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Longtime Lake Ave. Church Pastor to Joins Clergy Community Coalition as 1st Executive Director

Published on Friday, September 4, 2020 | 12:07 pm
Pastor Mayra Macedo-Nolan (Credit: Clergy Community Coalition of Pasadena)

A pastor and community outreach director at Lake Avenue Church will be stepping into a new role as the first executive director of the Clergy Community Coalition of Pasadena, both organizations announced Friday.

Pastor Mayra Macedo-Nolan has been community outreach director at Lake Avenue Church since 2012, and served on with the church’s  nonprofit, Stars, in 2001, according to the church.

CCC representatives said they were thrilled to have her.

“Pastor Mayra is a gifted community leader and installing her in this position will allow our shared work to continue to expand in meaningful ways,” the organization said in a statement posted via Facebook.

“The CCC represents a place for Pastors to be recognized and respected as we stand for our community,” CCC President Pastor Kerwin Manning said. “Pastor Mayra is literally an answer to our prayer for leadership that can strengthen our organization for the good. I wholeheartedly welcome her to this position.”

Macedo-Nolan said she was looking forward to assuming the role, which was to take effect Oct. 1.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the CCC as its first Executive Director. I consider it a privilege to serve the local church in this role as together we discover and own our responsibility to be a part of the creation of a Pasadena where each person has the opportunity to flourish,” she said.

“This work and my commitment to this great city is deeply rooted in my faith in Christ and my conviction that realizing and experiencing God’s perfect Shalom on this earth requires that we all do our part to repair and restore what is broken in our midst,” Macedo-Bolan said. “I believe the church has a major role to play in that restoration and I am thrilled to be a part of this work in our city for such a time.”

Macedo-Nolan has been working with the CCC since 2005 and joined it’s Board of Directors in 2017, according to the organization.

“In addition, to her leadership role at Lake Avenue Church, her work to date with the CCC, and her work in various official and unofficial roles in our city, she is a founding Board Member of the Voices School for Liberation and Transformation and serves as the Board Chair of the Christian Community Development Association, a national organization that inspires, trains and connects people, churches, and organizations engaged in community development in under-resourced communities throughout the U.S.,” the CCC statement said.

Lake Avenue Church wished Macedo-Nolan well in her new position. Representatives said she had been an invaluable member of the church community and they looked forward to continuing to work alongside her.

Her leadership made significant advances in the church’s efforts toward housing an homelessness, education,equity, incarceration and re-entry and immigrant issues, colleagues said.

“I have had the privilege of working alongside Mayra Macedo-Nolan at Lake Avenue Church for the last two decades,” Lake Avenue Church Acting Senior Pastor Jeff Mattesich said. “Her work has made a tremendous impact in our church, community, and my own life and we look forward to partnering with her in this new role.”

More information on the CCC is available on the organization’s Facebook page at

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