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Our Staff


Rajiv Pathik - Senior Pastor

Pastor Rajiv Pathik grew up in India, where he earned his Bachelor of Theology from the South India Biblical Seminary. Later he went to South Korea where he earned Master of Theology, Master of Missions and Master in Public Administration focusing on International Peace and Conflict studies. He moved to America in 2004 and earned Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Pastor Rajiv has worked with a wide variety of community-support organizations, from the a social-welfare trust in Gujarat India to the Sea-Farer's Center in Long-Beach, CA.

With over 25 years in pastoral ministry, Reverend Pathik recently pastored Fall River Mills UMC, Shasta Lake UMC, and for 6 years served as an associate and interim pastor at First Church, Redding. He lives in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife Anna Nikitina and two daughters Eva and Sonia. Contact Pastor Rajiv at: 1-408-253-0751 # 228


Helen Kung - Conference Lay Minister

Helen Kung is a Lay Minister (CLayM) appointed to Good Samaritan. She provides ministerial support and leadership to the Mandarin service, leads the Bridge small group, and works with the Senior Pastor on new initiatives. Contact Helen at: 1-408-253-0751 # 221. Here's some personal info from Helen:
  • How did you end up at the Good Samaritan UMC? I came to Good Sam UMC almost 20 years ago when I answered an altar call and promised to find a church. Good Sam UMC was the first and last church I visited. I joined the choir the week after, and was baptized and joined as a church member about 18 months after that.
  • Tell us about yourself: I come from a competitive family. I am the oldest of four: all my siblings are taller and more educated than me.
  • Quirks? I have a well-stocked bag. I have all kinds of useful stuff in my bag all the time.
  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I like to do Sudoku puzzles
  • What passage in the Bible really inspires you? Romans 5:1-11 passage about peace and joy through Christ.
  • Favorites? I am happy when I am being the bridge cross culture.

Barbara Christmann - Music Director

Barbara has over 15 years experience in concert production, recording, composition, and choral/orchestral conducting. She has worked with an impressive list of well-known local organizations, including San Jose Jazz, Opera San Jose, and Ohlone Symphonic Pops Orchestra. Most recently, Barbara has been serving as a keyboard player in the Praise worship band at Bridges Community (non-denominational) Church in Fremont. Previously, she has been a Director of Music / Worship Leader at Skyland United Church of Christ, Los Gatos UMC, San Jose First UMC, and Cambrian Park UMC. In her church roles, she has had the experience of managing all musical activities and staff for a 40-person adult choir, children’s choirs, bell choir, and contemporary rock ensembles, has led the congregation through worship with voice, flute, and piano, and has incorporated all genres of choral music.

Prior to her music career, Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. After college, Barbara moved to the Boston area for seven years, where she studied with faculty of New England Conservatory (composition, sax, and voice). After moving back to California, she went back to school to study music, receiving an M.A. in Music Composition from San Jose State.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys sports, nature, music of all genres, and dance fitness. For Barbara, developing and leading music in worship is sacred work. She believes that God includes music among the most powerful of tools to open hearts and help people receive the Word and guidance from the Holy Spirit.


Janette Korpontinos - Preschool Director

Janette is well qualified, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from California State University at Chico, with an emphasis on family relations. She has been a Preschool Teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director, including roles at both Preschool and School-age programs. Most recently she was the Assistant Director at the Children’s Preschool Center in Palo Alto.

Janette has a passion for children, and for ensuring that they have a safe, quality experience in preschool. She has a compassionate and caring nature, and is kind, calm, thoughtful, and creative. She brings ideas on how to encourage and motivate teachers, and how to help them further grow their skills.

In her spare time, Janette enjoys swimming, boating, gardening, walking with her dog, reading, and spending time with her family. She was born in Colorado, but within a few months, her family moved back to Palo Alto, where she grew up.