Rev. Jay Shirley is Pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church, and as pastor is responsible for Sunday Worship and leading our staff, deacons, and session.  Pastor Jay comes to us from El Montecito Presbyterian Church in Montecito, CA where he served as their Associate Pastor for 5 years, and subsequently as their Interim Pastor for nearly 2 years where he led them through a difficult period of transition.  He also has 25 years of youth ministry experience including working as a Youth Minister at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe for 11 years, Solana Beach Presbyterian church for 9 years, and Oneonta as a Associate Pastor with a focus on youth ministry for 5 years.  It was at Oneonta that he was ordained and discovered the importance of living out grace and trying to love others unconditionally as Christ modeled. 

Pastor Jay was raised in a Christian home in south Texas, where he made two major decisions at age 11 that have affected his life to this day. While attending a church summer camp with his Methodist church he discovered a personal relationship with Jesus and he bought his first surfboard. Surfing eventually led him to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. After graduation from Westmont in 1976 Jay worked in the oil fields of Texas for Conoco Oil Company. In 1978 he moved to San Diego where he met his wife, Donna.  Jay attended seminary at Gordon Conwell but transferred to Bethel West in to finish his Masters of Divinity and to marry Donna. In addition to his wife, family, and ministry, his passions have included travel (especially to Europe) and surfing. Donna and Jay have two adult children both living in San Diego. Their son  D.J. lives in North County with his wife Becca and son Corbin.
Daughter, Katie, lives in San Francisco and works in the Tech Industry.

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Sharon Halle is the new Director of Northminster Preschool. She started as an assistant teacher in 2009, then became lead teacher in 2014.

Sharon is originally from Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin La Crosse graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Sharon worked at The Company Store as a photography director, and then for a professional photo studio in Dallas Texas where she was the sales representative for JC Penney corporate, next as a production coordinator for a busy catalog company in San Diego.

Sharon married Kevin Halle in 1996 and became a step-mom to Blake. They have two more children. Brooke, 19, who now attends the University of Arizona and Kent, 17, who is a Senior at Westview High School.  Blake married Shea, and Sharon’s first grandson Finley was born in 2018.

Sharon enjoys reading, country music and vacationing with family.

“We are so blessed to have your children attend Northminster Preschool. Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s first years of school.” -Sharon Halle


Support Staff:

Linda Qua, Administrative Assistant, bookkeeper, media assistant

Sheila Mura, Treasurer

Johana Smith, Clerk of Session

Andree Webb, Preschool Assistant Director, media assistant

Nate Landis, Urban Youth Collaborative Parish Associate