Meet the Staff

Our Stated Clerk, Linda Therien

Linda Thlinda thumbnailerien was born in San Diego, California where she has lived all of her life.  She was baptized at the East San Diego Presbyterian Church shortly after her birth and has only been a member of two congregations.  She is currently a member of the Palisades Presbyterian Church.  She is an ordained elder and ordained deacon and has served the Presbytery as their Stated Clerk for 12 years.  Prior to her work with the Presbytery, that was only to last a few weeks, she served in management with the County of San Diego for almost thirty years.  Linda married Gil in 1985 and prior to his death in 2012 traveled extensively throughout the United States and world.  Her favorite travel took them to South America and Australia by land and by sea.  Linda attended public schools in San Diego and then San Diego State University where she majored in English.  In service to the local church she has been a Sunday school teacher, Clerk of Session and member of countless committees.  At the Presbytery level she has been the Chair of Representation, Chair of Committee on Ministry, Chair of the Council Vice-Moderator of Presbytery and Moderator of Presbytery as well as served various committees and commissions. At the Synod level she has served numerous committees and as Co-Chair of their Personnel Committee.  At the General Assembly level she served on the Advisory Committee on the Constitution and currently serves the Stated Clerk Search Committee of the Assembly.  Linda was a commissioner to General Assembly in Long Beach and Chaired a  committee of the assembly that year.  She has served the Permanent Judicial Commission of both the Presbytery and Synod of Southern California & Hawaii.  Linda’s life was impacted in a significant way by her experiences in the local church, but also summers spent at Ghost Ranch. Linda’s passion for the church and her love for it have always been part of her life story.   

Our Executive Presbyter - Rev. Michael Mudgett

Rev. Michael Mudgett was ordained by San Diego Presbytery in 2007 after a career in law in which he served first in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) followed by an extended civil law practice with a local San Diego firm.  In his first call, Michael served as the associate pastor for Malibu Presbyterian Church for nearly seven years. Six months after arriving in Malibu, the church facilities were completely destroyed in the 2007 Malibu fires, which made for a most interesting and challenging call.  Michael then served for two years as interim solo pastor at St. Mark’s in Lomita, CA, before assuming the interim executive presbyter position with the Presbytery of San Diego on November 1, 2015.  He was installed as the permanent EP on May 16, 2017.   Michael is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Georgetown Law Center, University of San Diego Law School, and Arizona State University (B.S. Civil Engineering). As part of his continuing education, Michael participated in the “Walking in the Footsteps of Paul” study tour in Turkey and Greece (2012); a biblical tour of Israel through the adult/pastors’ program at the Jerusalem University College (2009); and mission trips to Haiti, Uganda, the Amazon River, and several Mexico home building missions.   Michael is indebted to his beautiful wife Karen, his son John, daughter Sarah, and his wonderful grandchildren.  He likes playing the guitar (a self-taught novice), reading, walking, working out, and appreciating the life with which God has blessed him.  


Our Bookkeeper, Kari Shenk

Kariheadshot As an Independent Contractor, Kari provides small business owners with bookkeeping services, tax preparation, and HR support. Kari brings this experience to the Presbytery along with many years of general office administration. She and her husband live in the Point Loma area with their two children. They are parishioners at St. Agnes Church in Point Loma and have been part of the local Catholic community for more than 25 years. Their children attended St. Charles Borromeo Academy, Academy of Our Lady of Peace and St. Augustine High School where Kari and her husband were active volunteers on campus and various committees. Kari can be found serving the Presbytery Monday –Thursday mornings.