Leadership

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Greg Chisholm

Senior Pastor

We mourn the loss of Senior Pastor Greg Chisholm, who was tragically struck and killed by a vehicle on January 29, 2022 while riding his bicycle in Marin County. To learn more about Pastor Greg, view a video of his Celebration of Life Service, or to contribute a reflection to a memory book, please click here.

Wendy Chisholm

Pastor
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I grew up in Los Angeles and became a believer when I was 18 years old. Instantly, the Lord gave me a hunger for the word and radical faith. As a child of the ’60s, I lived through a racially volatile time in our history. The season etched in my soul an appreciation for the beauty of diversity in the community, a hunger for creative solutions to resolve conflict, and a heart for justice and liberty. I love the consciousness of San Francisco and am excited to partner with the Lord in the good works He has set before us.

I am so thankful for my husband, Greg, and feel privileged to watch from the best seat in the house his phenomenal leadership that loves extravagantly. We have been married for over 30 years and have a beautiful daughter, Zhita, who is the joy of my life. 

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Colleen James Howell

Worship Minister
colleen@sf.church

I grew up in Upland, CA and met Ryan while at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. We married in 1999 and attended grad school together at UC Riverside, where I studied environmental economics. After two years in Bakersfield, the Lord moved us in 2007 to San Francisco. In January 2016 we stepped inside Authentic Church and felt an instant sense of belonging.

I became the Worship Minister in 2019, fulfilling a call God had prepared me for since I was a child. I am most grateful right now for our two daughters and their modeling of unconditional love, curiosity, joy, friendship, and pure faith. In my free time (haha!) I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, running, and having friends over for a meal at our home in the Sunset. My favorite food is any kind of vegetable (cooked or in a salad), and also brownie sundaes.

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Al Gerona

Chairperson

The first 7 years of my life were in Manila and then San Francisco. I am grateful for my family, wife, and two dogs. I regulary work out and walk. I'm a plant based eater. I love avocados and Fuji apples—at least 4 a day.

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Christine Kinder

Vice Chairperson

Hi! I’m a desert native who moved to the Bay in 2009. I am grateful for my husband. I love a good art party with dessert, quiet walks in nature to reflect, and watching all the birds.

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Deborah Rech

Secretary

I was raised in Skokie, IL. I am grateful for my church family with whom I share both the mountain top and deep valley experiences of life. I enjoy the great variety of ethnic foods, hiking, painting, and taking photos.

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Elaine Yarbrough

It was fun growing up in San Francisco in the 50’s and 60’s. I have always loved to work with fabric by making clothes and now quilts. I am so thankful to my Lord for providing for me all through my life.

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Oscar Porter

I’m a San Francisco native, who is blessed and most grateful for my loving family, the church, and nature. I like to hike, take photographs, sports , self defense, and visit people.

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Lai Chan

I was born in Malaysia and came to the US with my husband. The Lord has bless us with a wonderful daughter. I love reading, going for walks, cooking and listening to worship music. 

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Gaelle Jeune

I am an immigrant and Haitian-American woman who grew up in a housing development. Two words that have forever transformed my life were, “But God”. I love walking alongside others and giving them Christ-centered guidance as they grow. 

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Nancy Pangilinan

I am a lover of JESUS and people. I am married to an amazing goldy man, and we have an incredible son. I enjoy taking care of my family, spending time with my friends, and scrapbooking. I make each day THE BEST DAY EVER!

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Ryan Howell

I was born in Dallas Texas with Dallas Cowboy DNA in my blood. I am grateful that God led me and Colleen to San Francisco to be part of what He is doing in the City, and that our family is happy, healthy, and loved by many.

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Brandace Kling

A Texas native, my patient parents inspired my love of traveling, reading, history, violin, dance, and food—particularly truffles! I am most grateful for my faithful Father and invite everyone to experience His infinite love and commitment.

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Mateus Porter

A Bay Area native, I’m grateful for the opportunities I have to serve my community as a therapist. During my free time I enjoy nature, listen to music, write songs, watch movies, and eat tasty food (mom's cooking is best)!