The pastor, staff, and leadership here at First Presbyterian Church of Redding are people who love, care, and pray for every member of this church. If you have questions for our pastor or any one of our staff don't hesitate to call the church office or send an email. You can contact the church office here.
Pastor Andrew (Andy) Van Arsdel has accepted the call to Senior Pastor of our church effective October 1, 2020.
Andy grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended college at Northern Arizona University in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff. During his time at NAU he came to know Jesus through the ministry of InterVarsity, and his life has never been the same since. After college he bounced around a few odd jobs before yielding to God’s call to go to seminary.
He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2012 to attend Denver Seminary, and shortly thereafter met his wife-to-be, Lauren. They married the summer of 2014, and enjoy hiking, biking, and any excuse to string up their hammock in a park and read together. They have one young daughter and a new baby son.
Andy graduated from Denver Seminary in 2016 with a Master of Divinity, and they moved to Corvallis in 2017 so Andy could serve as the Pastoral Resident at Calvin Presbyterian Church.
We believe God has called Andy and Lauren to Redding and we continue to trust in His plan and timing for this change in pastoral leadership at First Presbyterian Church. We ask that you hold Andy and Lauren up in your prayers as they prepare for the move to Redding and their ministry here. Andy’s first Sunday leading worship will be on October 4th.
For the last few decades, Joe and Alice Montgomery have been leading our Youth Ministry. Their goal is to foster and encourage the youth of Redding, building disciples and a love of God and one another.
The Youth Group meets every Wednesday night in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is at 6:00 PM, and Bible Study is at 7 PM.
Jeanie and her husband, Stan, have been members of FPC since 1998 when they moved to Redding from the Bay Area. She has served many years as a Worship Elder, both here in Redding and at her former church, Immanuel Presbyterian in San Jose. Since 2012, Jeanie has been serving as FPC’s Worship Director assisting the pastor and coordinating all worship ministries at FPC including worship arts, music, and service planning. She is an accredited accordion instructor and has served on our church praise team since 2001.
“Worship is not about us; it’s not about what we like or don’t like. It’s all about allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us and work in us, lifting high the name of Jesus, and glorifying God. We want every detail of our worship services to enhance our worship and point others to Jesus. Our praise team is not here to perform on Sunday mornings; we are here to serve God’s church, to lead His people in worship. All that we do, we do for the glory of God alone. Soli Deo gloria!”