Synod of Southern California and Hawaii

14225 Roscoe Boulevard
Panorama City   CA 91402
Phone: 818-810-6137 • FAX: 818-8910212
Please note the phone number change


Introducing the Rev. Paula Mann

TE Paula MannThe Rev. Paula Mann is the new Business Manager for the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii.

Paula Mann was ordained in 2008 as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Whitewater Valley (Indiana). She came to the Presbytery of the Pacific to accept her first call at Palms Westminster Presbyterian Church.

After completing her call, she returned to her first career of quality management and quality engineering. Paula has worked in different positions in manufacturing companies before spending about four years as a quality management consultant. Prior to attending seminary, Paula worked for General Motors and Alcoa in various quality system roles. She has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University and a Master of Quality Management from Loyola University – New Orleans.

Paula attended Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana and received her Master of Divinity degree in 2007. She is a lifelong Presbyterian and served as a deacon and a ruling elder prior to entering seminary. Paula has served on various committees and commissions in the Presbytery of the Pacific.


A Message to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii from the Stated Clerk, the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson

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SC J. Herbert Nelson

Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson frequently shares messages and updates of interest.  A listing of recent messages is HERE.

A subject list of topics is HERE.


The Rev. Dr. Clayton Cobb

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With heavy hearts, we join friends and family in mourning the death of Clayton Cobb on Saturday, January 2. Clayton served as a Church Consultant with the Board of Pensions for churches and presbyteries in Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Hawaii from September 2011 until his retirement in October 2019. Prior to working with the Board, he served as associate pastor and then pastor of several congregations in California, most recently as pastor of St. Peter’s by the Sea in Rancho Palos Verdes.
          Those who served with Clayton knew him to be a warm, and caring person. He was quick with a smile and a laugh and had a genuine desire to help others. We will miss his wit, his wise counsel, and his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jeannie, and their families.

Rev. Kristin Leucht
Church Consultant, Board of Pensions


Chaplaincy at LAC+USC Medical Center

chaplain in courtyard Updated 12/2020
Videos, engaging stories, and a list of involvement opportunities are HERE. This ministry is made possible by your support through Presbyteries of the Pacific, San Gabriel, San Fernando and Los Ranchos and the Synod of Southern California. Please share with your presbytery and congregations! 



Contact Information

Synod Staff

Phone: 818-810-6137
FAX: 818-891-0212

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
MARK HONG   ext. 109    
  Email (

Business Manager
PAULA MANN     ext. 110
Email (

Full Charge Bookkeeper
Email  (

REPL Coordinator
Email  (


Synod Officers 2021

Contact officers through Business Manager TE PAULA MANN (ext. 110)
Email (

Moderator—TE Suzanne Malloy.

Vice-Mod.—RE Janine Tanahuvia. 

Stated Clerk: TE Mark Hong

Treas.—RE Susan Skoglund

CoA Moderator— RE Pat Niles


Synod Business Items; Synod Funding Update

Synod Business Calendar

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2021 Synod Assembly
Posted when available

2021 Commission of Assembly Meetings


Synod Funding Opportunities

This section under revision. Please check with the Synod Business Manager, the Rev. Paula Mann, if you have a concern. Thank you for your patience.

PAULA MANN     ext. 110
Email (


Synod Organization

COA-Related Groups

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The general contact   at the Synod office is Rev. Paula Mann  (Email)

COA-Related Groups

• Equity and Justice Ministries
          JPIC (Contact Darrel Meyers)
Presbyterian Women (PW)
Presbyterian Men (PM)




Diverse group in meeting

The Commission/Committee Contact is Business Manager Rev. Paula Mannn• Commission of Assembly (CoA)

• Synod Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC)

• Committee on Representation and Nominations (CR&N)

• Polity & Records



Mission Partner(s)
Related Entities

Diverse group in meeting

The general contact   at the Synod office is Rev. Paula Mann (Email)

Mission Partner

•  Global Christian Forum
(replaces Southern CA Ecumenical Council)

• Synod of the Nile

Related Entities

Monte Vista Grove Homes, Inc.
Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers, Inc.(PCCCI)
• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conf. Inc.


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Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership  (REPL) Scholarship Program


REPL provides needed spiritual and financial support for racial ethnic persons enrolled with presbytery within the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii as an inquirer / candidate for Teaching Elder (Minister of the Word and Sacrament), or with the presbytery and / or session for other professional ministry vocations.

• Priority for scholarships shall be given to persons pursuing the M.Div. degree or its equivalent, or other presbytery-approved programs, in preparation for meeting the requirements for various ministry vocations, including parish ministry:


HOW ?: See information sheet

DEADLINE: "Open." Apply at any time.

QUESTIONS? E-mail The Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop, Coordinator (E-mail)



These forms should be completed online, using the forms (Microsoft Word format) that you will download from the links below. Submission should be by e-mail attachment.

Electronic (MS Word)
Parts I, II, III
for applicant)
Part IV: (for recommendation)

Please note that applications are now accepted at any time.




Meet the REPL Committee!

A full-size version of this image is HERE.


Churchwide Resources

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Presbyterian Mission Website

The Presbyterian Mission website displays many new stories of mission and opportunities. Find it  HERE.
PC (USA) Churchwide Anti-racism Policy

Facing Racism–Vision of the Intercultural Communigy: Website and Resources

PC (USA) Blogs: Other Voices

Presbyterian News Service
Mission Agency
Blogs Listing

More PC (USA) Resources

More resources, including items in the Spanish and Korean languages, are linked   
Categories include:
Recent          Popular      Korean      Spanish


pcaPDA assistance is assisting in areas throughout California which have been devastated by the recent wildfires and mudslides.


GA224 logoGeneral Assembly 224

GA224 Website


GA224 Co-ModeratorsElona Street-Stewart, executive of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, and the Rev. Gregory Bentley, pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama (Photo courtesy

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance