The Staff of First Presbyterian Church
TEACHING ELDER – REVEREND ALISON PETERS
Alison Peters has been an ordained PC(USA) Teaching Elder for the past seven years. During that time she has been the Associate Pastor and Acting Head of Staff at Hilltop Presbyterian Church in Mendham, NJ. She grew up in Brookville, PA where she attended and was very active in the Brookville Presbyterian Church. Alison earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Westminister College (PA) and a Masters of Divinty from Princeton Theological Seminary. Recently she has been deeply connected with her prior church's Presbytery and Synod. She served for Three years as the co-moderator of the Committee on Ministry and has been part of the Synod of the Northeast's first Servant Leader institute. Alison enjoys listening to music, singing along, traveling, walking, and enjoying a cup of coffee.
First Presbyterian Church is excited to welcome Alison to our congregation and we look forward to the ministry we will grow together.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES – JUDITH BROWN
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Judie received her Masters in Sacred Music. from Union Theological Seminary, School of Sacred Music, NYC, as well as a B.A. from Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa. She then spent the first 35 years of her career in New York City where she served as Assistant Organist at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, and St. James Episcopal Church, Manhattan and was for 25 years the Minister of Music at The Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church, a suburb of Manhattan, where she directed five choirs and was the founding force behind the oratorio ensemble, The Festival Choir and Orchestra. She directed a 60-voice ensemble and 20-piece professional orchestra in the great works of choral literature.
Retiring in 2016 from First Presbyterian Church Cumberland as Director of Music for eleven years, Ms. Brown was also Professor of Organ at Frostburg State University .
Ms Brown is currently in her 11th season as Artistic Director of The Cumberland Choral Society, directing a 50-voice chorus and orchestra. After a self-imposed five year sabbatical, Ms. Brown has joyfully returned in October 2021 to First Presbyterian Church as Director of Music Ministries and looks forward to working with her FPC family once again.
In addition to music, she is a great animal lover and a foster canine mom with RORR, Reach Out Rescue Resources. She loves her Cumberland home that she shares with two furry friends, canines Lena and Butter.
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 praise team and serves as a class leader.
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. Nadene has been a labor and delivery nurse since 1986 and is an 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.
ZACH DODGE – SEXTON
Zach Dodge is a graduate of Frostburg State University, with a B.S. Degree in Music Management. Zach is a Guitar/Ukulele teacher at the Western Maryland Music Center, Co-Director of Allegany Acapella Harmony, Treasurer of the Cumberland Choral Society, and member of the Sanctuary Choir at First Presbyterian Church. Zach also performs locally with his wife, Mikayla, and volunteers at many community events.
JOE AURIGEMMA – SOUND ENGINEER/SECURITY
A member of First Presbyterian, 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.
ERIC RINGLER – VIDEO/LIVESTREAM TECH.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church
Clerk: David Stickler
Class of 2022:
Cindy Corley – Administration & Finance
Gary Hendrickson – Administration & Finance
Carl Belt Jr. – Worship & Music
Evan Swanger – Building and Grounds
Class of 2023:
Mikayla Dodge – Congregational Care
Katie Ross – Faith Formation
Sharon Kazary – Worship & Music
Jan Layman – Congregational Care
Class of 2024:
Judy Stern – Mission
Bob Courtney – Building & Grounds
Aaron Hendrickson – Mission
Joshua Gilhart – Faith Formation