Say hi to the staff team at SBPC!

Meet our staff

Elizabeth Arthur

Coordinator for Mature Adults

I am blessed beyond measure to call SBPC my community. Not only have I been a part of it for over 25+ years, but I have had the wonderful opportunity to share God's love working alongside our amazing Children's Ministry and now our Mature Adult Ministry in our Solana Beach Community Senior Center. In Him, Elizabeth Arthur.

Contact Elizabeth:

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Melissa Bolt

Director of Wellness

Assistant Director of Children’s & Preteen Ministries

I have attended SBPC for over 20 years and worked for SBPC for over 10 years. I have enjoyed volunteering and working with Children's and Student Ministries over the years. I am a wife to Bart Bolt, mother to Aliya, Aidan and Aaron Bolt and daughter of Pamela and Wendell Wierenga (also members of SBPC).

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Katie Bowman

Assistant Director of Middle School Ministry

After being so welcomed into the SBPC family in 2022, I am so excited to join the team and continue to serve the youth of this church! It is an honor to see God move in and around the students here. I cannot wait to continue to be a witness of it. I enjoy reading, spending time in nature, and gathering together in community in my free time. I look forward to meeting you!

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Aaron Burgett

Director of Worship Arts

I have been directing the choir at SBPC since 2017 and have a passion for bringing together unique and diverse voices for the unified goal of experiencing and glorifying God in community. When not making music, I enjoy surfing, going on hikes with our dog (Milo), playing Mario Kart with my wife (Madeleine), and hitting up the Pickleball courts with friends!

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Sheila Clevenger

Coordinator for Communications and Media

I was born and raised in San Diego. I started my Graphic Design career in 2003, but have been creating all my life. The list includes painting, jewelry making, sewing, and cake design, to name a few. When I’m not working, I enjoy sailing, going to the beach, reading, cooking and spending time with my family and friends. I'm very blessed to have found SBPC and look forward to all the experiences I will encounter.

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Camilla Cristando

Coordinator for Hospitality

I moved to San Diego and joined SBPC in 2022. My role here is in hospitality and events, which is a new field to me and something I am very excited about doing and learning more about. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time taking care of our two little girls, and together we love to explore and enjoy all the beautiful beaches and scenic trails in the area.

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Jen Engelhardt

Director of Early Childhood Children's and Preteens Ministry

A San Diego native, I began attending SBPC at the age of 4 and started working at SBPC as part of the nursery staff at age 14. After attending college at UC Santa Barbara, I joined the staff full-time in Children's Ministries (with my role having grown and expanded over the years). In addition to my heart for Children and Families and MOPS Ministry at SBPC, I have a deep love for photography, social justice, nature, tennis, skiing, travel, and time with friends & family. It's an honor and privilege to serve our young families through KIDSunday, MOPS, and Small Groups, and to get to partner with amazing staff and volunteer teams in the execution of those programs, as well as to get to lead our church's Small Group for Moms with Young Kids and to co-lead one of the "What Does the Bible Say About Justice?" cohorts. 

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Amy Gilchrist

Executive Administrative Assistant

I started attending SBPC in 2008 and was invited to join our staff in 2012. In addition to serving our church as a whole, I am also a student ministry volunteer. I have a passion for investing in students and enjoy serving with our middle and high school ministries. My other passion is anything involving the Chicago Cubs and Bears. Bear Down!

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John Illian

Minister of Visitation

Care Ministries

I am a very part time Minister of Visitation who serves on SBPC’s Care Team. As needed, I visit the homebound, bereaved and hospitalized, and I officiate at memorial services. Coming back to SBPC has been a homecoming of sorts. In the 1970’s prior to going to seminary, we lived in Cardiff and were active participants in the life and ministries of SBPC. After seminary I was ordained as a Presbyterian pastor and served in four different churches where my responsibilities often included the Caring Ministries, Mission, and Spiritual Formation. In the Fall of 2014, we retired and moved back to North County. Connie and I greatly enjoy being here again and have sensed God’s call to serve here. But you will understand when I say that at this stage of life, we also really enjoy traveling to see our four daughter’s families and our eight grandchildren. Finally, we pray that our time together with you will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ.

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Kristi Kincheloe

Administrative Assistant for Adult Discipleship and Worship Arts

After living in many wonderful places, I moved to Solana Beach in 2019 and began worshiping at SBPC shortly thereafter. I started working at SBPC in 2021, first with Children and Preteens Ministry, and now with Worship and Adult Discipleship. It is a privilege to help support staff as they create opportunities for people to connect with God in our worship services, small groups and formation retreats. In addition to my role at SBPC, I am also a Spiritual Director. In this role I am honored to companion people as they look for God in their everyday lives and discern God’s call. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids.

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Karen La-Haise

Coordinator for Care Ministries

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Carla Martinez

Preschool Director

Hi! My name is Carla Martinez and I have been serving our preschool families and their children at SBPC for 24 years. I started teaching preschool in 1994 in Imperial Valley, there I worked for head start until I moved to San Diego with my husband. My husband Leo and I were high school sweethearts and have been married for twenty five years. We have been blessed with five boys, Robert, Noah, Carlo, Felipe and Cristoforo, ages 14-22. We enjoy spending time as a family watching movies, going to concerts and attending our boys sports events. 

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Paula Mazza

Director of Children's and Preteen Ministries

Hi There! I have been on staff since 2004 and have called SBPC home since 1982. It is such a joy to serve in the same church that I grew up in! What's my favorite part of being in this community? YOU! I love people. God gave me a special heartbeat for people who are in their preteen years as well as people living with mental health concerns. I am married to the love of my life and get to be called mom by four spectacular young adults. If you see me on the patio, please say hi!

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Janean Merryman

Office Manager and Worship Coordinator

I've worked at the church since moving to San Diego with my husband and 2 daughters in 1998. I've worn many hats while working here from an Admin Assistant to Office Manager and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

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Christy Ogden

Finance Manager

I first came on staff at SBPC as a part time admin for the Student Ministry under Dave and Siv Ricketts. Wow ... how time flies. That was 17 years ago this September! I live right here in the beautiful Solana Beach. I love to bake and try out new recipes. It's very satisfying when a new recipe turns out well and with 2 thumbs up from my husband!

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Doug Peterson

Director of Media and Communications

I have attended SBPC since getting married to my lovely wife, Christine, here in 1994. We are thrilled to have been blessed with two sons who are now young adults. I have been on staff since 2003 and love being a part of a church that is making a difference in the community and the world for the cause of Christ. I love playing any type of disc-based sport (disc golf, ultimate, etc) and am a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

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José Ramirez

Director of Facilities

It is a pleasure and privilege to serve God, and I am really happy to be here. I look forward to collaborating together in the years ahead.

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André Rocha

Director of Mission and Outreach

I joined SBPC in June of 2019 after a decade serving as a missionary in Greece. I am passionate about mobilizing the people of God to participate in the mission of God in the world and enjoy helping people to discover their calling. As a native of Brazil, I love to eat churrasco and feijoada, particularly if it's while watching my favorite soccer team. I am married to Molly who I met while in Greece and we are currently seeking to add to our family! My life verse is, "Faithful is the One who calls you, who will also fulfill." 1Thessalonians 5:24

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Stephanie Ruffner

Coordinator for Early Childhood

I first came to SBPC back in 2017 when my daughters attended Solana Beach Presbyterian Preschool. I was in SBPC MOPS for four years where I was a room mom for MOPS Kids and helped with service and events. I joined a small group with friends in the beginning of 2021. Raised mostly in San Diego, I am a wife and a mother of two. Solana Beach Presbyterian is a wonderful place and I am so happy to be a part of this great community.

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Cindy Wright

Minister of Care and Mature Adults

Serving on SBPC's Staff since 1989 has been a true joy for me! I LOVE working with, by, and for God's oldest children. SBPC has been my home church since I was a teenager. I'm blessed to be married to Mr. Wright and we are delighted to be grandparents to 6 amazing kiddos. When not chasing grandkids, you'll find me in the garden, creating in the kitchen, or walking our dog, Scout.  

Best vacation ever: Walking the Cotswold Way  

Favorite hymn: How Great Thou Art  

Favorite verse: So many to choose from! Rom. 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Morgan Ziegler

Assistant Director of High School Ministries

I began working here in July of 2020 and have loved getting to be a part of this church community. My favorite part of my job is getting to live life alongside students. Getting to know them as individuals and having conversations about faith is an honor and joy. In my free time I enjoy playing music, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. If you see me around, please come say hi!

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