Leadership & Staff

Our Pastor (Interim)

Pastor Kazy Blocher Hinds

Kazy served as the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Piqua, Ohio for over 7 years. For the past 10 years, Kazy has moderated the Session of the Covington Presbyterian Church in Covington, Ohio. Prior to moving to Ohio, Kazy served as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Liverpool, NY (just outside of Syracuse, NY), Interim Pastor of Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, NY, Stated Supply of First Presbyterian Church of Bridgehampton, NY, Director of Long Island Campus Ministries in New York, and as Associate Pastor of University Ministry at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, SC. Kazy attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, where she met her husband, Reverend Joe M. Hinds, retired PCUSA Minister.

Before seminary, Kazy worked with troubled youth in a wilderness therapy program in Western North Carolina and for a psychiatric and addictive disease hospital in Macon, Georgia. Kazy was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, and she is a true Florida girl as she loves the beach and warm summer weather! Kazy currently holds public office as the 5th Ward Commissioner and Mayor of the City of Piqua. Her husband Joe currently works as a Credit Analyst of Unity Bank in Piqua, Ohio. They have a son, Paul, who is a sophomore at Piqua High School, where he is very active in Cross Country, Show Choir, and Track. Kazy also enjoys being active. She is a certified Yoga Teacher. Loves to walk and sometimes she may even run a bit! Their family is completed by their dog, Max, a Boston Terrier, who is still learning how to behave!

Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary

Judy Brooks

Judy is a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church and an excellent administrator. She offers a kind and welcoming presence to all people who visit our church. Judy brings order out of what can sometimes feel like chaos. She manages the constant influx of information and events without batting an eye! We are grateful for Judy!

Choir Director

Polly Trenor

More info about Polly coming soon!

Organist/Pianist

Jane Martin

Jane is an extremely talented and experienced musician and educator. In worship, she plays traditional and contemporary hymns to help create a sacred atmosphere. Jane and her husband Tim, along with their son David, are faithful members of our congregation.

Head of Maintenance

Mike McKellop

Maintaining a building that is over 100 years old takes a lot of expertise. Fortunately, Mike knows how to fix just about anything. We are grateful for Mike’s many gifts, which allow us to maintain a safe and comfortable space for members, community organizations, and visitors.

Custodian

Delaine Yeager

Delaine brings her strong sense of dedication and generosity to our congregation, both through her membership and her work as a custodian. Our building is in use nearly every day of the month, and Delaine is able to maintain and cleanliness along with doing setup and teardown for various events. She has also led Vacation Bible School for many years.

Treasurer

Tim Martin

Tim is both a “numbers guy” and a “people person.” He helps keep us on track financially and ably interprets complex financial data to our congregation. We could not do without his leadership.

Congregational

Session or Elders is the governing body of the church moderated by the pastor. Twelve ruling elders represent the congregation and guide the spiritual path of the church. There are three classes of Elders each with four members who serve three-year terms. That way, there is always a rotation of new leaders onto Session, along with seasoned members.

Clerk of Session: Nancy Roberts

  • Class of 2019: Jen Greenlee, Nancy Roberts, Jan Forsbach, Donna Finkbine
  • Class of 2020:  Rich Ebert, Donna Flora, Patti Wilbur, Michele Slone
  • Class of 2021:  Abby Smith, Steve Wilhelm, Jim Arter, Melinda Vincent

Trustees manage the administrative tasks and operations of the church, including finances, building, grounds and contracted services. There are three classes of Trustees each with four members who serve three-year terms.

  • Class of 2019: Mike Major, Mike Slone, Debbie Richards, Bill Borland
  • Class of 2020:  Sandi Lewis, Ed Evans, Kristi Phillip, Lowell Stevens
  • Class of 2021:  Paula Arter, Pat Detwiler, Judy Brooks, Allen Wilbur

Deacons are a group of 12 to 15 church members who attend to the spiritual and physical needs of the congregation. There are three classes of Deacons each with 4 to 5 members who serve three-year terms.

  • Class of 2019: Sheila Boyer, Jeanne Evans, Kay Holcomb, Jane Major
  • Class of 2020: Linda Coffman, Ken McCabe, Hayla Parker, Jen Schafer, Lana Seeberg
  • Class of 2021: Ryleigh Schafer, Haylee Johns, Juanita Brooks, Connie Eichenauer
  • Junior Deacons: Alex Vincent and Sam Wilhelm

Trustees, Elders on Session and Deacons are all nominated and elected by members of the congregation. The term of service for all positions is three years; members may serve no more than two terms consecutively.

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