Meet Our Staff

Pastor Beth Rambikur

Please call me Pastor Beth {if you are wondering about the last name it is pronounced ram (like the animal) bic (like the pencil/pen) cure (like the remedy for an illness)}. I was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona, where the landscapes of deserts and mountains shaped my imagination and sculpted a deep wonder and love of God’s world. I love being outside every chance I get and am most at home hiking and backpacking in the wilderness. I graduated with degrees in Psychology and International Affairs from Northern Arizona University, earned my Master of Divinity at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Georgia, and currently teach and serve as the Dean of Local Pastor Licensing School at Claremont School of Theology. I have served in pastoral ministry since 2006 when I started as a student intern chaplain at a homeless shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. My ministry experience includes serving as a chaplain at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, as a student pastor at Trinity UMC Atlanta, and I have served as a pastor at three previous churches in the Desert Southwest Conference. Since 2017 I have served all 130 churches and 28,000 members of our conference as the Director of Connectional Ministry (more about that at another time). My passion for ministry is bringing all people to God’s table to learn, listen, and participate in God’s transforming love by meeting Christ in one another. I am thrilled to be coming to Christ Church and cannot wait to see what God will do with us all.


Janet Tolman



Janet Tolman has served as organist/accompanist at Christ Church United Methodist since March 2009. She founded and directs the Christ Church Concert series, typically thirty-minute concerts that follow church services each month and present various soloists and ensembles from within the church and from the Tucson musical community. She also participates with the Christ Church Ringers, the church handbell ensemble. Read More


John Neve

Director of Handbell Ministries
John Neve comes from Vinton, Iowa, where he was raised and educated. He received his degrees from the University of Dubuque (Iowa), and it was there that he began his musical conducting experience by directing church choirs and the University’s Male Glee Club. He began his full-time Ministry of Music at a Presbyterian church in Chicago, and then moved to the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, where he served… Read More