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Meet the Team

The TUMC Team is a diverse group of individuals that welcome and empower people of all races and cultural backgrounds so that no one is excluded from an opportunity to become a part of the family.


Kevin Kang


Kevin joined us this July 2023. He is local grown having attended Crescenta Valley High School where he spent most of his time eating at Everest and the local Burger King before it became a Starbucks. Kevin is passionate about finding the best taco joints in Los Angeles, collecting and owning way too many guitars for his own good, and advocating for marginalized groups, especially in the church.


Two years ago, he unexpectedly met his wife, Hanna, who is also pastor at First United Methodist Church in Upland, while attending class at Claremont School of Theology via Zoom. They are having a wedding ceremony in September, and they are incredibly excited to start their next chapter together.

Marcie Smith

Office Manager

Marcie joined us in October of 1997. She is often the first voice you will hear when calling the church office. She has served the church for over 25 years and feels very blessed to do so.  She has many crafting skills that take up all of her spare time, from sewing doll clothes to making greeting cards, and many crafts in between.


Along with her husband Scott, she enjoys a good competitive game of cards and spending time with her family.  She is the proud mother of two sons, one daughter-in-law and has two amazing granddaughters.

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Ilia Tosheff


Ilia Tosheff, a native of Bulgaria, is an organist, pianist, and music educator based in Los Angeles, California. Since 2008, he has served as an organist and pianist at the Tujunga United Methodist Church. Prior to this, Mr. Tosheff served as a church pianist in the Miami, FL area for a period of three years. He received music degrees from the University of Southern California, the College of Music and Theater in Hannover, Germany, and the National Music Conservatory in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Together with his wife, Mr. Tosheff formed a piano duo team at the age of 18. Over the next 14 years, they toured across Europe, the United States, and Asia, where they performed recitals and were featured as soloists of multiple symphony orchestras. The duo is a winner of many two-piano competitions throughout the world. In addition to Ilia’s responsibilities at Tujunga United Methodist Church, in 2002 the Tosheffs established a private piano studio in Los Angeles, CA, where they offer individual piano instruction.

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