Meet our Staff

  • Rev. Wendy Komori Stager

    Wendy Komori Stager has been joyfully serving as the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church since July 2016.  She earned her M.Div from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2001.  She has served United Methodist Congregations, Presbyterian Churches as well as camp and conference ministries at Westminster Woods and Highlands Camp and Conference Center.  Wendy loves that Community Presbyterian Church is making a difference in this specific corner of God’s Kingdom. 


    When not at church, you might find Wendy drinking a local microbrew with her husband or playing Dungeons and Dragons with her daughter.  Wendy  takes Karma, an 8-year-old Labrador retriever on walks in the neighborhood.  The cat is her napping companion.  Wendy’s garden is full of California native plants and she loves to cook a meal with fresh herbs from the backyard. 

  • Parish Associate: Rev. John Collister

    John Collister has been our Parish Visitor and Stephen’s Ministry Leader for over 10 years.  He received his formal education from Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa earning  Master of Divinity and  Master of Sacred Theology degrees.  He has done program development work in sub-acute locked psychiatric facilities and been the Administrator of several nursing homes.

    He takes walks with his wife Sandra in their Benicia neighborhoods.  He and Sandra are volunteers for Red Cross – mainly going to Solano County house fires to give assistance to those displaced and to disaster preparedness educational event sites. John gives great joy to those who play golf with him at Blue Rock Springs – they win!

  • Director of Music Ministries: Michael Reilly

    Michael is a conductor, singer, composer, and educator living in the Bay Area who believes that music is a universal gift possessed by all with a mission to create community through the ritual of music making. Michael is currently on the music faculty of Solano Community College and Artistic Director for the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the Georgia Street Singers.

    In 2013, YouthPLAYS published Michael’s musical adaptation (Diane Grant book/lyrics) of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, which premiered at Theatre Palisades in 2010. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Music in Music Education with Kodály emphasis from Holy Names University.

  • Accompanist: Caleb Phair

    Caleb Phair graduated from College Park High School in Pleasant Hill with a Louis Armstrong Award for Excellence in Jazz.  Since then, he has studied at Brigham Young University where he was a member of the jazz band, Diablo Valley College (DVC), and participated in the European American Musical Alliance Summer Music Program.  Currently he is studying at California State University Sacramento where he plans to graduate next year in jazz studies.

    He has served as the Assistant Music Director for several productions at DVC and for Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre, and Contra Costa Civic Theater.  He has also served as Music Director at DVC, Poison Apple Productions, De La Salle High School, and Concord High School.  He has accompanied all the Concord High School choirs, taught trumpet, and tutored in music theory.  He is skilled in music composition, arranging, theory, sight-singing, sight-reading, improvisation, and teaching.  As anyone who has heard him play knows, he is very proficient on the piano. 
  • bell Choir Director: Betty Heise

    Betty has been involved with and has had a love for music from the age of five when she first sang in the cherub choir and heard the pipe organ in the Presbyterian Church. Music has been a passion ever since, from singing in and accompanying choirs, to playing flute and handbells.  She has been the director of the handbell choir(s) at CPC since 2001 and continues to love teaching new and experienced ringers about all possibilities that five octaves of handbells snd handchimes can do. She has two sons, and played together with them in the handbell choir for a number of years.  A registered nurse for many years, she now enjoys singing, playing, and directing, being with family and friends, and all sorts of hobbies.

  • guitarist: Joe Lucero

    Joe has been involved in music in some capacity since he was about 10 years old. He has been doing music in church for most of his life, starting as a youth at St. Catherine’s in Vallejo, then moving on to St. Dominic's in Benicia where he still serves as choir director and musician. Now he is glad to be a part of the CPC music team.

    He has 5 adult children that he is so very proud of and he has been married for 30 years this year. He is also a leader of a popular Bay Area band called "Papa Joe and the New Deal."  They perform at various locations throughout the year.  The best part of the band is that two of his children are sharing in that endeavor with him.

  • Financial Administrator: Steve Zimmerman

    Steve has been with us since September 2017.  Steve is also the bookkeeper for several other churches and their preschools throughout the East Bay. When Steve is not dealing with church finances, you will probably find him either on his bike (as he is an avid cyclist) or enjoying time with his four grandchildren who live in Benicia.