PASTORAL, PROGRAM & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Dr. Stuart Wilson
Dr. Wilson joined our staff as Interim Pastor October 1, 2016. He has 38 years in parish ministry and 13 years ago felt called to and received specialized training for interim ministry. He wrote a book, Sketching a Scheme: A Friendship Model of Ministry as a Mediating Structure, that was published in 2005 by University Press of America. He and his wife, Babbs, have four sons and a daughter.
Director of Music Ministries
Steve Fey will continue as our Director of Music Ministries through the end of May 2017. He is a graduate of Washington University and the University of North Texas. Steve has a particular passion for hymns and their stories; he helped develop a new song resource for the PCUSA as a member of the Presbyterian Committee for Congregational Song. Steve and his wife, Vicki, joined our staff in August 1999 and served us in harmony for many years. Vicki has accepted a new position in Atlanta, and Steve will join her in June. We will miss their talent and their presence!
Church Business Administrator
Betsy has been overseeing the daily operations of the facility and handling our accounting since September 1999. She holds a degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Tennessee Technological University. Early in her career, Betsy first served FPC for four years, then worked for the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. She has also served as treasurer for other local not-for-profit organizations. Betsy and Lee married in 1983 and are the proud parents of two terrific adults, daughter Sarah and son Pearce. Sarah is married to Chris Newton, and Pearce is a lieutenant in the US Army.
Diana serves as our main point of contact Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. While answering the phone and greeting visitors, she prepares our worship bulletins, maintains and distributes our “Pray for One Another” list, and maintains our church database.
Dr. Dave Welch
Minister for Discipleship
Dr. Welch has served First Presbyterian Church as Minister for Discipleship since June 2005. He has served churches in Boone, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; and Douglasville, Georgia. Along with worship, he is interested in all new technology. Dave also serves our community as a member of the Bristol Tennessee Board of Education. He and his wife, Linda, have been married since 1987. He and Linda share experience in youth and college-age ministries. They have three children, Kathryn, Abigail, and Stephen.
Director of Student Ministries
Katie joined the FPC staff as Director of Student Ministries in the summer of 2012, after serving churches in Abingdon and Atlanta. Her passion for walking with students through their teenage years as they wrestle with faith shines through her work with the youth of FPC and the community. Katie graduated from King University in 2005 with a degree in youth ministry and psychology and more recently earned an MA in Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary. She has been married to Brad, a native of Bristol, Virginia, since 2007. They have one child, Brady Thomas.
Larry joined our staff in April 2015 to oversee the custodial services, coordinate work by outside contractors, and fulfill items on our comprehensive Preventive Maintenance Plan. This is a big job for a big campus, and we are delighted to have his eyes and expertise.
Elaine is responsible for memorials and assists with accounts payable.
Debbie oversees the care of our infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings and Wednesday program evenings, as well as for special events.
Director of Early Worship
Shannan is our Director of Early Worship, having joined our staff May 1, 2014. She graduated from King College in 2000 with a degree in Behavioral Science and Elementary Education. Shannan came to FPC in 1999, when she was invited to participate in a new early worship service. She has worked as an elementary school teacher, a volleyball coach, and a pharmaceutical sales representative, but her love has always been for leading and serving on our worship team. Shannan has been married to Brian since 2003, and they have three children, Riley, Reed, and Rett.
Director of Children’s Ministries
Lilly has served as our Director of Children’s Ministries since June 1, 2014. She brings a strong musical background and experience in our children’s music ministry to her post. Lilly graduated from King College with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Bible and Religion and formerly taught in the Sullivan County School System. In addition to her work for FPC and as a piano teacher, she cares for her family of five children, Michael, Annie, Daniel, Ginny, and Charlotte.
Kathy produces our newsletter, Windows, and helps with our website. She holds a BA in journalism from Georgia State University, an MTS from St. Luke’s Seminary at the University of the South, and an “all but thesis” in linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written and edited for newspapers, pastoral and high-tech publications, and websites.
Director of Food Services
Scottie joined our staff September 1, 2016, taking charge of creating wonderful menus for a wide range of events and preparing food for groups of all sizes.