Rev. Ian W. Riddell became lead minister in July 2021 after he joined us as our Assistant Minister in September 2020. Before relocating to the Coachella Valley with his husband, Mark, he served as Minister of Music and Worship Arts at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego and as Developmental Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas. He was ordained in August of 2012 after graduating from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
He was an academic editor, a director of LGBT community choruses, and a public school teacher.
Before entering full-time ministry, Rev. Ian served three Unitarian Universalist congregations as Music Director
His ministry and his spiritual and ethical life grow from the prophet Micah's admonition to do justice, be steadfastly faithful, and to move humbly through the world and from Ursula Le Guin's affirmation that love has to be made new, every day.
Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new
--Ursula K. Le Guin The Lathe of Heaven
Rev. Dr. Don Stouder is a career hospital and hospice chaplain and medical ethicist, and has served UUCOD in various capacities since moving to the desert in the summer of 2017 with his husband Tim. He currently serves as our Affiliated Community Minister, a common designation for UU ministers called to serve in roles beyond the congregation.
As chaplain and grief counselor, Rev. Don served in hospital trauma centers in the San Diego area as well as working with organ donor families. While in San Diego, he served as Affiliate Community Minister at Summit UU Fellowship since 1996. Here in the valley, his focus has turned to hospice patients and their families.
Before being ordained in 1993, Rev. Don was an EMT-Paramedic in his home state of New Jersey as well as California after moving here in 1985. Rev. Don is the author of four books and several research articles, and loves photography, aviation, sailing, good wine and road trips, and holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Pamela Bibo is a Wisconsin native who transplanted to California. Pam began her career as an Office Administrator in 1993 and has 12 years of experience working for non-profits.
In addition to being an office management guru she has also worked as a childbirth educator and is currently working on her certification to become a doula and birth advocate to ensure all birthing families have a voice and receive equitable healthcare. Pam is excited to continue her career with UUCOD and is looking forward to helping nurture the communities of the Coachella Valley.
Pam's greatest achievement is raising her six children. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the desert.
Kurt Jordan developed an intense interest in learning the piano after having seen The Phantom of the Opera with his parents at age 10. He studied under the guidance of Joann Algier throughout middle and high school, during which time he discovered a love of music using multiple pianos. This passion was further explored while studying at Azusa Pacific University under Dr. Robert Sage until 2010 when Kurt graduated with a BA in Music Theory and Composition.
Kurt has performed and recorded several recitals of material he arranged for two and three pianos. These recordings have been broadcast in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Boston, Austin, and Beirut, Lebanon. In 2009, Kurt had the honor of performing the West Coast premiere of Alvin Curran's 7 1/2 hour-long piano song cycle, Inner Cities 1 to 13, as well as the U.S. premiere of Curran’s movement 14 at Burning Man in 2013.
Kurt is an accompanist for many musical groups throughout the Coachella Valley including Harmonic Voices, Melodiam, the College of the Desert, the Cathedral High School Chamber Singers, The Arrangement, and Songshine. The latter is a non-profit organization that teaches speech therapy through music for people with Parkinson's Disease and stroke.
Most recently Kurt has become the Principal Accompanist for Modern Men, as well as Black Tie Opera, a new opera company in the Coachella Valley.