Our Staff

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Rev. Dr. Charles Svendsen, Interim Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Charles Svendsen began as Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara on July 1, 2019. A specialist in Interim and Transitional ministry, this is Dr. Svendsen’s twenty-fourth interim position. [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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Rev. Dr. Gordon Hess, Parish Associate, Parish Associate
‘Gordy’ is the Parish Associate for FPCSB and has served in this capacity for the past 15 years. As the Parish Associate, he is available to support and participate in every aspect of ministry as needed. [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 grew up here at First Presbyterian Church, and came back to Santa Barbara to get married and raise my family. [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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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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Denise “D” Miller, Administrative Assistant
Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and I just plan to do what I want to do, maybe it’s more confidence or maybe it’s just more wisdom, but I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work for First Presbyterian Church. My two kids, Crystal and Jade, began their life foundation here at the children’s center, and now as young adults are as strong in their faith as they are in academics & being on their own. [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...]
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Paul Tarasick, Maintenance Manager
I’ve been on staff at FPC since 2009 and could not be happier. A truly wonderful community! [Read more...]