Pastor and Staff
Rev.Dr. Dennis R. Bennett
Interim Pastor and Chief of Staff

Rev. Dr. Bennett is a West Point graduate and retired military Chaplain. He received his Doctorate in Ministry in 1976 from the Columbia Theological Seminary. Subsequent to his retirement from the military, he served as Pastor at churches in Florida, New York, and Arkansas; served in several positions at the Presbytery level; and performed considerable consulting, before coming to us as Interim Pastor. He also brings to the table valuable business experience.

As a strong member of the Christian Faith within the PC(USA), he believes God has called him to assist our church in its ongoing development. His roots in the reformed faith include over 45 years of working in the Presbyterian Church, Disciples of Christ, and the Church of Christ. This wide gamut of the reformed faith has allowed him to respect the many views of Christ, whom we all serve. He is excited to be called to help in the search for our full time minister.


Karen Medrano

Director Music Ministries

Karen joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church in November 2007. She lived in Ventura County, CA for 46 years where she began to study music at age 8. A music major in college, Karen moved to Inverness in 2005 with her husband, Benjamin, a guitarist. Since coming to FPCI, she has formed the “Summer Spirit Singers”, a summer woman’s choir, and the “Raise the Roof Festival Choir.” These seasonal groups promote friendships throughout the community, as well as raise funds through love offerings for our Habitat For Humanity washer/dryer fund.
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Steve Gardner

Music Leader

Steve joined us in October 2012 as the music leader for the 9:30 blended contemporary worship service.
Rick Dahlinger
Rick joined our staff in January 2016. He is from Massachusetts, went to college in Boston, and most recently was the organist at St. Margarets Episcopal Church in Inverness.
Rick is also a jazz musician with his own performing trio and teaches piano, arranging, and improvisation. His wealth of experience in the many facets of music bring a lively freshness to our worship experience.
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Danny Birstler

Sound Booth Coordinator

Karen Dallas
Offiice Administrator
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Cathy Canfield
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Dana Rodriguez
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Danny Sullivan

Facilities Manager

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Gary Oorbeck

Grounds, Maintainance , and Security


Keitha Stoney
Wedding Coordinator
Vicki Oorbeck
Child Care attendant