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Meet Our Staff

Rev. Eric Sherlock (Click to contact)
senior pastor

Rev. Eric Sherlock has served on our pastoral staff since 2015. Before his call to DCC, Eric served churches in Massachusetts and Connecticut as an associate pastor and minister of children and youth. He holds two master’s degrees – a Master of Divinity from Boston University and a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling from Palo Alto University. Eric also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bridgewater State University. Currently, 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 identity as beloved of God and our call in the world: to love God and love neighbor.

Eric shares a home with his husband, Matt, and their black labs, Otto and Poppy. When Eric is not working at church or thinking about church, you can find him drinking an Americano at a local coffee shop, walking his dogs, working on home projects, or running or hiking along the many trails of the Bay Area.

Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley (Click to contact)
associate pastor 

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 the 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 more broadly.

Todd was ordained by the North Texas Association of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ in July 2019. 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)
music director

John Kendall Bailey joined the DCC staff in August 2016. John firmly believes in integrating 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 graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

Anne-Marie Vanniasinkam (Click to contact)
office administrator & communications specialist

Anne-Marie is from the Midwest but has lived in California for the last 20 years. She has a background in marketing and is putting that to use at DCC through newsletters, eNews, the church website, and general office and administrative tasks.

She lives in San Ramon with her husband and three kids. She loves to bake, run, read, watch her kids play soccer, and cheer on her favorite sports teams in her spare time.