Rev. Dr. Lui Tran, Pastor
Lui Tran was born in South Vietnam. With his parents, he immigrated to Switzerland as a young child. He grew up, was baptized in the Swiss Evangelical-Reformed Church and schooled in the German-speaking part of this alpine country. While serving in the Swiss army, Lui studied law at the University of Bern. Upon graduating from university, he
worked for Amnesty International and the Swiss Federal Department of Justice. He came to the United States in 1994 where he attended Harvard Law School. After
completing his studies at Harvard, he moved to Montreal, Canada to pursue a teaching career, enrolling in the
doctoral program at McGill University. After receiving his Ph.D. in constitutional law in 1999, Lui answered God's call and left his legal career to become a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving in Africa. During a trip to northern Ghana as a Wycliffe missionary Lui sensed that God was calling him into the ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. In 2001, after completing his assignment with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lui enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at the Claremont School of Theology. While in seminary, he served with Indochinese youth and young adults in leadership training programs and camps and helped to develop the English-speaking ministry at the Anaheim Vietnamese UMC. Ordained as an elder in full connection in the California-Pacific Annual Conference, Rev. Tran pastored three churches in Southern California prior to being appointed to Brea United Methodist Church in July 2017. In 2016, he was elected to the nine-member Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church, the highest court of the denomination. He is also a member of the Rules Committee of the Annual Conference. Lui is married to Traci. They have two sons, Benjamin and Timothy. Lui loves non-fiction books, ice cream, good food, traveling, and spending time with his family. His favorite rock band is Queen. His life mission is to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known.
Ashleigh Kelly, Director of
Next Generation Ministries
B, M., M.M.
Minister of Music
John has over 38 years of experience in the fields of music education and pastoral church music ministry. He is a certified Director of Music in the United Methodist Church. In his current position at Brea UMC he serves as worship music
leader, keyboardist, and director of the Chancel Choir.
John Catanzaro is a Creator; one who manifests beauty and wisdom for the life of the world. He is a student of the Way of Wonder, living life from a path of service as an artist, musician, composer, writer, and presenter. John is a trained leader and facilitator of small groups in which he seeks to integrate the flow of Spirituality and Soul with Creativity.
In the past, he has led groups on the subjects of The Musicians Soul, The Creative Life, The Artist Way, and has recently designed a group on Creativity as a Soulful Path as part of a Sacred Journeys series for use in churches.
John is creator of transformational music that seeks by intention to bring beauty to life and offer healing to the soul. His music is featured on various websites and has been used in conjunction with collaborative multi-media projects both locally and at large for the greater world community.
Please click on the provided links to explore several of the various sites on the internet where his compositions are featured and available, and enjoy some samples of John's music.