Interim Pastor
Reverend Jeff Cheifetz grew up in Berkeley, California, and became a Christian and a Presbyterian while at UC Berkeley. The first 21 years of his ministry were in the Pacific Northwest as a called pastor in rural and suburban churches. Subsequently, Jeff has served for many years in California in rural, suburban, and urban transitional churches in three denominations. Two of the urban churches were Asian majority congregations. Jeff served on the Zephyr Point interim pastor training team for three years. He lives in Alameda with his wife Diana, a PC(USA) minister who is also a spiritual director and reiki master. They have two grown children, one who is a PC(USA) minister, and the other who is an artist.


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.


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.



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.