David Howell, Senior Pastor
Rev. David Howell has been a part of the First Congregational Church staff since 1997. Dave is a graduate of Stanford University and the Pacific School of Religion. In addition to being our Senior Pastor, he currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Center of Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Dave brings creativity, humor and a passion for the arts to ministry through improvisation, theater, music, and puppetry. He is regularly outsmarted by Clarence the Camel. Dave and his wife Kristin have been married 18 years and have two daughters. Contact: Dave@fccpa.org
Eileen Altman, Associate Pastor
Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman began serving as an Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, UCC in 2007, soon after receiving her M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion; she was ordained later that year. Her particular responsibilities at the church are supporting adult faith formation, pastoral care, and social justice and outreach ministries. Prior to her seminary studies, Eileen was a stay-at-home mom for several years, after a ten year career working for healthier communities in low-income neighborhoods of Chicago. She received a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical-community and social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in psychology from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. While growing up in Greenville, Mississippi, Eileen developed a passion for biblical studies, especially reading through the lens of "the least of these" our sisters and brothers. This passion has guided her life and work and is central to her call to ministry. Eileen’s leisure activities include walking (especially with her dog, Tess), reading, and hanging out in Santa Cruz.
Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones
Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones is Associate Conference Minister for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. In this role he supports local churches, ministries, and leaders of our denomination in our region. Previously, Daniel served this congregation as an associate pastor, as a university chaplain in Chicago, and as a regional staff person in a different denomination. If you would like to learn more about how you can be involved with our wider church connection, Daniel would love to get a cup of coffee with you.
Jenny Matteucci, Choral Director
Known for her flexibility of style, Jenny Matteucci performs, directs and conducts in many different venues all over the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 25 years of conducting experience, she is currently the conductor of FCCPA Chancel Choir, Congregational Oratorio Society, Festival Chamber Chorale, and the Festival Chorus for the Mendocino Music Festival. Jenny is also part of the voice faculty at Santa Clara University and offers private voice lessons. She holds a BFA and MFA in Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University. Her passion for vocal and choral repertoire has inspired her to create many cabaret, and small venue shows. Jenny lives in Oakland with her husband, Daniel, and is the proud mother of two grown children, Will and Beth, and a perfect dog named Maurice. Contact: Jenny@fccpa.org
Joe Guthrie, Music Director
A native of Missouri, Joe Guthrie joined the FCCPA music staff in 1995. He attended the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, studying organ. Joe is also a Pianist at Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco.
Inge Crozier, Cherub Choir Director
Andrea Ward, Children's Choir and Youth Choir Director
For more information about these choirs, please visit our Choirs page.
Rita Tetzlaff, Business Manager
Rita joined the staff of the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto as Business Manager in 2018. Rita was a stay-at-home mom for the past 12 years, after a career as Director of Product Marketing, Division Controller, and Business Manager for software and services security companies. Rita holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Rita has been a member of FCCPA since 2003 and lives in Palo Alto with her husband Michael and their twin daughters Jenna and Andrea (Andie). Contact: Rita@fccpa.org.
Linda Sodos, Office Manager
Linda was born and raised in Palo Alto and has been working at FCCPA since June 2003. She enjoys home improvement projects, arts and crafts, sewing, taking walks with her dog Lola and spending time with her family, especially her two grown sons. Contact: Linda@fccpa.org
Alisha Lippi, Office Administrator
Alisha grew up on a small farm in Pennsylvania, where she regularly attended church with her family. After graduating from York College of Pennsylvania, she moved to San Diego. She was drawn in by the sunshine, the ocean breeze and the amazing beaches, where her dog Izzy could run free. She spent four years there, first working as a hotel receptionist and then as a payroll specialist. She has just relocated to the Bay Area, where she plans to work and attend school part time. Alisha enjoys traveling the world, spending time with great friends, and partaking in delicious food. Contact: email@example.com
Joe Acevedo, Custodian
Joe Acevedo was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and grew up in Mexico City. After getting married, Joe moved to Sunnyvale, California and had three sons, Alan, Paul and Danny. Joe started working at FCCPA in 2000. Joe’s passion is soccer and plays twice a week and Paul enjoys playing the bass guitar, writing music and painting.
Paul Acevedo, Custodian
Paul is Joe's son and joined his father working at the church in 2009. Paul enjoys playing the bass guitar, writing music and painting.