Reverend Janet Russell has been the pastor of the Church of the 49ers since 2009. She has 25 years experience pastoring in Presbyterian churches and is delighted to be serving in Columbia. Prior to ordination she was a research chemist. Janet won the preaching prize in seminary, and has additional training in spiritual direction and music.
Reverend Lee Warford is our associate pastor, visiting parishioners in their homes, hospital rooms and nursing facilities since 2013, and is occasionally called upon to preach for Sunday worship. Lee was a pastor in Pacifica for many years. He is versed in family and marriage counseling, drugs and narcotic identification and investigation, and he holds a Private Investigator’s license.
Deb Johnson is our office administrator. She takes care of bookkeeping, facility use contracts, bulletins, PowerPoint presentations, and anything else office related! Deb and her husband fellowship at Calvary Chapel Sonora, but she is blessed to serve the dear people at the Church of the 49ers.
Carolyn Sylva is our worship accompanist, and available to play the piano for weddings and memorials. She has taught piano and violin in the Sonora area for more than 20 years. Each 4th Sunday of the month Carolyn plays her violin along with singer and guitarist Bill Lane to provide country music for worship. Carolyn also teaches free line dancing classes on Wednesdays in Faith Hall.