First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa

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    Colleen Soldate

    Director of Caring Ministry

    Colleen Soldate With God’s guidance, I began attending First Presbyterian Church in April 1998. The sound of the French horn caught my attention but what captured my heart was the Pastor’s challenge for the congregation to sit on the edge of the pew with the anticipation of the living God being present. Wow!

    From early childhood I discovered that “Jesus loves me.” That Love ignited a passion to serve others and that same love continued into adulthood. While serving as a Stephen Minister, Stephen Leader and Elder my faith, trust and reliance on God blossomed. I received degrees in Business Management and Human Resource Management. I began my position as Director of Caring Ministries in February 2014.

    As Director of Caring Ministries, my prime focus is to mobilize teams, direct, lead, provide vision, organize and oversee the pastoral care of members and friends of our church. Before being called to this role, I worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years. I grew up in Santa Rosa and married the boy next door who remains my very best friend today. We were blessed with two precious children, Jheri and Paul.

    Throughout our lives, we as a family, have enjoyed spending our time together camping, fishing, biking, treasure hunting, antiquing, gardening and visiting with family and friends. My mom ignited my passion to cook and bake with our family, neighbors and friends being the taste testers of my trying out new recipes. My favorite hobby is building lasting relationships and what delights me more is getting to know and hear people’s stories and make them feel welcome and part of our church family. I am blessed and truly enjoy serving God’s people here at First Presbyterian Church and our community.

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