The Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson immigrated from Costa Rica at the young age of three. She was raised in Southern California, and was educated in the San Gabriel Valley. The last decade of her life was spent living in Alaska with her late husband and three beautiful children, where the whole family became Lutherans! She is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and PLTS where she completed her Lutheran Year through TEEM. Pastor Hazel Salazar-Davidson is one of the campus pastors at Cal Lutheran. She lives in Thousand Oaks with her three children, Lucía Pearl, who is entering 11th grade, Ava Justine, an eighth grader, and Ezra Lazarus Santiago who is entering fourth grade. In her spare time Hazel enjoys painting, drawing and working with clay.
“Call Me God’s Crayon”
God is using Pastor Kevin Vandiver to color outside of the lines—whether said lines be racial, cultural, political, social, or denominational. With a “yes” to God, and an open heart, Kevin has been honored to serve congregations in at least six different denominational and demographical contexts. Believing that all should rally around the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which should first be seen as much as it is heard, Kevin arises to the call to ministry wherever that may take him.
Kevin received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2011 from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He then attended Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC and graduated with an M. Div. in 2014. Kevin is currently in his second year of PhD study at Princeton Theological Seminary in the area of Homiletics.
Kevin has worked extensively with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools, working in various capacities in Charlotte and New York, respectively; has served as the Director of Family Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church-Charlotte, the largest Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Southeast, and has worked as the Associate Minister of Youth and Young Adults at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Pastor Kevin, a called and ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, currently serves as the founding Church Planter and Pastor of The Christ Center at Transfiguration, a revitalization movement of an historic Black Lutheran church which was on the brink of denominational closure prior to his arrival.
For fun, Kevin enjoys fishing, going to the driving range, playing the piano, reading, and relaxing by a body of water somewhere.
Kevin is happily married to Dr. Marci, who is a prolific professor, author, and speaker.
God is using Kevin Vandiver to color outside of the lines. And for the rest of his life, Kevin is happy just being God’s crayon.