Rev. Dr. Steven Jay Davis, Senior Minister
Dr. Steven Jay Davis is the new senior pastor at the First Congregational Church of Redlands. “I’m delighted about pastoral ministry and excited about Christian service in the Redlands community. I look forward to getting to know the church members, the community and the ministries of the church.”
Pastor Steve and his wife, Cindy, arrived this month. Steve has served for nine years as the senior pastor and head of staff for a church in Manasquan NJ, outside New York City. They have four adult boys all living in Southern California.
Steve is a graduate of Columbia University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Seattle Pacific University. He earned his doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Check out his website and blog by visiting www.StevenJayDavis.com, or find him on Facebook!
Rev. Dr. Lowell W. Linden, Minister Emeritus
Education: B.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles, M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Theology from the California Graduate School of Theology, and an honorary D.D. from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia.
My favorite verse, or shall I say, one of my favorites, is Isaiah 40:31. “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not become weary.” One of the wonderful things about ministry is being with people and sharing with them the good news of Christ Jesus.
Reverend Lori Hovren, Ministry Associate
Reverend Lori Hovren began working at First Congregational Church as the Sunday School Superintendent in 2006. She worked in that position for five years before deciding to focus on her love of providing spiritual support to the sick at Redlands Community Hospital. Lori has earned at Bachelor Degree in Religion and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Christian Ministries.
Lori loves working with the children and families of First Congregational Church and her absence from the youth programs was short lived. Lori has returned to First Congregational Church to work with the Senior Pastor, youth team staff and the wonderful children and families at FCC.
Lori’s favorite bible verse: Matthew 11:28-29 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Bruce McClurg, Choir Director
Education: Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, Bachelor of Music Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Master of Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Debbie Prutsman, Children’s Choir Director
Debbie Prutsman is a well-known Redlands educator, director, and performer. Debbie was raised in a home where the arts were cherished, and wound up in Musical Theater. She has performed in many different roles at places like Music Theater West, Moonlight Amphitheater, San Diego Musical Theater, Candlelight Pavilion, and Performance Riverside. Debbie graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Sociology and an emphasis in Biology. She began teaching in public schools in 1988 and eventually started the largest middle school choral music program in the district at Beattie Middle School. She continued on to start both the choral and theater programs at Citrus Valley High School. She currently teaches kindergarten at Crafton, and directs the Crafton Crooners, an after-school choir. Debbie loves teaching music and voice to kids! For more info, please call (909) 793-3157 or email Debbie at Debbie@FCCRedlands.org.
Hillary Houston, Child Care
Education: Attending Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California, majoring in early childhood education.
Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 100:1 – “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” My family has been members of the church since 1972. I feel that I can give back some of what the church has given to me and help other children experience the same thing.
Shanna Franklin, Office Manager
Shanna is the Office Manager here at First Congregational Church. She is also a horse trainer and a web designer, and she loves studying theology in her free time. Shanna’s favorite Bible verses tend to change, but at the moment they are Proverbs 31:25-26 and Psalm 115:1.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Proverbs 31:25-26). “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18).
Michael Richardson, Coordinator of Technology
Michael is in charge of everything technological at the church. He is responsible for the audio and video recordings on the Sunday Messages page of our website. Check back soon for more information.
Mr. Vance Lambert, Custodian
Education: Marine Corps. – Supply School; Machine Certificate from San Bernardino Valley College; Medical Office Management Certificate from Bryman College.
Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 23 – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”