Our Pastor

Reverend Bill McGuinness

Cindy Towle Kephart graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2014. She especially loved her New Testament classes, her class on the Psalms, her Hebrew classes, and her class on Presbyterian Polity! She completed the ordination requirements in the San Francisco Presbytery in 2015 and completed Transitional Ministry training in 2016.

Cindy spent one year training as a chaplain at the UCSF Medical Center and has worked at California Pacific Medical Center, also in San Francisco, as a staff chaplain. Much of her work at each hospital was in pediatrics. She also cherishes her time with elderly adults. Cindy had a family member who lived for many years in a dementia care unit and then in a skilled nursing unit. For the last two years, Cindy has regularly conducted Sunday services and been a guest speaker at both a rehabilitation center and a retirement residence.

Cindy is a long-time member of Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church (PBPC) in Oakland, beginning there when her family lived a few blocks from the church. She has many happy memories of sitting in the pew with her three little children as they ate what they referred to as “church candy” and drew what they designated “church art.” In the recent years, Rev. Chris Coon, the pastor at PBPC, has given Cindy many opportunities to assist in leading worship at PBPC.  Her favorite ministry is to read aloud the Sunday scripture. Cindy was a pastoral intern at First Presbyterian Church, Richmond with Rev. Jim Wheeler. She primarily ministered to members of the congregation who had fled the northern mountains of Laos in the late 70’s.

Cindy has been a guest preacher at a number of churches in the Bay Area. She has had the unique opportunity to preach a number of times from the back of a truck at a drive-in service held in a Safeway parking lot in Pinole!

Many years ago Cindy was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. She has an MBA from UC Berkeley and worked in banking in San Francisco. Cindy and her husband, Murray, have been married for more than three decades. They raised their three children in Oakland and Lafayette, where they currently live. Cindy is delighted to be at Grace Presbyterian and she looks forward to getting to know the Grace congregation.

Parrish Associate Reverend Carrie Lane, M.Div., C.T.

Pastor Carrie is a proud graduate of UC Davis (Go Ags!) and San Francisco Theological Seminary.  She began her ordained ministry in the Bay Area in 1994.  In addition to being our Parish Associate, she is currently a specialized minister in Stockton Presbytery working at Hospice of San Joaquin as the Manager of Bereavement Services.   

She enjoys providing pulpit supply for us (and other churches in the area).   Someday, she hopes to be brave enough to copy World Renowned Minister Joyce Meyer and say “I’m preaching better than you are acting” in one of her sermons!    You just never know – it may happen soon!

She lives in Galt and is the mother of 2 busy teenagers and one sloppy dog.