Staff

Pastor

Rev. Christy Ramage

Pastor Christy brings more than 35 years’ experience, special training in interim ministry, and a deep, faith-centered serenity. She joined First Congregational Church in 2005 as Designated Term Minister and guided us on what we fondly refer to as our ‘crooked path’ to the sale of our property in Antioch in 2010. That facility is now home to the Salvation Army.

Pastor Christy then moved into her role as our Called Pastor and continues to lead us on our journey of shared ministry with Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg.

Born and raised in San Diego, Pastor Christy’s mother still resides there. She is the mother of two adult children. She has served churches in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Contact Pastor Christy at cparkram@aol.com or 925.757.4094.

Leadership

Elaine Palmer is Minister of Music and has been a member of First Congregational Church of Antioch since 1979. She has served as a musician in various capacities ever since, either on the Music Committee, in the choir or at the keyboard. She has a background and appreciation of a broad spectrum of music but, true to her roots, she holds a special place for Southern Gospel.

She began playing piano and organ at church in her teens, and one of her goals is to inspire, evoke emotions and memories with her music. She has sung in various choral groups over the years including the East Bay Festival Chorus and the Jubilation Singers. She lives in Benicia and spends as much time as possible with her grandson who, by the way, plays the violin. She volunteers regularly at skilled nursing facilities to share her love of music.

Ann Custer serves as organist and has been involved with liturgical music for over 50 years. She was choir director for Community Presbyterian for many years before retiring and continues to serve as organist and choral accompanist for the Easter and Christmas choirs. She also directed the Senior Center choir for more than 20 years. She was inducted into Pittsburg’s Entertainment and Arts Hall of Fame in 2018.

 She is a retired teacher and resides in Pittsburg near her daughter and family.

Michael Miller is the Director of the New Way Music Team. He joined Community Presbyterian in 2007 to lead this group in multi-cultural song and creativity once a month (typically the fourth Sunday). He plays saxophone and a variety of percussion instruments. He sings with the Lucy Kinchen Chorale, a group whose mission is to preserve and perform the Negro Spiritual in the Bay Area and beyond.

Michael was the Music Director at Northminster Presbyterian in El Cerrito where he continues to serve on the Building the Beloved Community Task Force. He has served as Director of Parents of Children of African Descent (PCAD), and he and his wife, Kathryn, have actively volunteered in reconstructing efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

 He and Kathryn reside in Berkeley near their children and grandchildren.