The Staff of First Presbyterian Church
After the retirment of our interim pastor, we are enlisting the support of a variety of individuals to fill our pulpit. Some are ordained pastors while others are lay-persons from our congregation and community. We are greatly appreciative and blessed by the support we are receiving to keep FPC a vital and active congregation while we search for our next pastor.
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.
BRYAN LOHR – DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES
Bryan Lohr was called to First Presbyterian Church in the summer of 2016. A lifelong resident of Somerset County, Pennsylvania, Bryan holds degrees in music from The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past two decades he has traveled throughout the United States as a concert organist, collaborative performer, and advocate for excellence and authenticity in church music.
Before coming to First Presbyterian, Bryan spent eleven years working in the United Church of Christ. While with the UCC, Bryan was a member of the board of directors of the UCC Musicians National Network and twice served as General Synod organist.
Aside from music, Bryan coaches an award-winning high school speech and debate team, is an insatiable reader, avid traveler, and enthusiastic foodie- a passion he shares with his teenage daughter, Fatima.
For more information on Bryan and his upcoming performances, please visit 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. 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.
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