I am so grateful to be serving here at Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church. I was born and raised in Southern California. For college I attended the University of California in Santa Barbara and majored in Acting and Playwriting. During Summer breaks, I worked at the Ecke YMCA on camp staff and volunteered at the Presbyterian Conference Center Calvin Crest. While serving at Calvin Crest, one of the leaders encouraged me to consider going into ministry. Following a year of discernment I attended Columbia Theological Seminary near Atlanta, Georgia. In Seminary, I spent two years serving at StandUp for Kids in the heart of downtown Atlanta. StandUp for Kids is a non-profit that works with America’s street kids and children who have been forced into prostitution. I also served at old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco as a Pastoral Intern.
After Seminary, I accepted a call as the Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen in New Jersey. While on the East Coast, I happily feel in love with Zach Tysinger and we were married in August 2014. Zach can be found singing with our Church Choir and Praise Team most Sundays. We are currently expecting our first child. We also have two dogs that sometimes join me at the Church during the week.
After we were married, Zach and I felt lead to pursue a call at a Church that is dedicated to mission, worship, and the community. We found that call at Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church and we are so glad to be here!
I look forward to getting to know you better, engaging in community outreach, studying the Gospel, enjoying potlucks and celebrating the life of Christ with you!
Rev. Arlo Tysinger