Our Staff

Rev. Fred Harrell

 

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Fred O. Harrell is a native of Central Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida (degree in economics) and Reformed Theological Seminary (graduate degree in theology and pastoral care). Before coming to San Francisco, he founded and led a university-based ministry designed to answer the questions of thoughtful seekers and to equip Christians for transformational ministries in and through the church. He and his wife, Terely, have been married since 1986, and they have four ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 125

Rev Dr Peter Choi

 

Pastor of Spiritual Theology

Peter grew up in Southern California and has also lived in New Jersey, Michigan, and Indiana. He was a campus minister and church planter in Ann Arbor for seven years. In addition to being on the pastoral team at City Church, he is a Senior Fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies and a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He is a graduate of Pomona College, Calvin Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the University of Notre Dame (PhD). Peter and his ...

Rev. Jonathan P. Gundlach, J.D.

 

Executive Pastor

Jonathan spent most of his life in Chicago and South Florida before joining the staff of City Church in 2009.  A licensed attorney, Jonathan practiced civil rights litigation and nonprofit organizations law in Chicago before becoming increasingly involved with church planting and being called to seminary in 2003.  During seminary, Jonathan had the the unexpected opportunity to open and operate a small chain of speciality coffee stores in Fort Lauderdale, FL, an experience which greatly ...

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Rev. Dr. Scot Sherman

 

Teaching Pastor, Director NHS

Scot Sherman is the Executive Director of the Newbigin House of Studies, a center for graduate theological education and spiritual formation based in San Francisco. He is also a Teaching Pastor at City Church San Francisco. He oversees the Newbigin Fellowship, a nine-month intensive training program that seeks to provide a framework for wise integration of faith, work, and life, and hosts the speaker series Conversations For the Common Good.

Scot’s doctoral dissertation focused on the early ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 115

Rev. Paul Trudeau

 

Director of City Hope San Francisco

Paul is the director of City Hope ministries and International missions. He is also a chaplain in County Jail where he pastors a weekly worship service for inmates. Paul grew up in Portland and New Orleans. He is a graduate of San Jose State (degree in art) and Reformed Theological Seminary (graduate degree in biblical studies). Before joining the staff at City Church Paul was on staff at Korean Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Florida and Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Vienna, ...

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415.814.2246

Rev. Julie Van Til

 

Pastor of Community Life

Julie's geographical roots center around Lake Michigan, growing up in northwest Indiana, enjoying youth ministry in south Chicago, and pastoring a church in west Michigan. Julie brings experience in the academic, pastoral and denominational arenas of ministry, from creating a bachelors program in youth ministry to serving the RCA and Western Seminary various capacities. She is a graduate of DePauw University, Huntington Graduate School (master of educational ministries) and Western Theological ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 109

Rev. Jay Wilson

 

Director of Pastoral Care

Jay grew up in the Central Florida area and is a graduate of the University of Florida (degree in Finance) and Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv and MA degrees). He has a heart for walking with those who experience the brokenness of their own life, the city, and the world. Jay and his bride Debbie have been married for seven incredible years and have a son named Isaac.

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415.346.6994 ext. 123

Melisa Blankenship

 

Database Manager

Melisa was born and raised in the San Francisco bay area and loves living here. She and her husband, Darren, have one son. In 1998 they ran their own coffee shop for three years and enjoyed meeting all the great people they called their customers. Melisa has worked for City Church since 2007 in administrative roles. She started working at City Hope part time running one of their weekly events in 2015. Melisa graduated with an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary in 2016. She’s now working ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 121

Minna Choi

 

Worship Arts Assistant

Minna Choi has been the Worship Arts Assistant for City Church since February 2010. After spending most of her 20's in NYC working in recording and music production, she relocated to San Francisco in 2007 to get her Masters in Music Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For the past 3 years she has been working as a freelance music arranger for major and indie label bands and artists while also serving as the Artistic Director of the 150+ person Magik*Magik Orchestra based ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 117

Sarah Dahl

 

Curriculum and Resource Specialist

Born in Florida and raised in the East Bay, Sarah spent a 9-year-sojourn in the Midwest before happily returning to the West Coast in 2011. She graduated from Wheaton College in 2001, did graduate work at Luther Seminary (St Paul, MN), and spent 5 years teaching humanities to high school seniors. In addition to co-directing the City Church children's ministry, Sarah writes about the very best theological kidlit (and other stuff, too) at Aslan's Library; listens to baseball and really long ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 130

Karl Digerness

 

Director of Worship Arts

A native of Birmingham, AL, Karl received a degree in Music Education from Berry College in Rome, GA with an instrumental emphasis on trumpet. He then moved to Atlanta where he taught music for two years. Before joining the staff of City Church, Karl was Director of Worship for Grace Church, in the Atlanta area. While classically trained, Karl's love for folk and other music forms brings a unique depth to the music of City Church. He and his wife, Wendi, have four children.

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415.346.6994 ext. 106

Wendi Digerness

 

Ministry Associate

Wendi Digerness grew up in Atlanta, GA where you can only be outside, comfortably, for about three months a year. She enjoys being outside in SF everyday with her family: Joe, Andy, Owen, Jordan and Karl on the weekends. They are thrilled to raise their kids in such an incredible place, and to be partnering with other parents in the nursery ministry.

Marilyn Gaule

 

Accountant

Marilyn loves the cultural diversity and many delights the San Francisco area offers after moving here from a farm in Iowa. She is a San Francisco State University graduate and enjoys working in the small business environment. Since coming to the City Church office in 2002, she has enjoyed witnessing continuous growth and generosity that is considered "not normal" in accounting classes. She and her husband Richard (married in 1990) and Sophie and Princess - their two feline friends - live ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 105

Stephen Gundlach

 

Director of Sunday Operations & Pathways

Coming Soon.

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415.346.6994 ext. 119

Terry Haycraft

 

Sunday Coordinator (Sutter St.)

Bio Coming soon

Tyrone Kelly

 

City Hope Associate

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Tyrone graduated high school and went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. After a few years in the SC Air National Guard and US Army Tyrone became addicted to drugs and alcohol. Seeking to get a grip on his life, he then moved to San Francisco and graduated from CityTeam San Francisco’s Christian based recovery program in May of 2004. He went on to serve as volunteer staff and then completed two ...

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Barbara Lyon

 

Children's Ministry Director - Sutter Campus

Both native Californians, Barbara and her husband James moved to San Francisco in 2014. They sold their four-bedroom house in the suburbs and moved into a two-bedroom apartment in the Richmond district where they share one bathroom with their three kids. Barbara enjoys writing, creating, and directing the elementary school play. Currently she is working on practicing delight. So far this has included taking up fishing, eating more salads, and introducing her children to Mr. Bean. She loves her ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 113

Jason Morrell

 

Sunday Ops & Welcome Associate

Jason was born and raised in East Tennessee in a town famous for NASCAR as well as giving the world county music, Bristol.  Jason has a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Bible from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Yes, that Liberty.)  Before moving to San Francisco in June 2010, Jason spent almost five years living in New York City, working within various Arts ministries.  During his time in New York Jason never was incarcerated, not even once, this is saying a lot for a Yankees ...

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415.346.6994 ext. 120

Ashlea Owen

 

Childrens' Ministry Associate

Ashlea Owen is originally from the Dallas, Texas region, but you wouldn't know it by her accent. A 2011 graduate of Pepperdine University, Ashlea majored in communication and worked in the startup/tech world for several years before coming to work at City Church. She brings an enthusiasm for communication to the team at City Church. Ashlea loves to travel and aspires to earn the respect of all the kids and puppies she meets.

Ashlea is also the Executive Support Coordinator

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415.346.6994 ext. 118

Krizol Rizzo

 

Youth Director

Steven Starfas

 

Director of Communications

A native of Ventura Ca. Steven moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1996 to pursue a Fine Art Degree from The San Francisco Art Institute. Steven began working for City Church in January 2001. He and his wife Emily have been married since 1998 and have a daughter, Olive and a son Leo.

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415.346.6994 ext. 102