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Reverend Melissa Anne Rogers
Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Congregational Life
Email: email@example.com, Extension: 390
Melissa 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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Extension: 340
Jay grew up in the mid-Atlantic and upper South, moving between North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After college, he worked as a carpenter for several years and considered the construction business as an option before heading to Yale Divinity School as a step toward ordained ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Before arriving at First Pres in Ann Arbor in 2013, Jay served as pastor, associate pastor, director of a not-for-profit and new church development pastor in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Maryland.
Jay embraces First Pres’ vision to be both a place for warm hospitality, faithful formation and vibrant worship and to be a force to pursue God’s good work for compassion, peace and justice in Ann Arbor, in the nearby universities and in the world and communities beyond. “Relationships fuel my work at First Pres. The incredible human resources of this church, our congregation, lay leaders and staff, provide the church with dynamic resources to influence our community with the gospel of good news.” As a learning community, Jay is inspired by the inclusive, positive and reflective theological project that is at the heart of our common life and service. He believes that as people of faith we are called to be redemptive, and not divisive in this cultural moment, and that our shared lives are shaped by practices of justice, mercy and humility.
Jay lives with his wife, Beth, in Dexter with an abundance of gardens, flowers and several lively Labrador retrievers. Jay and Beth share a passion for hiking, walking along the Huron River, good books, paddling, camping and family adventures with their two grown children. Their son Drew lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Gillian Hatch. Alyson, their daughter, lives in Ocala, Florida with her husband Daniel Bowen and family.
Wellness Coordinator / Parish Nurse
Email: email@example.com, Extension: 350
Sandy 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.
Youth Ministries Coordinator
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Extension: 353
Essie Koenig-Reinke was born in Kansas City, Kansas, but has spent the last few years figuring out what life is like beyond the rolling hills and fields of “America’s Heartland.” Essie served from 2013-2014 as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During her YAV year she learned how to make a pretty good cuppa (cup of tea), and the importance of sharing and listening to stories. As her affection for coffee, community, and conversation grew she also realized how much she loved the church. This revelation led her to start a new adventure that included exploring theological education and Christian community in Richmond, Virginia at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
While attending seminary she nurtured a passion for youth ministry and discerned a call to ordained ministry. Somehow in the midst of her studies, discovery, and discernment she also found time to meet her now husband Eric Koenig-Reinke. Eric has brought so much joy and willingness to go on spontaneous adventures and road trips into her life! If Essie and Eric aren’t out exploring the world together, you could probably find them playing board games and watching epic shows like Dr. Who or anything with superheroes. Essie has two degrees; first a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Wichita State University, and second, a Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. She is currently going through the ordination process for the PC(USA). Essie is so excited to be in Ann Arbor and have the opportunity to experience how God is moving in First Presbyterian Church community. Essie’s home church is Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, where she has gotten to know Rev. Jenny McDivitt, another former Resident Minister from First Pres.
Rev. Evans McGowan
Campus Ministries Coordinator
After serving as a Resident Minister from 2011 to 2013, Evans McGowan spent the last four years in Hawaii on the island of Kauai. There he taught social studies and math at a private middle school, Pu‘ukumu, and preached regularly at a small local UCC congregation with a big name, Church of the Pacific. Evans notes that he is excited to be back working at First Pres Ann Arbor with college students and young people, especially the Confirmation class and the High School Group, Keystones. He will work 25-hours a week in his role as the Campus Ministries Coordinator.
Evans’ education includes a BA of Political Science from Davidson College in North Carolina and an M. Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary in California. While in the Bay Area, Evans worked as an Adult Ministries Intern. He was born in Austin, Texas, schooled in Delaware, and in 2005 lived abroad in Kenya as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer.
Evans and his wife Emily Presley recently celebrated nine years of marriage. She grew up in Northville and attended Greenhills School. Evans shares that he enjoys going up to Walloon Lake where his in-laws live, getting outdoors for sports, hiking, biking and paddling, reading up on current events, working on his own creative writing projects, and staying involved in the education of our young people.
Rev. Blair Buckley
Resident Minister (2017-2019)
Email: email@example.com, Extension: 354
Blair is a native of Colorado. She completed her undergraduate degree at Elon University in North Carolina, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has also served a year as a Presbyterian Young Adult Volunteer (YAV). Blair seeks further formation in parish ministry in areas that many seminaries do not cover in depth. Her passions are education and teaching as well as ministries for young adults and in increasing participation for young families. She also feels called to Ann Arbor because of the diversity, intellectual rigor and cultural energy that is present in a university town.
Rev. Eric Koenig-Reinke
Resident Minister (2017-2019)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Extension: 348
Eric grew up in the community of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He has a special interest in diversity, the importance of respecting others and learning from differences. He earned his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Eric is joining the RM Program at First Pres in order to continue his education and training in a practical and active ministry setting, with structured reflection and mentorship. He came to know the value of mentorship through his work with youth at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in New Mexico. The RM program appeals to Eric because it offers a chance to learn with a diverse group of peers, mentors and parishioners to further his personal call to ministry.
Rev. Dorothy Parks-Piatt
Resident Minister (2017-2019)
Email: email@example.com, Extension: 355
Dorothy comes to us from Nashville, TN by way of Stuttgart, Germany and Chattanooga, TN. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She writes of her passion for pastoral care and experience as a non-judgmental listener. She writes it will be a “joy and an honor to become part of the RM Program, to become part of our transformative learning community, to work on her ‘growing edges’ and build on strengths with members, friends, and colleagues.” Dorothy hopes to develop habits of “thinking and doing that will nurture longevity and fulfillment in my pastoral vocation.”