Rev. Dr. David Ernat, Intentional Interim Minister

Our Intentional Interim Minister is Rev. Dr. David Ernat. David is the first college graduate of a large “blue collar” primarily Polish family. He was born in Moline, IL and worked his way west through grocery store, construction, factory, corporate and not for profit jobs. He gained college degrees in Law Enforcement Administration, Law and Theology (BS, JD and M. Div.).

David is honored to be the spouse of Barbara Fortin and father to Pearl Jennie Ernat.  David and Barbara live in Chico, CA and Barbara works for California State University at Chico. Pearl lives in Columbus, OH and works for RG Barry Corporation (known for making “Dearfoams” slippers).

David is an ordained Lutheran (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- they are Open and Affirming) Pastor who has served in “regular call” congregational ministries (WI and OH). He has directed social service agencies focused on AIDS/HIV; adoptions; mental health; and state public policy (MD, WI, ID). For about 15 years, he served churches as a certified Intentional Interim Pastor/Minister working in Lutheran, and one Presbyterian, congregations (WI, ID and CA).

David is pleased to be able to serve First Christian Church Concord, as an Intentional Interim Minister. He will be working approximately 3/4 time and looks forward to joining this chapter of the journey of life with our congregation during this exciting “in-between” time! 



Sarah Young, Director of Youth Ministry

Born and raised in the Disciples Church, Sarah has always called FCC Concord home. She comes with a background in education and currently teaches special education in our local community.

Sarah fosters the spiritual growth of our youth in traditional settings at church and during coffee runs, at individual youth’s sport or theater productions, and while attending camps and conferences. 



Ellie McDougal, Director of Senior Adult Ministry

The mother of three and grandmother of six, Ellie has been a member of First Christian Church of Concord for 50 years. She is a retired teacher and librarian and enjoys storytelling in classrooms and other settings. She serves as the director of Senior Ministries, a thriving program here at FCC Concord. 



Andie Raymond, Church Administrator

Andie grew up in the Disciples of Christ denomination in the Oakland church and transferred her membership to First Christian Church of Concord in 1977. She spent many years working as an administrative assistant and then as a stay-at-home mom before becoming the office administrator at FCC Concord in 2008, a job she feels is her calling. She loves serving the church in this way.

Andie and her husband, Allen, have two adult daughters.  In her spare time, Andie loves to read, sing, spend time with friends, go to as many Oakland A's games as possible and has recently begun playing bocce ball.



Scott Carlisle, Sound/Video Tech

Scott came to FCC Concord with his family at an early age.  After high school, he spent more than 10 years volunteering with the youth program here. He also spent several years serving on the Regional Outdoor Ministries committee and as an adult sponsor for the Regional Youth Council. Having been involved in music most of his life, Scott now spends his time performing in local bands and working in recording studios.


Antoinette Bulatao, Childcare Coordinator

Antoinette has been compassionately caring for our children since 1997, having watched many of them grow from babies into adulthood. She even watches some of their children these days!

When she is not working at the church or taking care of her parents, she serves as care provider for Contra Costa County’s In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority. 

In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family, gardening , singing, listening to music, dancing, playing volleyball, and cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and Giants!