Head of Staff
Peter is originally from San Diego, and attended San Diego State University before transferring to the University of Colorado, Boulder. While at university, he felt a calling to ministry, and seminary training took him to Fuller Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary for three advanced degrees, all told. He states that being a student for life would have been an attractive career path if it were an option! Anne and Peter have three adult children who have wonderful spouses: Colleen (Lupe), Evan (Kate) and Tom (Erin). In his spare time, Peter likes to read, travel and ski. His favorite place to be on vacation is still the beach, and he pursues a love for analog music in restoring vintage audio equipment and listening to vinyl.
On Sabbatical – Retired
Gerald was called to oversee the Congregational Care Ministry of LOPC. He was drawn to LOPC by the openness and warmth of the members. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to all types of music, attending and participating in sporting events (Go Warriors!!), and enjoys walking the Iron Horse Trail.
Pastor Mission and Spiritual Formation
Lauren was drawn to LOPC because of its commitment to service and depth. She says, “LOPC has been a fabulous place to experience the community of faith!” She enjoys the variety of Mission and Spiritual Formation and teasing out the connections between these two ministries to create a deeper understanding of God’s work in the world. In her free time Lauren enjoys adventures with her husband, Eric, in their campervan, being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends!
Pastor of Family Ministries and Executive Ministry Leadership
Jaime is proud to minister to and with families at LOPC. She appreciates being part of a church community where she has the gift of supporting parents, grandparents and other adults as they nurture children and youth in their everyday lives, making faith a central part of the journey. Jaime also serves in an executive level capacity providing leadership related to church operations, planning and ministry development, in addition to serving as internal consultant to the Head of Staff. Jaime has served on numerous non-profit boards and enjoys the challenge and joy of running organizations and helping them serve their mission. She is thankful to be able to serve in this way at LOPC as well.
In her free time, you will find her hanging out with her husband, children, family and friends. Jaime loves to read, volunteer, hike and spend time at her favorite Pilates studio.
Pastor of Community Life
Chris arrived at LOPC in 2014 after graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education & Formation. He was the 2014 recipient of the Arthur Paul Rech Memorial Award in Theology and Pastoral Ministry and the 2013 William Tennent Scholar for Christian Education. In June 2021, Chris was ordained and installed as the Associate Pastor for Community Life where he leads the membership, fellowship, connecting, small groups ministries, and some men’s ministry offerings. For fun, Chris enjoys being active outdoors with his wife, Carly, son, Reed, and daughter, Lyla.
Program and Administrative Staff
Children’s Ministry/Campus Operations Coordinator
Emily is excited to joyfully serve at LOPC, combining her skills as a community builder, event planner, creative thinker, and vibrant educator. She hopes to help LOPC maintain and build its outreach to the greater Lamorinda community by offering quality facility usage in a welcoming environment. Emily’s daughter participates in youth programming, so she is thrilled to be able to lend support to Children’s Ministry in addition to her Operations role. Outside of church, Emily’s family loves to see and participate in theatre, host dinner parties with friends, explore the outdoor beauty of the bay, or play with their new pup.
Elizabeth feels blessed to have found such a caring, supportive and collaborative work environment at LOPC. She manages the administrative functions of staff in the areas of human resources, personnel policies/procedures, staff trainings/development, and her favorite…putting together fun staff connecting opportunities! Elizabeth also supports the Head of Staff with project management, annual planning, and implementing improvements for systems and processes related to Session, staff, and congregational events. She serves as recording secretary to the Session and is the staff support liaison for the Stewardship and Personnel Teams, and CNC. She also manages the workflow of the Communications Team.
When she’s not at LOPC, Elizabeth likes to spend time with her husband, two daughters, two cats and her very energetic 2-year-old black lab, Rex. She also enjoys cooking, crafting, and traveling.
Ciara has been a part of LOPC for many years, from working at Seedlings, kitchen staff, and running Mount Hermon childcare. She is very excited to be the receptionist for LOPC, and looks forward to being part of a fun and supportive team. For fun, Ciara likes to spend time with her husband, two teenage kids, and pups. She enjoys watching movies, cooking, baking, and Cinderella!
Michelle and her family have been a part of LOPC for many years but finally became members in the spring of 2017. She has always believed LOPC is a special place with a wonderful community. Michelle comes from a Human Resources Management background in the tech industry with a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University and loves to continuously discover new things. The opportunity to get to know the LOPC family better was a big part of her desire to join the staff, so please stop by to say hello when you have the chance!
Jon is thrilled to be serving as the Communications Associate at LOPC. A Bay Area native, Jon grew up in the South Bay before attending college up at Chico State. While in college, he met his sweetheart Melanie at a ballroom dance class. The two were married in 2006 and have been hanging out ever since. When he isn’t at LOPC, Jon loves watching cheesy old sci-fi and classic film noir, reading, comic book collecting, and taking day trips around the Bay Area.
Director of Youth Ministry
Keris Dahlkamp has been the Youth Director here at LOPC since 2014. His love for serving youth started back in 1998 though when he volunteered at a school located in eastern Guatemala. Keris has an Associates in Arts degree from DVC, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University, a Master’s in Public Administration from DeVry University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Dubuque Theological Seminary. He loves being a leader for the youth where his passions for faith, service, and justice come together. In his spare time, Keris likes to swim, read, have ‘special time’ with his kids at local cafes, and go out to vegan dinners with his wife Rena.
Campus Operations Manager
Dave gives it all to God for bringing him to LOPC and for developing his skills to best serve Him. Dave oversees campus facilities and maintenance, scheduling and activities. He loves that each day is often blessed with new challenges and unique opportunities to serve this awesome community of faith. Dave’s spare time often finds him in the garden, cooking for friends, or participating in some form of musical expression.
Associate Director of Mission Ministry
Robin feels blessed to do the work she does at LOPC. She says, “Every day offers a new challenge and an opportunity to serve Christ in a tangible and meaningful way.” She loves working with her fellow staff members, people in the congregation and the community. When not at work, she enjoys hanging with family and friends, cooking and Tae Bo. Her favorite quote is from Mother Teresa: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Robin is inspired by these words in her daily work.
Staci and her husband Ian were married at LOPC in 1997 and immediately joined the church when they moved to Ian’s Lafayette childhood home in 2002. Staci found personal connection and has deepened her faith through ongoing bible study groups and Sunday worship. She has served as a lay leader on numerous teams including LOGOS, Session and the Foundation. In the fall of 2020, during the pandemic, Staci felt drawn to serve as the Treasurer and share her skills as a CPA. She feels blessed to be a part of a welcoming loving community of faith and see God’s hand in LOPC’s ministries. Staci’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her family, close friends and two dogs. She is happiest outdoors, particularly if hiking or at the beach. Traveling, gardening, reading and cooking gluten free food are a few of her interests. Staci is an avid GS Warriors fan!
Director of Youth Ministry
Allison was introduced to youth ministry at the age of 16 and, ever since, it’s been all about youth for her. She believes that it’s vital for youth to have adult mentors in addition to parents who believe in them, love them, and point them to God. She grew up in the bay area and moved away to attend Wheaton College, where she received my B.A. in Theological Studies. After twelve years in Chicago, she moved back to California with her husband, Rick. Allison enjoys family, animals, cooking, gaming, gardening, hiking, and eating frozen yogurt.
Farah is excited to be a part of the welcoming community of LOPC. Her professional background in accounting, law and human resources prepared her well for her role as our LOPC Accountant. Farah enjoys working with staff, ministry teams and members. Farah and her husband recently opened a specialty café, Kabul Icy Treats, located in Fremont. She is the mother of a charming, active, 1 ½ year old son. Farah enjoys spending time with friends and hiking in the hills with her family. She is grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate in a supportive environment. Please stop by and introduce yourself when you have time.
Lexi’s family have been a part of LOPC for many years and members since 2007. Originally from New York, she moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago and, in 2010, to Orinda with her family. Her professional background has been primarily focused on event management and fundraising, and she looks forward to using that experience here in the vast number of programs LOPC supports.
Director of Seedlings Preschool
Coleen started at LOPC as an assistant teacher in 1991. In 1995, she became director of the summer program and took over as Seedlings Director in 1999. Colleen loves the opportunities to see and interact with the children and to connect with the parents. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three daughters, Paige, Jules, and Lexi, her husband Eric, and watching sports and boating.
Thursday Fellowship Coordinator
Julie has a long history with LOPC first having attended with her family, and then being confirmed and married here. After living in the Chicago suburbs for many years, she reconnected with LOPC in 2010 when she and her husband, John moved back to the Bay Area. She volunteered in several ministries before she joined the Thursday Fellowship team and became program coordinator in 2016. Julie has a passion for working with seniors. She gets great joy working with her team to create a warm welcoming community where guests and volunteers can enjoy an afternoon filled with craft activities or exercise, lunch, fellowship, and entertainment. Julie is an admitted foodie, loves genealogy, gardening and reading, and spending time at her mountain cabin with her family and grandchildren.
Music & Worship Associate
Director of Preschool and Special Needs Ministries
Susan first joined LOPC as part of the Sunday childcare team. As the Associate Director of Preschool Ministry, she oversees Sunday programs for infants through preschoolers. She strives to ensure that all children feel part of the LOPC tribe. Her favorite part of Sundays is the musical parade. She is crazy about sports and is always plotting on how HER San Francisco Giants will win their next championship.