STAFF AND BOARD
Who are the leaders of PYWA?
PYWA is currently led by a volunteer Board of Directors that consists of youth workers and pastors from across the country. The Board of Directors provides leadership to fulfill PYWA’s mission to connect, uphold, and inspire youth workers. If you’ve got questions for Board Members or just want to pick our brains, you can email us at [email protected] Or you can contact Rev. John Leedy or Shannon Guse, one of two board co-moderators if you’d like to speak with one of us directly and she will be happy to help you!
Current Board of Directors
Dr. Christy Williams
Dr. Williams is a long tenured, highly respected youth worker and brings a wealth of experience with PYWA and youth ministry within the PC(USA). She is a graduate of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Williams has spent her career serving as a Director of Christian Education and as an Adjunct Staff person for the Montreat Youth Conferences. She currently serves as the Director of Dogwood Acres Camp and Retreat Center for the Presbytery of Florida.
Rev. Pepa Paniagua
Board Member and Co-Moderator
Rev. Pepa Paniagua is a cradle Presbyterian, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves the ocean and mountains, she is a SF Giants Fan, and roots for the 49ers, even when they make it hard. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wa- the town so nice, they named it twice!
Board Member and Secretary of the Board
Kiersten Hill is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado. She is originally from San Diego, CA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is currently pursuing an mDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is passionate about authentic community and loves helping people discover life in the Spirit. She enjoys long walks and deep conversations, biking, skiing, and occasionally trying new baking projects. She is married to Josh, an almost-Colorado-native who works as a civil engineer in Denver.
Tully Fletcher is the Associate Pastor for Youth & Congregational Transformation at Decatur Presbyterian Church, in Decatur GA. Tully has the unique ability of making boring things fun like financial statements, Robert’s rules of order, and organizational bylaws. His spiritual gift is spread‑sheeting. He is passionate about leadership development and empowering church and nonprofit leaders to better fulfill their mission. He loves walking alongside young people as they grow in their faith, leading them on mission trips, Bible Study, and in theological discussion. Tully serves as the treasurer and compliance officer for PYWA, advising the board on financial & governance matters. He has been part of the PYWA leadership since 2016, and has been in professional ministry for more than 15 years.
Andrew Esqueda is the Associate Pastor for Family Ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. He is originally from San Diego, CA. He attended Whitworth University, and graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has a keen interest in the integration of theology and ministry and exploring what it looks like to do church in a post-Christian world. He enjoys coaching wrestling, playing music, eating good food, and considers himself a connoisseur of coffee and other fine beverages. He is married to Megan and they have a 6 year old son named Isaiah and an 8 month old son named Desmond.
Maggie is a Master’s of Divinity student at Columbia Theological Seminary and a seminary intern at Shallowford Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a graduate of the University of Tulsa (OK), she has been raised in Church spaces and loves to encounter God through communities and connections. When not studying or spending time with the congregation of Shallowford, she is usually reading books from her Goodreads list, practicing yoga as an act of radical self-care, or sitting in the sun at her favorite coffee shop.
Kim Ness has had a love for PCUSA youth ministry since her first visit to Montreat in the summer of 1990. Since then, she has served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, NIRL; was the YAV site coordinator in Nashville, and has had the joy of being a small group leader at MYC over twenty times. For the last ten years, she has been the Director of Youth Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Athens, GA. She has a passion for social justice, and seeks to create a more connected and relevant church. Bringing the Matthew 25 initiative to FPC has been one of her most rewarding experiences. Her time with youth is not limited to church, as she is also the mom of three awesome teens, and active in the local public schools and UGA Presbyterian Student Center. In her free time, she likes to snuggle with her two dogs, watch mindless Netflix shows and plan an epic RV trip with her husband for retirement years!
Oliver Page has been doing Youth Ministry, in many different forms, for over 7 years. He spent over 4 years as the Youth Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in San Jose, California. That experience, combined with 2 years of campus ministry and 2 years of camp ministry, at only 25 years old, puts him in a unique position of having worked in Youth Ministry basically since he was old enough to get a job! He has a passion for music, gaming, mission, and helping young minds open up to new perspectives. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his older brother, and is focusing on his education.
Chip Pope serves as the Associate Pastor for Family Ministry at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC, where he has served since 2014. He is passionate about connecting children, youth, and families with God and one another, and loves walking alongside them in their journeys of life and faith. Chip studied Elementary Education at Auburn University (War Eagle!) and holds a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. He is married to Heather and the two of them together have four teenagers. When not at the church, you can often find Chip playing tennis for one of his several teams.
Kate Satterstrom is the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church, McMinnville. She moved to Oregon in 2017 after a decade on the East Coast in both Virginia and New Jersey. Kate grew up in San Diego and couldn’t wait to explore and learn after she graduated high school. Kate attended Purdue University where she received a Bachelor of Arts focusing on US History. She then went on to Princeton Theological Seminary where she received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. Kate is passionate about building a church where children and youth (and everyone really) knows they are loved. In her spare time, Kate loves to read and explore the PNW. She is brought to life by the ocean and flowers. If Kate could be an animal she would be a starfish.
Eileen is the Associate Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church La Costa in Carlsbad California. She is a Colorado native and California local. Eileen attended the University of Southern California and earned a Master’s of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been involved in Youth Ministry since 2003 in various capacities and continues to love working with Middle School and High School students. Whenever possible Eileen will jump on a plane to discover beauty and joy around the world seeing God in all places and people. Her goal of visiting every continent is nearly complete. At home she loves cooking, taking Henri (the coolest dog on the planet) for walks and fetching sessions, and watching sunsets with her best friend and husband Richard.