Staff

ClarkBrownRev Clark Brown

Clark Brown was installed as pastor at St. Timothy on July 23, 2000. Pastor Clark is a native of California, growing up in San Anselmo and in Orange. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in biochemistry. Clark worked in an academic research lab and in a small business remodeling homes before returning to school at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Clark brings a creative and analytical mind to interpreting scripture, preaching, and leading the congregation. He is passionate about helping people connect their lives and actions to the healing of the world. “When Jesus calls us to love, that is a call to heal our relationships with family and friends, with our co-workers, with our church family, and with God. It is a call to work for health of the communities we live in and for the good of the whole Earth: people, plants, animals, land and water.”

Clark also loves singing opera, musical theatre, and art song, and performing in local theatre. He is married to Rosa and they have a daughter, Sofia, who is studying screenwriting.

Deb Ragatz, Office Manager

Deborah (Deb) Ragatz started working for St. Timothy in November 2018. I graduated from Wayland Baptist University and have a BA in Criminal Justice.

I have 3 beautiful daughters and a grandson who live in California. I was born in Stuttgart Germany. My father was in the Military, which afforded me the life to travel and live in different places growing up.

I love reading and walking. My favorite author is Francine Rivers, who takes stories out of the Bible and writes her novels based on the Bible. I also love spending time with my daughters and grandson. I moved to Monterey in 2009.

DesmaDesma Johnson, Music Director

Desma Johnson joined St. Timothy in March 2005 and enjoys working with such a warm and friendly congregation and staff. When she’s not playing for St. Timothy, she teaches Spanish at Pacific Grove High School and Chorus at Pacific Grove Middle School.  She has worked with the Monterey Peninsula Choral Society as accompanist and assistant director, and served as musical director for the Saltshaker Theater in Salinas. Previously she worked as musical director for the Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater in Monterey directing such shows as The Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady.

Desma is a native of Lakeland, Florida. At age five, she began playing the piano and singing in her church gospel choir, and the rest, as they say, is history. She majored in music and Spanish at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina and returned to Florida where she taught chorus, show choir, and Spanish in secondary public schools. Her love of language teaching brought her to the Monterey Institute of International Studies where she received her Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).