Staff


  • The Rev. Dr. Rebecca Prichard is now serving as half-time Transitional Co-Pastor. A life-long Presbyterian, Rebecca has been in ministry  for over 30 years and has special training in transitional ministry. She has served congregations in California, Indiana, and Scotland.  She has also served as a seminary professor and has experience in the business world. Rebecca has a special interest in Celtic Spirituality and Theology and she loves to travel. She lives in Santa Ana and is with us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.


  • Ruth Mandernach, LCSW 14861, is a Co-Pastor serving this church half-time.   She is a Commissioned Ruling Elder.  Intergenerational ministry is a focus which is one reason why the model of Messy Church is exciting.  She has three sons and two granddaughters. 

  • Janet Vrudny

    Janet graduated from California State University twice, first in 1980 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, and again in 2003 with a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting. She has been working at the First Presbyterian Church of Encino since February of 1983, when she accepted the position of organist and pianist/accompanist under the direction of Sterling Branton and later Stuart Balcomb. In 1997, Janet became Choir Director and welcomed Dr. Paul Pitman to the position of organist and pianist/accompanist at the church. Additionally, she works full-time as a teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, where she teaches music and mentors 30 high school students. 

  • paul Pitman

    Although Paul Pitman is primarily known for his piano virtuosity, he has held a position as church organist since the age of eighteen. He started piano lessons at age twelve, and, two years later, began playing for his family church in Oklahoma, where he was born and raised. He was principal organist for his Army base while stationed in Germany. He earned his Master's Degree and Doctorate in Music from USC. Besides his busy schedule of teaching and providing master classes, he manages to frequently perform at chamber music concerts and to give an occasional solo piano and organ recital in and around the Greater Los Angeles area. 

  • I began working at the First Presbyterian Church of Encino Children's Center in 1981 as a gymnastics teacher while still attending high school. I continued on as an afterschool program teacher, a preschool teacher, the afterschool program director, helped open our infant/toddler program ( which operated from 1989-2004) all while completing my B.A. in Psychology and my B.A. in Child Development from California State University, Northridge. We then added a Kindergarten Program that I implemented, developed curriculum for and taught in for eleven years before taking on my newest exciting and challenging endeavor of the director of the entire Children's Center with the help of a fabulous Assistant Director, Anie Kederian. My husband, Paul, and I have two busy boys. In my free time I enjoy my children and their activities as well as reading, watching movies, baking and dining out.

  • Anie has been a Preschool teacher at Encino Presbyterian Children's Center since 2000. Anie has been the Assistant Director since August of 2007.