2018 Church Staff
Rev. Ross Purdy, Pastor/Head of Staff
David Lessley, Pastoral Associate
Rev. K.C. Wahe, Missional Outreach Coordinator
Tim Black, Admin. of Finance & Property
Nancy Foote, Office Administrator
De Dollar, Office Assistant
Dr. Lisa Ham, Dir. of Music/Organist
Carolyn Lessley, Choir Accompanist
Kathy Purdy, Dir. of Children’s Ministry
Kyle and Cathy Kelley, Young Adults
Katy Purdy, Youth Intern
Kaye Norris, Archivist
Abbey Wysocki, Communications Consultant
Pastor & Head of Staff
Ross grew up not far from Burbank. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton (B.A. in Comparative Religions) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is currently working on a Ph.D. in History at The University of Stirling, Scotland. Ross has been an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA since 1995, and has been with the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank since 2001. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children – Katy, Heather, and Jacob.
David Lessley is a Connecticut Yankee by birth. In addition to being a pastoral associate, he has served as a Deacon, a Trustee, and an Elder. He enjoys teaching adult classes, preaching, and visiting the homes and hospitals of the people of First Pres. Those who meet David often comment that he is one of the kindest and wisest people they have ever met. David also sings in the Chancel Choir. He and his wife Carolyn have two children, and four grandchildren. He is grateful for the opportunities to serve in the church because it was through the ministry of this congregation that he became a Christian.
Missional Outreach Coordinator
Rev. K.C. Wahe is an ordained PCUSA pastor and member at large in the Presbytery of San Fernando. He’s a graduate of Princeton Seminary and Azusa Pacific University. He currently serves as our Missional Outreach Coordinator helping our church think missionally outside the walls of our church. He’s been married to his spouse Debbie, a special education middle school teacher in Burbank, for 28 years and has three young adult sons. He’s currently the pastor of a new worshiping community in North Hollywood called Outside the Walls LA. He’s served in churches in Palmdale, Los Angeles, Burbank, and New Jersey and has a heart for helping the local church walk alongside its neighbors and helping do God’s mission in the world.
Director of Children’s Ministry
Kathy Purdy has worked in various children’s ministry programs since 1990. Nothing warms her heart more than watching children come to know and love Jesus. She often teaches the Sunday morning Children’s sermon and has been the director of several Vacation Bible School programs. Currently, Kathy facilitates all of First Pres.’s children (0-5th grade) and family ministry programs. She loves to work with families and children of all ages. She and Pastor Ross have been married for 17 years.
Youth Ministry Intern
Admin. of Finance and Property
Kyle and Cathy Kelly
Clerk of Sessions
Dr. Lisa Ham
Director of Music Ministries and Organist
Abbey has extensive background in database and organizational management. She will be working in the front office as she helps us become more efficient and proficient to meet the ever-changing needs of the church’s ministry and outreach to the world. Since we have had to reduce our staff over the past many years, Abbey will help us figure out how to have better communication and tools to create new models for doing the church’s work.