Arlington Community Church Staff
Rev. Nate Klug
Pastor, Rev. Nate Klug
Nate was born in the Midwest, grew up in Massachusetts, and has been living in California since 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Divinity School, and he previously served UCC churches in Iowa and Redwood City, California.
Nate loves to preach, offer pastoral care, lead discussions and studies, and engage with people of all ages. He is especially excited about the opportunity to work with the people of Arlington Community Church to envision a creative future for ministries of community outreach and creation justice, as reflected in the congregation’s Covenant for Life Together.
Besides parish ministry, Nate’s other calling is writing. He is the author of two books of poetry, and his writing appears in The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and The Best American Poetry 2018. Nate teaches creative writing workshops at the Graduate Theological Union and serves on the board of the Center for the Arts and Religion at the GTU.
Nate is married to Rev. Kit Novotny, an associate minister at First Church Berkeley (UCC). They live in Albany with their young daughter, Zoe May, and their terrier, Increase. They love to eat at the Butcher’s Son deli and praise God for the Ohlone Greenway, where they can often be found jogging, riding bikes, or pushing a stroller.
Shanti Moorjani, music director
Shanti Moorjani is the music director at the Arlington Community Church. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in music education from Crane School of music at Potsdam State University in New York State, working under Arthur Frackenpohl, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Howard Hansen, she went on to receive her Master of Performance in Organ at San Francisco State University in California. She holds a graduate certificate in Kodaly music from Holy Names University and an Orff music credential. She has taught general music in the schools for 15 years, 35 years of private piano instruction, and directed choirs and programs throughout her teaching career.
Tim K. Murphy
Accompanist and Ensemble Coordinator
Tim K. Murphy, Accompanist & Ensemble Coordinator
Tim’s introduction to life as a musician began by chance a child in Naples, Italy when he drew the lucky straw for a ticket to the San Carlos Opera House. Thanks to his mother he returned there often and began studying the piano with a retired conductor, Robert Fried. After returning to the States, Tim taught himself how to play the Hammond B-3 and in 1961 commenced his professional career at his local church. Since arriving in San Francisco in 1969, Tim has had a diverse career in music throughout the Bay Area – most notably as an accompanist for San Francisco Dance Spectrum and San Francisco Ballet from 1973-1993 and as a Music Director at St. Ignatius Church from 2003-2010 as well as numerous other dance companies, choirs, schools, and churches. Tim trained more deeply in musicianship for many years with the brilliant, former Juilliard master teacher, James Wimer. Further broadening of his musical sensibilities came from studying tabla, harmonium and chant with Swami Nadabhramananda, a Nada Yogi and Taan Master and from his work as a firekeeper and singer for Barrett Eagle Bear, a Lakhota medicine woman. Tim’s education and experience has given him the ability to bring to life his understanding that music is a readily available and open portal to the Divine and there are as many such portals as there are kinds of music.
javier gonzalez, caretaker
Javier Gonzalez was born in Uruguay. He has worked in a bank in Montevideo, and as a roofer across the Bay Area. As caretaker of ACC, he handles minor repairs, sets up and cleans up many events, solves all sorts of problems, and graces our community with his kindness and good humor. He lives on site with his wife Beatriz and their two dogs, and their granddaughter Molly attends Hilltop School across the street.
Jacob Day, Administrative Assistant & Rentals Coordinator
Jacob Day, administrative Assistant & Rentals Coordinator
Jacob Day is our administrative assistant and rentals manager at ACC’s office. He studied Music Theory, Performance, & English at Berklee College of Music Boston & the University of New Hampshire. He recently moved across the country from NH (his home of 30 years) to pursue new goals working in the Bay Area community arts and music scene. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and writer of numerous musical collaborations & solo projects. He currently lives in Berkeley with his cat Oskar.