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Mission & Values

our mission


To honor God by helping others
become fully-devoted followers of Jesus.


Following the Lord Jesus, we strive to:


LOVE all people unconditionally

SERVE our neighbors generously

ADVANCE God's purposes globally

POUR into the next generation intentionally

CULTIVATE spiritual growth continuously 

What We Believ

what we believe


We believe in one God – uncreated, personal, and existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that this one God is a being of unimaginably wonderful power, goodness, and love. Psalm 118:1Psalm 145:19Matthew 28:192 Corinthians 13:1

the BiblE

We believe that God has revealed the truth about himself in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, which together are a unique, reliable, and authoritative witness and guide in all matters of faith and life. Matthew 4:41 Thessalonians 2:132 Timothy 3:16–17


We believe that God perfectly revealed himself in his Son Jesus, who took on flesh, lived, taught, healed, loved, died, and rose again for our sakes. Jesus is our teacher, savior, Lord, and friend, and he reigns now and forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit. John 14:6–7Acts 2:321 Corinthians 15:3–4Ephesians 2:13Colossians 1:15–20Philippians 2:5–111 Timothy 2:5–6

the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God’s empowering presence, filling those who are open to him and breathing into them gifts, power, love and courage to speak God’s words and to actively live out God’s purposes as agents of God’s kingdom. John 14:26Acts 1:8Romans 8:26Galatians 3:14Ephesians 1:13–14


We believe the world exists because God created it and that the world and everything in it belongs to God. We therefore also believe that we should cherish and care for creation in ways that honor God and that fulfill God’s purposes. Genesis 1:1Psalm 24:1–2, Isaiah 40:25–261 Corinthians 10:26


We believe that the pinnacle of God’s creation was and is human beings, and that all human beings have inherent dignity and infinity value because they were created by God in God’s own image. Genesis 1:27, 31, Psalm 8:36John 3:16Romans 5:8


We believe that iniquity, pain, suffering, and death exist because human beings have chosen their own way rather than God’s way and so, on our own, we human beings are estranged from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from creation. Genesis 3:17Romans 3:23Colossians 1:21Titus 3:3

God's redemptive plaN

We believe that God intends that sin and suffering will not get the last word, but rather that God has been and remains at work redeeming and reconciling to himself through Jesus and Jesus’ cross those whom and that which God created in his pleasure and for his glory. Isaiah 11:6–9Colossians 1:21–23Revelation 21:15

the kingdom of goD

We believe that God became incarnate as Jesus not only to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins, but also to usher in the kingdom of God here and now.  This kingdom of God, also known as the reign or the rule of God, is the reality or realm in which what God wills is done.  Mark 1:15; 9:1; 12:34; Luke 18:2425; John 3:3; Acts 8:12


We believe that by his grace and through faith God saves people from sin, oppression, injustice, evil, and eternal condemnation.  Moreover, God saves people to himself for his purposes and forever.  Because of this we look forward with confidence to the day when, once and forever, wrongs will be set right; love will prevail; and every knee shall bow and every tongue confession that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Matthew 24:30–31Luke 12:40Romans 8:37–39Revelation 21:1–5

the churcH

We believe that the Church is a new community in Christ, powered by God’s Spirit, through which God wants to bring love, healing, and unity to humanity. This community, referred to in the scriptures as the Bride of Christ, is made up of a diverse group of differently gifted people who as they follow Jesus together and love one another constitute local outposts of the kingdom of God. Matthew 18:18–20John 1:12–13, Acts 1:8Galatians 3:281 Peter 2:9




Shannon Pappas

Head of Staff

I was born and raised in Texas, and I have been a part of the Waypoint family for 15 years. I am fascinated by Jesus of Nazareth, whom I seek to follow as Messiah, Teacher, Savior, and Lord. On a personal level, my wife and I have been blessed with the joy of raising four kids. When I have free time, I enjoy doing things with my family; all kinds of sports; anything outdoors; and reading.


Steven Finau

Director of Music
and Worship

I've been the music director since 2018. My day is a mix of music, facilities, and media things. I've been married to my wife, T, for 8 years. I can demolish any challenger in Ping-Pong - best of 11 games. I'm really passionate about keeping my culture alive through helping the younger Tongan generation understand the language.


Gladys Gardner

Director of Children's Ministry 

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Director of Youth
& Young Adults

(open position)

My favorite thing is spending time with my family, especially my twin granddaughters. I enjoy reading a lot, being outdoors, traveling and Rocky Road ice cream. I'm California born and raised and super grateful to be Children's Director on staff for the past 18 years. Sharing Jesus' love and worshiping Him with children is the best gift.


Melissa Brumbaugh

Administrator of Finance
& Operations


Zoé Espinoza

Administrative Assistant
& Graphic Design


Dina Thompson

Ministry Coordinator


Kristy Wilson

Children's Ministry Assistant

My husband, Steve, and I have been members of Waypoint Church since 1985. I enjoy volunteering in our children's ministry, teaching songs to children and reminding them how much Jesus loves them. My husband and I love to go on long walks and hikes together. We savor the time that we spend with our adult children.

I was born in Costa Rica and raised in the Bay Area. I've been working at Waypoint church for a while now doing a lot of different things that I enjoy. I love to travel with family and friends and camping in epic places with my pup. I'm passionate about my Latin American culture, worship music and compassion.

I've lived a little in a lot of places, but am thankful my family moved to San Mateo and found Waypoint in 2018. I'm blessed to be married to my best friend and to be mom to three of my favorite people. I enjoy movies, books, and puppies. My prayer is to grow in understanding and sharing God's love in an ever-increasing way.

I was born and raised at Waypoint Church (formerly FPCSM). I love leading music for the children's ministry and consider this one of my greatest joys. My husband, Rod, and I were married here and have enjoyed raising our two kids, Maggie and Zack as part of this family. I also enjoy crafts, reading and doing anything Disney related.




Darryl Compton


Angela Comstock


Kevin Fournier


John Tastor

Waypoint Church has been my second home for almost 50 years. This church has played a major role in my life story, through good times and hard times. Along with my wife Carolyn, daughter Kristy who is on staff, and extended family, I have been blessed to be a part of this congregation and many of its ministries over the years. I currently serve on Waypoint's Finance Team and as the clerk of our elder board.

My husband and I were first drawn to Waypoint Church because of its children's programs. Overioyed with the wonderful people we met, we became members in 2002. We have two children who have grown up in the church. I have had the opportunity to serve on the Kingdom Club team, as the coordinator for Home & Hope, and for the past nine years on the Human Resources team.

I am striving to be a fully committed follower of Jesus, which is a life-long journey! I am blessed to be a part of Waypoint Church - a church that seeks and creates opportunities to serve its neighbors. Outside of this church and my ministry with the sound-production team, I love being outside and exploring the Bay Area with my wonderful wife and three sons.

I have been part of the Waypoint Church family for over forty years, serving many terms as elder and in other various roles. Recently retired from the insurance industry, I now advocate for affordable housing and regularly volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. My HFH work has taken me to many parts of the U.S and the world. I am a Vietnam veteran, a Giants and 49er "uber fan" and a history buff.


Jomo Thompson


Liz Yeager


Phil Yamahiro

My family joined Waypoint Church four years ago after we returned to the US after a stint overseas. I am passionate about God's Word and helping people of all ages and experiences connecting the Word to their lives, both daily and deeply. I am a lawyer by trade and like to spend time with my family watching movies and playing games, both tabletop and video games.

I have been a member of Waypoint Church since 2008. We chose to join after the people of Waypoint loved us so well that we never wanted to leave. My husband and four children and I have been very involved in many of the ministries over the years. I have a passion for helping others understand the love and healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I've been blessed with 3 great daughters who are the joy of my life, and who now live all over the country. Here at Waypoint Church, I'm blessed to be a part of the worship band and the youth ministry. Outside of this wonderful church, I love being outside, exploring this great Bay Area that's been my home for more than 35 years.

Our story


First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo began in 1942 as a Sunday school for children in a rented storefront on lower 25th Avenue. Soon thereafter in the exploding new suburban community of San Mateo, a larger storefront was found on 25th Avenue and eleven adults participated in the first worship service of “South San Mateo Community Church.”  By August 30 of 1942, the fledgling congregation had 84 members and discussions were happening about purchasing the land on which the congregation’s current main campus sits.


In 1946, construction began on the church’s original sanctuary (that is now Geneva Hall) and Sunday school classrooms. As the congregation continued to grow, its current sanctuary was built in the mid-1950s.  In the years that followed, the parking lot and manse on 25th Avenue were purchased.  In 1973, the church acquired the building that is now the church offices and the Lighthouse at the corner of 25th Avenue and Hacienda.


What began as an outreach to children God has used for generations now to advance his purposes in and beyond San Mateo. Loving and ministering to children of the community continues to be a priority and joyful call of the congregation some 80 years after that first Sunday school program was launched.  In addition, the congregation understands itself now to be a mission outpost of the kingdom of God and a “house of prayer for all nations” in a community and culture that have changed significantly since the church’s initial Sunday school outreach to children.

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Waypoint Church in 2022

For 80 years we were First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, and in all those years there was never a Second Presbyterian Church of San Mateo, so we recently decided it was time to update our name.  Our new name (Waypoint) affirms several things:

  • that we believe that Jesus is the way to God the Father and to the sort of life Jesus called “eternal” 

  • that our joyful calling is to help point other people to the way (i.e. Jesus); and 

  • that we aspire to be used by God as a congregation to be a significant waypoint, marker, or crossroads for people on their own journey of life and faith


We are still a Presbyterian congregation in beliefs, practice and affiliation.  Our DNA as a community of people seeking to honor God by following Jesus and helping others to know, love, follow, and worship Jesus hasn’t changed.  We understand ourselves to still be “a church for the community” whose calling it is to love our neighbors in Jesus’ name.  None of that has changed.  The only thing that has changed is our name, which has been a part of our re-commitment to see God’s kingdom come in our community and even among and through us!


We encourage you to check out our website and consider joining us in person sometime soon.


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194 W. 25th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403


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