Reverend Andrea Messinger
Andrea is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (M. Div. 1988.) and has been married to her husband, Rev. Dr. Thomas Messinger for 30 years. They have two wonderful children, Amelia and Tommy. Amelia is a Special Education teacher in Covina, and Tommy is a teacher in San Diego. Andrea has always been thankful that God has brought her to serve at FPCC, and FPCC is so blessed to have such a Holy Spirit empowered Senior Pastor as Andrea!
Dr. Thomas Messinger
Pastor of Mission and Outreach
Tom is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div. ’86) and Bethel Seminary (D.Min. ’94). He is married to his wonderful wife, Pastor Andrea. They have two fantastic children, Amelia and Tommy. Pastor Tom has a passion for missions and outreach and is very blessed to serve FPCC in this capacity.
Director of Visitation
Ernie was born in Chicago Illinois but moved to Southern California when he was 10 years old. He has been married to his “very special wife”, Sophia Renee for 40 years. They have two adult sons. Samuel a computer tech and James an artist. Ernie has been involved in many ministries of different kinds, including church choirs, assisting in worship, overseas trips and has been at First Pres Covina for over 13 years. Ernie’s favorite thing about ministry is being able to encourage, support, pray with, make smile, make laugh, and encourage people with whom he comes in contact. His favorite verse is John 3:16.
“I desire to encourage all congregation members to be mutually supportive. The person next to you may need your special kind of loving support.”
Children’s Director and Worship Leader
Elliott grew up in Arroyo Grande, a small town next to Pismo Beach, and has spent the last 10 years as a resident of the San Gabriel Valley. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in Philosophy. APU was a very eye-opening experience for Elliott and it was there that he truly received a heart for ministry. Elliott has a strong passion for many things in life including; running, playing guitar, the San Diego Chargers, the San Diego Padres, the L.A. Lakers, and of course a Goofy Movie. But one of his main passions is to work with the children and to give them a chance to experience and learn about God in new ways. His favorite passage in the Bible is Luke 18:9-14, which shows what it means to have a true repentant heart and to wholly humble yourself before God.
Youth and College Director
Junior high students are full of energy, they are incredibly loud, they have trouble listening much of the time, and I love ‘em. High school students are slightly less full of energy, they are just as loud but I love them, almost as much as the Junior high students. College students are, well you can see the trend. I have been attending First Pres Covina my entire life and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I have been volunteering with our youth programs for almost 5 years and it’s safe to say that Wednesday has easily become my favorite day of the week. I love watching how God is working through the youth of our Church and I will do my best to stay out of his way.” Tommy is a recent graduate from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. His favorite color is green and he enjoys long walks on the beach.
Minerva lives in Covina with her husband Donald and their 7 year old son Samuel, whose name means “heard by God” and received his name just as the prophet Samuel did, after many years of asking, waiting and believing on the Lord for a son. She has been actively serving the Lord for 19 years through teaching new believers, bible studies, being a worship leader and active member of her church.
Minerva loves to cook (especially Cuban food), make crafts with her son, decorate and buy shoes. She has a passion for worship and loves to sing for the Lord, especially in a band with her husband who plays guitar.
Her two favorite verses are:
2Cor 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Zechariah 4:6 Not by Might nor by Power but by My Spirit says the Lord
Maria was born the oldest of six sibling in Mexico, she came to the United States when she was 17 years old. She has one daughter and one “beautiful” granddaughter. Maria graduated from Monrovia Adult School with her GED in 2005.
In her spare time Maria enjoys Zumba and recently she has started running. She just completed her second 10K.
Kenneith is a passionate educator and conductor from Oklahoma. He received his Bachelors of Music Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. Kenneith has been an active member of many choirs and performing groups during his musical career. He has performed around the United States as well as internationally. Kenneith believes that through service, he is fulfilling God’s plan for his life. Kenneith enjoys meeting new people, traveling and experiencing new cultures, and making music with his choirs. He is excited and thrilled to begin his faith journey with FPCC. His favorite biblical passage comes from Psalm 121, which tells of God’s undying love for those who love him, remembering to always turn to him in time of need. “I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes form the Lord.”