Pastor – Rev Steven B Brand - I have been the pastor since October of 2012. Before coming to Newark I was the pastor of Wickliffe Presbyterian, just east of Cleveland for 3 years. I was born and raised in Elyria Ohio. I am a graduate of Sheffield High School, Ohio University, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. At Ohio University I received my Bachelors in Political Science and much more importantly met my wife Diana. Diana and I have been married for 12 years. She is a paralegal and works about a block away at Reese, Pyle, Drake & Myeyer. We have a 6 year old son Calvin and a 2 year old daughter named Katelynn. He is named after Calvin and Hobbs and does his best to model his namesake. She is named as a tie in to Princess Kate as Diana was named after Princess Diana. We also have a black lab/springer spaniel named Two-Scoops and a cat named Maggie.
Custodian – Gary Collins – Gary, has been a lifelong resident of Newark, Ohio and a business owner of Collins Masonry and The Angel Valley Company for more than 40 years. He is married to Debora (Green) Collins for 38 years and has two daughters Ginger Collins Varner and Angela Collins Schlesiona. Four grandchildren, Noah, Baylee, Jaden, and Michael. Gary is an avid hunter and loves to garden. He has Cherokee and Irish heritage and with roots in Arkansas, where is Cherokee grandmother, who was on the Trail of Tears, met she her Irish husband, Ed Collins in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the rest is history. He has worked hard all of his life and loves people.
Church Secretary - Angie Klinker is originally from Waverly, Ohio but has lived in Pataskala since 2005. Angie and her husband Tim celebrated their 26th year of marriage last October. Tim works as a Custodian at two churches, full-time at Pataskala Church of the Nazarene, and part-time at Pataskala First Presbyterian Church. Angie comes from a rich musical heritage and is a singer/songwriter/musician, and has served as worship leader in the past at various churches. Music is her passion and she currently travels in a band as well as sings at her home church with the worship team. Angie and Tim are members of Pataskala Church of the Nazarene.
Organist – Ann Robinson – Ann Marie Robinson, began playing organ at age 12 St. Paul's UCC in Somerset, PA. Undergrad School Indiana University of PA... Piano major/ voice and organ minor 1980. Teacher in Northridge/ Newark City Schools 33 years. Graduate School 1997 Master of Arts in Elementary/ Secondary Education. Son, Adam Porsch and grandchild on the way;-) Married to Del Robinson 23 years until his passing Jan 2013. Volunteer for Hospice of Central Ohio and Musical Director for Children's Grief Camp. Member of New-Ark Emmaus Community and Community Leadership Chair.
Director of Music – Zac Marquart – has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian since 2014. A 2012 Graduate of Bowling Green State University, Zac lives here in Newark where he is an Educational Aide at Montessori Community School. He is also heavily involved at Licking County Players where he acts as a member of the Board of Directors and regularly appears on stage.
Denomination – First Presbyterian Church is part of the PC(USA). You can find out more about the denomination at their website pcusa.org.
Session – Session is the main governing body of the church and is made up of 9 church Elders elected by the congregation to 3 year terms. Each elder serves as the chair of one of the church’s committees. They are:
Budget & Finance – Elder Keith Hare– Manages the church’s finances. Elder Barb Jobes - Treasurer.
Christian Education – Elder Ed Jobes – Maintains educational services for people of all ages.
Church Life – Elder Rose Gibson – Encourages fellowship within the congregation.
Congregational Care - Elder Ann Robinson - Looks out for the needs of the congregation.
Evangelism & Outreach – Elder Karen Birtcher – Makes sure that the church is helping those in need, both physical and Spiritual.
Nominations & Personnel – Elder Louise Whitis – Seeks appropriate individuals to serve church offices. Seeks the efficiency and effectiveness of church staff.
Property – Elder Gary DeWeese – The upkeep and maintenance of the church structures and grounds.
Stewardship – Manages congregational giving in terms of time, talents and treasures.
Worship – Elder Kim Frick – Makes sure that we worship the Lord with heart and soul.