Her husband Nathaniel is the General Manager of Patagonia in Palo Alto. He holds a Master of Arts in International Relations as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Nathaniel was a teacher and administrator for over twenty years, but returned to work with Patagonia in 2019, a company where he worked for five years in Boston. Nathaniel loves to bike, paddleboard, snowboard, and hike — anything outside and active!
Most recently, Ann has been serving as the Associate Pastor at First UMC of Palo Alto. She has been working primarily with children and youth over the last year and a half. This past year she has worked extensively on the church's digital outreach and has her own blog: RevAnnDuncan.com.
Ann and Nathaniel have two children, Roan (pronounced ro-un), age 10, who is in the 4th grade, and Emmalena (goes by Lena), age 7, who is in the 1st grade. They love scootering and biking, everything Star Wars, and playing Minecraft and Roblox (when they aren't asked to read instead!). After a year of distance learning, they are excited to return to school and make new friends.
The Duncans have two dogs. Asher is a twelve-year-old Basenji who returned from Togo with Ann and Nathaniel. Belle is a five-year-old Blue Heeler.
Ann and her family are excited to become part of Burlingame UMC and the larger community and look forward to meeting everyone soon.
Jamie Casile, Office Manager
Jamie was born and raised in Hawaii, where her extended family still resides. She has been married for 17 years, and she and her husband have been blessed with 2 daughters who attended BUMC Co-operative Nursery school. The girls loved preschool and still talk about their wonderful teachers, staff, and all the long lasting friends they made there. Jamie served on the Nursery school board as Pre-K Membership as well as Newsletter Editor. She currently serves as PTA Volunteer Coordinator at her daughter's school and as Director of Volunteerism on the Millbrae Education Foundation Board. She enjoys spending her time with her family, crafting, baking, and listening to audio-books.
Kriss Ibrahim, Soloist and Song Leader for the 11am Traditional Service
Kriss Engen Ibrahim was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved to tiny Shelton, Washington at the age of 4. Shortly thereafter, she began singing in church and at the age of 10 joined the adult choir. Voice lessons followed soon after, and throughout school she enjoyed performing in plays, musical theater, and drama club.
At 17, she auditioned for and was accepted to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a Vocal Performance major, and made her transition to city life. She studied with Lenoir Hosack and others, and worked hard, learning much during her time there.
At 23, she married her husband, Pierre, settling down to raise a family. Kriss became a mother to four, now adult, children, Kevin, Alexander, Jacquelyn, and Matthew, devoting twenty years to full time motherhood. She now has the delight of being "Mimi" to Krystian and Trystan, Kevin's children.
In 2003, music returned to Kriss' life, when she began singing with the New Vision UMC choir and various regional choruses. She undertook studies with Norman De Vol, and some exciting opportunities were opened to her. She was the soprano soloist for the West Marin Festival Singers, in which she (among other things) performed various solo and operatic roles in a Mozart festival, and was twice the soprano soloist for the Sing it Yourself Messiah in West Marin.
Kriss has been soloist in many churches in the community. She is especially honored to have sung at many memorials, funerals, and wakes throughout the Bay Area. She also has a calling to children's ministry and served as Children's Ministry Director at New Vision UMC. She had the joy of a running a program for the children, that included music, drama, and even a puppet theatre with her son, Matthew. She feels a special bond to children on the autism spectrum. Kriss has a passion for fashion, enjoys reading (especially forensic and mystery novels), and adores animals, in particular her beloved Shih Tzu Gizmo. She surprises many by being an avid Star Trek fan. It is her honor and blessing to join the Burlingame United Methodist Worship Team, as a singer and hymn leader.
Luenna Kim, Chair for the Administrative Committee
Luenna Kim was born into a family of Christians who showed her God's love and grace through their service to the church and to the homeless in Seattle. During the past fifty years, she has experienced times of joy, peace, failure, and pain. She has learned to trust in God's goodness and to watch in wonder as He performs unexpected miracles in her life and in the lives of her family. Luenna writes:
"I came to Burlingame United Methodist Church 8 years ago during one of the hardest times in my life. Although I had been raised in the church I had not attended one in years and I wasn't necessarily planning on attending one anytime soon. I believed in Christ but I didn't have a relationship with Him.
"I still clearly recall when a woman came up to me after one of my first Sundays — with her arms outstretched — telling me I needed a hug. The warmth, welcome, and comfort I received from her was unforgettable. I don't remember who that woman was — I so wish I did. I think of her every once in a while when I enter the Sanctuary. If you were that woman who hugged a grief stricken stranger years ago — it was me.
"Since that time, there have been so many people at BUMC who have welcomed me, prayed with me, and encouraged me. I pray our church is a place that is warm, welcoming, and comforting to all — for those who have been members for years and for those who wander in because they have nowhere else to go."
Luenna serves as the Director of Human Resources for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. She has worked as a public defender, a legal recruiter for a Fortune 500 company, a labor relations manager, and as a human resources director for a public-school district and a charter management organization. She was recently appointed as a San Francisco Housing Authority Commissioner. She volunteers as the Executive Director for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation and as the Supervisory Committee Chair for the San Francisco Federal Credit Union. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Boston University and a law degree from Suffolk Law School in Boston.
|© Copyright Burlingame United Methodist Church, All rights reserved.||Like us on Facebook|