Rev. Ann Conklin comes to Mesa from Grand Rapids, Michigan where she has served as a solo pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church for the past seven years. Prior to that Ann was the Minister for Membership Development at a large downtown Presbyterian congregation in Grand Rapids. She also served as a transitional pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ionia, Michigan.
Prior to her call to Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, Ann had a 15 year career as a physical therapist, having received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duke University. It was a smooth transition from healthcare to spiritual care as Ann considers her life’s work to be a ministry of healing and wholeness.
Pastoral care is at the heart of Ann’s ministry as is mission and community ministry. Reaching out to neighbors in need with the love of God made manifest in Christ is life-giving and spirit-nurturing. Communicating the deep and abiding love of God for all people and the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ in creative, engaging, and tangible ways that make a real difference in people’s lives is something Ann strives for in her life and ministry.
Ann and her husband, Peter, have been married for 30 years and have raised two wonderful young adults, Lily and Lewis. Bailey, their thirteen-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever, rounds out their family.
When not engaged in ministry or sermon preparation, Ann enjoys running, biking, reading, and walking with her husband and dog.
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 in the Faith-based 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, spending time with family and friends, and Tuesday wine tasting at D’Vine! She is married to Dan and has two adult sons, Kevin and Jason.