Leadership

The people make the church. The leaders at first Presbyterian include a talented and committed staff, a dedicated group of lay leaders and a happy bunch of volunteers. Come meet some of the people who make First Presbyterian such a special place.

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Rev. Dr. Sally Wicks

Pastor

(Pastor Sally) is a spiritual guide on our journey together.  She has degrees from Albion College, Princeton Theological Seminary and Louisville Theological Seminary and a wealth of Biblical and Theological expertise which we appreciate.  She’s a good teacher and a compassionate pastor.  Pastor Sally is married to Mike who is also a Presbyterian pastor.  The two of them have three grown sons, a loud basset hound named Theo and an energetic “little” dog named Abby.

Rev. Dr. Sally Wicks

Pastor
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Rev. Anna Parkinson

Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator

Originally from a rural area of northwestern Pennsylvania, Anna currently lives in Elkhart with her husband, David, and their three children.  Anna is passionate about children’s and youth ministry and enjoys equipping congregations to be effective, passionate, and confident as they teach and build relationships with children

Rev. Anna Parkinson

Children’s and Youth Ministry Coordinator
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Celia Weiss

Director of Music/ Organist

Celia Weiss has served as Director of Music and Organist for over 40 years. She is an adjunct assistant professor of Music for the Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. Celia also maintains an active teaching and performing schedule throughout the Michiana area.

Celia Weiss

Director of Music/ Organist
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Matt Kennedy

Bridge Music Coordinator, Facilities Manager

“Music has always played a big part in my spiritual life and I am excited to be a part of the Bridge program.” Matt has performed extensively throughout Indiana and Michigan as a solo artist and with his band HiFi2WiFi. His compositions have been heard on the Discovery Channel, Fox Sports, and CBS Network Television. Matt lives in Mishawaka with his wife, Cathi. They have 2 sons: Nate and Sam.

Matt Kennedy

Bridge Music Coordinator, Facilities Manager
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Mary Seddon

Worship Coordinator

Mary has been a member of First Presbyterian church for over 25 years. She oversees and organizes the Bridge worship services.  Mary & her husband John live in Goshen & have two children, Chris & Kelsey. In her free time Mary enjoys reading, traveling, & Detroit Tiger’s baseball.

Mary Seddon

Worship Coordinator
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Mitchell Moss

Technology Coordinator

Mitchell is the one who makes all the technology happen for worship.  He runs sound, lights, screens for the Bridge and runs the Live stream for both services every week.  Whew!  Mitchell also recruits and trains volunteer staff to help him.  He does all of this while also working as a full-time photojournalist and editor at ABC 57. He lives just outside La Porte with his girlfriend Alexus, dog Nova, and guinea pig, Larry.  He likes to help out with a broadcasting class at La Porte High School in his free time. 

Mitchell Moss

Technology Coordinator
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Allen Utterback

Bookkeeper

Allen is relatively new to our staff.  He has an MBA in addition to an undergraduate degree in Accounting, both from Purdue University. He has worked for Notre Dame for 25 years and now also works part-time at First Presbyterian.  He lives on Simonton Lake and is married to Serina and has three young adult children: Abby, Maddie and Jack.  Allen enjoys golf and watching sports of all kinds.

Allen Utterback

Bookkeeper
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Steve Seward

Security

Steve is a long time member of FPC. He enjoys serving the church in this part-time position. Steve loves to garden and read.

Steve Seward

Security

calendar Upcoming Events

Right Stuff Photo

Do I have the Right Stuff? (Summer message series)

June 12 @ 9:00 am - July 3 @ 12:00 pm
VBS Photo

Vacation Bible School

July 10 - July 14
The Parables Photo

Summer Stories: The Parables of Jesus (Summer message series)

July 10 @ 9:00 am - August 28 @ 12:00 pm
Kickoff Sunday Photo

Kick Off Sunday

September 11