Staff

Ross Purdy
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.

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David Lessley
Pastoral Associate

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.

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Sharon Ramirez
Director of Christian Education

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Kathy Purdy
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.

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Dylan Bollinger
Youth Ministry Intern

Dylan grew up here in Burbank, and attended John Burroughs where he graduated in 2010 and about 2 years after high school he enrolled in college and was majoring in music. That didn’t work out and a year into it, he realized that he didn’t want to study music but wanted to study ministry and ended up enrolling in Grand Canyon University where he is currently working on a Degree in Christian Studies Emphasizing in Youth Ministry and plans on becoming a Youth Pastor. He started attending First Presbyterian Church of Burbank over 13 years ago and was heavily involved in the youth group. After he graduated high school he started volunteering in the youth department on a weekly basis for 6 years, before being hired on in December of 2016 to run the Youth Ministry Department. Dylan is also a very talented musician and plays both bass and guitar and every Sunday morning you can find him jamming and leading worship here at First Presbyterian Church. In his spare time you can find him at a local dance studio in Burbank where he studies Ballet 3-4 times a week and preforms full length shows 2 times a year.

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Katy Purdy
Youth Ministry Intern

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Nancy Foote
Office Administrator

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Tim Black
Admin. of Finance and Property

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De Dollar
Office Assistant

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Kyle and Cathy Kelly
Young Adults

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Carolyn Lessley
Clerk of Sessions

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Kay Norris
Archivist

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Dr. Lisa Ham
Director of Music Ministries and Organist

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