Rev. Mr. Elvin Harrison
Mr. Harrison was ordained in the National Baptist Convention in 1991.
He has served as youth minister at churches in Washington DC and Brooklyn N.Y. Elvin holds a
B.S. from Jarvis Christian College and an MDiv. from Howard University School of Divinity. He
has been a member of CCCPB since 2002. Elvin has worked with youth and young adults in
several capacities. In May 2011, Elvin was granted privilege of call in the UCC.
We are very fortunate to have Elvin as our current Acting Minister.
Listen to this excellent sermon of Elvin's: Justice,
Salt, and Light
Ms. Oishei's background is extensive in choral conducting, piano,
singing, and playing the organ. It includes a Master of Music Degree in vocal arts from the
Julliard School in New York City, where she graduated cum laude in 1992. She
also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal arts from the San Francisco Conservatory of
Music. In addition, Judy has been in numerous operas, taught music, and she has been an
accompanist at many fine institutions.
Rev. Mr. Jerry D. Lawritson (March 2, 1944 - January
Mr. Lawritson graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Doane College
and did so with honors. He received his Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion
where he majored in New Testament Studies. Since then, his studies were primarily in the
fields of Philosophy and Theology. Mr. Lawritson continued his education at the Summer
Program in Theology at Oxford University, Oxford, England.
He studied with some of the greatest thinkers of our time
including Rev. Dr. Robert E. Fitch, Rev. Dr. Robert McAfee Brown, Rev. Dr. Gustavo
Guttierrez, and Dr. Maurice Friedman.
Jerry is the published author of the definitive essay on the subject of
Martin Buber's response to the Shoah (Holocaust). At the invitation of the Lipinsky Institute for
Judaic Studies at San Diego State University he delivered one of the annual lectures for the
Maurice Friedman Lecture Series in Modern Jewish Philosophy. His periodic lectures delivered
at CCCPB covered a wide range of writers, thinkers, and artists.
Jerry was ordained into the United Church of Christ, and served as the
minister of the First Congregational Church of Martinez in California for 17 years before moving
to San Diego. He served here, as our minister at the Community Congregational Church of
Pacific Beach for 30 years before retiring in January, 2016 due to illness.
As a pastor, Jerry touched and helped the lives of many through his
ministry. As a scholar, he educated others through his teachings, writings and lectures. Jerry had
a passionate love of theology, philosophy, books and music, which was outweighed only by the
love he had for his family. He will be missed.
Survived by his wife of 32 years, Deborah Turner-Lawritson; his daughter,
Dasha Dooley and son-in-law, Brian Dooley; his son, Matthew Reagan and daughter-in-law,
Jennifer Reagan; and his grandchildren, Ashlee Dooley, Kyle Reagan, and Kelly Reagan. A
Memorial service was held at the Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach on
Saturday, January 30. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to The
Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach, CA.
His obituary was published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 28,
2016 - See more at: Jerry's Obituary
Listen to this excerpt from one of Jerry's most profound reflections:
Judith Oishei, Music Director
Debbie McKesson, Moderator
Kathy Mendenhall, Treasurer
Debbie McKesson, Clerk
Beverly Shaffer, Secretary
Board of Trustees
Chair: Betty Breeden
Board of Deacons
Chair: Dee Snyder
Chair: Cheryl Prince
Chair: Chuck Mendenhall
The church Council is made up of the Church Moderator, Treasurer, Clerk, Secretary , and all
the committee and board chairman.