The Rev. Chris Gelini
“I have been a follower of Jesus Christ for 35 years. I have experienced the transformational power of the Gospel and so I boldly proclaim this truth in my preaching and teaching of the Scriptures as a pastor. I desire that people would know Christ, grow as His disciples and make Him known to all peoples." Rev. Gelini has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He is currently in the process of obtaining his Doctor of Ministry. Rev. Gelini has over 30 years of ministry experience, which includes serving as Interim Head of Staff at both First Presbyterian Church Napa, and Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Oakland. He has served as co-pastor at Community Presbyterian Church, Oaksdale, WA, Teaching Elder at Centerpointe Presbyterian Church, Pleasanton, CA, and Ministry Campus Leader at UCLA. Within these venues, Rev. Gelini has experience with many styles of service including traditional and blended. Rev. Gelini, along with his wife (who is also a Presbyterian Minister), is a strong believer in mission and that Jesus’ command to go out and make disciples is to be the primary work of the church. Rev. Gelini’s leadership equips people, serves others, and encourages collaboration. As a pastor he listens to others – whether they are staff, session or volunteers. He wants to hear and learn from others. He believes we are all disciples, each one of us learning and growing as followers of Jesus Christ. He believes in a collaborative approach to ministry – that God uses us together to accomplish His greater purposes in us and through us as the Body of Christ. He believes that it is vitally important that transparency and integrity as a pastor be at the forefront as he serves. He also has these same expectations for those with whom he works, including church leadership, staff and others. I uphold faithfulness, prayer and integrity as foundational in my life and pastorate. "My relational leadership is characterized by accessibility and authenticity, coupled with kindness, patience and accountability. My desire is to partner with a congregation who loves Christ, joyfully desires to submit to Him and strives to serve others with God’s love and grace. I look forward to uniting with a church family who is eager to experience amazing ministry together for the Glory of God.”
Don Scott Carpenter
Organist and Director of Music, Worship, & Arts
The Rev. JD Ward
Don Scott Carpenter is the Organist and Director of Music, Worship, and Arts at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in San Francisco where he oversees an active Royal School of Church Music program. He is also Executive Director of the American Bach Soloists. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he was General Director of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Artistic/Executive Director of the Louisville Youth Choir. He has also been on the faculties of Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville, as well as a lecturer in worship and music at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He has served as Principal Organist/Artist-in-Residence of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi (Santa Fe), Music Director of the Temple Adath Israel B’rith Shalom and Organist/Director of Worship at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville. Mr. Carpenter holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Louisville School of Music as well as the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance. His choirs have been heard throughout the United States and Europe including performances at the Dom in Salzburg, Votivkirche in Vienna, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has prepared choruses for world premiere performances of operas, prepared choruses for major works with orchestras, and for touring Broadway musicals. He has also commissioned and conducted the world premiere of Then Sing by Daniel Gilliam for treble and mixed chorus and orchestra based on text of William Wordsworth. He has served as adjudicator of large ensemble choral contests and appears as a guest conductor throughout the United States. He is very excited to make his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in early 2018. Shalom, his debut album, celebrating the rich Jewish choral tradition, recorded live in performance with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, can be heard on the White Tie label.
Director Lakeside Children's Center
Penny is a native San Franciscan who attended school in the city and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School. She retired from her work as a Legal Assistant in 2009, having worked for over 30 years in that field, 20 1/2 of which were with the same firm. Her retirement lasted less than two years before joining the Lakeside Staff. Penny feels blessed to be part of a wonderful staff and considers them as family. She loves to travel, take walks, and do counted cross-stitch.
Susan comes to us in her 7th year of work in Early Childhood Education. Her experience with this joyful age group began with a year-long practicum at Harvard’s Risk & Prevention Program while pursuing her Masters in Education. Since then she has had the opportunity to work in diverse roles as Teacher Director of bilingual programs at Head Start, Founding Program Director of Presidio Knolls’ Mandarin Immersion School, and most recently as an Infant/Toddler/Early Preschool Teacher at Google’s Children Centers. As a native of the city, Susan grew up attending Corpus Christi School and Lowell High School. She was raised in a Catholic, Filipino-American home near Glen Park. The last seven years she has been deeply blessed as a Christian and serves in the Prayer and First Impressions Ministries at her church. Susan knows that this role as Children Center Director is part of God’s plan for her and is excited to begin working with the center to provide an enriching and memorable school year for the children.
“Throughout my ministry career I have struggled with the lack of missional discipleship in resourced communities and have been confronted by growing needs and injustices. I began to ask two questions: “How can the Church intentionally develop mission servants for the work of the Kingdom?” and “How can the Church develop prophetic communities that offer hope and direction to the lost?” This passion for the poor and the Church has led me, and those around me willing to risk their security, to learn and create a process that has a chance of igniting the fire of mission into believers and communities. In an attempt to deepen my own understanding, I have lived in urban settings my whole ministry career, finished an MDiv at Fuller Seminary, and participated in a 10 month spiritual formation process with Church of the Savior in Washington DC. I also served two large resourced churches as a Mission Pastor/director for 15 years, entered into a DMin program with Bakke Graduate University, and had ongoing conversations with mentors all over the country who are struggling with the same issue.”
Ashley is a San Fransisco native, who graduated from Howard university in Washington, D.C. She came to Lakeside in 2016 with a desire to see this generation know and love God. Ashley enjoys spending time with youth & engaging them in biblical truth. She loves all Bay Area sport teams and taking hikes outdoors with her dog Posey.