Pastoral Staff


Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley, Senior Pastor

At Laguna Presbyterian since 1972, Dr. Tankersley received his B.A. from Westmont College, followed by a B.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He went on to obtain a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, followed by a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. He also received a Doctorate of Ministry from the School of Theology Claremont. Jerry was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1963. Prior to his service at LPC, Dr. Tankersley served as Assistant Pastor at the Wilshire Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles and as Associate Pastor at La Canada Presbyterian Church in La Canada.
Jerry and his wife, Kay, enjoy their role as grandparents to Quinn and Luke Tankersley, born to Rachel and Jeff, their son.

Email: Jerry Tankersley



Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet, Senior Associate Pastor for Youth, Children and Families

Dr. Sweet graduated in 1988 from the University of Southern California with a B.A. degree in Psychology.  He went on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992.  In 2000, Steve earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. Dr. Sweet was ordained as Minister of the Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1992. He has served Laguna Presbyterian Church since 1992, where he administers our outstanding youth program.  He and his wife, Jennifer, are the busy parents of three active boys.

 Email: Steve Sweet


Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer, Associate Pastor of Congregational Life

After teaching elementary school for 8 years in Tustin, Kathy earned a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. She served at Irvine Presbyterian Church as Director of Children’s Ministries and at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, as Minister for Adult Formation, Family Ministry, and Women’s Ministry.  At Fuller Seminary in 2006, Kathy completed the Doctor of Ministry degree in the study and teaching of prayer. Dr. Sizer was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in 2003 and joined our pastoral team at Laguna Presbyterian.  She enjoys working with our Deacons, Adult Education, Women’s Ministry, Membership-Fellowship, and Worship Committees. From 2009 to 2010, she served as the Moderator of Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) for Los Ranchos Presbytery. Kathy and her husband, Dave, have adult twin children: Alison, who lives with her husband Scott in Northern California where she teaches high school math, and Aaron, who lives with his wife Christen in Princeton, where he recently graduated with a PhD in Church History.

 Email: Kathy Sizer