Rev. Samuel Pullen was born in Minnesota and grew up in Iowa, where his parents provided an ecumenical Christian upbringing as members of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches.
Since his teenage years Samuel has been putting his faith in action and seeking justice as a student activist, union & community organizer, and a Christian minister.
Pastor Sam brings a variety of gifts to his calling as pastor at Community Congregational United Church of Christ of Los Alamitos. Building community is essential for churches, a skill that Sam has developed while working as a faith-based organizer for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) and the PICO National Network (People Improving Communities by Organizing). Progressive evangelism is key to Sam’s vision for ministry, which he practiced while helping to launch (a)Spire ministries at First Congregational Church of Pasadena. Music brings people together and stirs the soul, so don’t be surprised if you see Pastor Sam singing songs at Mayflower Pre-school or playing guitar or violin during worship.
One of the greatest blessings in Samuel’s life is being married to Elizabeth González, who works as a bilingual teacher at a public school in Culver City. Samuel is fluent in Spanish and plays violin with mariachi groups, where he is commonly known as “El Mariachi Gringo.”Rev. Samuel Pullen is engaged in a ministry of transcending borders as a community organizer, musician, and spiritual practitioner.
Ms. Erika has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Special Education Credential from Cal State Long Beach. She was a substitute teacher for the ABC school district for a year and worked as a peer educator working one-on-one with students. She has worked with preschool age children through junior high age children at her church. She began working for Mayflower in July 2012. Erika loves traveling, doing missionary work and hanging out with family and friends.
Elizabeth is a rare Southern California native, originally from Laguna Beach, now living in the house her mother grew up in in Long Beach. Aside from handling the social media, graphic design and community outreach for both the church and school, Elizabeth is an actor.