Leadership & Staff

Ashtyn Bratt

Executive Administrative Assistant

Office: (804) 358-2383 ext. 125

Pronouns: she/her

Questions about worship & congregational life can be directed to Ashtyn. 


  • Bible verses: Matthew 5:1-12 and Isaiah 41:10
  • Movies: She's the Man, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and The Lion King
  • Books: Beach Read, Harry Potter series, and Accidental Saints
  • TV Shows: The Office, Ted Lasso, and New Girl
  • Music: Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Kelsea Ballerini
  • Podcasts: Office Ladies
  • For fun I like to: visit coffee shops, go for walks, read, bake, and spend time with family/friends

About Ashtyn

I was born and raised in/near Lincoln, Nebraska and will always be a Midwestern at heart. After graduating college with a degree in Family Studies, I wasn't sure what my next steps would be, but I knew I wanted to move farther away from home to experience what life is like in a different place. This uncertainty led me to be a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) where I lived in New Orleans with six other YAVs and worked for an adult education program. My year in New Orleans transformed me in more ways than I could have imagined and I am still reflecting on my experiences in the Big Easy, even five years later. My eyes were opened to the injustices present in our society, which reignited a desire to continue learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

This desire to learn lead me to attend Union Presbyterian Seminary, where I grappled with the history of Christianity and how it’s experienced today. I completed both of my seminary internships at First Pres and later graduated with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education in 2023. Today, you can find me doing many things around the church as the Executive Administrative Assistant. I have a passion for hearing people’s stories because it’s these stories that allow us to connect with one another on a deeper level, reminding us how we are all connected through Christ. I hope I have the opportunity to hear more of your story!

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Elders are charged with the oversight of the life of our congregation – leading, governing, and caring for its members.  Both individually and collectively (as the Session), elders provide leadership in worship, teaching, mission, evangelism, care and nurture.  Along with the pastors, the elders are the shepherds of the flock.

Deacons are charged with the sympathy, witness and service for all our members. Deacons are persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment. Both individually and collectively (as the Diaconate), deacons provide compassionate care for all church members. 

The Session

Class of 2025

Heather Cooper
Elizabeth Darling, Outreach Chair
Clark Lewis
Ann Nickels, Communications Chair
Jim Purser, Nominating Committee Chair
Susan McNulty, Personnel Chair

Class of 2026

Gary Barranger, Property Chair
Eone Beck
Kathy Harris, Worship Chair
Shep Haw
Alison Herring
Charlotte Woodfin

Class of 2027

Kayla Craddock
Jim Irby
Foster Jennings
Christina Luxon
LaMont Noble
Vicki Warren

The Diaconate

Class of 2025

Kim Basmajian
Sally Brown
Burton Kunz
Ann Latstetter
Melissa Layfield
Sean McAndrew
Tara Modisett, Moderator
Rose Lane Nimmo
Cortland Putbrese
Christa Santos
Anton Van Thoen
Marsha Williams

Class of 2026

Laura Bland
Blanche Bruns
Madeline Bryson
Bill Collier
Matt Cooper
Martha Mathews
Melissa Mintz
Martha Morrill
Robbie Rice
Meg Simonton
Sheila Smith
Kelly Winters

Class of 2027

Tyler Ball
Jon Chase
Karen Edwards
Rick Fay
Connie Gottwald
Ashby Horner
Mary Lynn Lunn
Sherry May
Kathy Smallwood
Mary Lu Stephens
Lynda Starr