72425 Via Vail
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Rev. Ian W. Riddell

Lead Minister

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.

Before entering full-time ministry, Rev. Ian served three Unitarian Universalist congregations as Music Director. He was an academic editor, a director of LGBT community choruses, and a public school teacher.

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.

Pamela Bibo

Church Administrator

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.

Jim Tong

Choir Director

Jim Tong has been directing choirs since 1980. He is very proud to have been Artistic Director of the Garrett Choral Society in Garrett County Maryland. During his tenure the choir thrived and grew. He introduced many fine guest artists to the county and conducted many major works. He conducted Handel Messiah, Rutter’s Gloria, Schubert’s Gloria and other fine performances of pop, classical and art song. 

Jim was Director of Music at the following churches; Monrovia Methodist Church, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, San Marino Community Church, Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church (Oakland Maryland) and for the past five years at Redlands United Church of Christ.

Jim welcomes every experience. His greatest strength is his ability to lead and teach with kindness. His knowledge of voice helps a choir thrive. Teaching volunteer choirs is his passion. He looks forward to meeting new singers that want to learn and make music together.

Jim lives with his partner of 28 years, Michael and their 3 dogs Hurley, Irving and Toby.