Meet the Staff
Rev. Lou Paradise was born in Moline, Illinois. His third birthday was in California and attended La Cañada Schools (think JPL bedroom community) kindergarten through High School. Lou became a member of the La Cañada Presbyterian church at the age of fourteen. Under the care, guidance and employment of the church following High School, Lou attended the University of Dubuque in Iowa, Westmont College in Montecito, California, Fuller Seminary in Pasadena and Dubuque Theological Seminary. During these times Lou served in various positions from gardener to Junior High youth pastor. In 1972 Christi and he were married in the La Cañada Church. Spring of 1974 and through the summer of ’75 Lou served as an intern in the Northminster Presbyterian Church in San Diego. While finishing seminary in Iowa Lou was a student pastor in a yoked parish, Scales Mound & Apple River, Illinois. Following seminary Lou served as Associate Pastor in Mesa, Arizona, and Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Coalinga – for seventeen years! With the new millennium Lou and Christi moved to Fresno where Christi served in Infection Control at Saint Agnes Hospital. Lou’s new career was househusband officially, but interim ministry called. Over the past twenty years Lou has served nine congregations with FPC Hanford becoming the tenth. In addition, other specialty projects have been completed including a term as Stated Clerk of the Presbytery. In 2019 Christi retired as Director of Infectious Disease Prevention at Saint Agnes. In 2020 Rev. Lou retired officially and together they look forward to visiting their four children and spouses (Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington and Clovis, California) as well as the ten grandchildren. Lou and Christi are both excited to see how God unfolds the ministry at FPC Hanford so that the future will be fruitful and abundant for God’s Kingdom in the Central Valley.
Director of Children & Youth Ministries
Katie is a wife, former elementary school teacher, and mother to two active young boys. Katie is a native to the area and attended grade school, high school and college in the Central Valley. Katie has a passion for working with children and youth. This passion has led her from the public school classroom to First Presbyterian Church. In addition to spending time with her family, Katie enjoys traveling, crafting and reading.
Annette Rajskup is a wife, and mother of two terrific children. She enjoys activities with her family and manages her own photography business.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”