Our Staff

Shannon Michael Pater (he, they)

Intentional Interim Pastor


Namaste & Hello! I go by “Shannon Michael.”


I'm a spiritual director in private practice and have developed a method of "trauma-informed spiritual direction" that integrates the Wisdom Traditions, traumatology, and modern neuroscience.


In hopes of satori, samadhi, shanti, shalom & salaam


- Shannon Michael

Holly Ferguson (she, her, hers)

Director of Youth and Childrens Ministries

Communications Director


Hello! I love working with young people, and helping them grow in relationship with each other, with God, and with themselves. We have lively of youth and children's programs at FCC where we create space for them to ask tough questions, think big thoughts, and have a lot of fun together. 


I look forward to meeting you and your young people soon! 


- Holly

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

(Julian of Norwich)

Joel Penrod (he, him, his)

Worship Director


My passion is creating meaningful worship experiences centered around music that speaks to all types of worshipers. You'll find everything from traditional hymns to African-American sprituals to secular music ranging from the Beatles to Lady Gaga. We have a full band on Sunday mornings with organ and violin mixed in sometimes. My committment to you is that every week you'll find something you enjoy that brings you closer to God. 


- Joel

Laurie Casland Simmons (she, her, hers)

Accompianist and Vocalist


Hi there - my name is Laurie and you'll find me on the piano or behind the microphone on Sundays... unless I'm behind the organ or playing guitar! Every once in a while I may even surprise you with a puppet show. I love playing music at FCC and bring joy and fun every week. Many of our children also join me in piano or ukelele lessons and we love to show off their progress during services now and then. I can't wait to meet you and have some fun together!


- Laurie

Do your best in this moment right now.