LEADERSHIP

2024 DEACON NOMINEES

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  • JOHNNIE has been a member of FPC for almost two years. She is the widow of Joseph "Jody" Blackburn and has two adult children. Her daughter Lindsay is married to Clint Mountain, and they are the parents of daughter, Julia. Her son Brett and his wife Morgan have four children, Joseph, Timothy, Jessie and Mercy. Johnnie is recently retired from The University of Alabama where she was a Marketing Manager in the College of Continuing Studies. She is a member of the McCain Sunday School Class, Circle 1 and serves on the Fellowship Committee of FPC.

  • MARILYN has been a member of First Presbyterian Church since 2014 and previously has served as a member and chair of the Welcoming Committee of the church. She is presently a member of the McCain Sunday School class. Marilyn volunteers at the Eastern Tuscaloosa Soup Bowl when needed and loves helping in that capacity. She is retired from the Office of Counsel at UA.

  • HARRY grew up in Uniontown. He is a lifelong Presbyterian as was his late wife, Marsha Loard. They raised four sons, Garrett (Patricia Parnell), Thomas (Fran Reilly), Harrison and David in Selma. They have five grandchildren, Henry, Hilton, Michael, Mary Stuart and Webb. Harry worked in education and finance in Uniontown and Selma. He is retired and lives in Tuscaloosa. He enjoys his children and grandchildren, friends, college sports, and a frequent good book.

  • SCOTT became a member of FPC in 2021. Scott and his wife, Jessica, have twins, David and Brooke. He currently works at The University of Alabama as Instructor of Music, Voice Coach for the UA Opera Theatre and has also been the Music Director and Conductor for various productions. Outside of his work with UA, Scott also enjoys his collaboration with fellow church member, Dee Hamner, as accompanist for Eastwood Middle School’s Fall and Spring choir concerts. Scott and Jessica are proud members of the Sanctuary Choir at FPC. He also enjoys filling in on piano for occasional services, including services for First Presbyterian Deutsche.

  • MARGARET has been a member of FPC since 2009. She is married to Brent Hardin; their son, Joseph, is a sophomore at Holy Spirit Catholic School. Margaret is a member of the Journey Sunday school class and previously served as a Deacon.

  • REBECCA and her family recently joined the church in 2023. Before joining FPC, they were members of Faith Presbyterian in Tallahassee, FL, and Westminster Presbyterian in Nashville, TN. Rebecca is a Tuscaloosa native and recently moved back to begin her career as an Assistant Professor in the department of Communicative Disorders at UA. Rebecca is married to Zack Summy, and they have two children: Lewis (5) and Bonnie (1).

  • LILA was baptized as an infant at FPC in 2007 and was confirmed in 2022. She participated in LOGOS, VBS as both a student and volunteer and Youth group. Lila also served as an acolyte. She is a member of the Youth Leadership Team. She attends Northridge High School and is also a member of Tuscaloosa Civinettes. She is the daughter of Todd and Renee Agee and sister of Mary Glenn Agee.

2024 ELDER NOMINEES

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  • MARY started attending First Presbyterian Church as a young child. She is married to Barry, and they have 3 adult children: Mary Elizabeth, Blake and Brooks, who is married to McKenzie and has a newborn son, Colt. Mary grew up in Tuscaloosa and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. She has previously served as Deacon and has served on Strengthening of the Church, New Member and Preschool Committees. Mary has previously been a teacher for Children’s Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Children’s Choir. She helped with the implementation of our Logos program. Mary is a member of PW Circle One and was a Confirmation Partner.

  • JULIA joined FPC in 1974. She is married to Jim Chancy, and they have one adult son, Jim III (Cortney Woodruff), and two grandsons, Lockard and Price. Julia is a retired teacher from the Tuscaloosa County Schools and the Shelton State Adult Ed. Program. She has worked with the Family Connections Committee, the Strengthening of the Church Committee, and has also served as a deacon. Julia now works with the Flower Committee and the Tuscaloosa County Sub Missions Committee. She is a member of PW Circle 1.

  • JONATHON has been a member of FPC for 10 years. He is married to Krysta. Krysta serves as a Deacon at FPC. They have two children, Jamesdon and Kathryn. Both children attended First Presbyterian Preschool and are active in Logos. Jonathan is a Lender and First Vice President at BankFirst Financial Services in Tuscaloosa. He grew up in Haleyville, Alabama and earned his degree from the University of Alabama. He previously served as a Deacon at FPC. 

  • TONY has been long time member of First Presbyterian Church. He is married to Lora, and they have three adult children. He has previously served on the Diaconate and 2 terms as Elder at First Presbyterian Church. Tony is the President of the Presbyterian Apartments of Northport Board of Directors and has served on mission teams to Haiti and Kenya. He is also a member of the McCain Sunday School class.

  • ELAINE KIZZIRE has been a member of FPC for 18 years. She is married to Maxie, and they have a blended family of 4 children, Cameron (Drew), Patton (Kari), Pete (Brooke), Emily and 3 grandchildren. Elaine graduated from UA with a degree in marketing and has been a Realtor® with Hamner Real Estate for 35 years. She has served FPC previously as a Deacon and Elder and has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with the Logos program for a number of years.

  • JACQUELINE and her husband Robert have been members of First Presbyterian Church since 1997. Jacqueline has served as a Deacon, Elder, Stephen Minister, and Coordinator of the Marriage Enrichment Supper Clubs. She also has served on the following committees: Strengthening of the Church, Endowment, Mission (Chair), and College Ministry (Chair). She enjoys being a member of the Balancing Faith Sunday School Class and Circle One, and her favorite new role within the church is as a Logos Bus Driver. Retired since August 2022, she remains extremely grateful for all the wonderful experiences she had while working at the University of Alabama, particularly as Founding Director of the University Fellows Experience, Founding Director of the McNair Scholars Program, and Associate Dean of the Honors College for ten years.

  • KRISTI has been a member of FPC for 24 years. She is the widow of Dr. Bailey Thomson. She has an adult daughter, Sarah Thomson (married to Berkay Tok). Kristi is a retired administrator, having taught in education for 45 years. Since retirement, she enjoys tutoring with Reading Allies and volunteering at Englewood Elementary School. She teaches bible study in Circle 7, and is a member of Pacesetters Sunday School Class, Adult Choir, the Security and Disaster Advisory Board, and the organ recital committee. She is the chair of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, a state organization that was founded in 2000 by her late husband.

  • FOREST has been a member of First Presbyterian Church for 25 years. He is married to Jennifer, and they have three daughters: Mary Margaret, Kate and Sarah Jayne. He has previously served First Presbyterian as a Deacon and an Elder. Forest has also served on the Youth, SOC, Finance, and Endowment committees. He is a member of the Journey Sunday School class.

  • DANYLE is a fourth-generation member of First Presbyterian Church and has attended since birth. She was baptized at FPC. She attended First Presbyterian Preschool, Sunday School, LOGOS, VBS and served as acolyte. In middle school she continued to attend Sunday School, became involved in Youth Group and was Confirmed. In the summers she helped with VBS and attended Middle School Montreat. During her High School years she has continued to be involved with Sunday School, Youth Group, VBS and attending High School Montreat. She serves on the Youth Leadership Team. Danyle is a Junior at Northridge High School and involved in several clubs at school.

Deacons


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class of 2025

Renee Agee

Beth Cameron

Jason Escher

Brenda Garner

Brent Hardin

Bea Powell

Tripp Powell

Robert Smith

Tammy Tolleson

Julie Vaughn

class of 2026

Kalissa Bormann

Ann Brenizer

Debbie Durham

Amanda Gann

Jensen Henderson

Austin Howard

Tabitha Kuria

Chris Redden

Jan Slate

Laura Woolf

CLASS OF 2024

Maegan Biehn

Porter Chambers

Lauren Curtner-Smith

Sage Hickman

Krysta Hood

Kerri Morthland

Clint Mountain

Kyle Neighbors

Phillip Ward

Youth Deacon - Andrew Maughan

Elders


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class of 2025

Becky Compton

Amy Echols

Lee Anne Ford

Les Fowler

Shelley Hancock

Mike Henderson

Richard Henry

Vicki Holt

Scott Taylor

class of 2026

Jim Barron

Lillian Beavers

Gaines Brake

Jill Cilimberg

Beth Curtis

Babs McCurley

Robert McLeod

Danny Potts

John Summerford

James Tucker

Class of 2024

Robert Almon, Jr

Melanie Danner

Emily Deal

Jennie King

Stacy McCants

David McGiffert

Emily Meriwether

George Miller

Linda Phifer

Bob Singleton

SESSION
Moderator
: Michael Bailey

Vice Moderators: Lou Ann Sellers & Emily Frandsen

Clerk: Leanne Spencer

Treasurer: Mike Echols

Trustees: David McGiffert ('24), Mike Henderson ('25), James Tucker ('26)

THE SESSION AND DIACONATE

OVERSEE THE

DIFFERENT COMMITTEES.

DIACONATE

Moderator: Krysta Hood

Vice Moderator: Brent Hardin

Staff Liason: Lou Ann Sellers

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

(Session Committee)

Les Fowler (Chair)

Beth Curtis

Linda Phifer

Staff: Emily Frandsen


Meets: 2nd Tuesday @ 5:30PM

ENDOWMENT

(Session Committee)

Bob Singleton (Chair)

Staff: Michael Bailey


Meets: 3rd Monday @ 11:30AM

FINANCE

(Session Committee)

Robert Almon (Chair)

John Summerford

Staff: Jackie Joiner & Michael Bailey


Meets: 3rd Monday @ 12:00PM

PERSONNEL

(Session Committee)

Melanie Danner (Chair)

Jim Barron

Becky Compton

Staff: Michael Bailey



Meets: 1st Wednesday @ 12:00PM

SOC (Strengthening of the Church)

(Session Committee)

Lee Anne Ford (Chair)

Jill Cilimberg

Sage Hickman

Staff: Lou Ann Sellers


Meets: 2nd Monday @ 12:00PM

WORSHIP

(Session Committee)

Vicki Holt (Chair)

Jennie King

Babs McCurley

Staff: Margie Johnston & Michael Bailey


Meets: 1st Monday @ 5:30PM

YOUTH

(Session Committee)

Emily Meriwether (Chair)

Lillian Beavers

Scott Taylor

Madelyn Herwig (Youth)

Andrew Maughan (Youth)

Staff: Nick Rebbe


Meets: 1st Monday @ 5:30PM

COLLEGE

(Joint Session/Diaconate Committee)

George Miller (Chair)
Renee Agee

Lauren Curtner-Smith

Amy Echols

James Tucker
Laura Woolf
Staff:


Meets: 1st Monday @ 5:15PM

LONG RANGE PLANNING

(Joint Session/Diaconate Committee)

Mike Henderson (Chair)

Brenda Garner

David McGiffert

Robert McLeod

Kerri Morthland

Staff: Michael Bailey


Meets: 2nd Thursday @ 12:15PM

MISSION

(Joint Session/Diaconate Committee)

Shelley Hancock (Chair)

Gaines Brake

Tabitha Kuria

Jan Slate

Robert Smith

Phillip Ward

Staff: Lou Ann Sellers


Meets: 2nd Tuesday @ 5:00PM

STEWARDSHIP

(Joint Session/Diaconate Committee)

Emily Deal (Chair)

Debbie Durham

Jason Escher

Richard Henry

Clint Mountain

Danny Potts

Staff: Michael Bailey


Meets: 2nd Monday @ 12:00PM

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

(Diaconate Committee)

Amanda Gann

Kyle Neighbors

Tripp Powell

Staff: Jackie Joiner


Meets: 1st Thursday @ 12:00PM

DEACON CARE

(Diaconate Committee)

Brent Hardin (Chair)

Krysta Hood (Vice Chair)

Kalissa Bormann

Staff: Lou Ann Sellers


Meets: 2nd Wednesday @ 4:30PM

EARLY CHILDHOOD

(Diaconate Committee)

Maegan Biehn

Beth Cameron

Jensen Henderson

Staff: Emily Frandsen


Meets: Bi-monthly on Mondays

FAMILY CONNECTION

(Diaconate Committee)
Porter Chambers  (Chair)

Julie Vaughn

Chris Redden

Staff:


Meets: Monthly, TBD

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

(Diaconate Committee)

Tammy Tolleson (Chair)

Austin Howard

Staff: Suzanne Cornett


Meets: 3rd Wednesday @ 5:15PM

WELCOME

(Diaconate Committee)

Bea Powell (Chair)

Ann Brenizer

Staff: Michael Bailey


Meets: 1st Tuesday @ 4:00PM

NOMINATING

(Congregational Committee)

Mark Byars

Susan Haynes

Elizabeth Jernigan

Shelley Jones

James Mize

Lisa Underwood

Staff: Michael Bailey


Meets: As Needed

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

(Congregational Committee)

Rotating Modertors
Secretary: Louise Bailey
Treasurer: Becky Compton

Staff: Lou Ann Sellers


Meets: Coordinating Team meets

       1st Wednesday @ 9:30AM

UPERK

(Congregational Committee)

Chair: Cal Holt

Secretary: Kristine Fitts
Treasurer: Angela Hamiter

Staff:


Meets: 3rd Thursday @ 5:30PM

HEALTH SAFETY ADVISOR BOARD

(Congregational Committee)

Les Fowler

Vicki Holt

Krysta Hood

John Miller (Member at large)

Brant Lehman (Member at large)

Staff: Pastors

SESSION LIAISON FOR FPP BOARD

(Congregational Committee)

Vicki Holt

SECURITY & DISASTER ADVISORY BOARD

(Congregational Committee)

Tommy Danner

Elizabeth Jernigan

Trace Neighbors

Tripp Powell

Al Spencer

Kristi Thomson

James Tucker

Staff: Jackie Joiner