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820 Colonial Ave
Norfolk, VA, 23507
United States

(757) 625-1697

Our Team

Children & families


Hunter Johnston

Preschool Director and Director of Family & Children's Ministries

Hunter has been serving in children’s ministry at FPC since 2011. Prior to that, she worked as a FPC preschool teacher, a stay at home mom, and a public school art teacher. Hunter earned a bachelors degree in both Art History and Studio Art from Mary Baldwin College in 1998 and then received a post-graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Art Education in 2000. 

Raised in Norfolk and a graduate of Norfolk Christian Schools, Hunter was thrilled to settle down just doors away from her parents and childhood home!  Blessed with a sweet 9 year old daughter and a patient husband, Ian, who works as a civil engineer/project manager at Clark Nexsen, Hunter is thankful for God’s abundant blessings. Serving in children’s ministry provides Hunter with an opportunity to serve God’s beautiful children and help them create a strong foundation of faith. 


Elena Stemper

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Elena graduated from the College of Charleston in May of 2016. She is married to a submariner in the US Navy with a dog and two cats. While in South Carolina, she served a local Presbyterian church and fell in love with the community. Shortly after she relocated to the Hampton Roads area, she began visiting FPC and immediately felt at home! Elena is a native of Hickory, NC and has worked in three churches, four summer camps, and various children’s after school programs. If she's not in the church office, you can find her playing with her dog, cheering on the Carolina Panthers, or going for a run!


youth & young adults


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Jordan Crouthamel 

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Jordan is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries here at FPC. He came to FPC in early 2014 through the internship program in the Northminster House. He recently earned a Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Jordan is originally from southeastern North Carolina and is a diehard UNC fan. He is passionate about outreach, the church, and missions. In his downtime he loves to play, watch, and talk anything sports and is always looking for a good burger.


ADMINISTRATION


Jim Thomasson

Interim Administrator

Jim Thomasson, a.k.a. “Nelson” at FPC staff meetings, is serving as the acting Business and Finance Director.  Jim says that being at FPC is a joyous break from his 2010 retirement and membership on several boards.  Also, there is no other place where one can worship the Lord and work to build His Kingdom.

Jim and his wife of 52 years, Ednearl, were high school sweethearts and currently call downtown Norfolk home.  Both graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and Jim received his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Prior to coming to FPC, Jim had an exciting and diverse career as the chief engineer/estimator for subdivisions, locks and dam, channel improvements, and floodwalls.  For ten years in Europe and Israel, he was the senior project manager for child development centers, schools, chapels, airports, and military facilities. He also taught as a college instructor in Nashville, TN and a professor at a Germany university.  His last assignment with the US Army Corps of Engineers was as the program manager for the $1.3B Fort Belvior Community Hospital.

Almost 20 years ago, Ednearl and Jim moved to FPC from Great Bridge Presbyterian Church, where their daughter, Tracey, and family are members.  Their son, Nelson, and his wife live in Alexandria, VA.  Jim has served in numerous church capacities to include a Sunday school teacher for all ages, a youth leader, a deacon, and an elder at GBPC and FPC.   He looks forward to continuing his current role at the church and being part of a great team serving the Lord and our FPC family.


Linda Davenport

Church Bookkeeper

Linda Davenport started working in the Business Office in the fall of 2004. Prior to First Presbyterian, she worked as a bookkeeper and property manager for 20 years. Linda is a Norfolk native now living in Chesapeake. She has two grown children, daughter Toni and son Jonathan, and two beautiful grandchildren, Jacon and Madalyn. As a life-long Presbyterian, Linda grew up in Coleman Place Presbyterian Church and now attends Cradock Presbyterian Church, where she has had the privilege of serving as an elder and working with the Sunday School. She is currently the treasurer and financial secretary and active in various areas. She finds it a privilege to work alongside the staff at FPC and witness where Matthew 28:19 is being carried out.


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Kim Denerstein

Assistant to Director, Preschool and Family & Children’s Ministries
Communications Coordinator


Kim joined the FPC team in November 2016 and enjoys using her talents to encourage and equip the body of Christ to fulfill its purpose. Originally from Old Saybrook, CT, Kim lived in Colorado, Montana and Florida before moving to Hampton Roads in 2009 to complete a bachelor’s degree in Leadership & Management at Regent University. While at Regent, she served as an admissions recruiter for the School of Business & Leadership and also began work on her masters in business administration. Prior to FPC, she was the campaign manager overseeing the Hampton Roads office of a national non-profit organization. Kim has a daughter, Hunter, who attends Randolph-Macon College. She loves a good adventure, exploring new places, meeting new people, and her cats. 


Diane Smith

Welcome Desk Coordinator

Diane has been a member of FPC since 1994 and has been our Welcome Desk Coordinator since August 2016.  Although she was born in Asheville, NC, Diane has lived in Norfolk since she was eight years old. After graduating from Maury High School, Diane began a civil service career with the Navy and Army that spanned 37 years. She retired in 2003, but was soon rehired to train an influx of new employees for eight more years. Diane is married and has two children – Courtney and Shane, and one granddaughter, Tyler. She enjoys greeting the parents and seeing the children come in to our Preschool each day and always looks forward to welcoming new faces to FPC!


music


Dr. Stephen Z. Cook 

Director of Music & Organist

Stephen is our exceptionally talented organist here at First Presbyterian Church. Additionally, he oversees the entire music ministry of the church as well as conducts the adult and youth choirs. And during the school year, he is the Chorus Director at the Governor's School for the Arts.

He was born and raised in Norfolk and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, a Master of Music degree in organ performance and church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. As an active concert organist, he has performed throughout the United States as well as in Paris, France. 


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Chris Griffin

Contemporary Worship Leader


PASTORS' SUPPORT


Emily Eure

Assistant to the Senior Pastor

Emily joined the staff of FPC in 2016 as the Assistant to the Senior Pastor.  Born and raised in Norfolk, she completed undergraduate degrees in Animal Science and English at Virginia Tech and liked being a Hokie so much that she stayed in Blacksburg to earn a MA in English. The next few years took her to jobs in New York City, South Korea, and finally Washington DC, where she worked as an executive assistant for National Geographic Channels until wedding bells called her back down south. Emily and her husband Tracy live in Moyock, NC, where he owns a veterinary office. She is grateful for the opportunity use her love of writing and organization to support the amazing team at FPC in growing the Kingdom and sharing God’s message of love, joy, and hope. 


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Robin Cowherd

Parish Visitor

Robin has been a member of FPC for more than three decades serving as an elder, a deacon and a Stephen Minister.  He became Parish Visitor three days following his retirement from LifeNet Health where he worked for more than 17 years supporting bereaved families of organ and tissue donors.  A graduate of West Virginia University, he recently completed the Commissioned Ruling Elder academic course work through Dubuque Theological Seminary.  Robin’s interest in compassionate spiritual care-giving has influenced his desire to help strengthen connections between hurting people and the church.


Kacey Bunting

Evangelism Coordinator

Kacey Bunting has been a warm and wonderful member of our congregation for two years, and we are now thrilled to welcome her to our staff as our Evangelism Director! Born and raised in Hampton Roads, Kacey is an alumna of ODU, with a B.S. in Political Science under her belt and a second degree in Psychology nearly completed as well! She is passionate about social and environmental justice, peace-building, and empowering communities through sustainable growth and revitalization efforts. Here at FPC, she contributes her time and talents to our Celebrate Recovery and Refugee Resettlement ministries where she radiates the love of Christ with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Her hobbies include gardening, dancing, reading, biking, and traveling. She loves talking to and encouraging people, and is very excited to continue helping to build God’s Kingdom as part of our FPC team.


Jennifer Giblin 

Assistant to the Associate Pastor

Jennifer Giblin currently oversees the communications and technology aspects of FPC and has served in a number of positions since coming on staff as an intern in August 2014. She has two degrees in Criminal Justice: a BA from Arcadia University (2009) and a MS from the University of Cincinnati (2010).  She worked for her former academic department at Old Dominion University for four years in various capacities before coming to FPC.  She feels blessed to have the opportunity to use the skills she developed and honed in that environment to advance the will of Jesus Christ.


FACILITIES

Ken Howard

Facilities Director

Ken was born in France and moved to the US when he was two years old. Over the next eight years, his family lived in Kansas and Hawaii before moving to Virginia when he was 10. He is a graduate of Granby High School and Radford University and has worked in the remodeling business for more than 30 years. Prior to coming to FPC in 2015, Ken worked on the facilities staff at ODU. He has been married for 34 years to Teri, and they have three children: Morgan, Shelby, and Ken III. Ken is an avid photographer and a self-proclaimed “remote control enthusiast.” He loves being part of the FPC team and especially enjoys the smiles and joy that the little munchkins at the Preschool bring!


Barbara Watson

Housekeeper

Barbara has been with FPC since 2007.  Her favorite things to do? Set up for a dinner or lunch meeting with flowers and a beautiful table!  She also takes wonderful care of Arnold.  And if you don’t know Arnold, you need to visit the staff square and meet him.


John Price

Sexton

John has been serving as our Sexton since October. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, John and his family lived in Richmond before his wife Charmagne accepted at job at EVMS, which brought the family to Norfolk. Prior to serving at FPC, John worked on the culinary team at his church in Richmond, Mt. Gilead International Ministries. He still loves to cook and prepares dinner for his family every night! This July, John and Charmagne will be married for 20 years. They have two amazing sons, John and Jamien, and two beautiful daughters, Cheyenne and Chare.


Susan Brown

Wedding Coordinator

Susan has been the Wedding Coordinator since July 2006 and previously worked in our preschool. She and her husband Chris were married at First Pres in 1982 and joined in 1998 along with their 3 daughters – Paige, Mallory, and Meredith.

Susan thanks God for the opportunity to serve in this capacity and loves assisting with the weddings at our church. She takes pride in helping the bride, the groom, and their families and guests. Susan oversees and directs the rehearsal and makes sure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day.