The Staff of First
REVEREND CAROLINE KELLY – PASTOR
Caroline is a lifelong Presbyterian and Southerner. Born in South Carolina, raised in Maryland and Virginia, she attended college and law school in North Carolina and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived for 21 years. While in Atlanta, Caroline received an M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and served as Associate Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church.
Caroline and her husband, Jim Mooney, and their dog and two cats, moved to Cumberland to join the First Presbyterian Church community in September of 2012.
Caroline and Jim married in 2007 and are parents to two young adults who live in Atlanta.
Caroline is committed to worship as the central act of the Christian community and the conviction that worship sends us into the world to live out our Christian discipleship in ways that make God’s love for us visible and concrete. In that regard, Caroline feels a special call to lead the church’s engagement with the broader community, discerning where God is already at work and joining with God to show compassion and work for justice and peace.
When Caroline is not serving the church, she loves to garden, share meals with friends, read, sing and dance.
BRITTANY JACKSON – EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Brittany Jackson is the Executive Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Allegany High School, Class of 2006. She received two Associate’s Degrees from Allegany College of Maryland – one in Business Management and a second in Office Technologies: Administrative Assistant Field. She and her husband reside in Cumberland with their three children. She attends Ministry of Encouragement, where she is a member of the prasie team and serves as a class leader.
Bryan Lohr – Director of Music Ministries
Bryan has been a lifelong resident of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Growing up in the small town of Stoystown along the Lincoln Highway, Bryan began organ lessons at the age of 11. Through high school Bryan studied at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, before going on to earn degrees in music from The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University. Bryan has spent the last 11 years working in the United Church of Christ, as well as maintaining an active career as a recitalist. Bryan is in his fifth year of coaching the varsity forensics (speech and debate) team at North Star High School in Boswell, PA, where last year he had a district championship team and two state finalists.
Bryan and his wife, Catherine, a high school special education teacher, currently reside in Hooversville, PA, on the banks of the Stonycreek river.They are currently in the process of adopting a child from the Pennsylvania foster care system, a 10 year old girl who has recently joined their home. The Lohr’s have three miniature dachshunds and a border collie/ St. Bernard mix and are active in several animal charities.
Aside from music and family, Bryan is an insatiable reader and lover of U.S. history. He is also an aficionado of insanely spicy foods and a connoisseur of the hottest varieties of peppers. For Bryan’s compete biography, visit his website BryanLohr.com
NADENE STROUP- LEARNING TREE NURSERY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Nadene is a member of First Presbyterian Church. She has four children and lives in LaVale with her husband, Randy. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 26 years and is a Orton-Gillingham certified teacher. Nadene has been long associated with the Learning Tree: as a mom; substitute teacher; board member; teacher; and now, as the Director.
JOHN BROWN – SEXTON
John has been serving the First Presbyterian Church since 2007. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian, John served in the United States Army (in Korea), and the United States Postal Service. After his retirement in 2004, he moved from Florida back to his hometown of Meyersdale, PA with his wife (and high school sweetheart), Linda. Soon thereafter, John joined our staff as Sexton. John considers himself a member of our church family. If you are ever looking for John in the church, just following the music and listen for his joyful whistling. On Sundays, you can find John and his wife worshipping at St. Phillip and James Catholic Church in Myersdale, PA. They have four grown daughters.
JOE AURIGEMMA – SOUND ENGINEER/SECURITY
Joe lives in Cumberland with his wife, Susan, and two children, Sean and Marisa. He has a background in radio programming and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.