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…]

Rev. Dr. Erik Wiebe, Associate Pastor

Michael Gyura

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…]

Charles Curtis, Commissioned Lay Pastor

Michael Gyura

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…]

Denise Rodman, Business Administrator

Michael Gyura

“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 …

Susan Croshaw, Children's Ministries Director

Michael Gyura

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 …

Erin Bonski-Evans, Music Director

Michael Gyura

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 …

Sharon Head, RN, Parish Nurse

Michael Gyura

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…]