Reverend Janet A. Russell

Reverend Janet Russell is our pastor. She has 18 years experience pastoring in Presbyterian churches and is delighted to be serving the Lord in Columbia. She won the preaching prize in seminary, and has additional training in spiritual direction and music. Prior to ordination, Janet was a research chemist. She is married and has two grown children. Besides the Church of the 49ers, Janet also enjoys hiking, singing, dogs, growing vegetables, kickboxing and reading.
Carolyn-Sylva-150x150 Carolyn Sylva is our worship accompanist. She is a local piano and violin teacher, and has taught in the Sonora area for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience in accompanying church worship, and also is the founder and leader of The Fiddle Gang. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys dancing and participating in local events, gardening and doing art projects.


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