Who We Are

Our Mission

Equipping People to Follow Jesus in their Everyday Lives.

Our Vision

Our Beliefs

  • We affirm the centrality of the Word of God.
  • We affirm the necessity of the new birth in Christ.
  • We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church.
  • We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers.
  • We affirm conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit.
  • We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ.
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Our Staff Team

Danny oversees all children ministries including our summer Kids Camp. Danny grew up in Oakland and attended Thornhill Elementary, Montera Junior High and Skyline High School. He came to faith in Jesus through the high school ministry here at First Covenant in 1990. He attended UC Santa Barbara and Fuller Seminary. He and Bethany have two young children.
Danny Fitelson
Pastor Danny Fitelson
Pastor Danny Fitelson
Children & families Pastor
Sarah was born and raised in Ohio before beginning her education and journey in ministry in Chicago, IL. Sarah has a B.A. in Youth Ministry and an M.Div from North Park Theological Seminary. She joined the FCC staff in 2017 and currently oversees our High School and Middle School ministries. She and her husband Brad have two young children.
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Pastor Sarah Henry
Pastor Sarah Henry
youth Pastor
Rhonda was born and raised in Alameda. She works with resourcing and coordinating all of our worship services and also assists with directing our High School Ministry. Rhonda has a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from San Francisco State University. She and her husband Johnathan were married in 2014.
Rhonda Ramos
Rhonda Ramos
Rhonda Ramos
Director of Hospitality & Worship Experience
Chamron was raised in Cambodia and is a survivor of the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. Along with his ministry to the wider congregation, Chamron leads a Khmer-language worship service each Sunday. Chamron is also the founder and director of Vision for Cambodia. His passion is in developing leaders and churches in Cambodia. Chamron studied at Golden Gate Seminary. He and Lekun have two grown sons and a daughter at home.
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Pastor Chamron Phal
Pastor Chamron Phal
associate pastor
Marco was born in San Antonio, Texas and was raised as a pastor's kid in a spanish-speaking church. Pastor Marco is the preaching pastor in our Sunday services and guides the overall vision and direction of the church. Marco holds a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Patten University and a M.Div from Fuller Seminary. He and Nicole are the parents of two young children.
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Pastor Marco Ambriz
Pastor Marco Ambriz
Lead Pastor
Pam Grove has a varied musical background that includes providing church music, wedding music, and her love of playing handbells. She sang and assistant directed in school choirs and musicals in her early years, and earned an auditioned spot in the original touring pit chorus of Jesus Christ Superstar (with Ted Neeley). She has been a founding ringer in three community/professional handbell ensembles, including the critically acclaimed Sonos (which performed with the Kronos Quartet, twice on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch), and her current group Velocity. As a handbell enthusiast, she has conducted at the 2018 International Handbell Symposium in Australia, performed at the 2012 International Handbell Symposium in the United Kingdom, and has been a handbell director at five Bay Area churches, including First Covenant. She is also the current president of the Handbell Musicians of America, the national organization dedicated to advancing the art of handbell/handchime ringing. As a singer, pianist and handbell ringer, she has performed at over 140 weddings. Pam worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and went back to college to earn her Bachelor of Music degree in handbells from Mills College in 2007. She retired from MTC as a Senior Public Information Officer in January of 2018, and she still holds a California court reporting license. As a retiree, she hopes to serve God more with her talents at church.
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Pam Grove
Pam Grove
Pam Grove
choir director
Shelley is a third generation First Covenanter born in Oakland and raised in the East Bay. She has degrees from UC Berkeley and Fuller Seminary and is happy to be able to serve her church family in the office.
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Shelley Holst
Shelley Holst
Office Administrator & Facilities Manager
Clare was born and raised in Castro Valley. FCC has been her church home for the past few years and she has filled various roles in office support and Kids Camp. She is excited to be a part of the FCC staff. Clare has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UCLA.
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Clare Loux
Clare Loux
admin. assistant to the lead pastor
Nancy was born and raised in Chicago. Nancy oversees the church's pastoral care. Nancy is committed to making First Covenant a place of healing where people can be "safe and real." Nancy holds a B.S. and a Masters in Education. Nancy did further studies at North Park Theological Seminary. Nancy and her husband Andy are the parents of two grown daughters.
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Pastor Nancy Lewis
Pastor Nancy Lewis
congregational care pastor
Arlyn, born and raised in the Philippines. Having a background in show business, they partner with Filipino churches to produce concerts and assisting in community projects. Arlyn and Jonathan are parents to two grown children and two children at home.
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Arlyn Ranillo
Arlyn Ranillo

Our Location

First Covenant Church
4000 Redwood Rd., Oakland, CA 94619
Phone Number
(510) 531-5244
Office Hours
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday