PASTOR & STAFF
Senior Pastor: Eric Schmidt
Senior Pastor Eric Schmidt has served as a United Methodist Pastor for eleven years.
He is a provisional Elder seeking ordination as an Elder in full connection. He is the chair of the New Ministry essential ministry team for the California-Pacific conference, serving in an interdisciplinary role.
Over three decades of national and international business experience, including three years at World Vision International and his earlier career was in the high-tech industry. He was a founder/partner in several start-up companies with progressively higher executive management roles.
Pastor Eric and his lovely bride & ministry partner Esperanza have been married for thirteen years. Esperanza, is a food scientist for Passport Foods and an avid succulent gardener. She is from Navotas, a suburb of Manila in the Philippines. They enjoy singing in the choir, date nights, prayer gatherings, good science-fiction movies, smooth jazz and spending time with family (Both come from large families; Eric is the eldest of five, Esperanza is the youngest of ten children). Both have enjoyed travelling and between them, they have visited 50 countries.
Music Director: Laurie Cobb
Director of Music Ministries and Pianist, Laurie has served at Placentia United Methodist Church since 1998 in our music department. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of San Diego and her Masters of Music in Piano Accompanying from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Laurie also works full-time with the wonderful choral students at Santa Ana High School where she has worked since 1999.
Laurie considers herself blessed to be an accompanist and vocal coach for the Choral and Musical Theater departments. She is very proud of the fact that many of her students there have gone on to finish their college degrees in Vocal Performance, Opera Performance, Music Ministry and Music Education.
Office Administrator: Izzy Velasco
Office Administrator, Izzy has served at Placentia United Methodist Church since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has a passion for fundraising in the non-profit arena.
She is an avid reader and loves a good mystery and scary story. She loves family and friends and spends time with them as often as possible; she is a tour guide at heart and can give you adventure advice, when asked. Izzy has been married for 25 years to Abraham.