Caroline loves working to share Christ’s light together with the congregation of First Presbyterian and the people of Grand Island. She has served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church since 2008. Following her ordination in 1977, Caroline has been the pastor of congregations in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and New York, in both rural and urban settings. Caroline has experience also working as a chaplain of a nursing home and as an interim pastor. Caroline’s formal education was at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She says her congregations and colleagues in ministry have taught her most of what she knows about ministry. Her husband, Stephen, is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Kearney. They have two grown sons, living on the east coast. She enjoys swimming, reading, sewing, traveling, and staying up way too late watching TV!
Britteny has been with us since 2003. She enjoys the many aspects of her job and loves the people of this congregation. Prior to working at First Presbyterian, Britteny worked for the Secretary of State’s office in Lincoln. In her spare time, Britteny enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan and their daughter, Faith. She loves to read, sew, cook and do any craft she can get her hands on.
Having served as Financial Administrator for 5 ½ years, I ask myself where has the time gone. Walking out our faith in finances is not an easy thing, but I love to see how God always meets our needs personally and professionally. I have worked in the transportation and accounting field for many years, but serving at First Presbyterian Church and working with everyone has been a blessings.
When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 49 years, Dean and our family: Greg and Mindy Ulmer of Grand Island, Kevin and Angie Ryan of Lincoln and Pam Zamarripa of Grand Island. We have been blessed with 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren with another due in December.
When not with my family or helping at my church, I enjoy making cards (paper crafting), quilting, and always ready to learn a new craft. Traveling is in my “when I get older” plan.
Christina loves children and youth, from infants to teens. A life-long Presbyterian, Christina is devoted to serving and growing the congregation. She is a graduate of Doane College, where she received her degree in Human Relations. Her prior work experience includes non-profit and government agencies. Christina is married with two teenage children. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and reading.
Stephanie was the head teacher in the Butterfly Room before becoming the director of Presbyterian Preschool. Her education includes classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and Central Community College. She is also employed as a technology assistant at Grand Island Central Catholic Schools. Stephanie and her husband Brad have four children: Connor, Hayley, Kennedi and Cedric. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching Bible school, coaching 8th grade volleyball team, travelling, reading, scrapbooking and being a mom, wife and friend.
Our Music Director received her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. Carol is teaching vocal students at Northwest High School. She has a deep love of music and a wide background in both teaching and directing in the United States and Germany. Carol is from central Nebraska and has many connections with the music community in our region. She is working with our choir, bell choir and soloists as we develop a worship that is true to a variety of musical tastes and traditions. She is excited about involving children in the music of worship and nurturing our adult ministry of music.
Ruth has served as organist for our congregation for the past 15 years. For many years she was a beloved professor of piano at Hastings College. In her retirement she accompanies many musical groups including young people at Walnut Middle School. She is a Nebraska Music Teacher’s Association Service Award winner and Nebraska Music Educator’s Association Distinguished Service Award winner.
Mark has extensive experience and knowledge in many aspects of contracting work. Since joining the staff in the spring of 2017, Mark has given a great deal of attention to our building. You can often find him with paintbrush in hand. He and his wife reside in Grand Island.
Kent has expertise in sound equipment and electronics. As a member of the congregation, he also volunteers in multiple ways. As Assistant Custodian, Kent gives particular attention to the lower floor of the building. Kent can also be found with his wife, Yvonne, serving delicious ice cream at their business, Anna Street Trolley.