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Rev. Daniel J. Commerford

Dan has served as Pastor of First Presbyterian since July of 2016. Growing up in Minnesota, Dan always thought he may become a pastor, but did not seriously begin to discern God’s call until he was in college at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduating college, Dan moved to Richmond, Virginia, where he earned his Master of Divinity at Union Presbyterian Seminary. Before coming to First Presbyterian, Dan spent his first few years of ordained ministry as pastor of a church outside of Atlanta, Georgia. His passion for ministry is helping others connect their faith in Christ with what is happening in their lives and their world. When he is not serving at church, Dan loves to be active outdoors, involve himself with music in any way possible, and spend time with his wife, daughter, and little Pomeranian. Dan’s email address is dan@tequestapres.org.


Crystal Botha

Crystal has been serving at First Presbyterian since 2010. However working in the ministry has been a lifelong journey for her. Growing up in the Deep South, she has served in music and children’s ministry since the age of 13.  Crystal has an extensive background in music and education, and has a passion for children and loves to serve the Lord.  First Pres. has made an impact on her life, revealed by the loving grace of Jesus Christ. She feels privileged to be an instrument to now share that Good News with others who are seeking God’s presence and considers it a blessing to be able to come to work while living out her faith at the same time. When Crystal’s not at work you can find her out on the water, enjoying Jupiter’s beautiful beaches, playing the piano, kickboxing and spending time with her family. She and her husband together have 4 children, ranging in age from 10 to 22, and 2 cats. Together they actively serve in mission work here in the community and in South Africa. Crystal’s email address is crystal@tequestapres.org.


Shannon Trevino

Shannon is a true Florida native, born and raised in Palm Beach County. She served in the United States Army Reserves and is a veteran of Desert Storm. She spent 15 years as a police officer and was a sergeant with the Sheriff’s office when she left to stay home and raise her two beautiful children. Shannon has been attending First Presbyterian of Tequesta for many years with her children and many members of her family. Two years ago she felt a call to ministry and in December 2015 was able to accept the position of Director of Youth Ministries. Her passion is working with youth and she thanks God all the time for leading her to this ministry. When she is not working she enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her daughter Liani and her son Alex. Shannon’s email address is shannon@tequestapres.org.


Marlyce Pedersen

Since 2000 Marlyce has served in the music department of First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta as organist, choir director and currently music director/organist. Having felt God’s calling to music from her earliest beginnings,  she feels privileged to show God’s love and grace through music ministry. Playing for church has been her vocation pretty much every Sunday since fourth grade. After formative years in Tanzania as a “missionary kid”, she majored in music/organ performance at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, followed by Master’s studies at Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music in New York City. Another Master’s in Elementary Music Education led to over thirty years as a vocal music teacher in New Jersey. Among the many blessings she counts each day are her wonderful husband, John, and her ninety-nine-years-young mother, Helen.  Marlyce enjoys gardening, cooking and caring for four cats and a rescued sixteen-year-old dog named Ginger.  Marlyce’s email address is marlyce@tequestapres.org.


George Sullivan

George joined the First Presbyterian family in June 2013 as Choir Director. He complements the work of the Music Director and the many talented musicians in the church. Planning, rehearsing and performing with the music program of this church directs and energizes his experience here. The choir rehearses each Thursday and presents music each Sunday for worship services and produces two seasonal concerts each year for Christmas and Easter. They have also partnered with community groups and hired instrumentalists to accompany them in presenting these fun and inspirational concerts. In his free time, George enjoys travel and photography. Both are creative outlets that inspire and inform his work here.


Penny Rogers

Penny Rogers

Penny has been the preschool director here since 2009.  She and her husband Steve had moved here in 2000 from outside of Buffalo New York. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Penny has been in the education field for over 30 years and has loved seeing the progression in the field and brings that progression to the preschool. She has her degree from Villa Maria College in Buffalo New York and has a deep passion for early education. In her time away from work, Penny is a runner and loves living in a coastal town where there is always a reason to be at the beach!

Penny’s email address is penny@tequestapres.org.



Vivienne Bellardo

Vivienne joined our staff in 1997 and really enjoys her work at First Presbyterian.  Vivienne is a native Floridian. She and her husband Roger have lived in Jupiter since 1992. She is an avid reader and loves the outdoors, biking, yoga and cooking. Vivienne’s email address is vivienne@tequestapres.org.