Our Lead Pastor

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Rev. Jenny Warner

Jenny began as our pastor on September 1, 2017. A native of the East Bay Area, she has a passion to see healthy communities that are grounded in the love and compassion of Jesus and sharing that love generously with the world. 


Jenny grew up in the church and it was her questions and doubts with her childhood faith that led her to be a pastor. She gets people who have baggage with church because she has it too! But she believes church can be a safe space to ask hard questions, journey in community, seek justice and go deeper in love, faith and hope. Her sermons are full of authentic stories, honest questions, poetry and laughter.


Jenny, her husband, Chris, and daughters Audra and Emmy love to eat well, travel broadly, and laugh together. 


If you’d like to connect with Pastor Jenny, please email her at jenny@valleypreschurch.org

Our Executive Pastor

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Rev. Karen Thistlethwaite

Specializing in intergenerational leadership, Rev. Karen Thistlethwaite is excited to share the gospel through preaching, retreat leadership, equipping, the creative arts, and encouraging others. Karen spent the first six years of her ministry focusing on spiritual formation as Associate Pastor of Education at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley. She then focused on adaptive change and healing, serving as Interim Pastor at Sturge Presbyterian Church and as Interim Associate Pastor for Care Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame. Karen is now returning to her passion for systems, strategic thinking, and organizational management in her role as Executive Pastor, here at Valley Presbyterian. Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Westmont College near Santa Barbara, and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.


Together with her husband, Bryan Thistlethwaite, she delights in seeing the world through the eyes of her children Siena (7) and Colin (4), who are constantly showing their parents' new ways to love, grow and experience God.


If you’d like to connect with Pastor Karen, please email her at karen@valleypreschurch.org

Our Staff

General Questions? Email office@valleypreschurch.org

Barbary Grant


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Cathy Paniagua

Wedding Coordinator

Director of Children's Education

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Susan Strehlow

Finance Director

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Pamela Kieninger

Hospitality Coordinator

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Rigo Paz


Kathy Hovsmith    

Communications Coordinator

Raf Ornes

Minister of Music

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Malcolm Jones

Interim Administrative Assistant

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Kerry Tremblay    

NextGen Lead

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 Valley Presbyterian Church

945 Portola Road, Portola Valley CA 94028



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