Meet Our Staff

Matthew Colwell

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Matthew Colwell became pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church in October of 2007, and currently lives in Altadena with his wife Jill and their daughter Lucia.  Before coming to Knox, Matthew served as the Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Family Life at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich.  He has taught classes for Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary, and has spoken around the country on topics such as spiritual practices, Sabbath economics, immigration, and church revitalization.  He is the co-author (with Ched Myers) of Our God is Undocumented: Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice and the author of Sabbath Economics: Household Practices He holds a B.A. from Williams College, an M.Div. from Fuller, and a D.Min. from SFTS.  In addition to serving as a pastor, Matthew has worked as an ASE Master automobile mechanic, and as a program partner for Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.  In his free time he loves fly fishing, playing the piano, reading a good work of fiction, and playing board games or watching movies with his wife and daughter.

Ally Lee

Director of Christian Education
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Ally has worked at Knox since June 2010 and is excited to share in the work of community building through ministries of compassion and hospitality. She attended Samford University and Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Pasadena to attend Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009. Ally graduated with a MDiv. and Certificate in Marriage and Family Studies in 2013. Ally is Certified Ready to receive a call in the PC(USA).  Ally enjoys traveling, cooking with her husband Brian, and playing with their dogs.

Annelyse Thomas

Director of Youth Ministries
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Born and raised Down Under in Sydney, Australia, Annelyse moved to the United States in 2011 to study at Fuller Theological Seminary. During her time at Fuller, she served as the All Seminary Council President. In 2015, she graduated from Fuller with her M.Div. Annelyse now lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband, Ryan Thomas who also graduated from Fuller with a PhD in Psychology. Before coming to Knox, she served as the Director of High School Ministry at WestGate Church in San Jose, CA. Annelyse is as extroverted as they come and in her spare time she loves to run, write, cook, drink delicious coffee, make new friends and hang out with her husband.

Jaret Landon

Director of Worship Arts

Before relocating to Los Angeles in May 2016, Jaret served as Director of Music at Pullman Christian Reformed Church in Chicago, IL for eight years. He is a composer for film, television, and theater and has composed liturgical music for over 15 years. He also worked as a Teaching Artist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, helping to implement arts outreach programs in Chicago’s inner city schools. Jaret has a BA degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL and M.M.Ed degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, IL.


Hye Jung Shin


Born and raised in (Incheon) Korea, Hye Jung Shin began studying the piano at age seven. After completing her studies majoring in Piano Performance, Ms. Shin received a full scholarship from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and came to the United States where she earned her MM degree in Collaborative Piano. As a recipient of the Lynette Gutner Memorial Fellowship, Ms. Shin recently performed and studied at the Aspen Music Festival as a student of Prof. Rita Sloan. Passionate about chamber music, Ms. Shin now resides in Southern California studying as a Collaborative Pianist as student of Dr. Alan Smith at the Thornton School of Music at USC. Apart from her studies, Ms. Shin enjoys spending time with friends and participating in various activities including cooking, reading, and singing. Ms. Shin is an organist at Knox Presbyterian Church.