Our Pastors

The Rev. Kaji Douša, Senior Minister and C.E.O.

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The Rev. Kaji Spellman Douša is Senior Pastor of the Park.  She is the first woman called to this role since the formation of the congregation in 1810.

About her public witness, Pastor Kaji says: “I’m realizing that it’s time for the church to repent. We’ve let the name of Jesus get away from us, get misused, twisted and turned into something unrecognizable by the religious right. In the meantime, how many generations of people are being harmed by oppressive teachings from church? All because those of us who knew better have been too afraid to stand up, or we’ve been ineffective in spreading a message of liberation. That day is over. There are lives at stake, for God’s sake.”

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and of Yale University, Pastor Kaji is a prolific writer and a celebrated and awarded public speaker. She preaches nearly every Sunday at The Park and is invited as a keynote speaker across the country. Her often fiery media appearances reflect her deep thinking, faithful perspective and quick wit. She is on the editorial board for the United Church of Christ’s Stillspeaking Writer’s Group and the Alumni Board of Yale Divinity School.

Before entering the ministry, Kaji developed new products for a large financial services company on Wall Street. She also has a political background, having managed and staffed several successful campaigns.

The Reverend Douša’s Sermons

Stephanie Kendell, Executive Minister and C.O.O.

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The Rev. Stephanie Kendell is the Executive Minister and COO at The Park and is the first to hold both of these positions. She graduated with a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School with an additional  certificate in History, Theology, and Ethics. Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Stephanie is the current First-Vice Moderator of the denomination. Rev. Stephanie is passionate about justice seeking ministries that aid in the value of intersectional perspectives. She loves casting big vision for her communities and helping them live into that vision in financially responsible, creative, and sustainable ways. Her writing has been published in books and online publications. Her work focuses on leadership from marginalized communities within scripture and has captured audiences around the globe. Rev. Stephanie is currently a writer in residence for Young Clergy Women International.

Rev. Stephanie is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where she continues to be an avid supporter the local sports teams as well as a fan of the USWNT. She holds a degree in Musical Theater and Theater Arts from the University of Redlands. Before her call to Ordained ministry, Rev. Stephanie was a Producer and Operations Manager for an international theatrical marketing agency based in Los Angeles.

The Reverend Kendell’s Writings

The Reverend Kendell’s Sermons