Adam 2019

Rev. Dr. Adam Smith, Pastor

Adam joined the staff at PCN in late March 2019. He grew up in Fort Worth, TX but moved to Greenville, IL to attend Greenvilled College where he received his bachelor degree in Contemporary Christian Music. He served as a youth director and praise team director at First Presbyterian Church in the college town, and met his bride to be, Sarah. After graduation, Adam and Sarah moved to Austin, TX where Adam began seminary at Austin Seminary. During this time, Adam served as Music Director and Seminary Intern at Grace Presbyterian Church in Round Rock, TX, and both he and Sarah welcomed two children into their family, Aaron and Kaydence. After seminary, Adam served as the Director of Youth and College Ministry at Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, FL for 3 years (where his 3rd kiddo, Zachary, was born), until receiving a call to serve as pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Dallas Center, IA. It was in the 8 years in Dallas Center that Adam began and completed his doctorate in Church Revitalization, helped found the non profit organization the Dallas Center Ministerial Association, and helped navigate the congregation through an expansion of their facilities to accommodate their growing ministry. 


Adam is a self professing science fiction nerd, loves his wife and three kiddos, and he loves to read and write. He's a laid back person, loves to laugh and joke around, and has an addiction to coffee. When he's not working he loves to cycle, lift weights, binge watch on netflix,  and spend time with his family. 


Contact: pastor@pcnovato.org


Ariel Mink: Commissioned Associate Pastor

Ariel has served both as a Commissioned Lay Pastor and as Interim Pastor at PCN.  In addition to her service here at the Presbyterian Church of Novato, she has served at the Presbytery level as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Redwoods and as a member of the Presbytery's Council.  She has also been a member of the Committee on the Preparation of Ministry and is currently the co-chair of the Committee on Ministry.  At a national level, Ariel was the Ruling Elder Delegate at the 220th General Assembly and was Co-Moderator of the Second Mid-Council Commission.




415 897-6152 ext. 202


Sally Carbonaro: Director of Children's Ministry



Sally joined the staff at PCN in January of 2016 as the Interim Seekers Director.  In April of 2016 she became the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Sally has worked for the Novato Unified School District since 2004, currently in Special Education.  She previously worked with the Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction and at Hamilton School.


Sally, her husband Nick, three of their four children and a grandson, live in Novato.



415 897-6152 ext. 202


David Mink, Interim Director of Youth Ministry

David is no stranger to youth ministry. His love and care for youth as they grow together in community & faith is a blessing. 

Contact: youthdirector@pcnovato.org

Tammi Jester: Office Administrator

Tammi was born and raised in Ocean City, Maryland.  She moved to San Diego in 1974 and lived there until 2002, when she moved to Novato.  After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Tammi worked as the promotions manager for a radio station and later as marketing director of a regional mall.  She has two daughters.  Kylie is a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Jenna is a sophomore at Northeastern University in Boston.  Tammi was a stay-at-home mom for 20 years and is so happy to be working again, especially for such a warm and loving church.



415-897-6152 ext. 203



Stephanie Monahan: Financial Secretary

Stephanie Monahan has been Finance Secretary at PCN since 2000.  She enjoys the challenges and day-to-day operations that involve non-profit accounting and feels blessed to work for such a mission-oriented and generous church.  Her background includes hospitality and professional cooking after her BA degree in journalism.  She lives with her husband and three daughters in Novato.




415-897-6152 ext. 204



Linda Ward : Office Assistant

Linda, born and raised in California, has been a member of PCN since 1984 and joined the staff in 2009.  Prior to that, she worked in the real estate business, at Marin County Municipal Court and as a dispatcher at Gnoss Field, where she met husband John (they married at PCN).  Linda is a member of Novato Theater Company and loves to dance.  She and John have two grown children, a daughter and a son and two grandsons and a granddaughter.




415-897-6152 ext. 200


Katy Hatfield: Director of Traditional Worship

Katy graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and piano. She has performed with Dallas Summer Musicals, San Francisco Opera, Marin Opera, West Bay Opera, Cinnabar, Pippin's Pocket Opera, North Bay Opera and Petaluma Harmoneers. In addition to performing, Katy enjoys choral directing- 25 years as choir director and/or organist at All Saints Lutheran Church, chorus director of Marin Opera and Katy Hatfield Singers. She joined the staff as the organist at PCN in2004 and then became the Director of Music in August of 2006. Thank you Barry, Mandi, Spencer and Preston for supporting me in my "Musical Madness!"




415-897-6152 ext. 210


Director of Contemporary Worship

Don Cobb






Other Staff:

Bob McBain, Pianist

Johnson Kitavi,  Janitorial Services

Diane Ashley, Wedding Coordinator 
Rene Garza, Nursery Caregiver
Kathy Takemoto, Clerk of Session

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