Pastor: Rev. Dave Schlager
Office Manager: Ruhi Nathan
Site Manager: Deborah Witt
Organist: Don Cardoza
Choir Director: Tonya Oravetz
Custodian: Harold Labrado
Pastor Dave grew up in Argentina where his parents were missionaries. He went to High School in Palo Alto, College at the University of the Pacific in Stockton CA, and the University of Madrid in Spain. His Seminary work was done at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.
Pastor Dave has served churches all over California most recently for seven years as Senior Pastor at Burlingame United Methodist Church. Other churches served include: El Sobrante UMC, First UMC Hayward, Tulare UMC, New Cuyama UMC and two Spanish speaking churches : Iglesia Emanuel in Sacramento, Iglesia Betania in Bakersfield.
Pastor Dave is married to the Rev. Jane Schlager who is serving Almaden Hills UMC in San Jose. They have two grown sons, Matt and John who live and work in Sacramento.
Dave is a passionate fan of Baseball. When the boys were young Dave coached Pony Baseball for 14 years. Today he is a passionate fan of the San Francisco Giants and attends as many games as he can.
He is a dynamic and powerful preacher and a skilled leader of Bible Studies.
He loves photography and still plays the trumpet a bit.
Born and brought up in New Delhi, India, Ruhi graduated from St. Stephen's College in Delhi, with a Masters degree in history. Having worked for a year in India, she moved to the United States in 1991 with her husband, Ronald. Sunnyvale First United Methodist Church was the first Church she attended and has continued to worship here ever since.
Finance is one area that has always interested Ruhi, so she used her time to learn about mortgage loans and financial investments. After the birth of her two children, she decided not to enter the work force but focus her energy on raising her kids. The obligations of driving her kids to school, baseball games, music lessons, swim practices, and taekwondo were demanding but rewarding. Once the kids were old enough to take care of themselves, the opportunity to work at the Church office came along in 2006 and since then the Church has become an integral part of Ruhi's life.
Ruhi and Ronald have been married for over twenty years and their two high school aged children, Nikita, 17, Tanay, 14, along with their golden retriever, Simba, are the joys of her life. Ruhi is a news junkie, likes to read, travel and collect coins.
Prior to joining our team, Debbie worked with West Valley Community Services in Cupertino, first as a volunteer and then was hired to be the Community Health Coordinator. Debbie managed the food pantry, worked with the grocery rescue program, and supervised over 150 volunteers. Her catering background and experience working with seniors is a great addition to our team.
Debbie and her husband Jim live in San Jose with their two dogs, Sherlock and Basil. Debbie enjoys baking, cooking, home improvement projects and spending time with her family.
Don Cardoza has worked as a Methodist music minister for a number of years. Most recently, he worked at Twin Towers UMC in Alameda. He teaches music as well and taught piano, harmony, musicianship, jazzband at Ohlone College, Cal State East Bay and Las Positas College. Don has a BA and MA in music.
Don is familiar with a number of styles of worship and looks forward to supporting the choir and the singing of our favorite hymns. He also enjoys arranging and writing music for all occasions.
Don and his lovely wife Leslei Ahne have a daughter Karen and a son Josh.
Tonya has been the choir director at FUMC since 1999. As choir director, she tries to bring a large variety of music into the church. The choir sings both traditional and contemporary anthems from spirituals to classics to praise songs. We encourage anyone who loves to sing to join us!