Welcome to our new pastor - Rev. Jesse B. Larson

Rev. Jesse Larson is originally from upstate New York – near Buffalo, though he spent the past 12 years in the Midwest.  Jesse’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and uncle are all Presbyterian pastors, so he’s quite familiar with preaching, potlucks and predestination.  As an undergrad, Jesse studied cultural anthropology at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  He spent much of his 20’s going and back and forth to Africa, primarily Ghana and Namibia.  Jesse likes to share stories of his adventures overseas.  Jesse spent four years working as the Director of Youth and Outreach for the First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo, New York.  He enjoyed working with a diverse group of urban teenagers, as well as many Sudanese refugees.  After graduating from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, Jesse became the campus minister and interim associate pastor at Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, Iowa.  Most recently, Jesse served as the solo pastor of Union Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Wisconsin, where he created a percussion ensemble for worship, hosted a variety of community concerts, and ate way too much cheese.  Jesse is often traveling here and there, he is passionate about culture, a lover of many genres of music, art and media, and he’s pretty good at eating.  Jesse likes to think he is friendly and funny, he’s learned that you can never underestimate the power of God’s love, and he’s excited about serving as the new pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa!