Rev. Sam Alexander | Pastor
As Pastor, Sam's goal is to help people take the next step in their walk of faith — whatever that step may be. Sometimes that means providing the opportunity to ask questions and challenge old ideas. But often times, faith develops in crisis. He wants to stand with people in those moments as well. Central to Sam's theology is the concept that “God’s love” is best understood as the creative spark that moves us separately and together, inside and out, toward greater beauty. He believes the mystery of that generative love must be shared in relevant ways if the church is to be an agent for change during these crucial times.
Sam believes preaching should be the first word in a conversation, not the last. That conversation has been taking place for centuries as people with a variety of different world views — magical, mythical, rational, post-modern, integral — have struggled to understand the nature of God. That conversation comes alive when we rely on the love of God to guide it.
While his life and work are focused on the Christian path, he doesn't
believe that Christians own “the truth,” and so he engages other faiths with openness and respect. We all gain from the conversation. If Sam can help you to take the next step in your walk of faith, he hopes you’ll let him know.
Email Sam or call him at 415.456.6760, ext. 12.
Rev. Jan Reynolds | Associate Pastor
As Associate Pastor, Jan serves as Pastor of Worship & the Arts and Family Ministries. She also works closely with many groups in the church, including our Deacon caregivers and Hispanic community. In partnership with FPCSR's Mission Committee and the YMCA, she directs Youth on the Move, our after-school enrichment program for Davidson middle school students.
Jan is a credentialed spiritual director and leads FPCSR's spirituality classes with teachers Kay Collette and Lorna Wuertz. Additionally, she practices through the Interfaith Counseling Center at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation. One of Jan's great joys is teaching the arts of prayer, self-reflection and discernment - practices that lead to an inspired faith in the midst of everyday work, play, relationships and service.
Prior to joining the ministry, Jan was a business executive in
marketing, strategic planning and organizational development, and
a nonprofit consultant. She is a longtime resident of Marin County with her husband, John, teens Annie and Tom, and Bella, their adorable Yorkshire terrier.
Email Jan or call her at 415.456.6760, ext. 13.