Pastor Morgan is a California native who grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. As an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley, Morgan was introduced to the richness of reformed theology and Presbyterian scholarship at First Presbyterian Church – Berkeley. After graduation he joined Hollywood Urban Project’s City Dweller program, an incarnational ministry serving the immigrant population of south Hollywood. Since graduating from Fuller Seminary in 1998, Morgan has served as an associate pastor in Carefree, AZ and a solo pastor in San Juan Capistrano, CA before joining WCPC in 2008 as senior pastor.
Morgan completed his Doctor of Ministry dissertation on Mark 10:17-31—Jesus’ encounter with the Rich Young Ruler – in 2010. He sees a strong parallel between the wealthy young man who falls before Jesus seeking eternal life, and we who struggle with materialism in our pursuit of “the good life.” In his paper, Morgan explored how Jesus’ command to go, sell, and follow may feel like an impossible standard, but is actually a grace-filled invitation to disconnect who-we-are from what-we-have in order to receive the unconditional love and acceptance of God.
Morgan lives in Walnut Creek with his two sons, Aidan and Liam, along with their two giant dogs Maggie Moo (who is a big baby) and Lucas (who is an even bigger lunk). Morgan and his sons share a passion for adventure movies and baseball. Morgan also loves to surf but is quick to point out that “just because I love surfing doesn’t mean I’m any good at it.”
Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Pastor Paul is a native of Ventura County, California. Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, Paul began to follow Christ in 1974 through a Methodist renewal conference. He went on to study at Point Loma College, San Diego State University and Bethel Theological Seminary. During his undergraduate years, Paul became active in student ministries at San Diego First Assembly of God. This led to founding and leading a university campus outreach at SDSU during the 1980’s. Prior to his current call at WCPC, Paul served for eighteen years as Associate Pastor with Adult Education and Discipleship at Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura. In 2008 he completed his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary, developing a training manual in conversational evangelism based in the Gospel of John. Paul was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament (PCUSA) in 1995, and transferred his ordination to ECO (Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) in 2016.
Paul and his wife Kathy have three adult children (daughter Corey, and sons Jeremy and Sean). In his free time Paul can be found enjoying eclectic podcasts, great music (especially classical and jazz), and spending time with Kathy in God’s great outdoors.