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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Stated Clerk/Administrator Email
Twila became a member of the presbytery staff in July of 2001 when she was hired as Secretary and is now our Associate Stated Clerk and Administrator. She has a wide variety of responsibilities.