Dan McClure

Lead Pastor

Dan McClure is a Bay Area native.  He grew up in Redwood City and now resides in Sunnyvale with his wife Annette (17 years of marriage), daughter Sierra, son Cayden, dog Willow and four chickens: KitKat, Speedy, Squeaky, and Ninja. 

 

Since October 2015, Dan has served as the Lead Pastor at PAFCC.  Prior to taking the call in Palo Alto, Dan served as Pastor of Spiritual Revival at Trinity Church in Sunnyvale where he was first commissioned after completing his pastoral internship. Dan also served as the Founder and CEO, for 10 years, of a non-profit organization that provided health and wellness programming to underserved kids, families and seniors throughout the Bay Area. Dan holds a Masters degree from SJSU in Kinesiology and has been an adjunct professor at SJSU for over 23 years teaching courses in public health, recreation, and kinesiology. Dan also serves as a faculty advisor for the student organization Alabaster House of Prayer. 

 

Dan is passionate about sharing the love of God with friends, family, church family, neighbors, students, and complete strangers. 

 

Dan's favorite Bible verse is James 1:2-4.  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

In his spare time, Dan loves watching his kids play sports, wine tasting with Annette, exercising, and inviting neighbors to sit and chat on the front porch.

Chris Taylor

Executive Pastor

Chris not only grew up in Palo Alto, but grew up attending Palo Alto First Christian Church.  Chris has served on the church Board of Directors (Chair, Vice Chair, Controller) for about 10 years, and started his current position at PAFCC in 2017.   As the Executive Pastor/ Elder/ Administration and Outreach Director, Chris manages a wide variety of tasks at PAFCC.  Chris is your “go-to” person for all things related to church financials, human resources, facility and property management, and outreach program oversight and development.

 

Chris earned his BA Economics from SJSU, with a certificate in Accounting.  He has also worked in the real estate world for fifteen years (appraising, sales, and development) and started a nonprofit in Nicaragua that focuses on providing educational and professional development opportunities.

 

Chris and Sofia have been married for sixteen years, and they have four wonderful kids, ages 14, 11, 4, and 1.5.  Chris states that he is passionate about  seeing God’s Kingdom spread uncontrollably.  He loves helping others reach their potential, and participating in international outreach done differently and effectively.  In his spare time, Chris enjoys camping, hiking, traveling, sports, music, and trying new food!

Favorite Bible Verse:  James 1:27

Heather Piper

Women and Family Pastor

Heather Piper was born in Munster, Germany, raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and then moved to Coventry, England.   As an adult, Heather and her five children lived in Trollhattan, Sweden for 15 years, & Shanghai, China for 6 years.

Heather has been participating in ministry for over twenty years.  She started a women's groups for international women in Sweden, led children's Sunday school classes, bible studies, and worked with students with learning difficulties.  Heather moved to Palo Alto in 2016, and jumped right in helping at PAFCC!   Currently, Heather leads all our women's ministry events including; conferences, outings, and monthly meals out together.

Heather is passionate about women and young people becoming free to be all they were designed to be.  She hopes to help break off the restraints people feel because of past traumas or lies that they have believed.  Her heart is to see people healed, whole, and confident in their uniqueness. 

Some of Heather's favorite bible verses are Exodus 23:20, Deuteronomy 31:6, and Isaiah 46:9-11. These scriptures always remind her that God has a plan, it will happen, He will always show us the way, and I can trust that He has it all covered.

 

In her free time, you can find Heather cooking, baking, feeding people, cycling, walking out in nature, reading, or traveling.

Mark Ramirez

Associate Pastor

Mark is a Bay Area native, having been born and raised in the South Bay. He has served in different roles on staff at PAFCC since 2016. Currently, Mark serves as Associate Pastor, overseeing Sunday morning services, Bible studies, and discipleship.

Having a passion for young people and Scripture, Mark graduated from William Jessup University with a double major in Youth Ministry and Bible & Theology.  Mark married Melanie, his high school sweetheart, and they have been married for 5 years with two children, Joshua and Anna.

Mark is passionate about diving deep into Scripture, answering faith questions, and seeing lives changed by Jesus.  His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6, because it reminds him of the need to be ever close to God and the need to have his entire life revolve around the Lord.

Hobbies: Mark loves spending time with family and friends, watching movies with his wife, and getting introvert time playing video games.

Meg Wilkins Riazi

Children & Youth Ministry Director

Meg grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and made her way to California in 2016 to attend a ministry school in Pismo Beach, CA. 

Meg earned a BA degree in Social Work, and a MAT degree in Elementary Education from the University of Georgia.  She has spent her career teaching students of various ages from pre-school to university students.  Some of Meg's favorite teaching experiences have been those that took her overseas to teach in Greece, Kenya, and China.  

With a heart for children, youth, and international missions, Meg joined the team at PAFCC in October 2019.  She currently oversees programs and discipleship activities for students ages 0-20, including our "Mommy-and-Me Group", Sunday Children's programs, Summer Camp, and PAFCC Youth Group.

Meg is most passionate about people experiencing for themselves the depths, heights, widths of God's love.  (Eph. 3:18).  

Meg married her husband, Ali, this past spring, and together they enjoy cycling, eating Chick-fil-a, traveling, and playing super competitive rounds of the game "Settlers of Catan."   

Favorite Bible Verse:  Psalm 16:11, "In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." 

Hassan has been leading and participating on worship teams for many years.  His passion for music ministry has led him to not only work with people in his home church; but also with many churches throughout the Bay Area.  He also enjoys teaching and collaborating, with musicians and singers, in the process of leading people in songs to worship the Lord.  He believes songs are an important vehicle we use to express our love to God and exclaim the truths revealed in His word.

Educationally, Hassan completed his studies at San Jose State University and received a graduate degree in Social Work with a dual focus on Children, Youth, and Families; and School Social Work.  Later, he returned to San Jose State University to earn another graduate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.  He also completed all the requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California authorized by Board of Behavioral Sciences.  He recognizes that all his accomplishments have been as a result of God’s goodness and grace; and the sacrificial love of his family.

 

Professionally, Hassan has worked with children and their families for over twenty-five years.  He began his career, as a social worker, with Santa Clara County Department of Social Services.  After working with Santa Clara County, he accepted a position as an academic emphasis counselor for the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District.  He enjoys having the opportunity to work with children, youth, and adolescents during the pivotal stages of their developmental growth.  

Outside of his full-time employment with the school district, Hassan provides individual counseling and consultation to youth and families in the areas of child welfare and education, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  When he is not working; he enjoys working out, songwriting, and spending time with family and friends.  One of his favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

Hassan Moses Vakili

Worship Director

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Palo Alto First Christian Church

2890 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, CA 94306

info@pafcc.org | (650) 327-4188

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