Pastoral and Program Staff

Available at (734) 662-4466 (Extensions listed below)

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Reverend Dr. Fairfax F. Fair
Pastor/Head of Staff

Email: ffair@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 361

Rev. Dr. Fairfax F. FairBorn in Warren, Arkansas, Fairfax was raised a lifelong Presbyterian. Widowed young, she has a son and daughter-in-law and is a grandmother. Fairfax earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. She most recently was the Pastor/Head of Staff at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Previously she served as Pastor/Head of Staff at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas and as Associate Pastor at churches in Texas and Tennessee. She enjoys dark chocolate, good coffee, and sharing fellowship with wonderful friends.

Reverend Melissa Anne Rogers
Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Congregational Life

Email: mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 390

Rev. Melissa Anne RogersMelissa Anne, who rejoined our staff in the summer of 2005, brings both pastoral and clinical training to her work in pastoral care. In addition to her experience in ministry to small congregations in Oregon, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, she brings clinical training as a marital and family therapist, having worked as a family grief and crisis counselor for Hospice of Lansing, and as a therapist at Michigan State's Family and Child Clinic. She earned her Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy from Michigan State University in 2002. Melissa Anne previously served First Presbyterian as Interim Campus Minister, and was Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian in Ann Arbor from 1995 to 1998. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  A morning person, she enjoys cross-country skiing, biking, good coffee, brewing beer, and spending time with her family and pets.

Reverend Jay Sanderford
Associate Pastor

Email: jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 340

Rev. Jay SanderfordJay's passion is forming disciples of Jesus Christ. "Sometimes this happens in the classroom or in the sanctuary; sometimes this happens in the hospital or a living room; sometimes this happens when our hands get dirty performing acts of compassion and reconciliation. I believe the walls of God's church are secondary to the width of God's mercy. My energy will be focused on guiding the core areas of Adult Education, Mission and the Resident Minister Program at First Presbyterian, and I look to connect with you about your hopes, dreams, experiences and vision for these areas of the church's life."

Jay has served as a pastor, associate pastor, youth and family pastor, and for the last seven years, as pastor of Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, a new church development near Charlottesville, Virginia. He has also worked as the first executive director of a thriving volunteer construction non-profit, the Building Goodness Foundation.

Jay's wife Beth is a lifelong Presbyterian and has practiced nursing for over 35 years. They both enjoy everything outdoors-hiking, camping and exploring; gardening, drinking great coffee, listening to live music and playing with their four Labrador retrievers-Mac, Annie, Percy and Connor. Jay also loves to read, run, fly fish, ski and ride horses. They have two grown children: their son, Drew, who is married to Gillian Hatch of Milwaukee and is doing a post-doctoral fellowship in Blacksburg, Virginia, while Gillie continues to work as a speech therapist. Their daughter, Alyson, works for the University of Florida Alumni Foundation as an event planner. Aly is engaged to marry Daniel Bowen of Ocala, Florida in May 2014. In addition, Aly is a graduate student at the University of Florida's School of Journalism and Communications.

Tom Granum
Director of Music Ministries

Email: tgranum@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 347

Tom GranumTom Granum joined First Pres as Director of Music Ministries July 29, 2012. Tom came to us from First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Georgia, where he has been the Director of Music and Organist since 1984. He has degrees from the University of Georgia and teaching certification from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, Tom completed certification from Choristers Guild, an organization for youth and children's church music directors, in their inaugural three-year program. A major influence on Tom's musical life was his singing under the late Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, as well as other chamber ensembles with Mr. Shaw. Tom is married to Doris, and they are the parents of Meg and Mary Winn, both young adults.

Carol Muehlig
Organist and Handbell Director

Email: cmuehlig@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 351

Carol Muehlig, Associate Music Director/OrganistCarol joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor in the summer of 1996. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, she served for 30 years as associate organist/choirmaster and director of handbell choirs at Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor. In addition, she has taught organ and piano and directed bell choirs at Concordia College, and is accompanist for the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale. She also is the accompanist and assistant director of the American Chorale of Sacred Music. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, she is a member of one of our city's founding families and has for many years served as organist for the Muehlig Funeral Chapel here.

Deborah MacVey
Director of Children's Education and Family Ministries

Email: dmacvey@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 342

Deborah MacVey, Director of Children's Education and Family MinistriesDeborah was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but grew up in Freeport, Illinois. She has been a lifelong Presbyterian. Deborah received her bachelors degree from Monmouth College in Illinois, and has done graduate work at Eastern Michigan University. She has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor since 1980 and joined the staff as Director of Children's Education and Family Ministries in 1991. She and her husband, Wayne, have one son, Matthew.

Sandy Talbott
RNC/NP Parish Nurse

Email: stalbott@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 350

Sandy Talbot, Parish NurseSandy has been a nurse practitioner for over 30 years and brings an abundant blend of nursing skills, knowledge, and experience to the position. Women’s Health, College Health, clinical studies, private practice and clinical informatics are some of the areas she’s served. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, she has worked in youth and campus ministry programs, traveled to Haiti with our mission team, and served as co-moderator of the deacons. Sandy married childhood friend, Mark Lindley, in 1997, and joined First Pres later that year. The blended family of four (Bryan, Katie, Alexa, and Clare) are now grown and scattered across the nation. She enjoys puzzles, cooking, travel and reading – especially when any include her family.

Emily Béghin
Resident Minister (2015-2017)

Email: ebeghin@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 355

Emily BeghinEmily was born in Carmel, Indiana and spent her first 12 years of childhood as a Methodist in Indianapolis. In 2002, Emily moved with her family to Scottsdale, Arizona. There, they immersed themselves in the life of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Emily graduated in 2012 from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in in German. She went on to study at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas, and graduated in 2015 with a Master of Divinity.

As a musician, Emily has played trumpet in marching bands and folk groups, as well as playing with different church groups. She founded the first all-female acapella group, Dolce Voces at the University of Arizona. In addition, Emily, volunteered with FAIR--Foundation for Animals in Risk, and launched Kindred Spirits, a group at Austin Seminary. She has spent time working with children, youth and young adults, and participated in UpLift, a homeless ministry in Austin. Emily loves to travel. She can often be found walking her dog, Bandit. She’s an avid fan of Doctor Who.

Emily’s hope is that the church will always seek to draw close to God, following in the way of Jesus Christ, moving with compassion, kindness, and grace. “Doing this is not always simple or easy. It comes with the price of our whole hearts and undivided attention.” Emily hopes that her time at First Pres will be full of healthy learning opportunities and an occasion for flourishing in ministry.

Daniel Ervin
Resident Minister (2015-2017)

Email: dervin@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 348

Daniel ErvinDaniel was born and raised on his family’s farm near Statesville, North Carolina. He grew up as a member of Concord Presbyterian Church, where his family has been active for many generations. Daniel graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2011 with a degree in Social Work and a minor in Spanish. During that time he was active in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry and served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer, working with homeless and at-risk youth in Raleigh. Daniel graduated in 2014 with a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and completed a second degree there in May 2015, a Master of Theology with a focus in liturgical and practical theology.

Daniel feels especially called to parish ministry at this point. He’s particularly intrigued with the way worship intersects with the world and daily life. And while his interests are many and varied, he enjoys camping, tinkering with technology, traveling, playing the organ loudly, and reading.

Angela Ryo
Resident Minister (2015-2017)

Email: aryo@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 354

Angela RyoBorn in Seoul, Korea, Angela immigrated to the United States with her family at age 9 and grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign as an English major, she went on to study education and became a certified high school English and ESL teacher. Sensing a strong call to ordained ministry, Angela entered McCormick Theological Seminary in 2010. There she served on the Student Session as well as the Board of Trustees as the elected student representative. Angela has also worked as the Interim Coordinator for the Center for Asian American Ministries, conducting qualitative research to improve and empower Asian American faith communities in the Greater Chicago area. After graduating from McCormick, Angela worked at a non-profit youth residential facility funded by the Office of Refugee and Resettlement, teaching English to undocumented, unaccompanied minors.

In her free time, when she is not enjoying the company of her husband and her two children, she loves to take long walks, watch documentaries on food, and drink good coffee. As a high school teacher and a youth, college, and young adult director for the last fifteen years, Angela has discovered that her calling is both to be a bridge as well as raise up bridge builders in the ministry of reconciliation.

Angela is thrilled to enter into the life and ministry of First Pres “where one can freely ‘live the questions’ instead of always looking for the right answers…[as she joins] God at work to create communities of love, grace, peace, justice,freedom, creativity, and wholeness in this broken and fragmented world.”

Alexis (Lex) Allum
Peer Minister

Email: aallum@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 353

Alexis AllumMy name is Alexis Allum and I am a recent graduate of Michigan State University. I have a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and am working with students here at First Pres from middle school through college and with Young Life College at the University of Michigan. I am so excited to make relationships with students and watch them grow in Christ while also learning something new everyday! So far I am really enjoying First Pres as well as Ann Arbor and what both have to offer people of all ages. I have always enjoyed being part of a church community and am already starting to feel the comforts of home.

In my spare time I enjoy lots of different hobbies including, but not limited to, reading as many classic novels as my attention span will allow. I also love traveling all over this beautiful state and country and have hopes of visiting all fifty states on day. I also enjoy spending time in my hometown of Leonard, going to dinner with friends at Crunchy’s, an East Lansing classic, and trying new things such as UM football games! I am beyond excited to see what the Lord has in store for me, the people here at First Pres, students at U of M, and Ann Arbor these next few months!