Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley, Senior Pastor
At 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.
Rev. Dr. Steve Sweet, Senior Associate Pastor for Youth, Children and Families
At 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.
Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer, Associate Pastor of Congregational Life
At Laguna Presbyterian Church since 2003, Rev. Dr. Kathy Sizer enjoys working with our Deacons, Adult Education, Women’s Ministry, Membership-Fellowship, and Worship Committees. After teaching elementary school for 8 years in Tustin, Kathy earned a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. She served Irvine Presbyterian Church as Director of Children’s Ministries and Trinity Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, as Minister for Adult Formation, Family Ministry, and Women’s Ministry. In 2006, Kathy completed the Doctor of Ministry (DMin)degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in the study and teaching of prayer. She has served as the Moderator of Los Ranchos Presbytery, Moderator of the Presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM), member of Presbytery Council, and Commissioner to General Assembly in 2006 and 2012.
Her husband, Dave, chairs the math department at Corona del Mar High School. Their twin children are Alison, who lives with her husband Scott in Washington, D.C., where she works in web design; and Aaron, who lives with his wife Christen and daughter Emma in Santa Barbara, where they work at Westmont College.