Pastor Jody Topping
Rev. Jody Topping grew up a United Methodist in Southern California. She is a second-career pastor, having first spent about 25 years working in the field of Human Resource Administration in the Public Sector. She entered seminary in 2008, graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Divinity, was Commissioned (2014) and then ordained an Elder (2016) by the Desert Southwest Conference. After training and working at Gold Canyon UMC, she was appointed in 2014 to Faith UMC in Phoenix, and starting on July 1, 2018 to Song of Life. Pastor Jody is married to David, a professional singer, choir director, and “IT guy” and they have two adult children.
Nina Yardley, Administrative Assistant
Nina was a member of SoL when we first started! She loves the people, the open minded theology, and the hospitality shown to all that makes SoL a one-of-a-kind church. Nina was instrumental in starting a Stephen Ministry at Song of Life. It was during her years of service at SoL that Nina heard a call from God to serve as a minister and she became Pastor Nina, a licensed local pastor. She served in that role for a number of years and then retired, but now she’s helping out with important administrative duties.