Our Staff

  • Rev. Kimberly L. Merrill

    Certified Transitional Pastor


    Rev. Kimberly L. Merrill grew up in Mobile, AL and received her B.A. in Marketing from the University of South Alabama. After marriage and having a family of 5, God called both she and her husband to pack up the family and go to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas where she received her Master of Divinity. She was ordained in 2006, and the adventure began. She has served several churches in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Kimberly completed her Interim Training at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is a Certified Transitional Pastor with ECO. She loves to worship God and encourage and equip churches and takes delight in asking the question “Where is God in this?” As a Transitional Pastor, she enjoys helping churches discover who they are by looking at their past, embracing and dealing with their present and getting excited about their future in following Jesus Christ wherever He leads.

  • brendan kavanagh

    Director of Family Ministry


    I joined Community Presbyterian in August of 2016 and the journey here was certainly interesting, unexpected, and a testimony to God's presence in our lives. I was born and raised in Lockport, Illinois, lived for significant periods of time in Washington state and Texas, and most of my academic and professional backgrounds involve teaching high school sciences or conducting research on reptiles and amphibians. Despite being heavily exposed to Christian theology through attendance of Catholic schools, around the age of 12 none of it seemed real and I became very skeptical, critical, and for a time resentful of Christianity. All that changed on February 27, 2016 when my heart was transformed by the grace of God. Everything that I had previously struggled to make sense of suddenly and profoundly yielded to a crystal clear understanding and Christ became as real to me as any physical object in our world. The passion God ignited that day fuels my existence and the subsequent doors He opened lead me and my family to this Church. I am married to Billi and we have three children, Aubrey, Sam, and Calvin. We are blessed to have found Community Presbyterian and we are thrilled to be here!


    Director of presbyterian enrichment preschool (pep)


    My first time coming through the doors of PEP school, I was a high school student in an early childhood education class assigned to do an observation in a preschool classroom. After I was married and had children of my own, I enrolled my son in PEP school while I worked jobs in an elementary school program called Just For Kids and as a noon duty supervisor. When my second child was born, I decided to get my Associate's Degree in early childhood education at Solano College and when my daughter started school, I did too, right here at PEP school! I was a PEP teacher until our previous director retired. I loved our PEP school and didn't want it to change, so I applied for the position and became Director in August of 2001. When it was time for my daughter to move on to kindergarten, she didn't understand why I wasn't either. Every year when our children go on to kindergarten, I am so happy for them, but I will stay in Preschool:) I am just not ready to move on!  

  • Margaret Jacobs

    Director of Mother's Day out


    I've been in this area my whole life having grown up in Davis and attending the Heald Business College in Sacramento, where I graduated with a degree in Business in 1976. I have been involved in early childhood education ministries since 1989 and earned my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Solano Community College.   I'm married to Marty, and we have four adult children and 8 (and counting) grandchildren! 

  • Mary lou Gantt

    Pep administrative Assistant


    I am thankful to be part of the PEP School staff, I have long been a proponent of preschool and can put my passion into action here. I was born in Dallas, graduated UC Davis and am the proud mom of two adult children. I am continually amazed at the abundance of God’s grace, and look for ways to serve Him more.