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First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda

Meet the Staff


Rev. Stephen A. Mock

Rev. Stephen "Steve" Mock is the pastor for our church. Steve began his ministry here in July, 2003. His dedication to his faith and to the church is a strength that we all benefit from. Steve is married to Joan and has two adult children, Sarah and Jason. Steve enjoys his family, sports, reading, classical and contemporary Christian music. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is a longtime Steelers fan. He is a graduate of Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA and received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Masschusetts in 1980. Ordained that same year in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Steve has served congregations in Ohio, Kansas and Clearwater, FL. His passion is sharing the good news of God's love in Jesus Christ to the world.


Rev. Larry Yerger
Assistant Pastor

Rev. Larry Yerger recently came on staff as our volunteer assistant pastor in November 2013 and was hired part-time in January 2015 to help provide leadership in Discipleship and assisting Pastor Mock in preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Larry is married to Andrea and they have one adult son, Jay. Larry was a pastor in Minnesota, Florida and Texas. He is currently teaching our Wednesday morning Bible study. More information on Larry will be forthcoming.


Randall Curtis, Director of Music, Organist

Randy comes to our Church with over 23 years of Church music experience as an Organist, Pianist, Choir Director and Worship Leader. He is married to Diane and they have three teenage children, Jill, Daniel and Michael. Randy was born and raised in Greenville, Pa and is also a graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. He presently works full time as an Engineer for FPL, a company he's worked for the past 21 years. Like our Pastor, he yearns for the glory years of his beloved Steelers. Randy has a love of all Church music from classical to contemporary and regularly performs around the County as leader of the Grace Notes Singing group. Randy has previously served in various capacities in Baptist, Presbyterian, UCC, and Methodist congregations.


 Debbie Rostad, Office Manager

Debbie joins us from Atlanta where she worked for 19 years at the Ivy Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA). She is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has worked as a financial administrator as well as a church administrator. Her husband Pete and she have two children, Erik and his wife Stephanie and Kristi and her husband Chris. They also are the proud grandparents of Scotlyn. Debbie was a voice major in college and loves to sing. She was a member of The Michael O'Neal Singers and has sung in her church choirs wherever God has called her to live.


Joe Cherny, Treasurer

Joe was born and raised in Kingston, New York. He is a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years. He retired from IBM Corporation and moved to Florida in 2000. He has five children and three granddaughters. Joe enjoys fishing, playing golf, and volunteering at the hospital. He's a Stephen Minister and a Bereavement Team member.


Gail Thornton, Office Volunteer

Gail moved here in 1997 from Montgomery, IL and joined the church in that same year. She has been a volunteer office assistant since September of 2002. Gail has 4 children, 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 1 great,great-grandchild. She enjoys photography, reading, and playing on her computer but her favorite things are going to visit her friend Mickey Mouse at Disney World and pin trading there.


Dianne Sizemore, Office Volunteer

Dianne came to Florida in February 1959 from Coshocton Ohio and settled in Sarasota.  She moved to Port Charlotte in 2001 and is a sitting elder, Sunday night prayer warrior, mission chair and also helps with fellowship dinners.  She has a passionate heart for Mission, especially Immokalee and the farm worker community. She is involved in several Bible study small groups and Presbyterian Women. She has 6 children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Dianne lives in Port Charlotte with her little black toy poodle Maximillian of Troy, who is the" Neighborhood Inspector."  She enjoys collecting angels and dolls, reading, sewing, painting, needlepoint and crocheting

Feel free to come by and meet us!

First Presbyterian Church 
25250 Airport Road 
Punta Gorda, FL 33950