Pastors

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The Rev. Dr. Preston Smith, Bridge Interim Senior Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Preston Smith joined First Presbyterian in June 2017 to serve as the "bridge" interim minister as we go through the process of calling an interim pastor. 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...]
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Lydia Wingo Kane, Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator
Lydia joined First Presbyterian in September 2016 as the Children's Ministry Coordinator. She lives in Tarboro with her husband and two daughters. She and her husband met at Vanderbilt Divinity School where she received a Master of Theological Studies. Lydia also has a Master of Special Education from Vanderbilt with a concentration in low incidence/severe disabilities. [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 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, and two dogs, Tyler and Smokey. Jeanne worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama for 22 years. Jeanne enjoys her many volunteer activities such as [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...]
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Joseph “JJ” Jeffries, Sexton
JJ is our full time sexton and also a student at Nash Community College, seeking a degree in Computer Engineering. He enjoys learning about computers and seeing how they work. He takes care of our church facility through cleaning and maintenance. He is also happy to help anyone in need that comes in the doors of First Presbyterian. [Read more...]