Our Congregational Search Committee, responsible for seeking our next lead pastor, is actively meeting together, diligently searching, and thoroughly considering each and every name submitted by the congregation and by well-respected denominational leaders. The committee is looking for a candidate who can serve with excellence on our preaching team, lead the collaborative executive team, and serve as moderator of the Session. Most importantly, the committee members are prayerfully seeking the Lord’s will in every step of the process, submitting only to the influence of the Holy Spirit.
While the Congregational Search Committee is responsible for the position of lead pastor, it is the Session’s responsibility to hire other staff leaders. With great pleasure and thanksgiving to God, the Session announces the hiring of the following new staff members at First Presbyterian.
The Session has called Rev. Andy Lee to serve as assistant pastor effective July 1. His primary responsibilities will be to enhance parish ministry, develop a plan for vocational stewardship groups, and oversee officer development. He will continue to help direct and teach one of the new adult Sunday School classes. Andy will serve on the executive leadership team with our other pastors and share responsibility for meeting with and/or counseling members, leading worship, and preaching as needed.
Andy graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 with a degree in electrical engineering, and received an M.B.A. from Dartmouth in 1982, an M.Div. in 1996 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Th.M. in 1997 from Covenant Theological Seminary. He has served at Westminster Schools of Augusta most recently. Prior to that, while holding executive positions at different businesses in Southeast Asia, he led neighborhood Bible studies, preached at various churches, and spoke at universities and other gatherings. From 2012–2013 he served here at First Presbyterian as an assistant pastor, and has served the Lord faithfully at churches, educational institutions, and businesses his entire adult life.
Andy and his wife, Alli, are the parents of six children ranging in age from 18–31. Their youngest, Avelina, is living at home completing her junior year at Westminster. The Lees are members of the Westminster Parish.
John Farmer is joining the church staff as a full-time pastoral intern, effective June 1. He has been serving on the staff of Campus Outreach Augusta for more than three years, starting a vital campus ministry at Paine College. Prior to that, he led the Campus Outreach staff at Georgia Southern University for five years. John received a degree in business in 2011 from Valdosta State University, where he also played on the football team. He will receive his Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Erskine Theological Seminary in May. He will be working toward ordination at the same time he is responsible for transitioning/mentoring CO leadership at Paine College, continuing to serve as Paine College basketball chaplain for fall 2018, serving as a diversity consultant to Campus Outreach Augusta, and transitioning into other leadership roles on the church staff.
John’s wife, Jakell, is a nurse at Augusta University Hospital. They live in the Downtown Parish.
We are also happy to announce the hiring of Mark Dickens as organist. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in organ performance from the University of South Carolina, and has more than 19 years experience as an accomplished musician. He has been our guest organist on several occasions and has served at several churches in the Augusta area. He has also played for the Symphony Orchestra Augusta and the Aiken Masterworks Chorale. Mark and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of Madelyn (age 7) and Sophie (age 3).
Sarah and Chris Williams have very recently moved to Augusta. Chris will be serving as a pastoral intern at First Pres while pursuing a seminary degree and ministering alongside the pastors. He will also work in sports outreach for Hope for Augusta, focusing on outreach to baseball players at Laney High School and starting sports leagues for baseball at May Park.
Chris graduated in 2010 with a degree in business administration from Presbyterian College, where he also played on the baseball team. For the past six years he has served with Campus Outreach as campus director at Western Carolina University.
Chris and Sarah are the parents of two little girls, Naomi (age 2) and Mila (3 months), and will be living in the Downtown Parish.
We praise God for providing these men to serve at First Presbyterian Church, and look forward with eager anticipation to discovering the future plans our Lord has for his church and how he will have First Presbyterian Church restore people and rebuild places with the gospel of Jesus Christ to the glory of God for generations to come!