PASTORAL, PROGRAM & ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
The Rev. Samuel Weddington
Senior Pastor and Head of Staff
The Rev. Sam Weddington will join the staff and community of F.P.C. on August 1, 2018. Sam has served churches in New Jersey, Seoul, South Korea and Virginia. Sam is joined in ministry with his wife Grace, who is also an ordained Presbyterian minister, and two children, Sammy and Joan. Currently he is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, while already holding a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Sam has deep family connections to the Bristol and Abingdon areas.
Church Business Administrator
Robert J. Greene Jr.
Bob Greene holds degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He has served as music director and organist for congregations in Florida, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. His musical compositions include art songs, congregational hymns, choral anthems for adults and children, handbell compositions, church musicals, solo organ pieces, chamber music, electronic music, contemporary Christian music, and a major cantata, The Seven Last Words, based on the passion of Christ. He has received awards and commissions for his instrumental and choral compositions, and he is published by MorningStar Music and Saint James Music Press. Bob joined our staff June 1, 2017. He lives in Bristol, Virginia.
The Rev. Dr. Dave Welch
Minister for Discipleship
Director of Children’s Ministries
Director of Traditional Worship
Chris Bingham joined our staff in June of 2019 as Director of Traditional Worship. He has a background that includes professional vocal performance with major musical organizations on the west coast and holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has extensive experience in conducting which includes a choral performance of the National Anthem at a MLB game in 2015. Chris’ music ministry has taken him throughout the San Diego region, Los Angeles, and Southern Oregon and includes many major denominations. Chris believes in the power of choral music to draw us to a closer relationship with Jesus and works to enhance the worship experience through the development of musical ministries. Chris enjoys being in nature and eating good food with his wife Hannah and daughter Lola.
Director of Student Ministries
The Rev. Jerry Swam Sidi
Worship Director Contemporary Service
We welcome Jeremiah Swam Sidi (Jerry) and his family; Rachael (wife); Davita (daughter); David (son); and Damita (daughter) from Waco, Texas but originally from Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Jerry will be serving in two roles as the Director of Contemporary Worship here at First Pres and the Campus Ministry Coordinator at King University. He brings a wealth of experience as he pursues his Doctorate.
Jerry has a Bachelor of Art in Theology (Pastoral Studies) from Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, Nigeria. Master of Theology ThM. Missiology – Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary Seoul, South Korea. (Master of Christian Ministry) MACM from Baylor University Waco, TX.
He is currently working on his Doctorate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.
We welcome the newest staff member, Justin Miller. The Pastoral Resident program is our church’s two-year, part-time mentoring program in which we walk and work with a candidate as they move toward ordination in the Presbyterian Church USA. Justin comes from Arden, NC where he has served as the Family and Worship minister. He is a graduate of Emmanuel Seminary.