Rev. Eric Sherlock (Click to contact)
Reverend Eric Sherlock is the Senior Pastor of Danville Congregational Church and has been a pastor at DCC since 2015. He holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bridgewater State University. He is a participant in the ninth class of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI) of the UCC Pension Boards – a leadership development program for young pastors in the United Church of Christ committed to local church ministry. Eric believes the church is a place where we can connect with ourselves and one another, and in doing so, we connect with God. He believes the church is a source of deep community, where we are reminded of our call in the world: to love God and love neighbor.
Eric lives in Oakland with his husband, Matt and their black lab mix, Otto. When Eric is not at church or thinking about church, you can find him drinking coffee at Peet’s, running and hiking along the many trails in the Bay Area, exploring the Northern California coastline, and enjoying some of Sonoma and Napa wine countries famous wines.
Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley (Click to contact)
In 2012, Todd’s husband, Miguel, invited him to visit his church—Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ in Dallas—on their second date. It would not be long until Todd joined that faith community as the call on his life began to re-awaken—initially through faith-based, LGBTQ activism that grew into intersectional justice work and community organizing.
Leaving a career in corporate communications, Todd moved to Berkeley in 2015 to attend Pacific School of Religion where he received a Master of Divinity in 2018. While at PSR, Todd’s work focused on spirituality and social transformation and sexuality and religion. He served as a pastoral intern at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco.
Todd has directed communications for several justice-oriented, faith-based social justice organizations, including the Oakland Peace Center. He believes in the value of speaking one’s truth in love while also being present to the truths of others with grace and an open heart. He is passionate about the church expanding its welcome and open-and-affirming arms of welcome ever more broadly.
Todd was ordained by the North Texas Association of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ in July. Todd and his husband Miguel live in the Bay Area and have four grown sons, four amazing daughters-in-law, and three grandsons who live in Texas and Oklahoma. Todd is a passionate activist, blogger, and social media savant; he loves Tex-Mex, house music, and thrift shopping. He and Miguel enjoy the eclectic Bay Area arts and music scene, hiking and biking, and being a part of a vibrant faith community.
John Kendall Bailey (Click to contact)
John Kendall Bailey joined the DCC staff in August of 2016. John firmly believes in the integration of music with the rest of the worship to create a unified, uplifting worship experience.
In addition to his work at DCC, John is the music director and conductor of several Bay Area orchestras including: The Civic Symphony Associations of San Francisco’s Mozart to Mendelssohn Orchestra, Mesopotamia Symphony Orchestra and the Trinity Lyric Opera. A native of the Bay Area, John is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
Mary-Marie Deauclaire (Click to contact)
A native Midwesterner, Mary-Marie graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and studied organ performance at Valparaiso University. She is passionate about ringing and directing Handbells and loves bringing people together through the shared experience of music. Her other musical interests include singing, and ongoing studies in music theory, composition, organ and conducting.
Mary-Marie enjoys spending time with friends and family, swimming and cycling, meditating and praying, and works part-time as a massage therapist with elderly and chronically ill clients.
Liz Setlak von-Thury (Click to contact)
Liz has a long history as a management professional. She worked in retail as a store manager for 20 years for a variety of upscale retailers. She is experienced in operational and people management, human resource personnel administration, supply management, and inventory tracking.
Liz supports DCC by working with our Buildings and Grounds Commission and Tenant Relations Committee, as well as providing a friendly face in the office and administrative support. She currently lives in San Ramon. She likes to garden, make jewelry, sew, decorate, dance and go for walks.
Nicole “Nikki” Doyle is our new Nursery Attendant and she will be starting in the church nursery Fall 2019. Currently, Nikki is a full-time preschool teacher at Dayspring Preschool. She has been a part of Dayspring since August 2018. Before becoming a teacher at Dayspring she worked at Alamo Country School for 3 1/2 years. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Sonoma State University and is looking into getting her teaching credential at Cal State East Bay.
Nikki lives in Danville with her parents, and her brother and their black lab mix, Khalessi. Nikki loves living in Danville, working out, spending time with friends and family, and working with children.