Pastors, Program Staff and Support Staff

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The Reverend Christopher Berry currently serves as our Intentional Interim Lead Pastor. For the past 25 years he has served as a consultant or as an interim pastor in numerous settings. Most recently he has served interims at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pleasanton and Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA. He previously served as the Lutheran Campus Pastor at Western Washington University for 23 years, where he also served as the Director of the Shalom Center, an interfaith religious center at Western. Pr. Berry serves on the Interim Ministry Steering Committee for the Sierra Pacific Synod and is a board member of the national Interim Ministry Association.

His doctoral work was in Ancient Semitic Languages at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago where he specialized in Ancient Syriac, Aramaic, Ugarit and Hebrew.  He has also been named as a visiting scholar, visiting professor or fellow at various universities and research centers throughout the world, including Hebrew University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, University of Nice, University of Ontario, and the Smithsonian Institute and Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.. He has done extensive research and lecturing on the topic of the misuse of sacred texts to perpetuate sexism in Western society. His most recent work has centered around the “Q” source to the synoptic gospels and a new translation of the Sermon on the Mount as well as serving on numerous peer review committees.

Chris is an avid photographer.  He loves to fish, especially with his four sons.  He is an accomplished fly fishing rod builder.  For over twenty- five years he was a soccer referee, referee instructor and referee assessor.  He is a voracious reader of many different types of literature ranging from Ancient Near Eastern texts to suspense novels.  He is rarely caught anywhere without his current books or Kindle in his hand or in his briefcase.

Chris is married to Deenie, an elementary/middle school principal. They have four sons, two daughter-in-law, one fiancé, five grandchildren with various pets.


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Pastor Ralph became Resurrection’s Family Life Pastor in December, 2013. Ralph graduated from the University of Rhode Island.  He then spent four years teaching children with autism and working as youth director for two churches. In 2004 Ralph moved to Berkeley, CA where he received a Master of Divinity Degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In 2008 he became the Outreach Pastor at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek. Ralph has a great passion for reaching people with the Gospel. He is trained as a mission developer and is also an author and keynote speaker. Ralph is married to Kendra, an ICU nurse, and they have two children, Zoe and Cora. Recent sermons are available for listening or downloading.


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I am a native Nebraskan, growing up on a farm in central Nebraska. I received my undergrad degree at Midland College (now Midland University) in Fremont, NE. My Seminary training was at Northwestern (now Luther Seminary) in St. Paul, MN. My internship was as a chaplain at City Hospital, Memphis, TN.

I have served the church in several capacities over my 40 years of ministry: 3 congregations around the Twin Cities of MN and two congregations in Nebraska, on the staff of the Nebraska Synod, as a Director of Evangelical Mission and as an interim pastor. My ministry has been, for the most part, centered in small town and rural settings. I met my wife, Teresa, at Midland. We will soon have been married 43 years. We have three children: Anna and her husband Jed, parents of our two grand sons (8 and 2) in Tallahassee, FL, Sarah in St. Paul, MN and Paul and Katie who live in Omaha, NE. Outside of ministry I like to bicycle, read, travel, visit wineries and relax with loved ones on our patio. We moved to Fair Oaks from Omaha just over three years ago. We are using this time as a bridge to a more “retired” lifestyle.


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Karen has many years’ congregational service as a lay professional.   She is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA and Minister of Word and Service.  A lifelong advocate of the deaf community, Karen worked locally for several years coordinating a job services program for deaf and hard of hearing job seekers.   She and her husband, Michael, live in Roseville and are members of Resurrection.  They have one adult son, Matthew, and three granddaughters, Bridgette, Zoe, and Giselle.   They are dog lovers who have been rescued by five dogs during their married life.  They currently share a home with Skeeter, a Siberian Husky who attempts to walk them three times daily and enjoys traveling with the family.


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Pat_Neal2.jpgPatrick became the Asst. Director of Music Ministries/Contemporary Worship Service, in Feb of 2012. Previously, he served on staff as the Director of Contemporary Worship at Centerpoint Community Church, formerly First Presbyterian church of Roseville. He has a degree in music education from Pepperdine University and has been married 33 years and has 3 grown children.  Patrick, or Pat, loves to see people touched by the power of music during worship. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, video games, movies, live theater, hanging out with his kids, and walking with his sweetheart. 

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Resurrection welcomed Adriana Findlay as Director of Children's Ministry in June, 2016. She is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing Christian Education programs for children preschool through 6th grade. She holds an M.S. in Physical Therapy and a B.S. in Psychology.



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Dee Dee was welcomed as our Director of Worship and Music effective June 1, 2016 and is responsible for planning, coordinating and leading the congregation in liturgy and hymns at our traditional worship services. Dee Dee holds a B.M. and M.M. in Music Education and Vocal Performance, has extensive professional experience as a choral and classroom teacher and is a trained Mezzo Soprano soloist.

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Diane grew up in Woodside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico. She and her husband, Craig, married in 1977 and have two boys, Chris and Brian. Diane joined the Resurrection staff in February 2006. As Events and Business Administrator, Diane schedules and manages use of facilities at the church.


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Kathy, a native of Sacramento, has been a member of Resurrection since 1983. Kathy has three grown sons – Brian, Kevin and Michael. She was hired as Resurrection’s part-time secretary in 1987 and today is the congregation’s Administrative Assistant and Communications Coordinator, providing administrative and secretarial support for professional and lay staff. Kathy enjoys reading, all types of sports and visiting with her children and grandchildren.


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Kim became the Bell Choir Director of “Make a Joyful Noise” when a set of bells was donated to the church in 1991. Not knowing anything about bells, she learned about this music ministry from the bell director at Advent Lutheran Church in Citrus Heights. Her previous music endeavors were playing violin in various high school, college and community orchestras. Kim has a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and a teaching credential in math and science. She has passed the CPA exam and been a phlebotomist. Kim is married to Frank and has two children, James and Megan. She keeps busy at home doing accounting and tax preparation, and her favorite pastime is playing tennis.