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The Rev. Matthew Baker, Pastor
We are excited to welcome the Rev. Matthew Baker to First Presbyterian Church as our new Pastor beginning September 1, 2019.  Matt was born and nurtured in the faith as a Lutheran in northeastern Ohio.  His family relocated to Celebration, Florida in 1998 and became Presbyterians.  Matt met his wife, Liz, at Presbyterian College.  He graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary.  After graduating, he served for 8 years as pastor and head of staff at Macedonia Presbyterian Church in Candor, North Carolina.  Together, Matt and Liz have two wonderful daughters, Elizabeth (Elly Mae) and Sarah.   [Read more...]
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The Rev. Dr. Preston Smith, Parish Associate
The Rev. Dr. Preston Smith joined First Presbyterian in June 2017 to serve as the "bridge" interim minister as we went through the process of calling an interim pastor, and now serves as our Parish Associate. He assists our Pastor with pastoral care needs. He has served as a pastor at several churches over his 50 year career as an ordained minister and and served as Director of the Pastoral Care Department at Nash General Hospital. He retired from Nash General in 2005 and was then called as the installed pastor at Falkland Presbyterian Church prior to retirement. Preston and his wife Judy, a retired educator, have three children and five active grandchildren. They enjoy visiting their families in Raleigh, Myrtle Beach, SC and Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, they enjoy riding motorcycles, and Preston enjoys woodworking and even finds time for a little golf! [Read more...]

Program Staff

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Jim Smith, Director of Music
Jim completed a Bachelor of Music degree at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Master of Music degree at West Virginia University. Postgraduate work in vocal and choral music has included studies at West Virginia University, Westminster Choir College, the University of Georgia, Smith College, Oberlin College, and Indiana University. Jim served as an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Vocal and Choral Activities at Peace College for many years. [Read more...]
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Jennie Vance, Organist
Jennie Vance joined the staff of First Presbyterian in August, 2005. Jennie is the former Coordinator of Music Studies at Peace College in Raleigh, where she taught classes in music theory, served as College Organist, and accompanied the department’s two choral ensembles, the Peace College Chamber Singers and the Peace College Choir. [Read more...]

Admin Staff

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Dionne Seale, Church Ministry Coordinator
Prior to accepting the role of Church Ministry Coordinator in 2014, Dionne was the part-time Assistant for Children's Ministry here at First Presbyterian. Her current role is to assist with not only the administrative functions of the church office, but also help the various church committees work together to serve God, the community and the congregation. [Read more...]
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Jeanne Shannon, Financial Secretary
Jeanne is originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina and moved to Birmingham, Alabama as a child. She moved to Rocky Mount in 2011 with her husband Tom and two sons, Battle and George. Jeanne worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama for 22 years. Jeanne enjoys her many volunteer activities such as the Friends of the Braswell Library, being a Meals on Wheels volunteer and supporting the Altar Guild at The Church of the Good Shepherd. She enjoys walking, cooking, going to the movies and spending time with family and friends. Jeanne's office hours are Monday - Thursday from 8:30-2:30 p.m. [Read more...]
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Charity Lodge, Sexton
Charity began working for First Presbyterian in August, 1984. Not only is she one of our sextons, she also keeps our crib nursery every Sunday and any other time her expertise is needed. She has four grown children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She says of her job “There is no better job than working for the wonderful people at First Presbyterian and loving the children.” [Read more...]