Pastoral Staff

Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley, Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley 2014At Laguna Presbyterian since 1972, Rev. Dr. Jerry 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.

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

Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet 2014At Laguna Presbyterian Church since 1992, Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet administers our outstanding youth program.  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 and his wife, Jennifer, are the busy parents of three active boys.

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

Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer 2014At Laguna Presbyterian Church since 2003, Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer 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. 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. In 2003, she was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament. In 2006, Kathy completed the Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in the study and teaching of prayer.  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.

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Jerry, Kathy and Steve

Jerry Tankersley, Kathy Sizer and Steve Sweet