Our Staff

At First Presbyterian Church of Ukiah, our staff is here to support you on your journey as you encounter God and experience grace through Jesus Christ. Get to know more about our pastors, staff and elders by clicking their profiles below.


Rev. David Rodriguez

Senior Pastor

I was born in Walnut Creek, CA and grew up in Castro Valley, CA. While in college at UC Berkeley, I met my wife Cathy in the Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship Group. We've been married for 34 years and we have two sons, Andrew (30 years old) and Daniel (25 years old). Andrew is married to Julia and they are expecting their first child (our first grandchild!) in August 2015.  

This picture is of Cathy and me while on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route in Spain.  We walked this route in the fall of 2014 and traveled through the area where my grandfather was born and raised.

I have been a Presbyterian pastor since July 15, 1984.  I graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a M.Div and Princeton Theological Seminary with a Th.M.  I have previously served churches in Fontana, Hollister, and Pacific Grove, all in CA.    

I am also a chaplain in the U.S. Navy (Reserve Component) with the rank of Captain.  I have served with the U.S.M.C., U.S.C.G., and U.S.N. Commands since starting my naval career on August 19, 1992.  I have also been mobilized twice to Iraq and Kuwait. 

I love to sail, backpack, play the guitar and bass, and spend time with my family.  I played with a Christian rock band in college and with a Beach Boys/oldies band from Gilroy, CA.  I am currently playing in a Johnny Cash tribute band and almost like this music.

My favorite Bible verse Is 1 Corinthians 15:58 and I am blessed to be able to live out this verse in Ukiah.

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