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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 has been married for 28 years and has been blessed with two amazing children.

Director of Children’s & Family Ministries

Paul Hargreaves

Paul has served on church staff in Family & Children’s Ministries and in Youth Ministries. He has served churches in California, Washington and Oregon. He has a passion to disciple children and their parents. He feels that helping parents recognize their role as the primary faith builders of their children will help the next generation of children become lifelong followers of Jesus.

Paul and his wife Gina met at a Bible College in Seattle, WA. They both have degrees in Biblical Studies. They have 3 grown daughters; two of which are married and one that has a great boyfriend. They also have 4 beautiful grandchildren. One of their greatest joys is watching their children walk in relationship with Jesus. They all make their homes in Washington state. Paul’s favorite things to do is hang out with Gina, explore God’s earth, and hiking. One of his favorite places to hike is the Sierra Mountains and Yosemite, so he is excited that God has brought him to CPC in Merced, “the Gateway to Yosemite”. He loves playing guitar, leading people of various ages in worship, digging into the Bible, and Boogie Boarding as he lived in Santa Cruz CA for 10 years.

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.

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 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 college in 2013, Annie decided to make Merced her home. Annie started attending Brandman University in 2017, where she is currently pursuing a Masters in School Counseling. 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!

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

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!

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.