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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.

Interim Church Administrator

Nancy Edmiston

Bio to Come!

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! 



Interim Director of Children & Family Ministries

Elspeth Beardsley

Elspeth has lived in Merced and attended CPC since she was born. Elspeth just graduated from UC Merced in December 2019, where she received 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.

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.

Interim Director of Modern Worship

Nancy Metcalf

Bio to come!

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
Junior High Intern

Jenny Otto

Jenny is a senior at UC Merced, studying biology. in her spare time, she likes to paint, play the guitar, or go for a run. She is excited to be the intern for our junior high ministry.

Children and Family Ministries Intern

Kate Conley

Bio to come!


David Lillard

Bio to Come!


Xavier Alva

Bio to Come!