Redwoods Presbyterian Church

110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, California 94939 – (415) 924-4832

Staff

Rev. Stephanie Ryder — Pastor

Mari Robinson — Office Administrator

Rev. Daniel R. White, Sr. — Parish Associate

Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett, D.Min. — Pastor Emeritus

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Stephanie Ryder 3Rev. Stephanie Ryder a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, was Redwoods intern for 2013-2014 and the interim music director as well. The following year, Stephanie led the choir, bell choir and Bible Study and worked with the children’s program.  Last year, Stephanie began a new ministry at Redwoods in the area of family faith formation along with serving as the leader of the choir and bell choir. Her title was Pastoral Associate for Community Formation and Family Ministry as well as Music Director. As of September 1, 2016, she is the full-time pastor of Redwoods Presbyterian Church.

Stephanie was raised a Presbyterian in Wilton, Connecticut, and prior to being ordained by Redwoods Presbytery, was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian in Marin City for 12 years, serving as Deacon and Assistant Music Director, and working with the youth.  She lives in Mill Valley with her husband, Bill, who works in the renewable energy industry. She has two sons, Charlie, attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and Brooks, attending University of Washington, who delight in football, baseball and lacrosse.

Prior to attending San Francisco Theological Seminary, she taught piano, guitar and band groups from her home, and spent many years as a drama therapist working in various schools, hospitals and treatment centers in the Bay Area. She has always felt it to be a great privilege to be welcomed as a part of the Redwoods Presbyterian community, first as an intern, then a music director and pastoral associate and now as a pastor!  Stephanie can be reached through the church office at 415-924-4832 or stephryder1@gmail.com.

Mari Robinson, Office Administrator, came to Redwoods Presbyterian Church from the Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, which closed in July, 2009.

Mari works mornings from Monday through Thursday. She is also employed by Westminster Presbyterian Church as the editor of their monthly newsletter.

Mari, a longtime active member of Westminster, lives in Mill Valley with her husband, Richard, a human resources consultant, and their daughter, Elise, a marketing manager at Uber in Santa Monica, CA.

Besides newsletter editing, Mari’s activities at Westminster include leading a Mill Street Shelter team and taking new member photos. She was a Bible Study member for 15 years and is currently under group and individual spiritual direction of Westminster’s Pat O’Neil. She has taken meditation classes at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre for the past dozen years.

Mari is a lifelong artist, and for the past 20 years, a bird watercolorist. She uses her art for her spiritual direction and has enjoyed describing this process to Redwoods and others. Stop by her office to say hello and see some samples of her work! She may be contacted at the church at 415-924-4832 or office@redwoodspres.org.

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was called to be the pastor at Redwoods Presbyterian Church in August, 2008 and he served faithfully until his retirement on August 31, 2016. Cornel attended San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) where he earned a Masters of Divinity. A decade later he acquired a Doctor of Ministry degree at SFTS.

Cornel was born in South Africa and he represented South Africa at the World Surfing Championships and later wrote a book on surfing, called Hitting the Lip. He was a journalist with South African newspapers in his first career . Cornel married Suellen, a US citizen, and their children Anna and David were born in South Africa until Cornel came to the U.S. to attend SFTS.

Cornel was a beloved pastor for the eight years he served at Redwoods and he has given much love to the church in return. After some time away, as is prescribed by the denomination for all retiring pastors, Cornel will return to visit members and friends of Redwoods.