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Pastor Bob pic 200 x 200My name is Bob Davis. I am married to Jennifer. We have three daughers: Kaley, Brooke, and Abby. We now have three grandchildren: Ellie, Emma, and Carter.

I grew up in a Presbyterian family. My parents were actively involved in Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, PA; my father served multiple terms as a ruling elder, my mother served multiple terms as a deacon. We attended worship every Sunday without exception.

Although those examples and patterns were significant, the most important factor in my relationship with Jesus was my parents’ service as 4th and 5th grade Sunday School teachers. They taught that class for more than twenty years. I was their guinea pig for many of their lesson plans. I was their utility player for skits. For example, at various times in my childhood skit-acting career, I was the victim of robbery, the robber, the priest, the Levite, the Good Samaritan, the donkey, or the innkeeper. I became familiar with Scripture through the constant work they did in preparation for teaching. I learned a lot about Jesus during those years.

The turning point for me was the completion of the confirmation class in 9th grade. I remember having a vivid conviction that I ought not make a profession of faith unless I actually meant it. It was not enough to know about Jesus, it was imperative to know Jesus. In preparation for the meeting with the session, I got on my knees in my bedroom and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Then, joyfully, I was able to make a public profession of faith at my examination for membership.

When I moved to Indiana for law school, my membership was transferred to Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. At Second Presbyterian, I was ordained as a Deacon. It was during my time at Second Presbyterian that I discerned a call to pursue ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. The community there blessed me by providing opportunities to teach and serve in a variety of ministry settings. I loved it.

I attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. From 1997 through 2004, I served as the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Forum, which worked for reformation and renewal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). I served as an associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Escondido, California (2001-2006) where I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. From July, 2006, through February 2019, I was the pastor and head of staff at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church.

Beginning in April, 2019, I became the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Carson City (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians – ECO). It has been a great joy meeting the people of this congregation and becoming a part of this community.  I am excited to see where God will be leading us in mission and ministry in the days ahead.

At each of the vocational stops, my faith has been challenged, tested, and strengthened. It has brought me to a place of desiring to equip the priesthood of all believers. I have discerned God’s call for me to teach, train, and send. I believe my job is to help people offer worship to God and to send them out to proclaim the good news to the community in which God has placed them.

 

Karen 200 x 200 brighterKaren Dahlen is our Director of Music Ministries. She coordinates, rehearses and leads our music groups for worship services. Karen is married to Carl and between them they have four grown daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, she continues to attend various educational and conference events in order to bring fresh expression to our worship of God. She is grateful to be able to use the gifts God has given to reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ. Karen also enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, sewing, cooking and writing songs that glorify God.


 

Sherri Chenin pic 200 x 200Sherri Chenin is our Family Ministry Coordinator. She has worked with children her whole life, from babysitting while growing up in Fallon to teaching swim lessons at the Navy base, then teaching elementary school for 27 years.  While teaching, she developed a passion for working with families, so she is thrilled to be called into the Family Ministry Coordinator position.  What a God given gift!  Sherri is so happy to be able to serve the church family she loves.  Her son, Sam, and she enjoy board games, kayaking, rock hounding, camping, and the list goes on.  Sherri says, “I know you have wonderful experiences to share as well, and I’m looking forward to all the fun we can have together as I support you in sharing your talents and love for Jesus with us all.”

 

Margo Weaver pic 200x200Margo Weaver is FPC's Office Manager and  Communications Coordinator.  Born and raised in Southern California and having also lived in Colorado and Arizona, Margo moved to Reno in 2004 from the San Diego area where she had worked as a grant writer for a school for homeless children; prior to that she wrote grants for a residential shelter for 18-21 year-olds in Phoenix, AZ.  Other parts of her career life have been a wide variety of administrative / executive assistant work.  Margo made the move to Carson City in 2019.  Her interests include being a Deacon, music, and having fun with her family and dog.

 

RODMAN, CHARLENE pic 200x200Charlene Rodman was born in Grand Junction, CO but raised in Hawthorne, NV until she went to Riverside, CA to attend California Baptist University where she received her BA in History and Psychology.  After a short career with TWA, Charlene married and raised two wonderful sons who have given her four sweet granddaughters, two handsome grandsons and one great granddaughter.  She worked for Swift Newspapers as Office Manager/Finance/Human Resources at three of their newspapers at Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville for 15 years.  After a short retirement Charlene went to The Village Church in Incline Village to serve for seven years before coming to FPC and serving for 11 years.  After yet another short retirement she is back part-time serving as Bookkeeper/Human Resources Director.  Charlene loves serving and caring for all of you.  Her interests include family and friends, travel, reading biographies and tending to her garden of flowers and tomatoes.

 

Deana pic 200x200Deana Ercanbrack feels blessed to be working with the little children here at First Presbyterian Church. She received her Montessori certification from UC San Diego and has taught in various early childhood education settings for many years. Deana thanks God for the privilege of telling about Jesus' love through teaching Sunday school and helping with VBX, as well as, working with our preschool kids, toddlers and babies! She is happy to coordinate the child care needs of our church families and always looks forward to meeting and welcoming new little ones. Some of her hobbies are singing and playing her guitar or piano, creating art and riding her bike with her husband Tom.