I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada — the city that never sleeps! So that might explain my ability to fire on all pistons with very little rest. I attended college in California and Nevada. I graduated in 2000 from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Education. Before coming to St. Peter’s I was on the pastoral staff at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in the Seattle Area for 13.5 years — most recently as Co-Pastor/Head of Staff. I am married to Dr. Devon Singh-Barrett, a clinical psychologist, and we are crazy in love and proud of our two kids Mayah and Miles.
My Short-Term Childhood Ambition was realized winning the Bike Rodeo at my elementary school in the 4th Grade. I completed the figure eight on my bicycle with no hands like a champ. It was AWESOME!
My Long-Term Childhood Ambition was to be a part of something that would change the world. I think the church is just that. I am (we are) always a “work in progress.”
What inspires me? People inspire me. I have the best “job" in the world. I’m humbled to do what I do because I have the unique opportunity of being invited into very sacred spaces of people’s lives. I get to hear and learn from their stories. Sometimes I hear stories of where God is present and tangible and alive with them. Other times, as I listen, I am able to point out where I see God tangibly present with them when they cannot. People and their stories inspire me. Anywhere. Anytime.
In My Spare Time, I’m also quite accomplished at watching a good movie and consuming a bowl of Lucky Charms.
I grew up in Southeast Los Angeles County and graduated from La Mirada High School, with Dad, Mom, older brother and younger sister, and lots of animals from the day I was born. I spent a lot of time at the beach, riding horses and going to rock concerts. I took my horse with me to U.C. Davis, joined the Rodeo club and the Polo team. I studied Animal Science and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. I received a Master's of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
My Perfect Day: Sleep in, have coffee, hit the beach, ride horses, hang with friends over a good meal, pet my dog, read something and play Clash of Clans on my tablet. Giving thanks to God for it all. For the perfect So Cal day, I’d skip the sleeping in and add some runs on the local ski slopes – to do it all!
My Childhood Ambition: To have horses, to write, and to love. On my college application, I wrote that I wanted to ride in a covered wagon across the United States one day – but that doesn’t seem so appealing to me now.
Most People Don't Know: I’ve been on television more times than I can remember as a media spokesperson for fruit and vegetable growers, packers and shippers in California and Arizona. Friends traveling in London turned on the “telly” and I was on CNN – too funny!
What inspires me? God’s love, shown in and through Jesus. People who care. Wide open spaces – blue water, blue skies, horizons. Laughter.
I grew up in Granada Hills and attended Alemany High in Mission Hills. I studied music at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, CA receiving both BA and MA degrees. I also completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Choral Music and spent a year in Berlin, Germany studying music at the Hochschule der Kuenste on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. At the time, Berlin was still a walled city, an island in the middle of East Germany.
What inspires me? Learning new things, especially music; perceiving the interconnectedness of all things and beings.
My Perfect Day: Either swimming in the ocean or hiking in the mountains or a reading marathon.
My First job: I drove delivery trucks around LA/Orange county basin for a cutting edge professional sound company (movie and tv studios, major rock concerts, Disneyland, Seaworld, Knott's Berry Farm). At one point I drove a truck cross country to deliver equipment for both the US Tennis Open and the Miss America Pageant.
I grew up in Torrance, California then spent a few years living in Massachusetts while I went to Gordon College. I returned to the west coast in 2015 when I started where I am now-at St. Peter’s!
A Perfect Day: A perfect day would start out rainy with some time to read, include time spent with good friends, a pink and purple sunset over the ocean, and lots of chips and salsa from the farmer’s market.
Childhood Ambition: I really wanted to be a Rockette in the New York Radio City Christmas Spectacular and was pretty disappointed when I didn’t make it to their 5’6 minimum height requirement. I also dreamed about publishing a book…maybe that ambition is still a possibility.
I Am Passionate About: Sharing life with students as they encounter God and discover the life they were created for.
I grew up Sierra Madre, CA. My sisters and I stayed with my grandparents frequently when we were growing up. They were members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, CA and I loved that beautiful Gothic cathedral!
A Perfect Day: would probably include a leisurely morning, gardening, reading a good book on a lounge chair in the sun and then going out to dinner or barbecuing (not me cooking though!) at home.
My First Job: was working at a small business that sold needlepoint kits via catalog. Now they would be an online business I imagine. I would count out how many strands of each color of yarn that each kit required, sometimes it would be hard to stay awake. Not much excitement in that job!
Most People Don't Know: I’ve ridden on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle from CA to Sturgis, SD to the annual Harley Davidson rally three times.
I grew up in the South Bay and graduated college from UCLA with a degree in Political Science. I love sports, music, food and learning new things. In 2010 I asked the love of my life and Jr High sweet heart, Colleen, to be my wife and she said yes! A few years later God gave us a little miracle in having our first child, JP! One of my favorite past times is just sitting and chatting with people, hit me up some time I'd love to chat!
Childhood Ambition: Professional Wrestler
What inspires me? Scripture, my wife and good books
You Probably Don't Know: I play some piano and speak some Korean
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I am a 4th generation Angelino. I met my wife, Marilee while attending USC. She was a voice major and I was a music education and organ performance major. We have been married 46 years and have three grown children. I retired after 38 years of teaching choral music in the Inglewood Unified School District, at Monroe Middle School.
Favorite Bible Verse: "Be still and know that I am God."
Most People Don't Know: I built a small pipe organ in my parent's family room when I was 16 years old.
My Perfect Day: In this order: being with my family, cooking, and practicing the organ.
I have lived in the South Bay all my life. My husband and I have two grown children out of the nest and a hyperactive dog named Wally at home.
My First Job: My first job was working at the movies at Del Amo mall. It was the best high school job ever. Unlimited popcorn and movies!
Most People Don't Know: I play the piano and can play 2 1/2 songs on the harmonica.
Favorite Bible Verse? One of my favorite Bible verses is: Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I grew up here at St. Peter's. After high school I went to UC Davis where I majored in Human Development and Psychology and then to Fuller Seminary studying both theology and getting a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Along the way I met my husband Steve and had two children, Caleb and Hannah.
My Perfect Day: Drinking a whole cup of coffee before it gets cold, going to yoga with girl friends and my mom, read a book, go to the beach with my family, have a dinner date with Steve, and go to the movies by myself.
I Am Passionate About: Helping people experience the blessing of living life with all they are and all they were created to be.
Favorite South Bay Restaurant? Stuft Pizza
You Probably Don't Know: I got an "A" in tractor driving while in college.
I grew up in the South Bay and attended Harbor College and Cal State Long Beach where I studied Psychology and Statistics. I married my high school sweetheart Kevin; we have two children, Jamie and Matt.
Most People Don't Know: I love to paint in acrylics, I can recite the alphabet backwards, I love Spirograph.
My Perfect Day: It's raining/storming. I sleep in. Coffee next, daily devotional, then play with dogs. Meet family/friends for brunch; Brunch for a L-o-n-g time! Next - a drive by the ocean. Maybe take some pics. Then everyone back to our place to relax, visit, or play board-games. Make some popcorn, kick-back and watch something on Netflix.
I'm Passionate About: Technology & Communication. Communication is as much (or more) about listening as it is about talking.
A Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16-17
I was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. to study. I met my husband, Greg, while working in the South Bay and was married in 1992. Seven years later we were blessed with our son, Joshua. I began working at St. Peter’s in 2008 and received a degree in theology in 2015.
You Probably Don't Know: At a young age I studied to be a nun
My Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13.8, “Love never fails”
My Perfect Day: Outdoors enjoying God’s creaton
My Favorite Children’s Book: “Snow White” because ultimately love conquers evil
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I came to the United States with my family back in 2002, residing in Los Angeles ever since. My parents have 3 kids; me, my twin brother (fraternal) and a younger sister. I am married to a wonderful woman named Mira Rada.
My Perfect Day: On a "perfect" day, you'd find me somewhere in nature, either waking up on a morning at a beach somewhere, or having bonfire with some good company, smores, an acoustic guitar doing a sing along.
3 Words That Describe Me: scatterbrained, passionate, flawed
Childhood Ambition: I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. As I grew a little older, it changed to being an architect, and when I was a teenager, I wanted to go to culinary school.
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13
I was born in the Los Angeles South Bay and have lived here all my life. I graduated from P.V. Peninsula High School and USC (with a business degree). I have two older brothers. I married my childhood sweetheart and I have two small sons.
Favorite children’s story: All the Eloise books. She was such a feisty little girl. I really related to her.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 22:6 "Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."
Favorite Preschool Activity: I love preschool art projects. They bring out the creativity in everyone.
My Perfect Day: A day with my family…no particular plans, just spontaneity.
Elders of St. Peter's
Elders of St. Peter's
Clerk of Session: Marsha Barnet
Welcoming & Connecting: Laura Hanley
Mission: Jamie Shinko
Worship: Suellen Eslinger and Pam Dunbar
Stewardship: Dave Milam
Adult Spiritual Growth: Elizabeth Logan and Marilyn Melzian
Nominating Committee: Marie Chura
Caring Ministries: Bill Schurmer
Presbytery Relations: Paul Nibarger
Youth & Family: Jon Waldron
Children & Family: Karina Pena-Garcia
Human Resources: Sharon Trice
Buildings and Operations: Bill Weisinger
Preschool: Delia Gasco