Teaching Elders (also called ministers of the Word and Sacrament) shall in all things be committed to teaching the faith and equipping the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12).

At SACPC we value the leadership and guidance provided by our Teaching Elders (Pastors). Presently we have two Teaching Elders, one of which is an Interim Head of Staff. Presbyterian churches often make use of an interim minister for Teaching Elder positions while a formal search is conducted by a Pastor Nominating Committee for a permanent replacement. We are in the midst of a search for a permanent Pastor Head of Staff. Learn more about our Pastor Nominating Committee.

Teaching Elders

Reverend Dr. Robert Bardeen, Interim Pastor/Head of Staff

He has served churches in Peoria, IL, New Castle, PA, Pittsburg, KS, Salinas, CA, Marion, IN, and Deep River, IA. He was born in Pasadena, CA. He obtained his BA in Philosophy from California State University, M.Div. in Pastoral Theology from Princeton Seminary, M.A. in Communication from Pittsburg, State (KS), and Doctorate in Church Consultation from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.


Reverend Robert Lapp, Associate Pastor

Robb joined the SA-CPC staff as an associate pastor in 2000. He grew up in south Florida, and is a graduate of Lenoir- Rhyne College and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He has served churches in Missouri and Kansas before returning to the southeast. In the spring of 2008 he had the opportunity to take a 2 week pilgrimage to Israel, and in the spring of 2011 completed Upper Room’s 2 – Year Academy for Spiritual Formation. His wife, Vickie, teaches 2nd grade at Ogden Elementary, and they have two children: Kate who is a Dental Assistant in town and Stephen who is a sophomore at UNC.


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