David Hodgson has been hired as our Interim Pastor! He will begin working with us on Monday, January 17th! He has served three long pastorates of 10 to 14 years and has successfully completed 11 interim transitions. FPC will be his 12th! In his first parish setting, he also served a term as mayor of a New Jersey municipality. He was ordained in 1967 and is honorably retired in the Presbytery of Grand Canyon. He is a team builder and coach and a strong spiritual leader. He is excited to work with Mark in developing new and exciting music worship opportunities. Welcome, David!
Chris recently moved to Mesa from San Jose, California, where he served as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He brings his experience in youth ministry as well as a seminary education to this role. He is also on track to become a Certified Christian Educator in the PC(USA). Having a passion for working with children and youth in their faith development and formation, Chris is excited about this new opportunity in ministry to share with us the many gifts God has given him. Chris and his wife, Heather, have one son, Matthew.
Dr. Mark Ramsey studied choral music, organ, composition, and music theory while at Arizona State University, earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1990. He joined the FPC staff in 1994 and has participated as an organist, recitalist, and co-conductor at the Salzburg Church Music Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the Italian Polychoral Arts Festival in Venice, Italy, and Disney Magic Music Days! He has performed with the Flagstaff Master Chorale and the Phoenix Symphony and has been an instructor of music at Glendale Community College (AZ) and Northern Arizona University. He is a past Dean of the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and was a Co-Recipient of the 2004 National Religious Music Week Alliance Award of Distinction. He is married and has two children and enjoys bicycling, computing, and working with the FPC staff and congregation to help increase God's kingdom.
Shiloh Murillo has a passion for children and has dedicated her career to sharing the great love of God with them. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from California State University - Northridge. She started as a Pre-K teacher for 6 years and became the assistant director. She then raised her own 3 girls as a stay-at-home mother until they all went off to elementary school. Shiloh became the Director at First Presbyterian Preschool of Mesa in July of 2012. This has been a blessing to be here and share the love of Christ with the children and families that come to preschool. Shiloh currently sits on the Southeast Maricopa Regional Council for First Things First as Vice Chair and holds the Childcare seat.
Linda began working part-time at FPC in 2000 and became Office Manager in January of 2005. Keeping up with a very busy office and staff keeps her on her toes. Linda enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family. Sunday “Happy Hours” are a favorite time. Her family includes Jim & Laura Bruening, Dan, Kevin, Jess, Brielle and Everleigh, Jason and Amanda, plus the dogs, Lucky, Rhythm and Jack!