Rev. Jessica Vaughan Lower
Pastor & Head of staff
Jessica Vaughan Lower graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a B.A. in English before attending Princeton Theological Seminary and graduating with an M.Div in 2006. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA that same year, Jessica believes that the church is a people, not a building; that faith communities hold the power to connect us to the eternal in a way that can transform our lives; and that the best days of the Christian church are ahead of us, not behind us. Jessica has been married to Andy since 2004, and together they live with their two children, Marloe and Levi, and their dog, Winston Churchill PM. Jessica did not help name their dog, but she did help name their children. Jessica loves learning useless facts, sharing random music trivia, trying new recipes and restaurants, fitness and health, and creating an event out of most any moment.
Rev. Dr. Erik Wiebe
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation & pastoral Care
Rev. Dr. Erik Wiebe is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he attained a PhD in Theological Ethics. An intentional and compassionate pastor, Rev. Dr. Wiebe is responsible for shaping adult spiritual formation (classes, small groups, Bible studies, etc.), working collaboratively with our Director for Children’s Ministries and Director for Youth Ministries to craft intergenerational formation opportunities, partnering with Rev. Jessica Vaughan Lower and CP Bong Bringas in providing pastoral care, and shaping opportunities for the church to retreat together. Erik and his wife, Rev. Dr. Kate Wiebe, have four children, Jack, Dara, Kaden, and Elise.
Bong resides in La Crescenta, California. He became an Elder in the Presbyterian Church in 2004. Upon entering the seminary he served as Pastor's Assistant, and Youth and Children's Minister at the Filipino Community Presbyterian Church in Eagle Rock. He was in the M.Div. program in San Francisco Theological Seminary and Fuller Seminary and hopes to return in the near future. Bong serves as Assistant for Worship and Pastoral Care in San Marino Community Church and is in his third year as a Commissioned Lay Pastor of the Presbytery of San Gabriel. Bong has been a member of the Presbytery Executive Council for the past four years and is the current Moderator of the San Gabriel Presbytery. He is an active volunteer in the Guardian Angel for program for undocumented minors under the leadership of the Pacific Presbytery. Bong is married with three lovely children.
Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell
Preacher in Residence & Pastoral Residency Advisor
Tom and Suzanne Tewell met at Muskingum College in Ohio where they married in their college chapel 50 years ago! Tom attended Princeton Seminary for his Master of Divinity Degree and earned a Doctor of Ministry at Drew Theological School in NJ, before serving congregations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, and New York. Tom served as Sr. Pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian in NYC. on 9/11. Tom has received two Honorary Doctoral Degrees, numerous awards for social justice ministry, and served as a Trustee of Princeton Seminary for 15 years. An entrepreneur at heart, Tom founded Macedonian Ministry to resource congregations in changing times as well as the Zick Preacher Scholar Program to assist young preachers who want to hone the craft of preaching. The Tewell’s have two grown sons, Ryan, married to Holly, and Toby, married to Katie, and 7 grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 21! They moved to Claremont in 2018 to live close to their three youngest grandchildren under the age of 6.
rev. Dr. Ron C. White
Scholar in Residence
Ronald C. White is the New York Times best-selling author of the presidential biographies A. Lincoln: A Biography and American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant. His biography of Grant won the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography. White is also the author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, honored as a New York Times Notable Book, and a Washington Post bestseller. The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. He has lectured around the world including the the White House. He has degrees from Northwestern University, UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary, He has taught at UCLA, Whitworth University, Colorado College, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a Reader at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum in Washington, D.C. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in Pasadena, California. White's latest book Lincoln in Private, was published May of 2021.