Meet the Pastor, Staff & Church Council

Rev. Michael Cronin, white male with blonde hair and a grey beard, wearing a light blue and white vertically striped shirt with a yellow stole around his shoulders
Rev. Michael Cronin (he/him)

Pastor Rev. Michael Cronin

Rev. Michael (he/him/his) is a native of the San Francisco Peninsula. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from San Francisco State University (some may have seen him in various regional theatrical productions), and a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Michael was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches on November 7, 2015 and served on the pastoral staff of Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco until July 2021. Rev. Michael was granted Privilege of Call with the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ on September 15, 2023, and on October 22, 2023 he was unanimously called as Pastor of our church and was ceremonially installed on March 23, 2024.

Joining us in October 2021, Michael is excited to be part of the Island United community. An advocate of community involvement, he brings a desire to meet people where they are and nurture their God-given gifts so they might flourish. Michael lives in San Francisco with his partner Brent, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and other creative arts.


Music Director Anna Khaydarova

We are most fortunate to have a classically trained musician as our Music Director.  Anna serves as our choir director during the school year (September through May) and also accompanies the choir, guest musicians and our hymn singing on Sunday mornings.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Tashkent University, Uzbekistan and a Master’s Degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. She also provides music lessons to eager young students.

Church Council

Our Church Council is elected by the congregation and meets monthly on the second Sunday after worship service to review our ministries and set forward direction.  All members are invited to attend Council meetings.