July 17, 2016

Pastor Letter


Rev. Melinda Teter Dodge, Ordained Elder, United Methodist Church. Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries. With a passion for Christian ministry to the diverse portrait of young people and families throughout God’s world, Melinda serves the Los Altos United Methodist Church community with a wealth of professional ministerial and non-profit experience and academic scholarship. She has served Los Altos UMC under appointment since July 2011. Melinda has worked directly with young people in a variety of settings throughout her life, most formatively in the church and in the theatre.

Previous to her appointment at Los Altos UMC, Pastor Melinda served as the founding Executive Director for The Work of Angels Group, a 501(c)3 serving transitional-aged foster youth; the Community Youth Pastor for the First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park and the Director of Youth Ministries for the Atascadero United Methodist Church. She has also worked in theatre and opera production on all sides: administrative, productive and technical. She has experience onstage with the Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Opera and Houston Grand Opera, among others, producing well over 350 performances of some 70+ operas.

Pastor Melinda holds a Master of Divinity from the Claremont School of Theology where she was honored with the Hoyt Hickman Award for Worship and Liturgics. She also holds a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Michigan. She resides in Long Beach with her husband, the Rev. Johan Dodge, and two young children. In her free time, Pastor Melinda enjoys reading, yoga, good coffee, traveling, baking and gardening. And goats.