Ministry Team

Our dedicated and passionate team is here to serve and support our congregation as we navigate our shared journey of faith. With a deep commitment to our Presbyterian values, we work together to cultivate a thriving and vibrant church community.

Rev. Paul Barrett

Rev. Paul Barrett has been Lead Pastor of St. Peter’s by the Sea since 2014.  His childhood ambition was to be a part of something that would change the world. Paul thinks the church can be just that.  Paul shares, “As the Church, we are wonderful and we are flawed, and yet in all things we strive to be faithful to Jesus and his call upon our lives. That call invites us to offer ourselves as a loving presence to and for this world that God so deeply loves. None of us can do it alone, but let’s see what we can do together.”
People inspire Paul.  He’s humbled to do what he does because he has the unique opportunity of being invited into sacred spaces of people’s lives.  Paul comments, “It is a great privilege to experience and learn from people’s stories. Sometimes I hear stories of where God is present, tangible and alive with them.  Other times, as I listen, I am able to point out where I see God tangibly present with them when they cannot.  People and their stories inspire me. Anywhere. Anytime.”

Paul grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended college in California and Nevada, and graduated in 2000 from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Education. More recently, he completed two years of graduate studies in Marriage & Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary.  Paul has also served congregations in Mercer Island, Washington; Westfield, New Jersey; and Hopewell, New Jersey. He has a deep love and affinity for camping ministry as it was formative to his faith and experience of Christian community in his adolescent and young adult years. He currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Calvin Crest Conferences.   
Paul enjoys going on walks, hikes, or a run by the ocean, travel with family and friends, people watching in big cities, sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, and donuts. He thinks it’s rare to find a donut not worth sampling.
Paul lives on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with his wife Devon, and their children, Mayah and Miles.

Anna Sudeth

NextGen Director

Christian Harrison

NextGen Associate Director

Rev. Paul Barrett

Pastor and Head of Staff

Christine Pearson

Operations Director

Jennifer Langner

Front Desk Administrator

Rachel Leung

Finance Manager

Daniel Jimenez

Facilities and Grounds

Araceli Orozco

Preschool Teacher

Daniella Vitale

Preschool Teacher

Erin Boyd

Preschool Teacher

Jessica Ornelas

Preschool Teacher

Wendy Prieto

Preschool Teacher

Macain Treat

Worship & Arts Director

Alexis White

Preschool Director

Rev. Travis Overbeck

Parish Associate

Becky Light

Preschool Elder

Danica King

Children & Family Ministries Elder

Dorothy Farris

Finance Elder

Heather Callow

Adult Spiritual Growth Elder

Jeff Benedict

Facilities and Operations Elder

John Waldron

Stewardship Elder

Miki Jordan Emenhiser

Worship Elder

Pam Dunbar

Welcoming & Hospitality Elder

Scott Porter

Elder At-Large

Suzanne Bruguera

Human Resources Elder

Karl Dullack

Ministries Elder

David Johnson

Presbytery Relations

Holly Bolton


Annie Hosch


Barbara Haney


Beth Taylor


Sharon Schurmer


Dave Howard


Jeff Robertson


Lois Yapp


Loretta Duvall


Sam Robertson


Stacey Porter


Pam Barcley


Bill Schurmer


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