Pastors

Peter Whitelock

Head of Staff

Peter hails from San Diego, originally, and attended San Diego State University for a couple of years before transferring to the University of Colorado, Boulder. While at college, he felt a calling to serve the church, and seminary training took him to Fuller Theological Seminary  and Princeton Theological Seminary for three advanced degrees, all told. He often states that being a student for life would have been an attractive career option if it were an option!

Anne and Peter have three wonderful adult children: Colleen, Evan and Aaron. In his spare time, Peter likes to read, travel and ski. His favorite place to be on vacation is still the beach, and he confesses to being an analog soul in a digital world as is reflected in his hobby of restoring vintage audio equipment and collecting vinyl albums.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 255

Gerald Chinen

Pastor Congregational Care

Gerald was called to oversee the Congregational Care Ministry of LOPC. He was drawn to LOPC by the openness and warmth of the members. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to all types of music, attending and participating in sporting events. (Go Warriors!!)

(925) 283-8722 ext. 227

Lauren Gully

Pastor Mission and Spiritual Formation

Lauren was drawn to LOPC because of its commitment to service and depth. She says, “LOPC has been a fabulous place to experience the community of faith!” She enjoys the variety of Mission and Spiritual Formation and teasing out the connections between these two ministries to create a deeper understanding of God’s work in the world. In her free time Lauren enjoys being outdoors, gardening, spending time with her family, friends and her dog Stella!

(925) 283-8722 ext. 225

Jaime Polson

Pastor Family Ministries

Jaime is proud to minister to and with families at LOPC. She appreciates being part of a church community where she has the gift of supporting parents, grandparents and other adults as they nurture children and youth in their every day lives, making faith a central part of the journey. In her free time, you will find her hanging out with her husband, children, family and friends. Jaime loves to read, volunteer, hike and spend time at her favorite Pilates studio.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 226

Program and Administrative Staff

Chris Baldwin

Director of Community Engagement

Chris arrived at LOPC in 2014 after graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education & Formation. He was the 2014 recipient of the Arthur Paul Rech Memorial Award in Theology and Pastoral Ministry and the 2013 William Tennent Scholar for Christian Education. In June 2016, Chris was promoted to the Director of Community Engagement where he leads the small groups ministry, off-the-hill vision initiatives, men’s ministry, and assists with general pastoral support. He is currently an “Inquirer” for ordination in the PC(USA). For fun, Chris enjoys being active outdoors with his wife, Carly, and son, Reed.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 110

Elizabeth Ball

Executive Ministries Coordinator

Elizabeth joined LOPC in 2016. Her background in Human Resources has been a perfect match to meet the needs of her position at LOPC. Elizabeth supports the Head of Staff, Session, Stewardship and Personnel, as well as coordinating staff meetings and activities. She feels blessed to have found such a caring, supportive and collaborative work environment. When she’s not at LOPC, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her husband, two daughters, two cats and her very energetic puppy, Rex. She also enjoys cooking, crafting, traveling and volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader.

925-283-8722 ext. 221

Char Casella

Treasurer

After temporarily retiring in 2000 to raise her twin boys, Char realized she missed her profession. She joined LOPC in 2004 when her family moved from Berkeley, and began volunteering in 2008 by helping Children’s Ministry and Worship with forecasting. Volunteering led to joining the Finance Team which led to Finance Elder and now Treasurer. She feels blessed to be able to support of all the ministries of LOPC so they can spend more time on ministry and be most efficient with every dollar they are entrusted with. In her free time, Char enjoys being with her family, cooking, yoga, skiing, being in nature, and reading.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 253

Bobbi Cassettari

Associate Director of Seedlings Preschool

In 1992, a friend told Bobbi about Mother’s Day Out at LOPC. She applied to be a part time assistant teacher in the toddler room and began that September. MDO soon became Seedlings and Seedlings soon became her home away from home! She taught in various classes before being promoted to Associate Director, working alongside Coleen Moulton. Together they have watched Seedlings grow into the remarkable school it is today! She feels blessed to work alongside an amazing community of colleagues she considers family. Bobbi enjoys supporting families as we grow our own humanity.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 238

Terry Conte

Kitchen Ministry Administrator

Terry loves to cook and organize events, so working with LOPC’s fabulous staff and congregation is heaven sent! Together with the kitchen team, she plans, cooks and serves many important annual church events and maintains LOPC’s commercial kitchen for the use of other ministries. What does she do in her free time? Cook for her family, of course!

(925) 283-8722 ext. 245

Devin Crane

A/V Technician and General/Website Admin

Devin started volunteering at LOPC in 2002 as part of the Audio Team. Devin sets up, breaks down, and monitors the church’s sound and video equipment, primarily in the Sanctuary. Devin enjoys recreational writing and reading, but his preferred form of entertainment is video games.

(925) 283-8722

Keris Dahlkamp

Director of Youth Ministry

Keris came to LOPC as a member and then felt the call to serve as the Youth Director! He loves and feels it an honor to be involved in the students’ lives and working with the families. In his free time he loves to spend time with his family and play soccer.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 233

Tony Domenick

Assistant Director of Music

After moving to Oakland from Denver in 2014, Tony got a job at LOPC as the LightShine children’s choir director. He feels very blessed to have then become the bass section leader in the Chancel Choir and the Assistant Music Director. He says, “It’s a great privilege and joy to arrange music and rehearse with volunteer musicians for worship services every Sunday morning.” Outside of LOPC, Tony writes, performs, teaches, hikes, cooks, and works on memorizing the Tao Te Ching.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 235

David Engelbrekston

Operations and Family Ministry Admin

Dave gives it all to God for bringing him to LOPC and for developing his skills to best serve Him. Dave’s time is divided between work as the assistant for Operations and assistant for Family Ministry.  He loves that each day is often blessed with new challenges and unique opportunities to serve this awesome community of faith.  Dave’s spare time often finds him in the garden, cooking for friends, or participating in some form of musical expression.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 280

Robin Freeberg

Associate Director of Mission Ministry

Robin feels blessed to do the work she does at LOPC. She says, “Every day offers a new challenge and an opportunity to serve Christ in a tangible and meaningful way.” She loves working with her fellow staff members, people in the congregation and the community. When not at work, she enjoys hanging with family and friends, cooking and Tae Bo. Her favorite quote is from Mother Teresa: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Robin is inspired by these words in her daily work.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 250

Chuck Fry

Director of Operations

Chuck joined the LOPC staff in 2005 and has overseen all non-ministry activities as well as the series of construction projects that have modernized the campus. He has enjoyed creating an updated environment in which worship and ministry can thrive and grow.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 230

Ashley Jackson

Director of Communications

Ashley joined the LOPC communication’s team in 2015, shortly after receiving her Master’s in Communications and Multimedia Studies at California State East Bay. Prior to LOPC, Ashley worked several years in the nonprofit sector as a Marketing & Communications professional. Now, as the Communications Director, she leads a team responsible for developing and advancing LOPC’s mission through various digital communication platforms. In her free time, she enjoys reading, fellowshipping with the saints, bargain shopping, watching DirecTV, and spending time with her turtles.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 240

Harry Jayasingha

Chaplain

Harry joined the LOPC team in 1995 as the part-time Program Director for Adult Education. He also served as Program Director for Mission and Seniors. Now, he continues as Chaplain visiting the members in hospital, nursing homes and rehab facilities, as well as those home-bound. He helps maintain the link with LOPC members of the Rossmoor Parish. During his free time (if there is any!) he volunteers as a care giver and chaplain for the Caring Hands Volunteer Program of the John Muir Hospital.

(925) 283-8722

Lidia Jesionek

Accountant

Lidia joined LOPC in 2005 and feels blessed to provide her financial expertise to all areas at LOPC. Her job allows her a glimpse into the wonderful work that is being done in Christ’s name. She loves to see the enthusiastic support of the congregation and it’s financial commitment to the work that LOPC does. On the weekend, she enjoys hiking with her husband & friends, hosting dinner parties, and reading.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 229

Janet Jourgensen

Receptionist

It’s Janet’s voice you hear when you call the church office, and whether you need help on the phone or in person, she is passionate about providing outstanding customer service to LOPC members and guests. She also assists with administrative tasks and with the Kurth Memorial Garden. In her spare time, she and her handsome husband pretend to know how to play golf, love to jump in the car for road trips, and root tirelessly for the SF Giants!

(925) 283-8722 ext. 223

Allison Kunz

Associate Director of Youth Ministry

Allison was introduced to youth ministry at the age of 16 and, ever since, it’s been all about youth for her. She believes that it’s vital for youth to have adult mentors in addition to parents who believe in them, love them, and point them to God. She grew up in the bay area and moved away to attend Wheaton College, where she received my B.A. in Theological Studies. After twelve years in Chicago, she moved back to California with her husband, Rick. Allison enjoys family, animals, cooking, gaming, gardening, hiking, and eating frozen yogurt.

(925) 283-8722

Coleen Moulton

Director of Seedlings Preschool

Coleen started at LOPC as an assistant teacher in 1991. In 1995, she became director of the summer program and took over as Seedlings Director in 1999. Colleen loves the opportunities to see and interact with the children and to connect with the parents. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three daughters, Paige, Jules, and Lexi, her husband Eric, and watching sports and boating.

(925) 284-3870

Lori Robinson

Associate Director of Children's Ministry

Lori came to LOPC to be a partner in ministry with the dedicated staff of this dynamic Christian community. She loves children’s ministry because it allows her to serve and support children, as well as their leaders, in their faith development and spiritual journeys. She assists with all aspects of children’s ministry, with a particular focus on volunteer development and program management. Lori is also passionate about the inclusion of children in worship. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching videos of jellyfish, hummingbirds, and jumping baby goats on Facebook.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 251

Ashlee Roundtree

Administrative Assistant Care and Spiritual Formation

Ashlee loves giving back and being apart of an organization that values ministry and believes that Christ brought her to LOPC. Coming from the design industry, she was seeking to use her spiritual gifts as well as secular gifts. In her spare time she loves to read, do art, work out, and spend time with her loved ones!

(925) 283-8722 ext. 228

Stewart Scharch

Organist

Stewart came to LOPC for its well-developed music program.  It is thrilling for him to have such a fine pipe organ to play and a congregation that loves to sing. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Music in Church Music from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  In his free time Stewart enjoys the outdoors, taking walks, exploring new places, and occasional trips up to wine country!

(925) 283-9990 ext. 243

Hiroko Shibuya

Worship and Music Coordinator

Hiroko and her family have lived in the area for over 23 years. In 2014 she joined the LOPC team. She believes God prepared her for this particular position and continues to be amazed and excited about His plan, orchestration, and timing. She enjoys working with a group of very talented staff, members, and volunteers. Hiroko is trained with classical ballet for most of her life and currently teaches adults by sharing her passion for this art.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 264

Brett Strader

Director of Worship and Music

Brett joined the LOPC staff in 2013. Prior to that he directed the choirs and served on the worship team at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. He oversees LOPC’s large and diverse worship and arts staff and volunteers, designs regular worship and special services, conducts the Chancel and Festival Choirs, and leads the vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles. Brett is often found at the piano. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Biola University and a Master of Music in Conducting from San Francisco State University. In his free time he enjoys long-distance running and spending time with his wife and three dogs.

(925) 283-9722 ext. 224

Ryan Timpte

Director of Children's Ministry

Ryan oversees all ministry with kids from birth through 4th grade. Working with children runs deep in his blood – his mom was a children’s minister, too. After finishing grad school back east, he and his wife Kathy moved to California and started ministry at LOPC in 2011. They prefer the beaches and sunshine of the west coast to the snow, ice, and sleet of the northeast. Ryan loves video games, Pixar movies, terrible fast food, and playing with his son Beckett.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 234

Susan Wentworth

Associate Director of Preschool Ministry

Susan first joined LOPC as part of the Sunday childcare team. As the Associate Director of Preschool Ministry, she oversees Sunday programs for infants through preschoolers. She strives to ensure that all children feel part of the LOPC tribe. Her favorite part of Sundays is the musical parade. She is crazy about sports and is always plotting on how HER San Francisco Giants will win their next championship.

(925) 283-8722 ext. 237

Colleen Whitelock

Facilities and Database Coordinator

Colleen began attending LOPC as a student in 1999, when her father was called to serve as head of staff. After pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education, she felt called to serve the world in a different capacity. Colleen has been working at LOPC since 2013, currently working as Facilities and Database Manager. She absolutely loves working with such a gracious and talented team and would not trade her job for the world! She enjoys spending her spare time with friends and family—those that bring life to her life!

(925) 283-8722 ext. 260