Staff

Pastor Jola HeadshotRev. Jola Bortner, Pastor

Born in Los Angeles, California (yes, a California native), Jola lived with her family in Culver City, Riverside, Carmichael and Fair Oaks, while in school. She graduated from American River College and the University of Nevada-Reno (B.S. Economics) and earned a Master's Degree in Training and Organizational Development from Louisiana Technical University.

Called to vocational ministry from a career in Economics, Rev. Jola Bortner served for 20 years as a Christian Educator in local churches in Louisiana and California, where she served Stockton-Central, Lodi-First, and Fresno-Wesley UM Churches. She transitioned from a Diaconal Minister of Education to Deacon in the year 2000. Her Seminary work was done at several United Methodist campuses.

In 2003, Jola was called to serve Stockton-St. Mark's UMC as pastor and surrendered her Deacon's Orders for Elder's Orders in 2006. Jola served as pastor at St. Mark's for nine years during which time the church began worshipping in Spanish as well as English. In 2012, Jola was appointed to Sacramento-Emanual United Methodist Church (La Iglesia Metodista Unida <Emanuel>), where she served for three years before coming to St. John's in 2015. Jola has been a member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Immigration Task Force since its inception in 2006. She has also led retreat weekends for United Methodist Women's groups. Jola loves to garden, read, walk, do jigsaw puzzles and watch Giants Baseball. She raised two nieces and loves spending time with them and with her two grandchildren.


Lori Headshot Lori Sikorski, Pianist

Lorelei (Lori) Sikorski was born in Colorado Springs, and majored in music at the University of Southern Colorado. She has continued playing music -- mostly piano and some flute, predominantly in church settings. She started accompanying choirs in school when she was about 13 years old, and has also accompanied community choruses including the Rohnert Park Community Chorale. Lori moved to California in 1993 and worked as a court reporter. She now works at Kaiser Hospital as a medical coder. She has lived in Santa Rosa with her husband, Bill, for 15 years.