Shannon Pappas - Pastor / Head of Staff

Shannon came to FPCSM in early 2008 as a transplant from Texas.  He loves the people of FPCSM and the diversity as well as the beauty of the area.  He believes that Jesus is not only Lord and King, but also the most unique, amazing, and wonderful person who has ever lived – one who refused to be boxed in and yet who is completely worthy of shaping one’s life around.  Shannon is excited about a church that sees itself not as a club or a stuffy institution but as a vibrant, close-knit family that whole-heartedly loves God; cares for and encourages one another; and seeks to serve and bless its community and the world in the name and way of Jesus. Shannon is married to Karen and together God has blessed them with four children in whom they find great delight and joy.

Some of Shannon’s likes: peace, justice, mercy, basketball, soccer, sunshine, Chris Tomlin, U2, The Office
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Melissa Brumbaugh - Administrator of Finance & Operations

Melissa, along with her husband, Steve, has been an active member of FPCSM since 1985 after moving to San Mateo from Ohio. In 2002, God made it abundantly clear (ask her for details) that He wanted her to use her 20+ years of accounting experience to join our staff as the bookkeeper/accountant. In 2008, oversight of the church facility and office operations were added to her responsibilities.  In her spare time, Melissa considers it a huge privilege and blessing to volunteer with the children at Kingdom Club and Vacation Bible Camp, teaching them songs that reinforce God’s truths and how much Jesus loves them!

Melissa and Steve have two fantastic children, a son and daughter, who are both full-time college students, a dog and two cats round out their household.
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Chris Copeland - Maintenance Technician

Chris was born and raised in San Mateo County, and was actually baptized here at FPCSM as a child. Since 1978, he worked in the carpet cleaning business, and owned and operated his own carpet and upholstery cleaning company for 15 years. He says, however, that the most beloved job he has had has been here at FPCSM, where he has "found his fit."

Chris is single and the proud father of four wonderful children from 25 to 30 years of age. He is the son of a "strong and gracious" mother, but gained his most important title yet, proud grandfather, when his first grandson, Aiden, was born.


Lois Darbonne - Pastor of Congregational Support & Equipping

Lois has served in ministry for children, youth and adults for over 25 years, and has worked in several different churches in a variety of capacities.  Her passion is to equip and empower people to discover and enjoy the reality and the power of God in their lives - whether they be children, youth, adults, or families, and to do whatever she can to help people become more fully-devoted followers of Jesus. 

She and her husband Walter have two wonderful adult sons and two fabulous daughters-in-law.  They enjoy camping, boating, and hanging out with their Bulldog (Buster) and Basset Hound (Posey).
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JoAnn Evans - Visitation Coordinator

JoAnn and her husband, Steve, have been members of FPCSM since 1995. JoAnn was part of the leadership in Community BIble Study for 23 years. She has been part of a pastoral care team, involved in prayer group ministry and a hospice volunteer.

As a Decon at FPCSM, she was part of a team to visit and deliver Sunday flowers to those in the congregation who are homebound or ill. After leaving the Deacon board, she continued to love being part of the visitation team and coordinating the efforts of those involved in this caring ministry.

Zoé Espinoza - Executive Assistant, Graphic Designer

Zoé was born and raised in Costa Rica. Raised in a Christian home with very committed parents, her faith played an important part growing up. As our administrative assistant who sits at our front desk, she enjoys greeting and getting to know people, either in English or Spanish. She's also our graphic designer, creating banners, flyers and our website.

Zoé loves to spend time with her family, travel, camping, road trips and photography.
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Gladys Gardner - Children's Ministry

After 15+ years working in the high-tech industry, Gladys was thrilled when God called her to join the staff here at FPCSM where she could focus on her true passion – telling kids about Jesus and showing them his love!  For Gladys, Jesus is the perfect example of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and obedience to God that she hopes to follow more each day. A favorite quote from The God Who Comes by Carlo Carretto says, “When I endure, in the darkness of faith, the prolonged wait for the God who comes, he has already come to me and is embracing me silently, with the same embrace with which I, in faith, embrace him.”  Gladys loves that God made the first move to come to us in love.

Other things Gladys is crazy about include her daughter and son, books, travel and Rocky Road ice cream!
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Greg Johnson - Sexton

Greg has been a part of FPCSM since 2001, and has served as our Sexton for the last several years, living on campus, doing night lock-up duties and helping out with the our weekend custodial duties. He enjoys and is active in both the Saturday morning Men's Bible Class and choir (his favorite hymn is All Creatures of our God and King), and loves hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf whenever he gets a chance.



y Steve Jones - Music Director
Steve’s goal is to help believers of all ages become devoted worshippers of Jesus Christ and fully utilize their talents for His glory. He came to FPCSM in 2009 as part-time Interim Worship Director, and joined the full-time staff in 2010. Previously, Steve was Worship Pastor at Los Gatos Christian Church; he has served several churches in California, Colorado, and Texas. A published writer with a Composition degree from Tulsa University, Steve also teaches private music students.

Steve and his wife Nancy have two (adopted) adult children and three superior grandchildren. Nancy is a talented greeting-card maker and seller, Choir soprano, and soulmate. The Joneses are pleased to be a part of the FPCSM family!
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Nick Morlet - Director of Youth and Young Adults

Nick has joined us all the way from Anchorage, Alaska where he lived for 9 years. Before Alaska, Nick and his wife Eden, were California kids, both raised in San Diego area. Nick and Eden have three wonderful boys, Jaydon, Zade, and Ezra. Nick was called to youth ministry at the young age of 16 and began a passionate pursuit of Christ through his youth pastor Ben Lee, because of this, Nick is passionate about youth and about youth group! His ministry style centers around one-on-one relationships with students, where he, like Jesus, raises up disciples and challenges those disciples to create more disciples!

Outside of ministry Nick loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf, and computer games.
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Eden Morlet - Children's Ministry Assistant

Eden came to FPCSM in 2016 from Anchorage, Alaska. Before the big move, Eden worked in mental health, with youth who experience severe emotional and behavioral difficulties for 8 years. Eden’s passion is helping hurting kids. Eden’s call and favorite verse is Isaiah 58:6 “ Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry  and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter. When you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

When not at work you will find Eden chasing around her 3 young boys (Jaydon, Zade and Ezra), hiking or running trails with her dog Willow, and volunteering with FPCSM youth group.
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