Meet the University Ministries Staff

Introducing... the wild and wonderful university ministries staff at First Pres! To know us is to love us. But don't just take our word for it; join us on Wednesday nights, meet us in person, and find out for yourself.

Ryan Pemberton, Minister for University Engagement

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Ryan hails from the Pacific Northwest, where he went to Western Washington University and studied Psychology and Business Administration. After several years working in marketing and public relations, Ryan felt the Lord's call to study theology. He has a passion for teaching, discussing, and writing about theology, faith, and culture—with and for today's generation. He went on to study theology at Duke Divinity School and Oxford University. While at Oxford he lived in C. S. Lewis' former home, served as President of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, and co-founded the Oxford Open Forum, an inter-religious dialogue group. Ryan recently published his first book, a memoir on calling, and has written for Image Journal, Christianity Today, Duke University Chapel, Bible Study Magazine, and Relevant magazine; he serves on the Board of Directors for Jesus' Economy, an international non-profit organization that creates jobs and churches in the developing world. Ryan is married to Jennifer, and they have a daughter, Emma and son, Hudson. You can reach him at

Mandy Kirby, University Ministry Coordinator

Miranda, or as most like to call her, Mandy, was raised in the small town of McMinnville, Oregon and attended high school in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Since coming to Berkeley, Mandy has served as the University Ministries Intern for two years at First Pres, and will now be stepping into her new role as Uuniversity Mininstry Coordinator. In her new role, Mandy will prayerfully develop and sustain a Christ-centered undergraduate fellowship at First Pres, with hopes of drawing college students to Christ by integrating them into the intergenerational communities here at First Pres, and lead them into deeper discipleship.

Along with spending as much time outside as possible, Mandy enjoys photography, sipping coffee, and written words. Her family and friends would describe her as a charismatic travel bug, always seeking adventure. Mandy is always delighted to meet new friends, so please feel free to reach her at