Shannon Pappas
Pastor, Head of Staff

Shannon came to FPCSM from Texas in 2008.  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 (especially the San Antonio Spurs!), soccer (coaching, playing, watching, etc.), sunshine, solitude, and the scriptures.

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Melissa Brambaugh
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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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.




Mia Fischer
Ministry Coordinator

After a profound deliverance experience on July 7, 2014, Mia came to know that the healing power of Christ was real. Not having been raised in a Christian home, she was eager to find an answer to why this miracle had occurred. She purchased her first Bible the very next day and then quickly enrolled in Bible School. Not long after that God prompted her to get involved in missions in Africa, establishing an evangelistic organization in Uganda which she visits a couple of times per year.

Mia has been married to Todd Fischer for almost ten years. They and their three pugs live just minutes from the FPCSM campus. In her free time Mia enjoya travel, cooking and reading books. She speaks fluent Swedish, has a Swiss degreee in Culinary Art, and is a certified scuba-diver.

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Zoé Espinoza
Administrative Assistant
Graphic Designer

Zoé was born in Costa Rica and raised in South San Francisco. She grew up 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 family and friends, planning epic road trips, travel, camping 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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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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Esteban Warren
Lighthouse Worship Leader

Esteban was born in Southern California but moved to the Bay area with his parents when he was young.  He has been a musician all of his life, including for many years touring the country and doing shows with his band and his beautiful bride, Chantal.  Along the way God called Esteban to lead the people of God in worship, which Esteban has done faithfully at a number of churches, including now at Cedars Church in Hayward on Sunday mornings and Lighthouse at FPCSM on Sunday evenings.  Esteban’s heart is to empower people to worship God and to use their gifts in the areas of music, audio and video for God’s glory.

Esteban and Chantal have been greatly blessed with their son, Emryss.  Esteban also happens to be a die-hard L.A. Dodgers fan.

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