Staff 
Provisional Pastor
Jesse Ryals - The church has contracted with Pastor Jesse Ryals starting June 19, 2022 part time to do limited duties on a temporary basis as the church initiates a search for a new ordained Presbyterian Pastor to replace Pastor Steven Brand. Pastor Jesse is an ordained Wesleyan minister 


Church Secretary - Hope Labutis - Hope has been married to her husband, Mark, for 24 years and they have 2 amazing children, Grant and Reagan, who are using their talents to serve the Lord. They are her joy! Grant is a college student, but also is in full time ministry and Reagan is a high school senior at Granville Christian Academy. Hope's employment background is diverse in both business and education. She loves the Lord and leads high school girls in a weekly small group. Additionally, she volunteers in children's ministry at her church. Hope loves to quilt and is an avid reader and student of history. The Labutis family loves Newark and Hope is excited to serve this community and put her God-given gifts to work for His Kingdom!


Church Treasurer - Sheri Bogardus - Sheri has been married 48 yrs. and has two grown daughters; Andrea and Danielle. They all attend First Baptist Church Heath and have been there since 1974. Sheri also has three grandchildren; a set of boy/girl twins that are 22 yrs. old and a 10 yr. old grandson. Sheri loves singing and has been in a gospel trio for seven years now and they sing at different Senior Living facilities around the area. She leads the Senior Ministry at her church and loves crafts and decorating. 



Music Coordinator- Tara Lewellen has been our Music Coordinator since Nov. 2021. She does a beautiful job during our worship services. We are so lucky to have her.  She and her husband Dale live in Newark.    



Maintenance - Gary Collins. We are so thankful to have Gary on staff! He has been such an asset to the building and always keeps the coffee brewing.


Denomination – First Presbyterian Church is part of the PC(USA). You can find out more about the denomination at their website pcusa.org

Church Structure-

Session – Session is the main governing body of the church and is made up of 9 church Elders elected by the congregation to 3 year terms. Each elder serves as the chair of one of the church’s committees. They are:

Budget & Finance – Elder Keith Hare– Manages the church’s finances. 

Christian Education – All Elders – Maintains educational services for people of all ages.

Church Life – Elder Sarah Bowles – Encourages fellowship within the congregation.

Clerk – Elder Marilyn Johnston - The clerk keeps the church's records in order and keeps minutes of all Session meetings.

Congregational Care - All Elders - try to reach out to those in need.

Evangelism & Outreach – Elder Karen Fish – Makes sure that the church is helping those in need, both physical and Spiritual.

Nominations & Personnel – Elder Becky Mahon – Seeks appropriate individuals to serve church offices. Seeks the efficiency and effectiveness of church staff.

Property – Elder Linda Smith – The upkeep and maintenance of the church structures and grounds.

Worship – Elder Chris Rainey – Makes sure that we worship the Lord with heart and soul.
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