February 20, 2018

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Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and commitment of the people who lead it. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:



Rev. Dr. Brett A. Becker- Pastor and Head of Staff


St. Andrew's joyfully welcomed Dr. Brett Becker as our Pastor/Head of Staff in April 2009.  Dr. Becker heard the call to ministry and served as a youth intern at First Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield while he was earning a degree in Philosophy/Religious studies at Cal State University in Bakersfield.  He then attended Fuller Seminary for his Masters in Divinity in Spiritual Care and Counseling.  His first call was to an Associate Pastorate in Great Falls, Montana from 1991 to 1997.  There he was affirmed for his preaching and that led eventually to his Doctorate of Ministry in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2001.  From 1997 to April 2009, he served as Pastor/Head of Staff at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Portland, Oregon.


Read more about Dr. Becker on his Page


Email:  drb@standrewspcusa.org



Rev. Suzanne Malloy - Parish Associate (Community Ministries)

Rev. Suzanne Malloy entered the ministry after completing a 31-year career in law enforcement.  Her long service in the crisis field prepared her for her current ministry as an on-call hospital chaplain. In addition to serving the hospital population, Suzanne serves locally as the Coordinator of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Santa Barbara County VOAD  (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and Disaster Spiritual Care Supervisor for the American Red Cross Central California region. Nationally, Suzanne is a member of the National Response Team for Presbyterian Disaster assistance, and has offered a ministry of presence at a variety of disasters, both natural and human-caused. Suzanne maintains connections with the UCSB campus community as a clergy mentor with Progressive Christians at UCSB. Suzanne has called St. Andrew’s her spiritual home for almost twenty years, and feels blessed to serve as Parish Associate. She is the grateful mother of Garrett, who is preparing for his own servant career in the field of medicine.  When she isn’t deployed, you can find Suzanne on the local hiking trails with her canine companion, Tory, or cheering on her beloved Green Bay Packers.

Email:  semalloy@verizon.net





Rev. Judith Muller - Parish Associate (Pastoral Ministry)

Recently retired, Judith holds an MDiv degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey and a BA in Psychology from Muskingum College in Ohio. She comes to St. Andrew's after serving as Associate Pastor in Parish Visitation at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara since 1983 and as Assistant Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, New Jersey where she was first called to serve in Parish Ministry. Judith works closely with Dr. Becker in Pastoral Visitation and resourcing the Board of Deacons in their ministries. She enjoys sailing and beach walking, theater and historical novels.

Email:  judithmullersb@gmail.com





 Julie Sommers - Director of Children's Ministries


Julie holds a Master of Arts degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and has served in two full-time educational ministry positions before coming to St. Andrew's. Currently she is also employed on the administrative staff of a local Christian elementary and preschool. Julie enjoys exploring the Bible with children and participating with all ages in the life of the church.


Email:  jsommers@standrewspcusa.org





THOITS SandySandy Thoits - Director of Congregational Ministries


Sandy is a UCSB graduate with a J.D. degree from UC Berkeley Law and has served as St. Andrew’s Clerk of Session since 2004.  Sandy works collaboratively with the Pastor, staff, leadership and ministry teams in strategic planning, visioning, program planning, communication, discipleship and equipping ministries.  Sandy also participates in the audio-visual team for worship services and events.  Sandy is currently serving as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Santa Barbara.


 Email:  standrewsclerk@gmail.com



Scott Eschbach - Church Business Administrator


Scott works in conjunction with the Church Secretary to administer the general business needs of St. Andrew's.  Working with various ministry teams of the church he facilitates leadership development, information systems/computers, personnel and church records, property and office management, and legal recordkeeping.  In addition, Scott currently serves as the church's Treasurer.  Scott is a retired business executive with broad administrative experience.  






DAVIS CHRISTOPHER_Staff72Dr. Christopher Davis - Music Accompanist


Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2008, Christopher has immersed himself in its vast music community. He completed his DMA in piano performance at UC Santa Barbara in December 2013 and served as House Manager for the Music Academy of the West and Production Associate for the Camerata Pacifica for many years, meanwhile collaborating independently with several other musicians. Chris was on staff at the Ojai Music Festival and Westmont College and has been on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Music Club since 2013, responsible for programming its bimonthly concerts. His own piano compositions are often played during Sunday worship services.


Email:  chrisdavis.music@gmail.com 




SCHINDLER EvanEvan Schindler, Choir Director













Nancy Boger - Church Office Assistant


Nancy attended Cal State Los Angeles, majoring in Radio/TV Broadcasting with a minor in Journalism. She was born and raised in Alhambra, California. She has been married to her husband, Scott (who was born and raised in Glendale, California), for 19 years. Nancy and Scott have 2 children: their son, Evan, is 17 and a senior at Providence and their daughter, Kara, is 15 and a sophomore at Dos Pueblos. Nancy was previously a preschool teacher for 8 years in Santa Barbara. She enjoys literature, crossword puzzles, writing and going to the movies.


Email:  office@standrewspcusa.org  




MCPHERSON RENEERenee McPherson - Youth Ministries Intern


Renée is a UCSB student originally from Santa Clarita, CA. She is working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a double minor in Statistics and Art, and will graduate in 2019. She has grown up in Presbyterian communities and loves spending time with the youth. She hopes to use her Economics and Statistics background to aid relevant non-profits in financial decisions through risk-analysis. She spends much of her free time painting, reading, and volunteering time to various local campaigns.