Pastor Ted Esaki
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Thank you for finding your way to the El Estero Presbyterian Church website.
Let me introduce myself to you by saying that I am a third generation Japanese American born and raised right here in Monterey. My wife of over 26 years passed away on December 12, 2013 after a long hard fought battle with liver and lung disease. I have been blessed by a beautiful 19 year old daughter named Sherry that is currently studying political science and international affairs at Gordon College in Massachusetts.
My introduction to the Christian faith came by attending El Estero. Although I grew up attending Sunday School and youth groups, I never made a personal commitment to Jesus. That remained the case until I went away to college.
In January of 1975, I began attending Cal-State University of Fresno. In the dormitories, I met a number of committed Christians who began to speak to me about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. On October 14, 1975, after studying the claims of the Christian faith, I prayed to invite Jesus Christ into my life to be my personal Savior and Lord. I was discipled through the ministries of the Navigators and the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship.
After over 40 years of doing mission work in Japan, attending Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, pastoring two congregations in Southern California, the Christ Presbyterian church of Hollywood and the Wintersburg Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, the Lord has led me back home to Monterey where I am grateful to serve as pastor. I began my ministry at El Estero on March 1, 2015 and I am excited for the opportunity to partner with the congregation in fulfilling the Great Commandment of Jesus in growing a loving and caring church and the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations.
My hobbies include hiking and walking on the beach. I have completed several Ironman Triathlons and am an avid Giants, Warriors and 49ers fan. I enjoy teaching the bible and helping others grow in their understanding of the Christian faith.
If you don’t have a home church, I invite you to come join us as we seek to honor and glorify God.
He may be reached at:
(831) 644-0687 direct line
(831) 375-6622 main office
You can also contact him directly using this form:
Pianist Mark Stevens
El Estero Presbyterian Church is grateful to welcome Mr. Mark Stevens as our new pianist. Mark is originally from Chicago and now makes his home in Pacific Grove. He has been a licensed insurance agent for twenty-six years providing life insurance policies and annuities all the while helping families with sound financial advice. He is currently employed by PFSA with whom he has worked for three years and owns Mark Stevens Fine Pianos in Pacific Grove, a retail piano store, where he also conducts piano lessons for children. Additionally, he is a professional singer and fronts the large scale production, Velvet Fog, the life and music of Mel Torme and is the featured vocalist for the Monterey Jazz Quintet. Finally, Mark can be found playing cocktail piano six nights a week at Affina, a fine dining establishment in Carmel. Welcome Mark!