staff


  • Steve Wright, Pastor/Head of Staff

    Steve has spent much of his life in or near Huntington Beach. He grew up a short distance away in Cypress but remembers driving to the beach in his teen years and passing the spot where St. Peter’s is now located. It’s a wonderful surprise that he has been called to serve this church community. Steve’s ideal day would include paddling out to catch a few good waves and then enjoying coffee and conversation with friends. He loves conspiring with others to find innovative ways to proclaim Christ and demonstrate God’s love in ordinary places. All this brings to mind the wisdom of one of his mentors, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Ferris Bueller) Email Steve here.

  • Kathy Andersen, Office Manager

    Kathy started at St. Peter’s in December 2011. Prior to coming here she owned and operated a travel agency and also worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines onboard as a purser. This is where she met her husband, Gunnar. She is a native Californian and has lived in Huntington Beach for the past 20 years. She attended Orange Coast College and California State University of Long Beach where she studied Business and Travel & Tourism. She has two sons, Ian and Dylan. Kathy’s passion is traveling, discovering the unknown, and meeting people from various places. She also loves the outdoors, hiking, reading, and most of all spending time with her family. Email Kathy here.

  • Margot Backman, executive assistant

    to the pastor/head of staff

    Margot came to St. Peter’s in the spring of 2009. Although she had a brief stopover in Atlanta, GA, she would, until moving to Huntington Beach, call South Florida home. Having been on staff for a large church in south Florida, Margot brings years of experience working in all areas of ministry. She has two grown children that live too far away (one on Long Island; one in New Zealand). Margot is excited about what God has planned for St. Peter's. Email Margot here.

  • adel malek, pastor Arabic fellowship

    Adel serves the Arabic speaking community of Orange County. Adel is a retired engineer and spent much of his career working for Caltrans. He can often be seen on Alkarma TV discussing different issues concerning faith and culture.

  • Ron Morse, Accompanist

    Ron's piano lessons started at age four. He sang and accompanied the choirs at Jefferson Junior High, Wilson High School, Long Beach City College and Long Beach State. His professional church music employment includes choir accompanying, singing in quartets and conducting choirs of all ages. In 1974 Ron was involved in the music program at the Crystal Cathedral and that is where he met his wife Rheta. In 1976 he was hired as the children and adult choir director at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Los Alamitos where he directed for 12 years. July, 1992 he was hired to lead the music at St. Peter's where his family are Charter Members. Ron loves serving the Lord through music. 

  • Briana Pinto, Children's Ministry Coordinator

    My name is Briana Pinto. I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, just a few minutes from St. Peter's By-the-Sea! I first started attending St. Peter’s when I was a high school student. After graduating from Marina High School, I joined St. Peter’s Mission Team on their trip to Tijuana, Mexico where we built a home for a family in need. With that trip, my understanding of God's love began to deepen. I ended up staying in Tijuana for a year, where I dedicated myself to Bible study and serving others. I have always loved meeting new people and getting to know someone's story. I am very passionate to see the love of God reaching every single person, especially the children of our community. My dream is to see unity and hope found in every heart and home of the children we serve. I am grateful to incorporate all the tools that I am learning as a current student at Life Pacific College, studying Human Development & Psychology, in my position here as Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Email Briana here.

  • Lynn Silver, Choir Director

    Lynn has directed the choir at St. Peter's since it charted over 20 years ago. The choir leads music in our 9:00 a.m. worship service and also prepares special services throughout the year. Lynn recently retired as a music teacher at Marine View Middle School where she developed a fantastic program that has blessed the entire community of Huntington Beach. 

elders

Ruling Elders - Elders participate and vote with the same authority as pastors (Teaching Elders), and they are eligible for any office. Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and wisdom. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the church and in the world. It is the duty of elders, individually and jointly, to strengthen and nurture the faith and life of the congregation committed to their charge. Together with the pastor, they should encourage the people in the worship and service of God, equip and renew them for their tasks within the church and for their mission in the world, visit, comfort, and care for others, with special attention to the poor, the sick, the lonely, and those who are oppressed.