Pastoral and Program Staff

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

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

Email:, 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:, Extension: 340

Rev. Jay SanderfordJay 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.

Rebeca (Beca) Torres-Davenport
Coordinator of Children’s Education and Family Ministry

Beca Torres-DavenportEmail:, Extension: 342

Beca was born in Ann Arbor, raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and came back to finish high school in Ann Arbor. All the while growing up in the Presbyterian church. Beca has been a part of choirs, handbells, Sacred Dance, Missions, child care, Sunday School, a Youth group chaperone, and anything else they would let her do. When not working, Beca loves to spend time with her husband, son and parents exploring as many places as possible - especially if it involves animals. When there is a free moment, Beca is found at the gym, dancing or reading.

Paul Haebig
Interim Organist and Handbell Choir Director

Paul HaebigEmail:, Extension: 351

Paul Haebig has been organist and choir director for Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Jewish congregations and has directed and accompanied community and school choirs. In 2005 Paul moved to Ann Arbor for graduate study at the University of Michigan School of Music.

Fun fact: for several years Paul was the music director for Mr. Rogers’ home church in Pittsburgh.

Sandy Talbott
Wellness Coordinator / Parish Nurse

Email:, 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.

Rev. Evans McGowan
Campus Ministries Coordinator


Evans McGowanAfter 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.