FPC Staff & Session

Below you will find some information about our loving staff.  

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Below our staff you will find the names of our current Ruling Elders.

  • Rev. Merri Alexander, Senior Pastor, ext. 1

    Rev. Merri Alexander was ordained as a Teaching Elder/Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Western North Carolina Presbytery in March, 2013. She has specialized training and certification in Interim Ministry with the PC USA. She received her education at Union Presbyterian Seminary, St. Andrews University, and Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. Prior to ordination, Rev. Alexander served as Director of Communications at St Andrews University (2001-2003), Vice-President of Montreat Conference Center (2004-2014), and Senior Director of Strategic Partner Development at Montreat (2014-2016). Most recently, she served as Interim Pastor/ Head of Staff at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Hickory, NC. Her volunteer service to the denomination includes service on both the Board of Trustees and the Bicentennial Committee for Union Presbyterian Seminary, the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina and co-chair of the Small Church Division of the Presbytery. Rev. Alexander brings a strong background in art, photography, marketing, and administration that enriches her approach to ministry and informs her leadership style.

  • Rick has been involved in Christian music for over 30 years both as a volunteer and as a professional. He has served as a vocalist and an instrumentalist, a sound engineer, a conductor and as an arranger. He received a technical certificate in studio recording from the Recording Workshop, a bachelors degree in music from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) and a master’s degree in sacred music from Westminster Choir College. Rick loves working with all ages and in all styles of music. He is also currently serving as the music teacher for the Hidden Treasures Academy at FPC, and is involved in FPC’s disability ministry. When not at church, Rick likes back-country camping with his son RJ, training in Tae Kwon Do at Summit ATA with his son Wesley, scuba diving with his daughter Anna, and dating his wife Polly (see below). He also likes hiking and traveling with his whole family.

  • Polly has been directing choirs for over 30 years in both school and church settings. She loves bringing joy and excitement to the lives of others and guiding them to a more personal worship through music. Polly holds a BA in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. She teaches both private voice and piano lessons. Married for 18 years, Rick and Polly met in graduate school at Westminster and have been serving as a team ever since. Polly has always home schooled her three children, all now in high school. Her hobbies include reading, various needle crafts and family activities such as tennis, gardening, hiking and watching movies. She is thankful to God for giving her such a meaningful gift and the opportunity to bless others with it. 

  • Jocelyn Campbell, Pianist

    My family moved to Morristown when I was 5 years old. I attended Hillcrest Baptist Church for most of my life. Music lessons started when I was in second grade with one of the dearest ladies in my life, Augusta Pless Abbott. I became a church accompanist in the late 1970s. For 41 years, I have been the wife of Michael and we have been blessed with 2 precious and talented girls, Amanda and Anna. Music has always been the core of my life. It has served as a joy, hobby and job. I thank God every day for this gift. Along with First Presbyterian, I am the pianist at Barton Springs Presbyterian Church. I am very involved in the GFWC Ladies' Reading Circle and their volunteer service to our community. I love cross-stitching working word search puzzles.

  • Wanda Kirby, Kitchen Supervisor

    Wanda Kirby (center), a fourth-generation Floridian, moved to TN about 8 years ago. She majored in Fine Arts at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. She was a staff writer for the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida and then wrote for the St. Petersburg Times for more than 10 years. She owned a real estate brokerage in Brooksville, FL and then worked for a real estate title company for a period of time. The most recent work history was the co-ownership of a home decor shop with a dear friend for 17 years before coming to Tennessee. Wanda is currently the president of the Rose Center Culinary Association and is a Master Gardener. 

    Laura Shiveler (right), has recently relocated to Morristown from St. Petersburg, FL where she worked as a financial advisor for more than 20 years. She graduated from St. Leo College in 1989 has spent time in the Florida Keys and earned diving certifications in Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Search and Rescue. She was an avid golfer prior to several knee replacements slowing her down.

  • Pamela Cripe, Kylian Andrew & Keefer Andrew, After-Hours Greeters


  • Melissa Brummitte, Day-time cleaning


FPC Session

Rev. Kyle Schmidt, Co-Moderator          

Terri Tilson, Clerk

* Committee Chairperson


Class of 2017

*Elizabeth Campbell (Congregational Care)

Jim Harrison

Amy Keesee

*Becky Jo Moles (Christian Education)

Don Rogers

Bob White


Class of 2018

*Jerry Tucker (Finance)

Susan Sams

*John Atkins (Worship)

*Casey Smith (Buildings & Grounds)

*Bill Vest (Christian Education)

Buzz Lacy

Paul McAnear (Human Resources)


Class of 2019

Tom Brace

Pamela Cripe

*Mark Holtkamp (Mission & Outreach)

Bonnie Michaud

Sally Morrison

Terri Tilson

Nolan Keesee, Youth Elder

First Presbyterian Church

600 West Main Street

Morristown, TN  37814

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