Our Moderator, Rev. Elizabeth Wilson Manahan

Rev. Elizabeth Wilson Manahan “Liz” has been serving at First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside since March 2008. In her tenure at Oceanside she has had a variety of responsibilities, but now oversees Mission and Spiritual Formation. She has a heart for discovering what people are passionate about and encouraging those gifts in them. She first felt called to be a pastor when she was a very young child; her parents tell her she was 8. Liz accepted that call while a freshman in college at Cal State Northridge. She graduated from Princeton in 2004 and served as Associate Pastor at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church in New Britain, PA. Liz is married to George and they have one child, William. She enjoys running, the beach, hiking, going on weekly family adventures and relaxing with a good cup of tea and conversation. Her philosophy about ministry is to say, “yes” and see where the Holy Spirit is moving!   

Our Vice-Moderator, Ruling Elder Sue Skala

Susan Skala gave her life to Jesus at the age of seventeen. She had been raised an Episcopalian, but realized the full joy of God’s love through her fellow camp counselor’s witness.  Raised in Oakland, California, Ms. Skala has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, New York.  Ms. Skala is married to the best husband in the world, Whitney, and has three super children; JR (29), Teresa (27), and Kirsten (26). Influenced by her grandfather, Ms. Skala became an architect to promote good design that changes people’s lives. In a culture where the arts are diminished by the lack of funds for public education and mediocre efforts are acceptable, Ms. Skala is passionate about increasing awareness that excellence need not cost more, nor be exclusive.  Susan K. Skala has owned and operated Skala Architecture A P.C. since 1987.  In addition to her professional duties, Ms. Skala has sat on a fund-raising board for the San Diego Crew Classic; Makua, an auxiliary fundraising group for Voices for Children; the Inner Circle of the San Diego Repertory Theater; and Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies. She currently is a member of the Charter Hill Society of UC, Berkeley and has been the chair of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for the Presbytery of San Diego.  She is a member of the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church.  She is looking forward to knowing more people in the Presbytery and be a loyal and enthusiastic Vice-Moderator.    

Chair of the Executive Committee - Ruling Elder Jack Shelver

Ruling EldJack Shelverer Jack Shelver was born and raised in Enderlin, North Dakota and served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He graduated from San Diego State College and pursued a thirty-two year career in Municipal Government serving as City Manager in the cities of Imperial Beach, Del Mar and Lemon Grove.  He also served as Interim City Manager of Solana Beach and Seal Beach.  He is a part-time Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at National University and currently serves as Chair of the Julian Community Planning Group, President of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District and Treasurer and Board Member of the Pine Hills Mutual Water Company.  Jack is currently on the session of Faith Presbyterian Church and has also served on sessions at Graham Memorial in Coronado, California; Cornerstone Presbyterian in Ramona, California and Little Church of the Desert in Twentynine Palms, California.  At the Presbytery level Jack has served as member and Chair of the Budget Committee and Nominating Committee and three terms on the Committee on Ministry.  He has also served as Vice-Moderator, Moderator and Chair of the Council of the Presbytery.  He currently serves the Presbytery Budget Property & Finance Committee as well as Vice-Moderator of Presbytery.  He has served the Synod of Southern California & Hawaii on the Property & Investment Committee, Budget Committee, Administrative Committee, Council, as Treasurer, Vice-Moderator, Moderator and Chair of Council.  At the national level, Jack is a member of the National Mission Partnership Committee and Mission Agency Board Finance Committee.   In addition, Jack served for eighteen years as a member and treasurer of Baja Presbyterian Missions, a mission outreach of the Presbytery of San Diego.