Director of Christian Education
Wally comes to Manhattan Beach Community Church from First Congregational Church in Long Beach, where she served for six years as Director of Children and Youth Ministries. She also has worked in fundraising and staff training for the YMCA in Orange County and with the Downtown Association of Youth Services in Long Beach to develop and oversee a summer day camp program for at-risk teenage girls.
Wally grew up in the United Church of Christ in San Bernardino, being active in the children and youth programs of her church. She graduated from Chapman University in 2005 with majors in Religious Studies and Leadership and Organizational Studies. During college she worked as Director of Junior Camp at Pilgrim Pines for two summers and also helped lead the Junior High group at Church of the Foothills in Santa Ana.
Wally continues to pursue her professional growth as the Western Regional representative to the national Association of United Church Educators and by serving on the planning team for the multi-denominational Western Christian Educators annual conference. She has also served as a Delegate to UCC General Synod in 2009 and 2011. Additionally, she has been a member of the Nominating Committee and the Annual Gathering Planning Team for the Southern California Nevada Conference of the UCC.
Wally’s email address is w a l l y . h o e g e r @ m b c c u c c . o r g