About the Staff


Rev. Christopher Peterson – Reverend Peterson, his wife Alisa, and their two children have been with us since May 2014. Pastor Peterson grew up in balmy Twin Cities of Minnesota. Pastor Peterson did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduate work in Jerusalem, Israel, and received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1999. Before coming to First Alameda he has served as pastor in churches across the country: the Seattle area, Ann Arbor Michigan, Memphis and central Georgia. In Georgia he was the creator and host of the popular “Grace Notes” daily radio broadcasts. Besides visiting their favorite restaurants around town you can see the Petersons at the various soccer fields in Alameda. “There’s more to life than calling yourself spiritual. God has a better life for us than the one we have, once we accept His love. Jesus is the compass out of the chaos of life.”


YoonGeong Lee

Music Minister
YoonGeong Lee is a professional opera singer (soprano). She was born and raised in Korea, where at a young age she realized her passion for singing and opera music. This passion led her to complete her undergraduate studies in music at Seoul National University in Korea. In 2009, she came to the U.S. to continue her education, earning her Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the College-Conservatory of Music University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Currently, Ms. Lee is building her professional career in opera, while teaching voice both privately and as an adjunct faculty member at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose.She believes everyone who loves singing can sing. One needs passion, love, time and effort to make music. Her favorite quote, “I want to give whatever good music is in me to others,” by American soprano Arleen Auger, best describes her motivation and faith for music.


Cynthia Hovermale has been a part of the FPCA staff since 2006 and attends our church.  She lives in Alameda with her husband, Mark and their two children.  



Administrative Assistant
Ankie Schuitema joined the staff after leaving a career in container shipping and logistics.  She is a member of the church and enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir.  She lives in Alameda. Her son is in college at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology).  In addition to singing in the Chancel Choir and Distaff Singers (an Oakland based women’s choir), she spends time at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital volunteering as a baby cuddler. And, there’s a good chance you’ll see her walking with her loyal Australian Shepherd companion, Coby, if you’re driving around in Alameda.


Lynn Finegan, organist, received her training in piano & organ from Peabody, Oberlin Conservatory, and Cleveland Institute of Music. She also studied Organizational Psychology at JFK University. She is a piano and organ teacher. Her hobbies include: public speaking, singing with a choir (Diablo Choral Artists), taking ballet class, and reading books about science and spirituality.