Our Staff

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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...]
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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...]
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Charles Curtis, Commissioned Lay Pastor
Known by all (except my mother and sister) as "Chuck," I have been on the staff of First Presbyterian Church since 2006, serving as Director of Mission and Evangelism. In 2012 I completed our Presbytery's two year program of Lay leadership Training and was subsequently commissioned as Lay Pastor for Mission and Evangelism. [Read more...]
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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...]
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Rich Ellgen, Minister to Youth and Young Adults
I got my first experience with student ministry when I received an opportunity to work with youth overseas when I was 19. I fell in love with student ministry. In the context of hanging out and playing doors open to talk about serious issues and joys. I couldn’t get enough. [Read more...]
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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...]
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Beth Hassenplug, Director, Early Childhood Center
Quality early childhood education and care, gives children the tools for success. My passion is supporting families, teachers and children in these early years, creating a learning community that supports all aspects of development. [Read more...]
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Steven Hodson, Organist
Dr. Steven Hodson’s duties have included directing choral ensembles and teaching piano and organ, conducting, church music, and music survey. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in the literature and performance of choral music from the University of Colorado, Boulder. [Read more...]
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Denise Rodman, Business Administrator
“Business Administrator… Because ‘Multitasking Ninja’ isn’t a Job Title” I’m not sure how much ninja my job is but multitasking certainly applies. As First Pres’ Business Administrator I’m responsible for the business aspects of the church, such as finances, human resources, and payroll, as well as daily operations and supporting the pastors, other staff members and ministry leaders as we work together to further the Kingdom. [Read more...]
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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. [Read more...]
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Kay Bowman, Kitchen Liaison
I love being in the kitchen. Come back and visit any time! [Read more...]