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Leadership Team

The team members of St. John’s bring their many gifts and rich experience to the ministries of the church.

Molly Farin

Molly Farin

Youth and Family Coordinator

Molly is a recognized associate youth minister for Region 2 of the ELCA. She is a mother and long-time member of St. John’s who brings experience and enthusiasm to her work with kids and teens. Molly has a passion for education and is active volunteer in local schools. She also works part-time as an ABA therapist, and is trained to work with kids who have special needs.

Contact Molly at youth@stjohnslutheran.church.

Laura Stave

Sarah Hagar

Director of Music

Sarah is a homegrown Coachella Valley resident and lifelong member of St. John’s. She is a Classically trained vocalist, with an extensive background in Musical Theatre, and a self-taught guitarist. She spent 20 years of her life working for various theatre and cabaret companies before “retiring” to pursue new opportunities. Having grown up in the church, Sarah started young as guest vocalist, grew to worship leader and is now the Director of Music. She is thrilled to be an essential part of the planning and future of St. John’s and is truly blessed to be doing God’s work in the church she loves.

Contact Sarah at music@stjohnslutheran.church.

Laura Stave

Jon McGihon

Choir Director

Jon McGihon is well known in the Palm Desert area music scene as a vocalist/soloist and choral conductor and producer of music events. A resident of Palm Desert for over 44 years, Jon graduated from Cal State Northridge with a music degree and toured for five years as a singer and director of The Waring Blendors with Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians.

Contact Jon at office@stjohnslutheran.church.

Laura Stave

Chris Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Before coming to St. John’s, Chris honed her administrative skills working in the Insurance industry and with a local law firm. While raising and homeschooling 2 daughters, she and her husband, Steve, also managed 2 family businesses. Chris has always been a very active member and ministry leader in her home church. While the Anderson family did enjoy the ranch life of Arizona for a time, they have called the Coachella Valley home for over 25 years.

Contact Chris at office@stjohnslutheran.church.

Laura Stave

Nick Cox

Social Media Coordinator

Nick was born and raised here in the Coachella Valley in a faithful Christian home. He has experience in all the aspects of live theatre production; including performing, set design, lighting design, sound design, and stage managing. Working in the Theatre is where Nick met his wife, Sarah Hagar, who is St. John’s Director of Music. Nick also works as a Videographer and Graphic Artist and is excited to use his talents to help convey the message of the church to all who will hear it.

Contact Nick at social@stjohnslutheran.church