About Us Draft

MISSION STATEMENT

We Receive and Share God’s Love for ALL.

That’s it!  This is our reason for existing as a congregation.

 

St. Andrew's Welcomes EveryoneIn response to God’s unconditional love for all people,as made known in Jesus Christ, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is committed to live out that same love in our life and ministry. We welcome all who God sends to us and who desire to participate in our congregation. The gifts and experiences each one brings strengthen and enrich the life of the church. We believe God calls us to making inclusivity a reality for this congregation and our local community by continuing to learn and grow in shared respect, friendship and ministry.

MISSION STATEMENT

We Receive and Share God’s Love for ALL.

That’s it!  This is our reason for existing as a congregation.

 

St. Andrew's Welcomes EveryoneIn response to God’s unconditional love for all people,as made known in Jesus Christ, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is committed to live out that same love in our life and ministry. We welcome all who God sends to us and who desire to participate in our congregation. The gifts and experiences each one brings strengthen and enrich the life of the church. We believe God calls us to making inclusivity a reality for this congregation and our local community by continuing to learn and grow in shared respect, friendship and ministry.

Bill and Kathy McGuinness
PASTORAL – Bill & Kathy McGuinness

Pastor Bill and Kathy McGuinness are long-time Pleasant Hill residents but have also ventured far afield several times over the years to serve churches elsewhere in California and once each in New York Utah and Michigan. Bill is a graduate of Manhattan College (Bachelors), Harvard University (Masters) and MDiv (Fuller Theological Seminary). Kathy’s primary role in the church has been research, development and leadership in adult Christian studies and classes. Her most important role has always been prayer for her husband-pastor and the church being served.

Michael Beveridge
MICHAEL BEVERIDGE – Bell Choir Director and Event Liaison

Michael Beveridge grew up in Martinez and has been a member of St. Andrews since first coming through the door with his parents. He grew up playing music in the church, playing in the youth handbell choir, singing in the youth choir, ringing in the young adult handbell choir, and eventually the adult handbell choir. He also has played the trumpet throughout his tenure in the church. After a few years absence, he came back to direct the youth handbell choir he once played in, and is now the handbell director at St. Andrews. Michael went to Cal State East Bay to study music education and trumpet performance. He continues to sideline as a professional trumpet player throughout the Bay Area, and works a clerical position for Contra Costa County as his day job.

David Chavez
DAVID CHAVEZ – Operations and Rental Administrator and Music Director

David Chavez, born and raised in El Salvador, came to the United States in 2000 and has lived in Concord, California ever since. He studied Vocal Performance at San Francisco State University. David has been a featured soloist with the Oakland Symphony, Mendocino Chamber Opera, Festival Opera in Walnut Creek and many other local ensembles. David’s tenure as St. Andrew’s Music Ministries Director started in 2014, and in 2021 David took on the additional role as Operations and Rental Administrator. When he is not working at St. Andrews’, David enjoys a part-time career as a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

 

“Our sense of family is warm and open. Even individuals who don’t know each other very well have a sense of connectedness here.”

 

“Most people have several of their closest friends as fellow members.”

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