The Rev. Sue Fisher is a Teaching Elder member of the Presbytery of the Pacific. Entering seminary mid-life, she received her M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000, with recognition for preaching. She served at First Presbyterian Church Gardena; West Hollywood United Church of Christ; Brentwood Presbyterian Church and most recently was Interim Pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church of Torrance. She has served as a commissioner to Synod and General Assembly and is a past Moderator of Pacific Presbytery. Her spiritual gifts are: Leadership, Administration, Creative Ability and Hospitality. Specializing in interim pastoral work, she has developed methods to train officers, welcome new members and encourage the congregation to serve the community. For ten years she has been part of the Presbytery’s Nicaragua Partnership Team and has traveled to Nicaragua 7 times. She believes, “Church should be a place where people feel safe, welcomed and excited about contributing their unique gifts and graces to create a community that cares for one another, grows spiritually together and reflects Christ’s love to the world. And we should have a joyful time doing it!” She sings with the Mixed Chorus of El Camino College, loves gardening and traveling. She and her husband of 35 years live in El Segundo, CA.
They have three children and two granddaughters and two doggies they spoil shamelessly (well, okay, they spoil the granddaughters a little too).
The Rev. Dr. Amanda Riley
A native of Washington, DC, Amanda and her husband Bill moved to Southern California in August of 2010. Amanda graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005 and completed a Doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2014. In 2005 Amanda was ordained to a resident in Parish Ministry position, where she served the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor Michigan as part of a Lily funded Pastoral Residency Program. Following her time in Ann Arbor she served as Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Fenton, MI. While in Fenton she served on the Committee on Representation as chair and the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery of Lake Huron, as Vice Moderator. She also served as Clerk pro-tem for the Presbytery in the midst of transition.
In her first years in LA, she served as Parish Associate at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. In 2013 Amanda and colleague began Selah, one of the PC(USA)’s 10001 New Worshiping Community in Playa Vista. In 2015 Amanda joined Covenant Presbyterian Church as Parish Associate. Following her time with Selah Amanda continued her support of new churches developments by joining the Garden Church, a church plant based in San Pedro, as a board member 2016 and recently took on the role of Chair of the Board. Amanda is involved in the Presbytery of the Pacific, serving on the Administration Committee and is co-author of the book The Girlfriends’ Clergy Companion. Amanda and her husband Bill have two active boys who love Covenant and the Covenant Kidz program.
Michelle began her journey at Covenant in 1994. A Southern California native, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola Marymount University. She and her husband Jon have two grown children.
Colleen Cronin has served since 1984 as the Director of Music at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she developed and conducts the Children’s Choir, Youth Choir, Adult Choir, Praise Band and an intergenerational Orchestra. Colleen has conducted several children’s festival choirs, presented choral reading sessions, taught conducting workshops, taught Gifted and Talented (GATE) students in voice, and mentored music teachers in the Los Angeles area.
Colleen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music (piano) “with distinction” from Stanford University. She continued in graduate school at Stanford, earning a Master’s Degree in Music Education and her teaching credential in music. Colleen earned her second Master’s Degree, in Choral Conducting, from San Jose State University. She then spent an additional three years in the Doctoral program at USC, specializing in Church and Choral music, conducting, and solo vocal performance.
Colleen also currently teaches Choral Music at Paul Revere Charter Middle School in the Pacific Palisades. She lives with her husband Patrick and their two children in Westchester.
Mrs. Kathy Sultan was born in Los Angeles. She grew up in Anaheim before attending high school in Europe. She attended UCLA where she got her B.A. in Anthropology and her elementary teaching credential. She then taught kindergarten in Santa Monica before starting a family. While participating in a parent education class with her first-born child, she decided that teaching parent education would be a good fit for her. This led her to Emerson Adult School where she taught Parent/Child Parent Education classes. Kathy received a M.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2010 from Cal State Long Beach. She is thrilled to be at Covenant Preschool as the director.
Kathy is the mother of three beautiful daughters and the active grandmother of six grandchildren.
In her “free” time Kathy likes to spin, walk, talk, read, play bridge, watch sports, and spend time with her husband and family. Most of all she feels that it is a privilege to be at Covenant, supported by a dedicated staff and surrounded by a wonderful community of parents and children.
Cherelle has been at Covenant two and a half years. Her “day” job is a social worker with a passion for foster youth. She has a deep love of church music and shares her gifts playing for our services and accompanying the Choir.
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