What is a Deacon?
The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office. –Book of Order G-6.0400

Deacons serve Christ and provide pastoral support through

  • Home Communion
  • Visiting those who are homebound or hospitalized
  • Sending birthday cards
  • Bringing Easter and Christmas flowers to parishioners unable to attend church
  • Hosting memorial receptions
  • Providing ongoing education and scholarships
  • Van Ministry
  • Meal Trains

Find out more here.


The Board of Deacons 2023-2025
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. -Book of Order, G-2.0201


Cynthy Ardell*

Diane Hemmer

Jacci Trandal

Frederica Welch

Carey Caulfield


Berni Newett

Beth Preston

Devon Harger*

Jo Bakker*

Maybel Frazer

Michael Frazer

Susan Croshaw*


Beth Hassenplug

Sandie Wilkes Maggie Cox*

Cheryl Long* (moderator)

Sharon Chandler*

Diana Replogle-Purinton*

Moderator – Cheryl Long

Vice Moderator – Frederica Welch

Secretary Sharon – Chandler

Treasurer – Susan Croshaw

Memorial Coordinator – Frederica Welch

Van Ministry – Ellen Duke#

Van Ministry – Cheryl Long

Telephone – MaryAnn Lange^

Birthday – Cards Sharon Chandler

Pastor Ann Conklin


Diane Hemmer*

Jacci Trandal*

Frederica Welch*

Jenifer Sautot

Sandy Hess


* = Continuing Deacons
# = Not an ordained deacon
^ = Honorary Deacon