John Weems is Calvary’s Pastor and Head of Staff. He cares deeply about the connection between faith and the realities of life, including relationships, work and money. John and his wife Colleen live in San Francisco and with their two sons, and take in as many Giants and Warriors games as possible. Prior to becoming a pastor, John spent 10 years in business marketing. Prior to joining Calvary, John served as Associate Pastor for Mission, Outreach, and Family Ministry at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church. John’s passion for mission service in the local community and beyond has been nurtured as he led numerous mission trips to the Gulf Coast, Guatemala, and Zimbabwe. He is nearing completion of his Doctor of Ministry degree at Columbia Theological Seminary with an emphasis on teaching and preaching that helps people of all ages discern God’s vocational calling.
David A. Brown is Calvary’s Interim Associate Pastor for Discipleship. He is a graduate of Colorado State University, Denver Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary, and has served congregations in San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles—providing him with significant cross-cultural and multi-ethnic insight and experience. In addition to his ministry at Calvary, Rev. Brown serves on the board of the Ecumenical Campus Ministry at San Francisco State University. He and his wife Linda live in San Anselmo, where they have sung in the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for seven years, and enjoy preparing a fine meal. They have three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.
Tici Truly is Calvary’s Interim Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, and brings an extensive background in pastoral care, teaching and organizational development to her role at Calvary. A life-long Presbyterian and Bay Area native, Tici initially earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin before entering seminary. She later achieved a Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from The Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Tici served the congregation at Bellbrook Presbyterian Church near Dayton, Ohio before returning to the Bay Area, where she most recently was the pastor at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo. Tici and her husband Patrick have six grown children, and reside in Napa with their cat and two dogs.
David Foster has more than 30 years of experience working in the medical and biotech industries. He has been a CFO in several companies, co-founded and served as CEO of a start-up company, and has managed a variety of functional areas. David has made a conscious decision to shift his career focus into the non-profit sector and has recently done consulting work for a large Bay Area foundation. David has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his wife Katherine in San Mateo. His daughter Emily, recently graduated from college, and his son Alexander is working in Shanghai, China.
David Barnes is Calvary’s Director of Youth & Family Ministries. After a lengthy career in financial services and 15 plus years as a Sunday school teacher, David decided to accept the call to work full-time at Calvary, where he is responsible for Sunday school and other Christian education ministries for children and youth. David leads Calvary’s annual mission trips for teens, Calvary’s vacation bible school, special seasonal activities during Lent and Advent, a weekly playgroup for infants and toddlers that is open to the community, and arts and music programs for infants, toddlers and pre-teens.
Alden Gilchrist is a native of Los Angeles. He has been Director of Music at Calvary Presbyterian Church since 1965. He served as the Calvary Presbyterian Church organist from 1951 to 1965. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. As a recipient of the Prix de Paris, Mr. Gilchrist studied composition in Paris for three years. He has toured extensively in Europe in concert. Mr. Gilchrist is a founder and former president of MUST, Music in Schools Today and was recipient of the 1992 Prix de Martell award at the San Francisco Opera Guild Fol de Rol for “outstanding service in the San Francisco musical community.”
Heather is a recent graduate from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In addition to her role at Calvary, she also serves as Director of the city-wide youth fellowship known as San Francisco Presbyterian Youth Group (SF PyG). She comes to us after working as a Chaplain at the UCSF Medical Center and as the Director of Family Ministry at Noe Valley Ministry. She is heavily involved at the national level of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with the World Mission Division. Before seminary, she was a missionary in the Philippines accompanying women and children who were survivors of trafficking and/or assault. Heather is called to work with families and children in the area of spiritual development through service, education and embodied practice.
Elders are called to exercise leadership, government, and discipline for the life of the church. Together with the ministers of Word and Sacrament, they have responsibility for strengthening, nurturing, and oversight of the spiritual and theological life of the congregation. Each Calvary Elder works on at least one of five commissions: Education; Fellowship (which includes integration of members into church activities); Serving (which includes outreach to the local and world-wide community); Worship; andSupport (which includes management of property, finances, stewardship, and personnel). It is the Elders’ responsibility to ensure that resources of time, talent, and money are used appropriately to meet the goals of the church and its congregation. The service tenure for each Elder is three years.
Carol Porter, Clerk of Session
Tom P. Alexander
Deacons are called to serve as the primary assistants to the staff for pastoral care. Each Deacon participates on at least one committee with activities ranging from providing transportation for the elderly to and from worship services; personal visitation; correspondence and flower delivery to shut-in members; benevolences; and organizing serving and fund raising projects such as hosting Calvary’s Thanksgiving Dinner and Adopt-a-Family with Raphael House. Deacons and Elders share the responsibilities for the offering and communion services. The service tenure is three years. If you are not sure who your deacon is or how to contact him or her, call the office at 415.346.3832, or click here to send an email query.
Holly Egan Arnold, Co-Moderator
Robert Eldred, Co-Moderator
Bruce Michael Bambach
Ruth Ellen Miller
Christabel Mo Kyaw