Pastor Gary and Pastor Rosalind are Co-Transitional Specialists at Palisades Presbyterian Church.
Gary came from Cleveland, OH and Rosalind’s family, after many moves with the Navy, settled in Coronado, CA. Having met in a Bible study, they married at First Presbyterian Church, San Diego and attended Princeton Theological Seminary. They were each ordained to serve churches in the San Francisco bay area where their sons, Andrew and Benjamin, were born. Gary joined the military as an Air Force Chaplain and the family moved ten times with duty stations around the US and in Italy, England, Qatar, Germany, and Japan. Throughout those years, Rosalind served in churches, para-church organizations, and chapel communities while writing a theological novel, Sealed and Delivered. After a decorated career, Chaplain, Colonel Gary Ziccardi retired from active duty in 2016 and they settled in Coronado.
Before coming to Palisades, Gary served as the interim at Faith Presbyterian Church and Rosalind served as the interim at First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon. Andrew, is an Army Major (SEL), currently studying to become a Foreign Area Officer. Ben is an entrepreneur videographer living in Atlanta, GA.
The Ziccardi’s are avid golfers, enjoy disc-golf, and delight in living between the bay and ocean; they play guitar and sing, and read, among other things. They love Italian food and live theater. They have a cat named Sheba, their talkative “Okinawan short tail special.”
They love God, God’s people, their family, and life. Rejoicing to be part of the Palisades Presbyterian Church family serving as Transitional Ministry Specialists, they affirm with the Apostle Paul:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:2-6).
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Mentze volunteers his service to Palisades and was formally welcomed as Parish Associate by action of the Session. Pastor Bob hosts Tuesday at 10 weekly Adult Bible Study and has preached and moderated Session on occasion. We are blessed to have him share his passion for Christ, intellect, talent, and years of professional wisdom with us.
A native San Diegan and graduate of Crawford High School, Bob is the son of two public school music teachers, and is an avid musician himself. He received his B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, while writing, producing and announcing for Family Radio. Bob then received his Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary (San Anselmo, CA), while serving as Director of Youth Ministries at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, CA. Bob earned his Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) from Westminster Seminary, California. His book, Music Magnifies the Message, is based on the research for his dissertation. Called in 1977 as Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Escondido, Bob served a youth program that increased 10-fold. He then served as Pastor of the Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church from March, 1984 until his retirement on October 1, 2018. Bob co-founded the Lakeside Christian HELPS Center and was Adjunct Professor of Reformed Worship at Bethel Theological Seminary for 10 years. He is now a Professor of Worship at the new Pacific Theological Seminary and serves committees of the Presbytery of San Diego. His hobbies are photography, gardening, hiking and music.
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Mentze
Pastoral Assistant for Church Ministries
Barb Van Meter
Assistant Organist (Contract)