Joan Jeffers

Stated Clerk
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It is my extreme pleasure to welcome you to the Presbytery of Nevada website! We are a unique Presbytery made up of 22 churches and three (3) New Church Developments (NCDs), the most in the PC(USA). These NCDs are a targeted effort by our commitment to mission outreach to minister to the multi-cultural demographics of Southern Nevada.

We were incorporated on July 13, 1909 but have churches that have been in existence since 1861. Our Presbytery covers an extremely large geographical area which includes all of the State of Nevada (109,781.18 square miles) and the Eastern edge of California which includes four churches; Lake Tahoe Community Church; Lee Vining Presbyterian which is a small but thriving church near Yosemite; Truckee Lutheran/Presbyterian Church; and Valley Presbyterian Church located on the lands of the Sovereign Tribal Nation, the Paiute Tribe, near Bishop, CA.

We are desert people and the frontier independence is in our DNA. We represent cowboy, tribal, urban and mining people and bring our unique perspectives to the Presbytery. The beauty of the Presbytery of Nevada is that however we may disagree, we always aspire to return to Unity recognizing we are all God’s children made in His image and blessed by His love.

4790 Caughlin Pkwy, #819 Reno, NV  89509-0907
Office Hours 10 AM to 2 PM Monday-Friday

Vern Manke

Director of Finance
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I was born in Carson City B.H. — Before Hospital. Currently I work as a part-time instructor in Accounting at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nevada. My guiding principle is not to ask permission, nor even forgiveness…but mercy!

PO Box 22076, Carson City, NV 89721


Hilda Pecoraro

Presbytery Pastor
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It is my pleasure to serve as the first Presbytery Pastor for the Presbytery of Nevada. The Personnel Committee has made it clear that this is not an Executive position; rather a pastoral one. The Stated Clerk and Committee on Ministry will continue to be available for ecclesiastical and polity issues. My role is to provide emotional and spiritual support, to nurture and pray for our pastors and congregations, to provide pastoral care and encouragement – especially in times of crisis, transition, discernment or loss. In addition, I hope to enhance communication between pastors and congregations by sharing ideas and bringing people together.

I look forward to serving the members of the Presbytery of Nevada, as together we serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

123 Almendio Lane, Henderson, NV 89704
702-610-7123 and 702-612-5164

Christy Ramsey

Journal Clerk
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Serving the Presbytery as Journal Clerk, which in this century has less to do with bound books and better described as tech monkey and web shepherd.

I am the husband of one and father of two. Wife Bette Lynn is a Home Health Physical Therapist in Carson City, Nevada and daughter Rachel teaches in Grass Valley. Bette Lynn and I have been in Nevada since May of 2013. Son Robert is in Akron, Ohio where I served as a Presbyterian Pastor for eight years as part of thirty years in full time ministry in the Midwest. I enjoy technology, writing, webslinging, humor, twitter, movies, and science fiction. I keep busy keeping house and volunteering extensively at ComputerCorps, a non-profit where I help recycle struggling spirits who are working to recycle and rebuild computers and lives.

You can follow me on twitter @extrachristycom There is more about me at and my blog is at

2600 Hansen Drive, Carson City, Nevada, 89701


Bob Kelley

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Currently serving as moderator, Rev. Bob Kelley is Pastor of Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church, in South Lake Tahoe, California. Bob has a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His first call was as an Intern for First Presbyterian Church Texarkana, Arkansas. He also was solo pastor for First Presbyterian Church Sealy, Texas and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Shreveport, Louisiana.