Meet Our Staff
Rev. David G. Watermulder, Pastor and Head of Staff
Dave and his wife Lisa live in Los Gatos with their daughter, Abigail Grace, and their son, Theodore Gustav.
After graduating from The George Washington University in Washington DC, Dave served in the Peace Corps in West Africa before feeling called into ministry. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2006 and then served at Providence Presbyterian Church in Rhode Island until being called to PCLG in 2012.
When not around our church campus, you can find Dave in a local coffee shop, playing Ultimate Frisbee or out for a run. Dave is a life-long San Francisco Giants fan and enjoys reading, traveling and meeting new people.
Rev. Erica Rader, Parish Associate
Erica lives in San Jose with her husband Dave and their teenagers Jeremy and Karen. Their family includes Erica’s grown stepchildren Melissa (and her husband James) and Eric who live in Texas.
She is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) Teaching Elder with a full-time ministry leading the regional campus of Fuller Seminary Bay Area in Menlo Park.
Erica grew up in Redwood City, graduated from Santa Clara University and graduated from the University of Chicago with an MBA. Erica became a Jesus-follower at the age of thirty, and subsequently began a journey that led to serving on staff at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, studying at Fuller Seminary, moving to Chicago for an Associate Pastor call… and back again to the Bay Area in 2014.
Erica is grateful to be part of our church family where she regularly participates in worship, occasionally preaches and contributes to our Children’s and Family ministries.
Kristy Cole, Church Administrator
Kristy Cole has been a member of the church since 2000. She joined the staff shortly thereafter as Financial Secretary, and in April 2011, became Church Administrator. As a church member, Kristy is currently serving as a Deacon. She loves Bible study, reading, tennis, walking, puzzles, and games. She is married to Bill and has two children, Fletcher and Shannon. She loves PCLG and her door is always open to visitors.
Dr. Julie Lasher, Ph.D., Visitation Ministries
Julie has been a member of PCLG since she moved to Los Gatos in 2005. She is a Psychologist with a specialty in Geriatrics, and conducts PCLG’s Visitation Ministries. She is also currently serving as Elder for Small Groups as well as Secretary of the PW Board and a member of the GFP Board. She is originally from Southern California, but came to UC Berkeley for college, stayed in Alameda for graduate school at California School of Professional Psychology and has been a Northern Californian ever since. She is married to William, and has two teenagers, Dylan and Sarah.
Lauren Froman, Director, Children’s Ministries
Lauren has been attending the church since 2013 and became a member in March 2015. She has been involved with Children’s Ministry for almost eight years as a teacher, Children’s Ministry Elder, and former board member of a church preschool. She and her husband, Chad, met at Indiana University, where she graduated with a Business degree, and they lived in Chicago for seven years. They traded in the cold winters for seven years in Southern California before moving to Los Gatos. Lauren and Chad have two sons, Jacob and Ian. Outside of church, Lauren enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family and friends, and watching her sons play sports.
Steve Fainer, Director, Youth Ministries
Steve Fainer has been the Director of Youth Ministries at PCLG since graduating from Westmont College in 2001. Steve is currently enrolled at Fuller Theological Seminary pursuing his Master of Divinity degree. While Steve’s focus at PCLG is on the faith development of middle school and high school youth, his ministry extends to graduates of the program and the families of PCLG. Steve and his wife Jane (a public relations professional and Silicon Valley native) are the parents of Ethan (3) and Lucy (1). Ethan loves all things Star Wars and being a big brother and Lucy loves looking cute! Steve and Jane enjoy travel and exploration and are loving introducing Ethan and Lucy to a life outdoors. Avid hikers, Steve and Jane thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2008 and have explored some of the most beautiful nature in the United States and abroad. Spending time in God’s creation recharges them to spend hours each week with wild and crazy 11-18 year olds at PCLG! Steve can’t wait to share with you more about the youth programs – please do not hesitate to contact him.
Michael Taylor, Director of Music
Michael comes to PCLG with 23 years of experience in managing and building church music programs. While his background includes choral as well as instrumental conducting, he was primarily trained as a vocalist with a Master’s Degree from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has been teaching voice for twenty-five years. In addition to his experience as music director for opera, oratorio and musical theatre, he has written words and music for three church musicals, a Seven Last Words, a Requiem, a fully staged Opera and numerous choral pieces as well as extensive experience arranging music for choir, voice and instruments. Michael continues his work with children in opera outreach where he writes, arranges and directs condensed operas using students and opera singers as part of the SF Opera and West Bay Opera outreach programs.
Norita (Rita) Hoegel, Worship Band Leader
Rita enjoys spending time with her family (especially her daughters Katlynn & Julia), yoga, tap dancing, playing cards and walking by the ocean.
Ruth Fong, Handbell Director
Ruth Fong came to PCLG as the assistant choir director in 1979 when the church had 10 choirs. She directed the middle school choir, the children’s choir, the children’s handbell choir, and one of the 3 adult handbell choirs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in music from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Arts in music from San Jose State University. Ruth has taught Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, and vocal music before retiring. Ruth currently serves as the Elder for Adult Education and as a Commissioner from the San Jose Presbytery to the Synod of the Pacific. Her outside interest includes knitting hats and prayer shawls, reading mysteries, Tai Chi, attending the concerts and learning of different Asian cultures. She is a member of the Chinese American Women’s Club and the music group Sigma Alpha Iota. Ruth re-joins the PCLG staff as the director for our Handbell program.
Carlo Panighetti, Ministry Support Coordinator
Carlo has attended PCLG since the early 1990s, and is a graduate of our children and youth ministry programs. Carlo received a degree in Radio & Television from San Francisco State University in 2010, specializing in audio production and recording. In addition to working in the office, he currently serves as the Elder for Youth Ministries, as well as a member of the Mission Committee. Outside of PCLG, Carlo enjoys music, good coffee, and comic books.
Bob Ekstrand, Facilities Specialist
Bob has been a member of PCLG since 1989 and has served as a Trustee and as a member of the Facilities and Grounds committee. With a background in Forest Engineering and Geography, he has been a remote sensing image interpreter and aerial photogrammetrist for 40+ years. Bob’s construction and infrastructure abilities were developed while he built a house in the Santa Cruz Mountains in which he lived for ten years. He currently owns and manages 13 acres in the Santa Cruz mountains as well as three parcels near Bear Valley. He joined the PCLG staff in 2002 providing facilities maintenance and repair services for our campus.
Lisa McKibbin, Receptionist
Lisa McKibbin started as the Church Receptionist in 2013 and joined PCLG with her two daughters, Morgan and Addison, shortly thereafter. They are enjoying being a part of the church and getting to know all of the wonderful people. Lisa grew up in the Almaden Valley and attended Leland High School, West Valley and San Jose State University. In addition to her reception duties, Lisa is helping out with Wedding coordinating. She loves animals, horseback riding, baking and spending time with her children, family, friends and dog, Lilo.
Cory Mullins, Director, Growing FootPrints Early Childhood Education Program
Jennifer Baham, Organist / Accompanist
Mrs. Baham served as organist for Church of the Chimes (San Jose, CA) for eleven years, and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (San Jose, CA) for 5 years. She regularly performs as substitute organist in the San Jose area.
Mrs. Baham has served as an accompanist for over 20 years at schools, festivals, and churches in Iowa and California. Outside of her musical endeavors, Mrs. Baham enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and daughters, Camille & Erin, gardening, hiking, and walking by the ocean.
Margaret Martin Kvamme, Organist / Accompanist
Margaret Martin Kvamme was named first-prize winner of the 1993 Naples International Organ Festival Competition in Florida. She has appeared in concert in Ontario, Canada, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona and throughout California.
Ms. Kvamme is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan.
As a conductor she has directed choirs at the University of California in Santa Cruz, at Marygrove College in Detroit, for the Windsor Symphony in Canada, and the Santa Clara Chorale.
Currently Ms. Kvamme is active as a freelance organist and teacher, and is Associate Organist for the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos.
Carolyn Pryor, Organist / Accompanist
Carolyn Pryor, though she “retired” 9 years ago after serving for 21 years as full time director of Music Ministries at Campbell United Methodist Church, is still active as a musician. She lost her husband 13 years ago but has two children and two grandchildren.
Ms. Pryor had excellent piano teachers, the one who influenced her most being Marjorie Duncan Baker. However, in high school she fell in love with the organ and attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, earning a BA in Organ Performance. Her organ teachers there were David Craighead and Clarence Mader. Other teachers have included Paul Callaway and Harvey Burgett.
While in New York City where her family lived for 15 years, Ms. Pryor served as an accompanist for many professional auditions and was a substitute organist at churches and temples in the greater New York area. However, substituting came to an end when she secured two permanent weekend jobs—in Brooklyn at Boro Park Progressive Synagogue and on Long Island at Sea Cliff United Methodist Church.