Michael Harvey, Pastor
Pastor Mike Harvey came to Woodside Village Church from San Mateo where he served 11 years as Lead Pastor for Hope Lutheran Church. Pastor Mike joined our staff in 2007 as Senior Pastor. He is a native of the Bay Area, growing up in San Mateo and Burlingame. He currently lives in Burlingame with his wife, Karlene. They were married in 1969 and have two children; a son, Eric and a daughter, Julie.
Before going back to school, Pastor Mike served as a manager of West Coast Federal Savings in the Castro Valley branch. While going to school he worked for the City of Burlingame supervising the maintenance of City Hall. His wife Karlene works in the City of Burlingame's Parks and Trees Division.
Pastor Mike attended the College of San Mateo, University of Phoenix, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and was ordained for pastoral ministry in 1991. He is currently doing postgraduate studies in counseling.
Pastor Mike has a genuine love for the Lord and believes that through the power of the Holy Spirit we have all been called to bring the "Good News" of God's healing love to a broken world.
Office Manager & Wedding Coordinator
Linda joined our staff in 2007. Prior to this position, she was the Deputy City Clerk for the City of South San Francisco. She has more than twenty-five years of professional experience in office administration.
Linda currently resides in San Mateo and is the mother of three and a proud grandmother of four.
Director of Youth Ministries
Jennifer has been a member of the Woodside Village Church for 30 years, and raised her three children in the area. They have all participated in the life here in Woodside.
As Youth Director, she plans Biblical lessons each week and plans the outreach programs.
Reverend Dorothy Straks
Director of Music Ministries 650-530-2161
Dorothy was born and raised as a Midwest farm girl who often dreamed of someday living in the big city
When choosing a career path for college Dorothy looked to the education track and taught public school for many years. She attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa for two years and then transferred to Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri to complete her bachelor's degree in education.
Once she realized that God was calling her to the ordained ministry she began a six-year journey to complete her Master of Arts in Theology and Worship Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). She was ordained by Bishop Mel Talbert here in California in 1997 and is a member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She and Jerry have two grown children. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, reading, gardening, sewing, and corresponding with the many friends she's made across the country.
Nancy is a lifetime resident of Redwood City and a member of WVC for 16 years. She feels right at home in her new position of Office Assistant. She has worn many hats, including being an ordained deacon since 2007 at the church so this progression seemed natural for her.
She lives in Redwood City with her husband Jack and her son Spencer (the loves of life) and their cat Tobe. When she is not at the church she likes to cook, watch movies and pursue "crafty" projects.
Even though you know her stop by the office and say "Hi".