El Segundo United Methodist Church

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Pastor
Lee Carlile 
was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in 2008.  She received her Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2003, and her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, in 1973.  Before being appointed to El Segundo UMC, she served as the Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Long Beach.  In addition to serving ESUMC, Lee is one of two West District Camping Coordinators.  She also serves as Courtesies Chair at the California-Pacific Annual Conference.  She is passionate about worship, preaching, and creating a caring community in which all are welcome and able to experience the grace and love of God. 

Lee is married to Don, who is a Macintosh software developer and consultant and a third-generation clergy spouse.  Though both of them grew up in the Midwest, they have enjoyed living in the same area in Redondo Beach since 1975.  Prior to Lee becoming a pastor, they were active members of First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach for 28 years. 

The daughter of a church musician, Lee has always enjoyed singing, and she and Don both participate in the church choir.  She has also enjoyed performing liturgical dance.  In addition, Lee and Don enjoy singing together in the Long Beach Chorale.  They have two grown children, both of whom are happily married, and three grandchildren in whom Don and Lee take great delight.


Youth Director
Eric Iki graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary California, in Pasadena, in June of 2016, and received his Masters of Divinity. He attended undergraduate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he received his Bachelors of Arts in History. 

He is currently pursuing ordination as an elder within the UMC. He has served in youth ministries for the last 10 years and continues to do so today. However, Eric would eventually like to lead a church of his own one day. He believes that a strong understanding of one’s personal faith lived out within a community leads to a strong commitment to seek justice and spread God’s love to a hurting world.

Eric grew up in Torrance and has lived in various places around Southern California including San Gabriel, Pasadena, and Carson. He would like to remain in Southern California and in the Cal-Pac conference as long as possible.

In his free time, Eric enjoys playing basketball, computer games, fishing, camping, spending time with his girlfriend and friends, and just enjoying life. Eric loves eating and can’t pinpoint a favorite type of food, but considers Mexican, American, and Japanese food as his top three. 



Choir Director
Patty Breitag grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and has lived in the Los Angeles area for 19 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance/Piano Minor from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music (Pi Kappa Lambda) and her Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University Long Beach (Phi Kappa Phi).

She is a professional musician and choral conductor working in many musical genres including symphony orchestras, accompanist for recitals, casuals, concerts and choral groups and jazz and rock touring groups. She has been the choral director of several community groups in the LA area for the last several years. She also has an extensive background in musical theatre where she has been musical director, rehearsal accompanist, pit musician, and conductor of many musicals throughout Los Angeles and Kansas City areas.

She works at Fullerton College in the summer with the SRO Musical Theatre program and is on the musical theatre staff at El Camino College in Torrance, California. She has been a church organist and church musician for 43 years and is currently the Director of Music, Organist and Choir Director at El Segundo United Methodist Church where she has been for the last 18 years.

Prior to coming to Diamond Bar High School where she teaches choir, AP Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music, she was employed for 10 years at Brea Olinda High School as the staff accompanist and musical theatre vocal director. Currently she is on the Executive Board of SCVA (Southern California Vocal Association) serving as Show Choir Chairperson and is a member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association).


Children's Music
Joanna McLees
has led our Children's Choir since 2005.  A native of Minnesota, Joanna attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts, studying music, dance, theater and visual arts.  Since moving to Los Angeles, she has sung with the Loyola Marymount University Choir, the Angeles Chorale, and El Segundo UMC's Chancel Choir.  Joanna enjoys working with kids of all ages, helping them learn the basics of music, and developing their confidence using the gifts God has given them.






Handbell Director
Kathy Rutledge is the leader of "Bells of Joy", a bell choir which provides music for both El Segundo UMC and for the city of El Segundo at special events.











Administrative Assistant
Elisabet Port
started working at ESUMC in December of 2008. She handles secretarial duties, book keeping and payroll.
She was born and raised in northern Sweden and came to the US in 1983. She is married and has two sons who are both in college.









Custodian
Blanca Martinez-Gonzalez started working at ESUMC in 2010. She is originally from Jiavilpan, Michoacan, Mexico, and came to the United States with her family when she was 15. She has a large family and enjoys doing things with them on the weekends. She also works at Richmond Street School as a custodian.










Nursery Caregiver
Paul Idelson
 was born in Encino, California and moved to Pacific Palisades when he was eight years old. His mother still lives in he house he grew up in. His father was a radio and television writer,actor and producer, and his mother a stage actress. He has two brothers who are each married with two children. One with eight year old twins and the other with five and seven year old daughters. He had a sister that he lost to cancer in 2003.
 
"My whole life and loves have been centered around children and automobiles, in such capacities as public and private schools, children's musical theaters, and have been babysitting steadily since I was 16. I have worked at numerous automobile dealerships and presently the Automobile Driving Museum where I been the Docent Volunteer Coordinator for the past 8 years."




Nursery Caregiver
Lolita White
 was born in Guana-juato, Mexico.  Her father was a shoemaker and her mother a dressmaker. She has seven brothers and four sisters.  While on vacation, I met my husband Tom White, and we were married eight years ago.  I immigrated to the United States in 2009 and became an American Citizen in 2014.  I live in El Segundo and have been working as a daycare employee at the St. Anthony School in El Segundo for over five years.  I feel blessed to be working here at the El Segundo UMC.
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