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 Intern

Hi friends, my name is Miranda but most people just call me Mandy. I was raised in the small town of McMinnville, OR but attended high school in Spokane, WA. I am a recent graduate from the University of Washington, where I majored in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. I am so excited to be working with University Ministry at First Pres Berkeley. I enjoy running, walking miles, and drinking many cups of coffee. I am a rom-com movie kind of person and love a good joke. I've never been to UC Berkeley so it would be great to be shown around, plus I am would love to meet you. So if you're interested in playing tour guide or want to grab coffee just shoot me a message at (971) 261-9007 or email me at I look forward to meeting you!