Co-Interim Pastor

Don Strongman

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Pastor Don’s Reflection

September is our month here at JKPC to learn about our involvement and support of missions and missionaries. We will look at some missionaries that we support directly as a church and other organizations that our members are involved in.

I don’t think of myself as a missionary, though come to think of it I have worked and served overseas. In the 90’s and 00’s I lead six teams with Habitat for Humanity. In all of this I  never thought of myself as a missionary-I just felt I was doing what I needed and wanted to do. Truth be told I did it too because of my love of travel and and seeing and experiencing other countries and cultures.

If we call ourselves Christians and follow the Lord we are missionaries wherever we are. Our faith is not for us alone but to be shared with those around us. Jesus commanded his disciples “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...” (Matthew 28: 19) This was directed to his disciples but it is meant for all of us. No matter where we are we go out and share the love of Jesus Christ to whoever is around us. Some do missionary work full time and for entire careers, others like me travel and serve overseas a little at a time, but all of us share the love of Christ in both word and deed to the world that is around us.

This month come and join us as we listen to and learn about various mission efforts both near and far. It is hoped that our imaginations will be stirred as we learn more about what and how God is working in the world and all around us.


Pastor Don


Co-Interim Pastor

Garrett Yamada

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Garrett was born and raised in beautiful San Diego, California. He attended U.C. Davis and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education (a combination of Plant Science with a teaching credential). More importantly, at Davis, he met Stephanie (his future wife). While in the teaching credential program, he felt led by God to go into the ministry. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary (New Jersey) for one year and completed his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA).

Garrett has served as an ordained minister for over 40 years. He has been a pastor at churches in Riverside, the Philippines, Berkeley, Laguna Hills, Pleasanton, San Mateo, and Newark (CA). 

Garrett and his wife, Stephanie, have been married for over 40 years. They have three children: Brent, Kimi, and Sara … and now they enjoy having 2 grandchildren: Andi and Charlie.

In his free time Garrett enjoys being with family, visiting the grandchildren, traveling, gardening, fishing, reading, photography, and enjoying good food and wine. However, he also feels blessed to be semi-retired as he continues to be in ministry here at JKPC.


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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Administrative Assistant

Sama (Sky) Merham

Benevolence Treasurer

Linda Koeplin

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JKPC Session


Current Session Members (Elders)


Adult Education                   Nanette Wehe, 2024                                 

Community Life, Men          Open   

Community Life, Women    Sandy Rauch, 2024              

Family Ministries                PJ and Soeun Peterson, 2025                   

Finance                               Peter McIntyre, 2026

Human Resources               Kaci Lopez, 2026

Missions                              Open

Outreach                              Alice Richards, 2024

Property                               Bob Rickleffs, 2026

Property                               Jeff Wilburn, 2026

Stewardship                        Stan Husted, 2024

Worship                                Sue Fox, 2024

Worship                                Vicki Sigl, 2024

Clerk of Session                   Peter McIntyre, 2024

Moderator                            Pastor Don Strongman or Garrett Yamada

JKPC Board of Deacons

Board of Deacons

John Knox Presbyterian Deacon Team


Moderator                                        Nancie Maxwell, 2024

Vice-Moderator & Secretary               Shana Daniel and Joy Dubey, 2024

Treasurer                                         Tina Kritzer, 2024

Home Visitation Coordinators             Sue King-Irwin, 2026

Communion Preparation Coordinator   Maryam Ladoni, 2025

Meals Coordinator                              Open

Hospital/Rehab Visits                          Open

Events Coordinator                            Eshari Wijesekera, 2024

Cards Coordinator                              Rene Phillips, 2024