Pastoral Team

Rev. Eric Schaefer

Pastor / Head of Staff
eric@palipres.org

Eric received his Masters of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is a graduate of Florida State University where he majored in film and television production.

Eric worked for Younglife, a non-denominational youth organization for five years while living in Jacksonville, Florida. During that time, he also worked as school director at a psychiatric hospital for teenagers.
Since coming to Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church 19 years ago, Eric has developed our youth program that now works with over 400 kids of all ages. He has led numerous mission trips to Scotland, Hungary, Molokai, New Orleans, Belize, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Campo Indian Reservation.

Eric oversees family ministry including our new Sunday evening worship.
Eric and his wife Kim are avid runners and are currently training for their fourth marathon. Eric also enjoys coaching their three sons in basketball and flag football.

Rev. Grace Park

Associate Pastor
revgrace@gmail.com

Grace Park joins us as parish associate. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Economics in 1987, and with studies in England and Japan. After teaching seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) high-risk youth in the public school system, she entered Fuller Theological Seminary, and graduated with an M. Div in 1993, focusing on multicultural studies and counseling. In 1994 Grace began a Master’s degree in Asian American studies at UCLA

She was ordained in 1996 in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and has served as a children’s pastor, youth pastor, and associate pastor in southern California. She has had the blessing of teaching and preaching across the country, has done extensive counseling with both youth and adults, served as a hospital chaplain intern, and has led numerous short term mission trips to serve urban areas as well as Mexico. Grace volunteers at her kids’ school, and enjoys the arts.

Grace is married to Charlie and they have four children: Elijah, Hannah, Joshua and Jubilee. Grace assists with worship and pastoral care and holds office hours on Tuesday mornings until 1 p.m.

Rev. John Todd

Former Pastor

Rev. Todd served as pastor of Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church for nearly 20 years, retiring in 2004. He is now Pastor Emeritus.

Rev. Dr. Vahe Simonian

Former Pastor

Rev. Simonian is a former Pastor of Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church and now serves the congregation as Pastor Emeritus.