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Rev. Renn Serna

Senior Pastor

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Having not grown up in a religious context, Renn has a passion for creating a wide welcome for all people to explore faith and discover themselves as a part of God’s story. A gifted pastor and executive leader she loves to empower individuals to discover and utilize their gifts to share God’s boundless love wherever they find themselves. In her spare time, Renn loves to bake cookies, hang out with her cat Mario, and curl up with a good book.

Renn grew up in Carmel Valley, CA and graduated from UC Davis in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She graduated from Fuller Seminary in 2008, where she met and married her husband, Rev. Aaron Serna, who is also a Presbyterian Minister. Renn served as the Youth and Young Adult Director at San Gabriel Presbyterian Church for nearly ten years, leading missions trips and loving kids. After being ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in 2012 she moved to Massachusetts to serve as the Solo Pastor of United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville for five years while leading them to reach out into the community and envision a new way of doing church. She was called to serve as the Senior Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno in 2017 and is so thankful to now be able to walk alongside such a gifted and faithful group of individuals.

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Rev. Dustin Maddox

Associate Pastor

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A gifted pastor and teacher, Dustin enjoys creating hospitable spaces for people of all ages to wrestle with their questions about God and inspiring people to join God’s healing activity in our city and world around us through transformative relationships. He enjoys reading broadly with a cup of coffee, meeting new people, spending time with family and friends, and taking trips to explore New York City with his incredible wife, Robin.

Dustin grew up in North Fork, CA and graduated from Yosemite High School in 2007. Dustin began his ministry at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church and served three years on Summer Staff at Calvin Crest in Oakhurst, CA. In 2009, he moved to Seattle, WA to study Educational Ministry and Theology at Seattle Pacific University, and later graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 2012.

In December 2012, Dustin was hired at University Presbyterian Church, where, to this day, nobody is really sure about what he does all day. In 2017, Dustin graduated with a Master of Divinity from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, where he was awarded for his thesis, "Evangelistic Preaching in a Secular Age." In January 2018, Dustin was ordained as UPC's Associate Pastor for a one-year term, where, in partnership with the senior pastor, he provides leadership in the areas of discipleship, community life, and mission.

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John & Lorna Bosavanh

Southeast Asia Ministers

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Stay tuned for their bio!

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Cactus Harris

Director of Worship and the Arts

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Hailing from Paso Robles, California, Cactus Sam Harris lives the cowboy life. He and his parents, Tom and Debby Harris, own Harris Stage Lines — a western entertainment ranch that hosts group parties and events, stagecoach and wagon rides, and clinics to teach people how to ride and drive horses, and to preserve the wild west. Taught by rodeo stars like Monty Montana and the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, Cactus relives the wild west by performing the western arts — trick-roping and whip-cracking. Aside from his wild-west background, Cactus is an accomplished musician entertaining audiences far and wide.

Harris’ musical talents began by taking saxophone lessons as a young boy in school. He taught himself both the accordion and the piano and then, during his sophomore year in high school, he touched an organ for the first time. Once again, he began teaching himself how to play, and he soon got a job playing for St. James’s Episcopal Church in Paso Robles, California, on their 1850’s William Stevens organ. Recently he installed a 1920’s Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ on his family’s ranch in Paso Robles with the goal of holding concerts and events.

Harris holds a B.A in Music Education and M.A in Conducting from California State University Fresno, where he studied organ with Laurell Huber and Scott Horton, and conducting with Dr. Gary Gilroy. He has been a winner in the San Joaquin Valley Keyboard competition and been a guest organist at many different events. In 2012 he was a Biggs Fellowship recipient from the Organ Historical Society. Cactus has been featured with the Fresno State Wind Orchestra on the Disney Hall concert organ, and with the Yosemite Wind Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall organs. Cactus is an active member of the San Joaquin Valley American Guild of Organists, currently serving as Sub-Dean of the chapter. Harris has been the organist at UPC since fall of 2010.

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Daphne Stottlemyre

Facilities Manager

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Rachel Madsen

Contemporary Worship Leader

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Born and raised in Washington state, Rachel moved to California to pursue her education and to assist in the music ministries of multiple churches. With over 10 years of worship leading experience, Rachel Madsen has made UPC her home, leading the 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship service

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KERRY NEAl

Church Administrator

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Kerry is the Church Administrator. She provides support to the ministry staff, manages the office, oversees the maintenance of the church facility, keeps tract of church activities, prepares all the print materials, and sends electronic communication. She also wrangles the staff, and provides staff support to the Board of Property and Finance and the Ministry of Human Resources.