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
Wellness Coordinator / 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.

Essie Koenig-Reinke
Youth Ministries Coordinator

Email: essie@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 353

Essie Koenig-ReinkeEssie 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

Email: emcgowan@firstpresbyterian.org

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.

Blair Buckley
Resident Minister (2017-2019)

Email: bbuckley@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 354

Blair BuckleyBlair 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.

Eric Koenig-Reinke
Resident Minister (2017-2019)

Email: ekoenig-reinke@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 348

Eric Koenig-ReinkeEric 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: dparks-piatt@firstpresbyterian.org, Extension: 355

Dorothy Parks-PiattDorothy 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.”