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Interim Senior Pastor

David Kerr

I have been married to my wife, Gayle, for 46 years and we have three children together: Joshua, Joy, and Bethany, which now have families of their own.  Plus, I am Papa to three grandchildren! I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Liberal Studies from CSU Stanislaus, and a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, plus have a big background of experience in camping ministry prior to joining CPC.

I love the water, sailing, tinkering with a variety of projects, working in the yard, and antiques.  If I’m not at church in my office, you can probably find me in the kitchen: I LOVE to cook!

Favorite Drink at Starbucks?

Black ice tea with nothing added…no sweetener, no ice, and no water!

Life Verse:

Colossians 3:17-18 – “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

My Go-To Smartphone App?

I really enjoy listening to Pastor Tim Keller teach through the Redeemer app on my iPad.  He sharpens and stretches both my own faith and my own preaching style a ton!

Associate Pastor

Dave McGurk

Dave was called into the ministry at 17 years old. He has faithfully served CPC since 1991 focusing on Adult and Senior Ministries as well as Mission and the work of the Deacons. He is passionate about coming alongside others in their faith journey, teaching, missions, sharing God’s word and building Christian community.

Dave holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.

He was married for 28 years before his beautiful wife Deb went to be with Jesus. Dave has been blessed with two amazing children and an awesome son-in-law.

Director of Student Ministries

Stephanie Poblenz

Stephanie is thrilled to be able to work with our students here at CPC. She has worked in ministry for the past eight years in a myriad of positions, ranging from Children’s to Care and Prayer.

She did her undergraduate work at Vanguard University, majoring in Pastoral Leadership, and completed her MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Talbot School of Theology. Stephanie is passionate about spurring the Church on to embrace their calling, and having a deep and personal relationship with God.

She is married to Matt, hails from Southern California, and in her free time she loves to feed people, read mysteries, and cheer for the Dodgers! 



Director of Classic Worship

Denise Rallis

Denise has spent 20 years in full or part time Music Ministry. Ministry is her passion. She loves coaching and helping others become successful in their music endeavors.

Denise did her Music Education studies at Point Loma University in San Diego. She was a single mom for 18 years as she raised her four children. In 2013 she married Dave and they love to play golf and watch SF Giants games in their spare time.

Children and Family Ministries Assistant

Elspeth Beardsley

Elspeth has lived in Merced and attended CPC since she was born. Elspeth is a freshmen at UC Meced, where she is pursuing her Bachelors in Language Studies, focusing on Spanish. In her spare time, Elspeth enjoys playing music on the piano and violin, drinking caramel iced coffee from Starbucks, and spending time with her friends, nephews, nieces, and siblings.

Student & College Ministries Assistant

Alexa Kostrikin

Alexa is a student at UC Merced. She is currently helping out with the Jr. and Senior High, she has a true heart for students and guiding them on their walk with the Lord!

Office Manager

Kristen Thomas

Kristen has served as CPC’s Manager since March 2017. Kristen was born and raised in Merced on her family ranch; she grew up in the church and attended CPC for jr. high and high school fellowship. When she was finished with schooling she found herself at CPC, right where God wanted her. In her free time, Kristen enjoys road trips, baseball games (Go Cardinals!), clay shooting and finding good places to eat and drink.


But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will wlk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31
Interim Bookkeeper

Joyce Mouillesseaux

Joyce has served as CPC’s Interim Bookkeeper since March of 2016, Joyce and her husband Phil, have been married for 45 years, have three grown sons, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Together they have been a part of the CPC family for 30 years and have loved and served in many areas in the life of CPC in that time.

Communications Specialist

Annie Cahill

Annie moved to Merced in 2009 when she started attending UC Merced. She started attending CPC during her freshmen year of high school and quickly got involved in college and student ministries. Annie served as the DIVE intern from 2010 – 2012. After graduating from UC Merced in 2013, Annie decided to make Merced her home and attend Brandman University online where she obtained a Masters in school counseling in May of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys running along Bear Creek, watching her favorite TV shows, and traveling around California. Annie is beyond thrilled to work in the church office and have a greater involvement in the life of CPC!

Favorite Drink at Starbucks?

Pumpkin Spice Latte or an unsweetened Passion Tea Lemonade.

Life Verse:

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

My Go-To Smartphone App?


Children's Ministries Intern

Joanna Whitmyre

Joanna attends Merced College. When she is not attending school she is a nanny to a little boy and girl. If you have any fun ideas for Children’s Ministry Joanna is the girl to run them by!

Student Ministries Intern

Mark Taylor

Mark is serving as our Junior High Ministry Intern. He was introduced to church through Junior High Fellowship here at CPC. He immediately had a great connection with the leaders at fellowship and stayed involved all throughout junior high and high school, attending all retreats, mission trips and serving as a leader for JHF. He hopes to create a fun, welcoming environment for the junior high students, where they can feel comfortable attending a church and learning about the love of Jesus Christ, even if they never have before. Outside of the Junior High ministry, Mark is a student at Merced College, lover of music, as well as an avid sports fan. If you ever want to have a conversation with him, just ask him about the game; he will have plenty to tell you.