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mothy Murphy, Executive Director, holds a Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology, a M.Div from Eden Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Centre College in Danville, KY. He brings to PCU the minister-scholar-activist qualities that effective leadership in a faith-based non-profit requires. Timothy is an ordained minster in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ. He served as the Minister for Youth and Social Justice at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad, CA for three years and has also worked as a student chaplain at an HIV/AIDS residential facility in St. Louis, MO as well as a homeless shelter in Arlington, TX. Timothy has also worked with the Center for Process Studies and the Disciples Seminary Foundation, gaining important administrative and fundraising skills in both positions. Timothy currently resides in Pasadena with his wife Candace. Contact Rev. Timothy Murphy by email.


Sean Patrick Coady, Associate Director, is a graduate from Villanova University, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration, with a triple major in marketing, management, and international business. As an undergraduate, he spent six months studying in Paris, participated in community service break trips, planned Special Olympics festivals and grew deeper in his faith through student retreats. Sean Patrick is passionate about social justice and spent a year serving refugees with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Phoenix, AZ. He joined the PCU staff in October 2011. He was born and raised a Roman Catholic and has become hopeful for its future by the actions of Pope Francis. Contact Sean Patrick Coady by email.



Connie Modglin, Bookkeeper, has headed up PCU’s accounting since 2002, when we were still known as the Mobilization for the Human Family. She has seen PCU change its offices from Claremont on the Theological Seminary grounds, to a historic building in Pomona and to downtown Los Angeles. Connie specializes in nonprofit accounting. She lives in Diamond Bar and loves spending time with her daughter, her son, and her grandson! Contact Connie Modglin by email.




Rev. Peter Laarman, Justice Not Jails Coordinator, is a graduate of Brown
University and Yale Divinity School and an ordained UCC minister. He has a background in community organizing in the U.S. labor movement. Peter served as the executive director of PCU from 2004-2013. Before joining the PCU staff, he was the senior minister of New York City's historic Judson Memorial Church for ten years. Peter continues his work for PCU in a volunteer capacity as the coordinator for special project Justice Not Jails. Contact Rev. Peter Laarman by email.


Rev. John Forney, Chapter Organizer for the Pomona Valley, is a graduate from Cal. State U. Los Angeles and Claremont School of Theology, where he received a Rel. D. degree. He is an Episcopal priest resident in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has taught in settings from preschool through university level, serving as the chair of the Religious Studies Department at Alaska Pacific University. He has also run his family’s real estate business and a waste water treatment plant which enables him to do microdevelopment work in Ghana, Africa. He believes that the formation of vital small group processes will provide the necessary support, spiritual growth and practical action to build a new Christianity that will truly embody the radical teachings of the “Jesus of dangerous memory.”  Contact Rev. John Forney by email.


Virginia Classick, Regional Coordinator for the San Fernando Valley, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked primarily in the fields of mental health and domestic violence for nearly 40 years. She grew up on the campus of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, where her father was a professor. Virginia received her B.A. in theology from Valparaiso University in Indiana, took courses in the M.A. in Religion program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and received her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She lives in Woodland Hills, and is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a General Member of All Saints-Pasadena. Contact Virginia Classick by email.
 
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Rev. Dr. George F. Regas retired as Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena, in May 1995 after serving 28 years in that position. The primary focus of his ministry at All Saints was peace and justice. He led his congregation to oppose the Vietnam War, the escalating nuclear arms race, and the first Gulf War. He also established many programs to respond to human needs in the Los Angeles area: the AIDS Service Center, a medical program for uninsured children, a shelter for the homeless, and others. Always deeply committed to interfaith work, Dr. Regas founded Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace in the immediate wake of the 9-11 attacks. ICUJP has since become the primary meeting ground and generator of creative ideas for committed interfaith activists in Los Angeles. Dr. Regas continues to write, preach, and lecture widely. He is without question one of the most prominent figures in the national constellation of progressive faith leaders and is well known internationally as well through his work in behalf of the Desmond Tutu Foundation and in combating nuclear escalation and military adventurism on the part of the United States. This year George Frank Regas is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He later studied with John A.T. Robinson in Cambridge, England, and he received his doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology here in California.


Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr. was born of Southern Methodist missionary parents in Japan in 1925. Most of his childhood was lived in Hiroshima and the Kobe area, where he attended Canadian Academy. Furloughs were spent in his mother’s parents’ home in Newnan, Georgia. Because of the approach of war, he returned to Newnan around Christmas 1940, finished high school there, and then went to a junior college of Emory University, located in Oxford, Georgia. Before completing junior college he joined the army to attend the Japanese language school at the University of Michigan, completing that program at Camp Savage, Minnesota. His subsequent military service was mainly translating captured military documents at Camp Ritchie, Marlyand. Soon after Japanese surrender he became part of the army of occupation.

After discharge from the army he went to the University of Chicago where he entered the Humanities Division. After a year there he transferred to the Divinity School, where he received the MA and PhD degrees. He joined the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. His appointment for the first year was part-time teaching at Young Harris College and part-time pastoral responsibility for six churches. He founded a seventh. The next two years he was full time at the college from where he went to Emory University for five years (1953-58). The rest of his teaching career, until his retirement in 1990, was at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. He has been guest professor at the University of Mainz, Rikkyo University, Iliff School of Theology, Vanderbilt Divinity School, the University of Chicago, and Harvard Divinity School. He also served as a fellow at the Woodrow Willson Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.

In 1947 he married Jean Loftin and they had four sons. They now have five grandchildren. Jean served as office manager at the Claremont United Methodist Church and as a librarian at the Claremont School of Theology. On retirement they moved to Pilgrim Place.