Church Leadership

Pastors (Teaching Elders)

Dr. Jim Miller

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dan Hutchinson

Senior Associate Pastor

Rev. Wambugu Gachungi

Associate Pastor

Rev. James Estes

Associate Pastor

Rev. Julia Metcalf

Associate Pastor

Session (Ruling Elders)

The Session is made up of elders elected to service by the congregation of First Presbyterian Church. All have a vote in matters of Church government. The pastor serves as moderator of the Session, the main responsibility of which is the governing of the congregation and guiding its witness to the sovereign activity of God in the world, so that the congregation remains a community of faith, hope, love, and witness. Ten new members are nominated and elected by the congregation each year to serve three-year terms.

Class of 2023

  • Maxwell Asare
  • Dacia Bird
  • Janine Burlin
  • Debbie Favell
  • Rusty Gaddy
  • Patrick Kirunda
  • Elisa Mangesho
  • Anne McCoy
  • Amy Russell
  • Jim Sheiper

Class of 2024

  • Laurel Baird
  • Allison Biggs
  • Mark Brown
  • Larry Ewing
  • Stephanie Madsen
  • Urbanas Masaku
  • Steve Metcalf
  • Paul Mungai
  • Denise Rounds
  • Karen Woolman

Class of 2025

  • Brett Crane
  • Elizabeth DeVore
  • John Harper
  • Jessical John-Bowman
  • Jeanette Kern
  • Jaclyn Metcalf
  • Eric Olson
  • Jacob Thompson
  • Solomon Tsuma
  • Faith Wambugu


First Church calls 10 members every year to serve on a 30-member Board of Deacons. These individuals are called and ordained to ministries of care and compassion. They visit the homebound, coordinate funeral receptions, and deliver flowers to those hospitalized. They also extend the love of Jesus to community members in need of compassion, including the students of Emerson Elementary School and children with cancer.

Ten new members are nominated and elected by the congregation each year to serve three-year terms.

Class of 2023

  • Sheri Allen
  • Keith Campbell
  • Lucy Kamande
  • Clint McQueen
  • Dylan Seibert
  • Ed Slier
  • Julie Steiner
  • Shannon Thomas
  • Mike Homan (co chair)
  • Cindy Johnson (co chair)

Class of 2024

  • Tina Aruna
  • Sandy Curtis
  • Bette Cromer
  • Quentin Franklin
  • Carter Mathews
  • Valentine Ndunga
  • Buddy Neal
  • Dan Richmond
  • Grace Shelton
  • Scott Swanson

Class of 2025

  • Tyler Bird
  • Nancy Blocker
  • Beryl Bolo
  • Brandon Evans
  • Jeremy Foon
  • Nick McMillan
  • Janet Mercer
  • Gladys Njino
  • Cissy Ssettimba
  • Jacob Hand - student
  • Ian Kanyeki - student
  • Joy Mangesho - student


The Trustees manage the First Presbyterian Church Foundation funds that allow for long-range planning, scholarships, ministerial needs and operational expenses.

Class of 2022

  • Holbrook Lawson
  • Michael Neal
  • Jason Pugh

Class of 2023

  • Bob Pielsticker
  • Todd Schuster
  • Amy Tingleaf

Class of 2024

  • Jane Crain
  • Pam Farris
  • Steve Caldwell