Co-Interim Pastor

Don Strongman

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Pastor Don’s April Reflection

I love the stories of the Old Testament. Jehoshaphat, one of the good leaders of ancient Israel, confronted by sure defeat prays out, “We don’t know what to do but our eyes are upon you” (II Chronicles 20:12) That’s the way I feel sometimes. I don’t always know what to do but I have aligned myself with a God that does.

After ten years of community, school, and civic work, I began praying about the thought of going back into more direct ministry. It is no coincidence that I have wound up here at John Knox Presbyterian Church! God is at work in my life and in yours as well, and God is going to see it through.

It has been a delight getting to know folks and to see what the Lord is doing in your lives and in the life of the church. John Knox Presbyterian Church is truly a gift to all that are touched by it. Your community involvement, your love for each other, and your love of God is so evident and powerful. I am so grateful to being just a tiny part of it.

I am excited to be a part of the life of this church and to see what we are going to do, with God’s help, to move forward into the future. I pray that in this time of transition and change that we will together keep our eyes upon the Lord. It will be exciting to see what the Lord will do in our church and lives. 



Co-Interim Pastor

Garrett Yamada

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Pastor Garrett's April Reflection

"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

I never know what God is going to do in my life and ministry. Sometimes it is joyful and sometimes it is absolutely stressful. But the Lord has always been there to encourage me and to give me hope. I have grown to trust God especially when I am in the middle of uncertainty, crisis, or change.

Being called to be an interim pastor here at JKPC has been a truly surprising and wonderful part of my journey of faith. I am thrilled to be here and I daily thank God for the opportunity to be a part of this church. Everyone here has been so kind and supportive. We have a super staff and a great group of volunteers who have made the transition really easy and smooth. Although I am new to the church and to Dublin, I look forward to getting more familiar each week. In March, it was a lot of fun to walk in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I was amazed to see all of the different groups and people involved.

Easter is a time of renewal and to remember the new life we have in Christ. We read this in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” On Easter Sunday, Don and I will both be sharing about the impact that Easter has on our lives. The Sundays after Easter, I will be sharing about how we live out this new life we have in Christ. In the months ahead, we will discover the plans that Christ has for our church as we journey forward in 2023.



Family Ministries Director

Nancy Polcyn

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Music Director

Dean Christman

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Office Manager

Mary Chervet

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Administrative Assistant/Facilities Coordinator

Tracy Hong

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Office Assistant

Sama “Sky” Merham

Benevolence Treasurer

Teresa Karlson Ledgers, Inc.

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JKPC Session


Current Session Members (Elders)


Adult Education                   Nanette Wehe, 2023                                 

Community Life, Men          Terry Han, 2024       

Community Life, Women     Cindy Cook, 2023                

Family Ministries                  PJ and Soeun Peterson, 2025                   

Finance                                 Peter McIntyre, 2023

Human Resources               Kaci Lopez, 2023

Missions                               Stan Husted, 2022

Campus Liaison                    Sandy Rauch, 2023

Outreach                               Alice Richards, 2024

Property                                Bob Rickleffs, 2023  

Worship                                Sue Fox, 2023

Worship                                Irene Brewster, 2023

Clerk of Session                   Peter McIntyre, 2023

Moderator                            Pastor Don Strongman

JKPC Board of Deacons

Board of Deacons

John Knox Presbyterian Deacon Team


Moderator                                        Euan & Janet Ramsay, 2023

Vice-Moderator & Secretary               Jerri Lopez, 2023

Treasurer                                         Tina Kritzer, 2024

Home Visitation Coordinators             Sue King-Irwin, 2023

Communion Preparation Coordinator   Maryam Ladoni, 2023

Meals Coordinator                              Nancie Maxwell, 2023

Hospital/Rehab Visits & Prayer Chain   Morgan Contreras, 2023

Events Coordinator                            Eshari Wijesekera, 2023

Cards Coordinator                              Rene Phillips, 2024

Parish Coordinator                             TBD

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