The Staff

Wendy S. Tajima

Executive Presbyter Email

Rev. Wendy S. Tajima is a native of Pasadena, and was raised in San Gabriel Presbytery. Her grandfather was an immigrant Japanese pastor and her uncle, Rev. Donald Toriumi, served for…


…31 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Altadena. Wendy has always believed that growing up in Pasadena’s strong and diverse community has been a great blessing in her life. After graduating from Stanford University, Wendy worked in a social service agency working with battered women and their children. She earned an MBA from UCLA (Anderson) Graduate School of Management, and worked for Apple Computer in multiple management positions for 8 years.

Wendy was a manager in the Evangelism Department at Apple Computer when she started seminary, first at Fuller Seminary’s Bay Area extension campus, then San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS). She was ordained in 1997 and served ecumenically in Hawai‘i for 10 years. She came back to California and served as Associate Dean of Enrollment at SFTS, then as Stated Clerk and Associate General Presbyter for Presbytery of the Pacific. She has been Executive Presbyter for San Gabriel Presbytery since April 2014, offering support to 39 Presbyterian churches from Eagle Rock to Claremont and Pomona.

Diane M. Frasher

Stated Clerk Email

Diane Frasher was born in Mineola, New York and spent her younger years moving between Long Island and Florida. She also grew up moving between the Roman Catholic…


Diane was ordained as a Ruling Elder and became a Clerk of Session within the PCUSA. She participated in music and educational ministries and leadership training at her congregation. She was employed at two different Presbyterian congregations for a total of six years as an Administrative Assistant. She acquired her Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees, as well as began her Master of Divinity during those years, while raising three daughters as a single parent. She participated in presbytery life in Riverside Presbytery as a member, and chair, of the Mission & Stewardship Committee for six year as well as a member of the Education, Leadership Development Team for three years, and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for two years. She was ordained as a Teaching Elder in 2009 and moved into Transitional Ministry between 2009 and 2013. She became Part-Time Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Riverside in spring of 2013. She continued that work while battling cancer. After a successful battle with cancer, she was called as Part-Time Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of San Gabriel in spring of 2015. The Stated Clerk call to Riverside Presbytery was completed on August 31, 2017 as that presbytery transitioned to an Executive/Stated Clerk model. She is delighted to continue her call as Stated Clerk to San Gabriel Presbytery at this time.

Diane is single again and has three adult children and four grandchildren, all of whom she loves deeply. Being a “Ga-Ga” means a great deal to her at this point in her life and she revels in it.


Ally Lee

Presbyter for Administration and Associate Stated Clerk
Presbytery of San Gabriel

Rev. Ally Lee is the newest member of the Presbytery staff. She began as the Presbyter for Administration and Associate Stated Clerk in January 2020….


…Ally has been a member of the Presbytery since 2017 when she was ordained as the Temporary Associate Pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church, Pasadena where she still serves part-time. Ally grew up moving around the country and moved to California in 2009 to attend Fuller Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Brian have been married since 2010 and live in Altadena with their daughter Johanna and two dogs, Gus and Ambrose.


Twila French

Bookkeeper Email

Twila became a member of the presbytery staff in July of 2001 when she was hired as Secretary and has also served as our Associate Stated Clerk and Administrator, where she had a wide variety of responsibilities.


Twila is a member and Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ontario where she is a long-time member of the choir and plays bass guitar. Twila has been married to Steve since 1978 and they have two grown children; a daughter, Vicki who is a registered nurse working in the ER at Kiser Hospital in Riverside, and a son, Rick who is a representative for Hayward Pool Products in Pomona.

Kristi Van Nostran

Immigrant Accompaniment Organizer Email

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Kristi grew up in First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, Washington. As a young adult she was actively involved in the Presbytery of the Cascades serving…


…several summers as staff at Camp Magruder on the Oregon Coast. Kristi is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, where she studied Spanish and Religion, and holds a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Kristi’s love for Central America began when she took her first Spanish classes as a teenager, and it grew tremendously as a PC(USA) mission volunteer in Guatemala. In addition to mission service, Kristi has coordinated an adult English language program with Latina women in Oregon and a youth outreach program in Texas for Latino middle and high school students. Kristi returned to Central America in 2010 to serve as the Presbyterian Church (USA) Mission Co-Worker with the Joining Hands Ministry in El Salvador for seven years before moving to Southern California in 2017 to complete a Master of Divinity, also from Fuller, and pursue ordination in the PC(USA).

Kristi lives in Pasadena with Grisín and Tessa, her Salvadoran dog-daughters, and housemate Marisol, an asylum seeker from Honduras. She looks forward to being a part of this accompaniment ministry and the new ways that God’s Spirit is moving in and through our Presbyteries to offer hospitality and hope to our immigrant siblings.

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Wendy Gist

Mission Advocate for Hunger, Poverty and Peacemaking Email

As Mission Advocate, Wendy works to be a resource to congregations on mission ministries, projects, and events.


Wendy has served as the Mission Advocate for Hunger, Poverty, and Peacemaking Issues for the Presbytery since December 2005.  This is a part-time role that she has happily taken on for our Presbytery and the Presbytery of San Fernando. She’s happy to participate in worship, lead adult education classes, speak with committees, or attend other church and Presbytery events.

Prior to this, Wendy and her husband David served as PC(USA) mission workers in Nicaragua from 1994-2000.  Wendy and David are the proud parents of Nicolás (Nico) and Tasha, both of whom were born in Nicaragua while they served there.  Between parenting; working for justice and peace in her home, community, nation, and world; and church responsibilities her days are pretty full.

Lauren Evans

Chaplain for Retired Presbyterian Church Workers Email

Lauren feels drawn to be a companion along the journey for our retired church workers. Retirement benefits from having a chaplain.


Our retired church workers bring to our presbytery a wealth of experience and and a life-long call to follow Christ. As honorably retired, they offer us wisdom and work that enrich our community. Lauren says, “I direct their talents to the corresponding ministry, bringing the two together.”

Based upon the model of a college or military chaplain, the Retired Presbyterian Church Worker Chaplain supports the well-being of our senior servants. She listens to their stories, weaving them into the greater narrative of the Church. As Doug Edwards who is on the advisory team for the new position points out, “the most important factors in our well-being in retirement are community, purpose and health.”

Lauren’s pastoral care includes visitations, helping them connect with one another, grief support and interpreting Board of Pensions material.

This is a pilot program funded by a grant from the House of Rest.