Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Matthew began his Ministry at Emerson in August 2016. He was raised as a Unitarian Universalist and has been active leader in the denominations as youth and young adult, particularly in work around racial and climate/environmental justice, which are two of his deep passions.
Rev. Matthew grew up Long Beach, CA and has also called Oakland, Berkeley, Cleveland and England home. Rev. Matthew attended seminary at Starr King School for the Ministry, and has BA and MA in American Studies.
Rev. Matthew loves creating worship services that touch the head and the heart, and a compelling prophetic vision grounded in history of justice work in UUism and the wider world. He believes that a church should serve those within and beyond it’s walls. And equip others to live lives of meaning and purpose.
Rev. Matthew has a daughter River Grace with his wife Anna Wagner.
Director of Religious Education
Cleo joined Emerson in August 2018. She is a glitter loving, queer woman of color, teaching artist, feminist, poet and general rabble rouser. Prior to joining Emerson, Cleo’s varied teaching adventures include teaching applied theater to middle and high school students, leading workshops for groups ranging in age from 4 year olds to 70 year olds, and teaching adaptive swim lessons to kids with special needs.
Cleo first attended a UU church as a teenager, and started attending services more regularly as young adult, at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica, and when she would travel for college debate competitions she would almost always visit the local church. Cleo has a profound appreciation for the openness and love of the UU community. She takes personal inspiration from Gertrude Stein, Angela Davis, Faith Lehane, Audre Lorde and bell hooks. And she is thrilled to be starting this journey with the Emerson UU family!
Ramon has been an invaluable asset at Emerson for over 10 years. In addition to creating the weekly Order of Service and email blast, Ramon maintains the church calendar and files, answers phones and emails, and assists the minister with administrative tasks. Ramon splits his time with another UU congregation in the Valley, the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society (aka The Onion).
Ramon has been serving in this position since November 2005.
Kevin Mathie is a professional pianist and composer who has more than a decade of experience in the music and entertainment industries. He has garnished several awards and recognitions both as a composer and as the music director/conductor for The Grand Theatre and Salt Lake Acting Company based out of Salt Lake City, UT. Kevin has increasingly been involved in composing for film/tv/commercials. This transition has brought him to sunny LA, a city that he has absolutely fallen in love with. Kevin is currently a freelance composer, and is also a composer with the Los Angeles based music production collective HotTraxInc.com. He is also an accompanist for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. You can read more about Kevin’s experience and hear his music at www.kevinmathie.com