Pastors & Staff

Brent Swanson

Lead Pastor

Brent has been serving as the senior pastor of CPC since April 2021.  He earned his BA degree from UCLA and his MDiv from Yale Divinity School.  He is passionate about teaching the Bible and helping lead the church to love and serve the city. Originally from Long Beach, CA, Brent loves to surf, read, and play music. He is married to Anita, and they have four wonderful boys: Samuel, Luke, Jude, Micah. 

Dave McGurk

Associate Pastor

Dave was called into the ministry at 17 years old. He has faithfully served CPC since 1991 focusing on Adult and Senior Ministries as well as Mission and the work of the Deacons. He is passionate about coming alongside others in their faith journey, teaching, missions, sharing God’s word and building Christian community. 

Denise Rallis

Director of Classic Worship

Denise has spent 20 years in full or part time Music Ministry. Ministry is her passion. She loves coaching and helping others become successful in their music endeavors. 

Joanna Whitmyre 

 Communications Assistant

Joanna was born in Santa Clara and raised in Merced. She has an associates degree in Art from Merced College and hopes to pursue a Bachelors degree in Media Communications. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her boyfriend, Austin, and their dog Bailey. 

Nancy Edmiston

Interim Church Administrator

Nancy came out of retirement to serve as our church administrator. She served in the field of education for 45 years, first as a teacher then as an administrator. She has degrees in mathematics and education. Nancy enjoys gardening, baking, and traveling. She has two children and two grandsons. 

Elspeth Beardsley

Interim Director of Children & Family Ministry

Elspeth has lived in Merced and attended CPC since she was born. Elspeth just graduated from UC Merced in December 2019, where she received her Bachelors in Language Studies, focusing on Spanish. In her spare time, Elspeth enjoys playing music on the piano and violin, drinking caramel iced coffee from Starbucks, and spending time with her friends, nephews, nieces, and siblings.