Pastor Christy has more than 20 years of Pastoral experience, with special training in interim ministry and a deep faith-centered calmness. Christy joined us in 2005 as our interim minister and guided us on what we fondly refer to as our ‘crooked path’ to the sale of our property on East Tregallas in December 2010.

In January 2011 Christy moved into her new role as our called pastor and leads us on our journey of shared ministry with Community Presbyterian Church.

Christy has two adult children.

Elaine Palmer has been a member of First Congregational Church since 1979 and has been our Music Director since 2008. Growing up immersed in the sounds of southern gospel combined with classical voice and piano training as an adult, Elaine developed a lifelong love and appreciation of music. When visiting the church, you may find yourself humming, tapping or even clapping along to familiar favorites, or enjoying a classical performance or more contemporary tunes. Her love of music is contagious. Elaine resides in Richmond and delights in spending time with her grandson Jacob, the apple of her eye.

Michael Miller joined the CPC staff in the Summer of 2007 to lead our New Way Worship Team, which prompts the congregation in multi-cultural song and creativity on the final Sunday of each month.  He lives in Berkeley with his wife Kathryn and has two grown children.  Michael is formerly the Music Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church in El Cerrito.  He continues to serve on the Presbytery’s Building the Beloved Community Task Force – helping sessions and congregations become inclusive bodies.
Jessica Natal is the Office Manager for both churches. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, and can give tours of the church for those interested in renting the Chapel or Social Hall. Jessica keeps the church going with bulletins, newsletters, calendars.The office hours have been updated to Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.