Education Team
The Education Committee provides programs to enrich and educate the presbytery through our annual Winterfest half-day conference, proposed General Assembly amendments, and Tapestry Youth Ministry Collective of San Gabriel Presbytery.


Rev. Jennifer Ackerman, Moderator
Director of Operations and Director of Micah Groups for the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Seminary

Elder Patricia Martinez-Miller
Elder Deborah Owens

Update from SGP Tapestry

‘Suh’ SGP (millennial speak for What’s Up SGP?),

You may be wondering what all this Tapestry talk is about. Tapestry is a cooperative of youth ministries among churches in the San Gabriel and Riverside presbyteries. It was formed by several youth pastors and directors about 7 years ago out of a desire and need to build a cohesive presence of youth at different exciting and faith-filled Jr. & Sr. High activities in the Southland. The PC(USA) is a connectional church and the benefit to live into that model is that it offers gifts of student spiritual formation each and every year.

This year, July 2019, happens to be a PC(USA) Youth Triennium year. Although the Tapestry team is not formally shepherding this trip, there is a contingent of youth in San Gabriel Presbytery who will be attending. It is an amazing way for young people to experience the Church as a denomination and learn about the many ways the Presbyterian Church lives out its faith across the country and the world. Ask about ways you may be able to help sponsor a student to attend this transformative experience.

While some are away at the Youth Triennium many others will be gathering that same week for the Tapestry Sacred Activism Week (July 15-19). This is an opportunity for our teens to really dive into what it means to serve our communities in faithful mission partnership. Each day they will learn about a different social justice activity, dive into it and get their hands dirty, and then come together afterward to spend time praying for the work they just became part of for that day. To learn more about this experience please contact Rev. Becca Bateman ( or Rev. Brian Gaeta-Symonds (

A couple final thoughts… As you consider what your church is doing for Vacation Bible School this summer, please check in with the Tapestry team, as they may be able to provide some VBS Coaching (may include some resources). And, pray for our youth. They are up against some difficult pressures, challenges and choices. We want to make sure they know their church family is with them ‘hundo p’ or as the rest of us might say 100%.

With Gratitude,

SGP Tapestry

Rev. Brian Gaeta-Symonds
Co-Moderator of SGP Tapestry 

Rev. Becca Bateman
Co-Moderator of SGP Tapestry