Rev. Steven Andrews
Pastor Steve hails from Fort Wayne, IN, the 72nd largest city in the country, but these days, he’s happy to call the Northland home. Before coming to Parkville, Steve worked in a home detention center, a community college, a children’s hospital, and a few other churches. During his free time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, walking his dog, reading a good book, and watching Netflix. He is passionate about leading dynamic worship services and meeting new people; whether you are a long-time member of the church or a brand-new visitor, he looks forward to greeting you. He is married to Kari Pellegrino, has a son Malcolm, and new baby daughter Esme.
Jolene has lived in the Northland for 40 years and married Frank Shaw, who was a childhood member of First Presbyterian NKC. She joined that church in 1980 and served on many different committees including session, pastor search. With her present assignment as clerk of session and 15 years of experience in that role, she brings a wealth of experience to the PPC front office. Her daughter and two grandchildren recently moved overseas so Jolene will travel to see them when possible.
Primary responsibilities for our Office Manager include serving as receptionist, facility manager, and master scheduler, and coordinating communications, financial reporting, and membership reporting.
· Working with the Pastor and the Communications Specialist, use church media to communicate about team ministries and manage the Salt Shaker, the weekly Constant Contact email, the week ahead bulletin insert, our Facebook page, the Call to Discipleship, and other church communications.
· Recruit and direct volunteers to help maintain various forms of media
ORGANIST AND DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & ARTS MINISTRIES
Paul Erickson joined the Parkville Presbyterian staff in January of 2011. Prior to that, as lead organist and interim director of worship and music, he helped a very traditional congregation transition towards a worship embracing the multiplicity of gifts and values which God had currently blessed them. Here at Parkville Presbyterian, he has championed the Final Friday Community Concert series that offers free monthly concerts and receptions to the greater community in the stubborn belief that beauty matters! That beauty is not only a path to the divine but an intrinsic part of God’s very nature. That when creativity abounds so does the presence of the creator. Paul is equally passionate about mentoring young musicians and offers the Parkville Presbyterian Choral Apprentice Program so area high school students can not only receive world class musical training here in the Northland, but have a safe and supportive worship community to share their unique nascent gifts.
Paul has Bachelors Degrees in Vocal and Piano Performance from the University of Georgia; dual Masters Degrees in Aesthetics, Music and Literature and Piano Performance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He received post-graduate tutelage in organ and choral conducting at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale and had the honor of studying at the Staatliche Hoschschule Fur Music at Stuttgart, Germany under the auspices of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Paul is also an active officer in the KCAGO (American Guild of Organists) and a licensed Minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Katie Davis joined Parkville Presbyterian in 2011 after moving to Parkville with her husband Chris. Katie is a Social Worker with the Independence School District and has a daughter named Anna and a son named Evan. As the Wedding Coordinator of Parkville Presbyterian, Katie loves working with couples to make their wedding day special and effortless. If you would like to reach Katie regarding a wedding at Parkville Presbyterian, please feel free to contact the church office.
Teri Vetter / Carrie Kilgore
NURSERY SUPERVISOR & ASSISTANT
THE BOARD OF DEACONS
The Board of Deacons is comprised of twelve individuals ordained to lead the congregation in its ministries of compassion, sympathy and service. Deacons serve in many areas of the church’s life, but they place particular emphasis on visiting congregants of limited mobility, assisting in worship, and helping people in need of home repairs.
The Session consists of the pastors and twelve ordained ruling elders. As the church’s governing board, they are responsible for providing spiritual leadership to the congregation, managing the physical property of the church, and leading our ministry teams in their work of outreach, mission, and hospitality.