Pastoral Staff

Rev. John D’Elia (EXT. 103)

Interim Pastor – Sabbatical Replacement. 
Rev. John D’Elia was most recently the Interim Pastor and Head of Staff at Glendale Presbyterian Church, a position he held for three years. He is from Burbank and has served churches in Southern California, Scotland, and England. For 9 years he was the Senior Pastor of the American International Church in London, a congregation with members from 30 countries around the world. While in London John spoke for groups at the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral, and was a regular contributor to the Pause for Thought radio broadcasts on BBC Radio. An experienced non-profit professional, John has served the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Presbyterian Foundation. He is a graduate of UCLA, Fuller Theological Seminary, and earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He is the author of A Place at the Table: George Eldon Ladd and the Rehabilitation of Evangelical Scholarship in America, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. John also serves part-time as the President of the New Theological Seminary of the West, an innovative institution that offers ministry training and continuing education for church leaders. John is a passionate fan of the Dodgers, all UCLA sports, and the Arsenal Football Club in London.

Rev. Dr. Dennis Falasco

Senior Pastor
Dennis was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He spent time in the Navy, attended First Presbyterian Church, San Diego and became actively involved in their youth program. He attended Point Loma College in San Diego earning a B.A. degree in Religion / Philosophy with a Youth Ministries Certificate. He married Becky, who grew up in Seattle, Washington and also went to Point Loma College and earned her degree in Music Education. They have two sons, Ken who is married to Heather, and Jason who is involved in the film industry. Dennis earned his Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Knoxville, TN, San Diego, CA, El Dorado, AR, and Idaho Falls, ID.

Dr. Jack Springer

Pastor Emeritus
Dr. Springer served as Pastor and Head of Staff at First Pres from September 1975 to March, 1990. He and his wife Judy love living on the Central Coast, spending time on the golf course being involved in the life of their grandson, Jason.

Rev. Luanne Griguoli

Minister of Outreach
Luanne was born and raised in Glendale, CA and was baptized and ordained as Minister of the Word and Sacrament at Grandview Presbyterian Church. After graduating from UCSB, marrying her husband Fabrizio, having two sons, and serving as Elder and Intern at La Canada Presbyterian Church, she graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her first call was as Pastor of South Park Presbyterian Church in Fairplay, Colorado. She retired after twelve years as Pastor of Nipomo Presbyterian Church during which time she served as Moderator of the Presbytery. She thanks God for First Presbyterian SLO where she has worshiped since 2008. She enjoys everything Italian, especially her husband and her grandchildren. Her heart is in Opening Doors for Interfaith Understanding.

Rev. Curtis Illingworth

Minister of Preaching

Rev. Jim Nielsen

Minister of Missional Outreach
Jim was born and raised in San Luis Obispo.  He was baptized, confirmed, married and ordained at FPCSLO.  He received a B.S. degree in Engineering from Cal Poly in 1958, a M.Div. degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1963 and a M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology from New Mexico State University.  He has served as Associate Pastor at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, ID (1963-66), as Campus Minister at New Mexico State University (1966-72), on the faculty and counseling staff at New Mexico Highlands University (1972-76) and as Director of the Common Ministry at Washington State University (1976-99).  Jim and his wife Judy have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Rev. Jim Seeber

Minister of Stephen Ministries
More info coming soon.

Steve Walker

Minister of Missions
More info coming soon.

Program Staff

Jenifer Gordon-Rabenaldt (EXT. 105)

Director of Christian Education
Miss Jen is committed to making First Pres. a safe, loving and nurturing space for children and youth and their families. She has been a part of FPCSLO most of her life and is very loyal to the church and church family. She works hard along with the Christian Education Committee to offer the children and youth activities that are current and will help guide them through their journey and faith development.

Administrative Staff

Kenneth Hand (EXT. 107)
Church Administrator
Kenneth Hand is a native to the San Luis Obispo area. His family roots run deep in the 5 Cities area. He attended California Baptist University, majoring in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Church Music and a minor in Biblical Studies. When he isn’t working, he is singing, baking, and more than likely has his nose in a book.
Wedding Coordinator & Memorial Coordinator
Jenifer herself was married at First Pres. She is passionate about making sure this special day in the lives of the Bride & Groom and their families is everything they dreamed it would be. It is with great joy that she guides couples through this process. As the memorial coordinator, she assists families in the planning and details of memorial services.

Ian Rabenaldt (EXT. 101)

Office Assistant & Audio Visual Technician

Austin Pack 

Building and Maintenance Technician & Assistant Audio Visual Technician 


Music Staff

Director of Music
Dr. Scott Glysson directs the Chancel Choir and oversees all music at FPCSLO. He also serves as Director of Choral Activities at Cal Poly. He and his wife have a daughter and son and recently came to us from Virginia.

Praise Singers Pianist

Linda feels blessed to be able to worship God through playing the piano at First Pres. During the week, Linda teaches piano lessons. The remainder of her time is dedicated to her church, her family and friends, and her favorite hobbies, gardening and reading.
More info coming soon.