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Our Team

Pastoral Staff

Pastoal Staff
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Senior Pastor

Kate VanDerzee-Glidden

Kate began at First Church as Director of Christian Education in 2003 and has served as a Pastor since 2009. Kate’s passion for creating a welcoming, justice-seeking, hope-filled, love-sharing and compassionate community with dedicated colleagues and faithful church members is at the heart of her ministry.

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Minister of Pastoral Care and Visitation

Betsey Polglase

Betsey provides visitation for our elderly, sick, hospitalized, and homebound members and leads worship at local convalescent facilities. She has served First Church since 2019.

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Associate Pastor

Andrew Wicks

Andrew first joined our staff in 2011 as the Youth Director and has served as an Associate Pastor since 2023. He cares deeply about creating an intergenerational church community focused on learning, justice and love.

Program Staff

Program Staff
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Director of Children's Ministries

Kelsey Beach

“Ms. Kelsey” joined First Church’s staff in 2023 after spending her early career as a preschool teacher. She is passionate about creating space for children of all ages to learn, grow, and play at church.

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Director of Mission, Justice & Membership

Nicole Struth

Nicole is on the pathway to becoming an ordained pastor. Since 2023, she has worked to support volunteers from our various advocacy and justice ministries, and provided pastoral care.

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Director of Music Ministries

Dr. Angela Salcedo

Angela has overseen our worship music and adult and youth choirs since 2000. She is First Church’s organist, organizes concerts and music scholarships for our community, and leads summer choir camp.

Music Directors

Admin + Support Staff

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Church School Administrator

Karin Carlino

Karin has faithfully served our Church School program since 2010. From registering families & recruiting volunteers to sorting supplies and copying curriculum, she makes everything happen seamlessly.

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Communications Manager

Susan Feller

Susan is responsible for all our publications. She creates our bulletins, worship media, email blasts and newsletter. She also shares First Church’s ministry on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and more.

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Office Manager

Rebecca Fleahman

Rebecca is our dedicated Office Manager who oversees the office staff, tracks our church’s finances and helps manage our bustling campus. She has served as our Office Manager since 2004.

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Director of Handbell Program & Cherub Choir

Peggy Hartman

Peggy is a talented musician who leads our youth & adult handbell players. She also directs our choir for Kindergarten and 1st Grade students and accompanies our worship music with piano and Oboe.

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Media Specialist

Christine Darr

Christine works with our Media Team during our worship services to make sure our services are broadcast and recorded so that people can participate in worship from home, on vacation or anywhere else.

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Program Administrator and Facilities Manager

Faith Ferrall

Faith supports our program staff to manage various events and activities for our Youth, Mission & Outreach and Small Groups. She is now also keeping our church campus in good repair.

 

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Administrative Assistant

Jenny Giguere

Jenny is the smiling face who greets you when entering our office doors. From worship to new members to small groups & outside events, Jenny manages the details with care and answers every question.

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