rev. joy price, pastor

How I See It

Christ Church by the Sea is a diverse community of faith, whatever your age, your ethnicity, or your sexual-orientation, we have a place for you! My responsibility as your spiritual leader is to provide as many opportunities as possible to build you up in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and then to send you out into the world to touch the lives of others through caring and service.       


Rev. Joy Price joined us in July 2015. She has served in ministry for 14 years and was most recently the senior pastor at St. Paul's UMC in Tarzana. Her passion is for the local church and its ability to make disciples of Christ.  In her leadership as Pastor she has led many congregations through transformation and has a passion for church planting. We look forward to her guidance and inspiration as we seek to lead lives grounded in the teaching and example of Jesus. 

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What our Pastor wants to share with you about Christ Church by the Sea





  • Lori weigel, 

    administrative assistant

    Lori is new on staff as Administrative Assistant. She was born in Newport Beach and graduated from UCI. Lori has been married to Tom for 28 years and they have one son, Garret who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. When she’s not walking their chocolate lab, she can be found making a quilt or reading a great book. She is excited to see where God leads her at Christ Church By The Sea.

  • Craig davis, director of music

    Studying acting and directing at Glendale Junior Colllege, Craig found music to be his passion. Craig is an accomplished pianist and organist, studying the piano since age 7, and the organ, since 18 yrs old. Craig is currently singing with the Long Beach Chamber and the Pacific Chorale. He has sung professionally with the Roger Wagner Chorale, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Los Angeles Concert Singers. Craig is an accomplished musician on the organ, piano, and hand bells.

  • vicent hans, choir tenor

    Vince, a native Californian, has performed at Disneyland many times, mainly in the parades. Vince is also a computer programmer, and worked with DiscoVision Assoc., a company working on the cutting edge for “CD’s” and “DVD’s.” Vince has a wonderful tenor voice and can be heard yearly with the Lamplight Carolers at Christmas. Currently, he is a member of the Pacific Chorale.

  • andrew ponder williams, consultant

    Andrew has a consultive role with our church leadership and Pastor. Andrew has served mainline protestant congregations as a Consultant, Administrator, Youth Minister, and Campus Minister.  Andrew is from Kansas City, Missouri where he received a B.A. from Rockhurst University, which is a Jesuit Univerisity.  Andrew has held United Methodist leadership roles on the local, regional, and international levels. Andrew and his spouse Ashton live in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

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