Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Peter Buehler, Pastor

Being part of the faith journeys of a diversity people--new believers and life-long Christians, seniors and youth, men and women of every age and description--is a blessing to me. I believe the church is indeed the body of Christ—far from perfect, but committed to living in his grace, truth, and mercy—a high calling! [read more...]

Rev. Dr. Erik Wiebe, Associate Pastor

Encountering the redemptive love of Jesus Christ in our lives, through the gifts of worship, relationships, prayer and learning that we find in congregations, defines the heartbeat of my sense of call to ministry. [read more...]

Rev. Anne Shelton, Associate Pastor

I am delighted to serve in pastoral leadership at First Presbyterian Church! I enjoy teaching and training in the area of the Spiritual Disciplines having been involved in this ministry for many years. [read more...]

Charles Curtis, Commissioned Lay Pastor

Known by all (except my mother and sister) as "Chuck," I joined the staff of First Pres in 2006. I have a B.A. with a major in Chemistry. My alma mater, Williams College, is the birthplace of American foreign missions (Haystack Meeting of 1806), a fact which contributes to my missional Christian identity. [read more...]

Susan Croshaw, Children's Ministries Director

I have been in Santa Barbara and attended First Presbyterian Church since 7th grade. I have been on staff as Director of Children's Ministries since 2002, Director of Presbycamp 1999-2011, and a volunteer with children and youth since my undergrad days at UCSB. I split my workweek with Goleta Union School District where I teach GATE at Hollister School. I have the perfect career. [read more...]

Erin Bonski-Evans, Music Director

Erin makes her home in Santa Barbara (with husband, Matt and daughter, Aria) and brings with her a love for the church, its music and hymns; a depth of experience with choirs, choral conducting, vocal and keyboard performance, and developing children’s music programs; an appreciation for the diversity of church music styles and genres; and a warm, welcoming, and collaborative spirit. [read more...]

Beth Hassenplug, Director, Early Childhood Center

Beth has worked with children for 14 years. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and has been at our Center since 2002. "My teaching style is observational, calm, and consistent with many moments of quiet joy." [read more...]

Sharon Head, RN, Parish Nurse

Parish Nursing found me in 1998 almost 15 years ago. After working in hospitals, administration, home care, and hospice this nursing specialty offers me the gift of serving the whole person and caring for those in body, mind and spirit. The health of any one of these elements seems to affect the other. Whether visiting an individual in the hospital, a nursing home, or a hospice house I find the most important skill is listening, being present and praying with the person. As a registered nurse I have sat by many bedsides in my life. Illness brings challenges into a person’s life and helping one find inner peace, comfort and strength, love and connection, and restored health makes my work so valuable. [read more...]

Kay Bowman, Kitchen Liaison

I love being in the kitchen. Come back and visit any time! [read more...]