Staff

Rev. Candace Cook, Pastor
President of the California Area Ministerial Association
Member of the California Rotary Club
(please see below for more information)

David Kurilko
Administrative Assistant

Felicia Kurilko
Financial, Custodian

Edie Thomas
Choir Director

Shannon Brown
Organist

Church Leadership

Don Thompson
Clerk of Session

Sandy Willett
Treasurer

 

from Rev. Candace
I began my ministry at First Presbyterian Church in California in 2010. I was born and raised in Southwestern Pennsylvania, graduating from Penn Hills High School in 1972 and Slippery Rock University in 1976. After a few years in Social Work, I enrolled at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. I have been a youth pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Coraopolis and at Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. I spent nine years at the beautiful country church, Tyrone Presbyterian Church. I was at First Presbyterian Church in Finleyville, Pa before coming to California. In the midst of all of this, I have done waitressing, furniture refinishing and working as a salesclerk.

In 1989, my daughter Zia was born. She is in graduate school for her Masters of Social Work and is the greatest blessing in my life. Just this past September, I married my second husband, Rich who is a retired school teacher and railroad conductor. We both love to travel and bicycle so for our honeymoon we rode a tandem bike from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.  We have also been making our way through the National Parks. God’s grandeur at it’s very best.