FPC Staffing Update - from Amy Starr Redwine


August 19, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of First Presbyterian,

This summer, your leaders and staff have been busy preparing for a robust and meaningful program year. As the Personnel Committee and Session continue to discern a long-term staffing model that will best fit the needs of the church, we share the following changes, listed below, made to support our programs and volunteers.

I am grateful for the ways that each of these promotions or new hires will allow us to better live into our vision to inspire, nurture and serve. I also anticipate that staff restructuring will be ongoing as we continue to work toward a staff that is integrated, collaborative, and streamlined – competencies crucial for effective ministry in the twenty-first century. Specifically, I expect to soon announce the hire of a full-time Director of Communications (the search team is currently interviewing finalists) as well as a temporary addition to our pastoral staff. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or members of the session directly – we welcome further conversation about how the church can best achieve its mission and live into its values. And when you see any of these staff members hard at work, please welcome and thank them for their contributions to the ministry of FPC.

With joy and gratitude,



Wilson Kennedy

As announced last April, our Youth Director Wilson Kennedy spent the summer completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at VCU Medical Center. CPE is a requirement for the ordination process in the PC(USA), and Wilson gained a great deal of pastoral experience over the summer. Beginning September 1, Wilson steps into a new position at FPC as the Ministry Associate for Youth and Young Adults. In this full-time role, Wilson will continue to oversee our youth ministry programming for middle school and high school youth, supervising our part-time assistant youth director, Elise Cardot. In addition, he will explore ways to support and increase our programming for young adults, which includes members away at college; participants from local colleges; and single, married, and married-with-children adults in their twenties and thirties (and beyond). Wilson brings a wealth of experience to this new role and we look forward to having him on board full time as he works toward graduation in May with his Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary.


Christy Harmon

For six years, Christy Harmon has served as the leader of Children’s Church, which is available to four-year-olds through first graders after the Children’s Time in worship. Starting this week, Christy is moving into an expanded role as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. In this role, she will continue to oversee Children’s Church, supervise our nursery staff, and provide administrative support to our Children’s Ministries programming, including Sunday School for children ages 4 through grade 5. I am delighted at the gifts and skills Christy brings to the children and families of FPC.


Betsy Tobin

As we have assessed the organization of our nursery staff, the decision was made to bring on a Nursery Leader who will have primary responsibility for the oversight and implementation of infant and toddler care on Sunday mornings and any other time care is needed to allow parents with young children to participate in church programs and meetings. We welcome Betsy Tobin into this position. Betsy has extensive childcare experience, having taught in Chesterfield County Public School and at Sabot at Stony Point. She has substituted regularly and taught summer camp in the First Presbyterian Preschool.

FPC Nursery Staff, from left: Callie Newton, Aubrey Schmidt, Beth Sternheimer, Kelsey Schmidt, Betsy Tobin (Nursery Leader), Christy Harmon (Children's Ministry Coordinator), Carter Brenaman

FPC Nursery Staff, from left: Callie Newton, Aubrey Schmidt, Beth Sternheimer, Kelsey Schmidt, Betsy Tobin (Nursery Leader), Christy Harmon (Children's Ministry Coordinator), Carter Brenaman

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