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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 accounting experience to join our staff as the bookkeeper/accountant. A few years later 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 love to go on long walks together and savor any time they are able to spend with their adult son and daughter.  

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Zoé Espinoza
Administrative Assistant
Graphic Designer

Zoé was born in San Jose, 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 in a bicultural household. 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, in-house tech, and does a little bit of everything, even rides a Vespa.

Zoé loves to spend time with her family and friends, planning epic road trips, camping, travel and photography.

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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 Deacon 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.

 

 

   

Steven Finau
Director of Music and Worship

Steven was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and grew up traveling the South Pacific doing ministry and particularly leading worship in Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji. Steven has been married to his beautiful wife Tivise (“T”) for five years. 

His favorite passage of scripture is John 21:12 where Jesus said, “Come and have breakfast.” Steven loves Raisin Bran cereal, playing ping pong, and watching football. His favorite football player of all time is Peyton Manning and his favorite worship leader is Ron Kenoly.

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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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John Garcia
Director of Youth & Young Adults

John comes from Southern California where he spent over 10 years involved in youth ministry. During those years he has had the opportunity to speak at various camps, schools and churches. He has a passion for memorizing God’s Word and encouraging others to do the same.

John loves hanging out with students, late night Taco Bell runs and changing lives!  In his free time he enjoys playing chess, sports and running! He has been a Laker fan since birth and his favorite food is sloppy joes! John and his wonderful wife, Sarah, love Disney, eating, and Netflix! They both have their hands full with their Yorkie named Peppermint Patty.

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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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Craig Morey
Choir Director

Craig has directed choirs for many years and he believes that singing is one of the most spiritual activities that God has given to all of us.  (And yes, everyone can sing!)

Before becoming an attorney, Craig earned a degree in music from Ohio State University where he studied voice, drums and conducting.  Over the years he toured with a variety of musical shows, including the Bay Area Chamber Choir, and he sang with the Opera San Jose and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.  Along with his wife Kathy, Craig founded two youth choirs that grew to 125 singers. For many years Craig was a director for the Ragazzi Boys Chorus and also directed choirs at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos where he and Kathy raised five kids.  In his spare time Craig enjoys teaching private voice and drum lessons. 



   

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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Kristy Wilson
Children's Ministry Assistant

Kristy Wilson grew up at FPCSM attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group. Her love of music started early when she joined the Cherub Choir as a small girl. She has participated in many music programs and currently co-leads music for both Kingdom Club and Vacation Bible Camp. Her greatest joy is teaching kids to worship God through music and to use those songs to keep the Word of God in their hearts.

Kristy and her husband (of 23 years!) Rod were married at FPCSM and are happy to be raising their two children (Maggie and Zack) in the congregation. Her other loves include crafting, reading and anything Disney.

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