Directory

Meet the Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church Team

The Rev. Dr. Seth E. Weeldreyer

The Rev. Dr. Seth E. Weeldreyer

Senior Pastor

The Rev. Christina “Chrissy” Westbury

The Rev. Christina “Chrissy” Westbury

Associate Pastor

Amber Nettleton

Amber Nettleton

Parish Associate

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hakken Candido

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hakken Candido

K-College Chaplain & Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Louise Taylor

Louise Taylor

Financial Coordinator

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith

Building Superintendent

Meredith Alspach

Meredith Alspach

Director of Youth and Families

Kelly Short

Kelly Short

Operations Coordinator

Sandy Sinotte

Sandy Sinotte

Backdoor Greeter

Bruce Birkell

Bruce Birkell

Backdoor Greeter

Bob Brush

Bob Brush

Backdoor Greeter

Deb Wuerding

Deb Wuerding

Backdoor Greeter

Randy Randt

Randy Randt

Custodian

Logan McCafferty

Logan McCafferty

Custodian

Carl Witt

Carl Witt

Director of Music

Autumn

Autumn

Organist

Shelly Parkhurst

Shelly Parkhurst

Communications Coordinator

The Session

In the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) local Congregations govern themselves through an elected board called the Session. Session members serve for three years. Each year, one third of the Session members retire from Session and are replaced by members elected from the congregation, or agree to an additional three year term. This provides stability and continuity in governing the congregation. A senior Minister moderates the Session which is headed by the Clerk of Session, neither of whom are voting members of the session.

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Much of the work of directing the mission and ministry of the church is done by committees, in conjunction with the professional staff.

These standing committees report to, and are directed by, Session. Committees of Session are chaired by elders; members of the congregation are invited and encouraged to serve on them as well. Following is a list of our committees and some of the ways in which they contribute to the life of our church.

The Congregational Life Committee provides meaningful social events to foster relationships between members of our church body of First Presbyterian Church, and to coordinate the process of receiving new members into this church.

The Faith Formation Committee coordinates learning experiences for the congregation, developing individual’s spiritual gifts with the mission of fostering faith and commitment, nurturing spiritual growth and developing servant-leaders.

The Health Ministry Committee serves the needs of the congregation for physical, emotional, intellectual health endeavors with education and support.

The Stewardship Committee connects giving to the church’s mission by organizing and conducting the annual Stewardship Campaign, the results of which provide the major portion of the funds to operate the church.

The Communications Committee assists with a wide range of  internal and external communications of the church.

The Worship & Music Committee helps plan all aspects of  worship services partnering with the clergy and music leaders of the church.

The Endowment Committee is charged by the Session with the responsibility of managing the endowed funds of the church, encouraging contributions to the Endowment Fund, and recommending to the Session the annual distributions from the various Designated Funds.

The Finance Committee manages the Operating and Capital finances of First Presbyterian Church.

The Personnel Committee works in an advisory role to the Pastor/Head of Staff and Session with responsibilities of assisting in building an effective and efficient work environment; recommending new and revised policies and practices; developing and revising staff position descriptions; recommending compensation for staff through the budget process; providing equal employment opportunities, in consultation with the Presbytery and approved by the Session; supporting professional growth of staff; recommending strategies to manage risk exposure; supporting a review process to assist in staff evaluation and work planning; and acting as a support team for the pastors and members of the staff.

The Officer Nominating Committee meets annually to fulfill the requirements of the Book of Order in that, “Ruling elders and deacons shall be nominated by a committee elected by the congregation, drawn from and representative of its membership, reflecting the rich diversity of the congregation’s membership and shall guarantee

The Outreach Committee strives to represent a Christian presence in the local community and to promote faithful service both locally and to the wider world, thus kindling a vision of First Presbyterian Church as a light to our community and to the world.

The Property Maintenance Committee manages issues related to the maintenance and improvement of church-owned property.

Brian Nederveld

Brian Nederveld

Clerk of Session

Annalise Bol

Annalise Bol

Youth Elder

Jill Barnum

Jill Barnum

Class of 2022

Bob Brush

Bob Brush

Class of 2022

Richard Coryell

Richard Coryell

Class of 2022

Ellen Dykhuis

Ellen Dykhuis

Class of 2022

Kathy Jennings

Kathy Jennings

Class of 2022

Don Meldrum

Don Meldrum

Class of 2022

Heather Misner

Heather Misner

Class of 2022

Susan Agostinelli

Susan Agostinelli

Class of 2023

Kathy Cooney

Kathy Cooney

Class of 2023

Laura Ford

Laura Ford

Class of 2023

Craig Kortlandt

Craig Kortlandt

Class of 2023

Oliver Takuh

Oliver Takuh

Class of 2023

Deb Taylor

Deb Taylor

Class of 2023

Janet Todd

Janet Todd

Class of 2023

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Class of 2024

Heather Cloetingh

Heather Cloetingh

Class of 2024

Cynthia Feucht

Cynthia Feucht

Class of 2024

Pat Stromsta

Pat Stromsta

Class of 2024

Becky Demcovitz

Becky Demcovitz

Class of 2024

Mark Loehrke

Mark Loehrke

Class of 2024

Mark Ohrstrom

Mark Ohrstrom

Class of 2024

Deacons

The congregation is organized in parishes, with deacons assigned to nurture and care for the members of a parish. Deacons are elected members of the church and serve under Session, with a particular focus on taking care of the needs, spiritual and physical, of the congregation.

Deacons are typically involved in hospital visitation, reaching out and maintaining contact with families, particularly in times of need, praying with and for their parishioners, and coordinating activities such as Sunday morning social time.

Wendy King

Wendy King

Class of 2022

Louise McCallum

Louise McCallum

Class of 2022

Evelyn Garner

Evelyn Garner

Class of 2022

Deb Weurding

Deb Weurding

Class of 2022

JoAnn Yochim

JoAnn Yochim

Class of 2022

Carol Parfitt

Carol Parfitt

Class of 2022

Hilary Cloetingh

Hilary Cloetingh

Class of 2023

Paul Minert

Paul Minert

Class of 2023

Jan Carpenter

Jan Carpenter

Class of 2023

Diane White

Diane White

Class of 2023

Jim Young

Jim Young

Class of 2023

Suzanne Weeldreyer

Suzanne Weeldreyer

Class of 2023

Karen Nellums

Karen Nellums

Class of 2024

John Fiore

John Fiore

Class of 2024

Aedín Clements

Aedín Clements

Class of 2024

Nancy Johnson

Nancy Johnson

Class of 2024

Jo Russell

Jo Russell

Class of 2024

Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor

Class of 2024