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Our Staff


Bruce with big bike200x200Bruce Kochsmeier has been pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Carson City since 1995. He has been a pastor since 1985 and served in Texas and California after a number of years when he sold and raced motorcycles for a living…(really!) A fourth generation native Californian, Bruce loves the works of John Steinbeck. He has a passion for reading history. He and his wife Nancy and daughter Kate enjoy life with their two dogs. His delight is teaching and preaching the Gospel and applying God’s word to the everyday experiences of life. He loves leading tours of Israel and invites you to join him. His office door is the first one you come to in our building and it is always open for you! If he asks you to play catch just humor him!


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 daughters, seven grandchildren and some 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 the worship of God. She is grateful to be using 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 to glorify God.


Nancy 1 200x200Nancy Kochsmeier moved to Carson City in 1995 with her husband, Bruce, and their daughter Kate when Bruce became the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church. She became the Director of Kids’ Ministry in 1997, enabling her to combine her love for Jesus and His Story, kids, and teaching. Nancy enjoys camping, reading historical novels, learning about art and music history, and traveling. She has helped lead six trips to the Holy Land and two Reformation cruise with Bruce, and looks forward to more adventures!


Margo Weaver pic 200x200Margo Weaver joined the staff at First Presbyterian Church in December 2018 as the Office Manager/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.


Dawn pic 200x200Dawn Berger joined staff as the Communications Coordinator in October 2013. She was born in Lodi, CA and moved to Carson City in 1971. Dawn worked in the banking industry for several years and in 1986 accepted a position with the State of Nevada. She retired from the state in January 2012. Dawn is married to her high school sweetheart, David. They have two grown children and two dogs. Dawn enjoys travel, spending time at their cabin in the eastern Sierras, hiking, biking, gardening and quilting.


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.