WHO WE ARE

 

Rev. Dr. Glen Bell

Pastor / Head of Staff

GBell@FirstPresSarasota.org

W. Glen Bell—originally from Charlotte, but raised in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.—holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

 

Glen is married to Anne, who is a family practice nurse. Together they have four young adult children: Laurel, Meredith, Matt and Rachel.

 

Rev. Melanie Kim

Associate Pastor

MKim@FirstPresSarasota.org

 

 

 

Melanie Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the U.S shortly after her first birthday. Her father, a Teaching Elder in the PC (USA) (a pastor), and mother provided a loving Christian home for Melanie and her two siblings. Though, like many immigrant families, they moved around a lot and made many sacrifices.

 

Melanie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English and an emphasis in Theater Arts (one of her deep passions). After a few years in the hospitality industry, Melanie answered God’s call to ministry and enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity degree in 2012.

 

Clarisse Durnell

Director of Christian Education
for Children and Youth

CDurnell@FirstPresSarasota.org

“You can hear her laugh even before you see her coming” is a comment frequently shared about Clarisse Durnell, our Director of Christian Education!

Clarisse Durnell brings a sense of joy to everything she tackles—from leading our Youth Groups and preparing our Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers, to serving in the larger Presbyterian Church (USA). Clarisse, a graduate of Austin Peay State University and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, brings a wealth of experience in local congregations and the larger church to our church.

 

 

 

Jack Levick

Director of Music

music@FirstPresSarasota.org

 

Jack Levick, Director of Music, has served FPC since 2004. He previously was the Minister of Music and Fine Arts for First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, the third largest UCC church in the U.S.

 

At First Presbyterian, Jack directs our excellent Chancel Choir, serves as organist, and has been instrumental in bringing noted composers and directors as featured artists in concerts at our church.

 

In addition, he founded the Jubilation Brass which enriches our worship on a periodic basis. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists.


  Click here for the 2014 FPC Organizational Chart.

Elders

 

Moderator

Rev. Dr. Glen Bell

 

Class of 2015
Beth Byron-Reasoner
Bob Forbes
Dana Gaddis
Bob Jones
Sue Nurczyk
Karen Olson
Jack O’Neill

 

Class of 2016
Scott Carter
Jerry Claiborne
Emilie Kimbrough
Marvin Miller
Carol Papa
Jay Swick
Vicki Wacksman

 

Class of 2017
Elaine Barnett
Jane Barr
Victor Garraus
Bruce Higgins
Jane Nicholl

Session

 

The Session is the church governing body made up of elders, church members elected by the congregation for three-year terms to guide and direct the ministry of the church.

 

Elders chair various committees and ministry teams in which any member may participate. Meetings for all committees and ministry teams are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. They include:

 

Business Affairs

  †  Communications and

      Long-range Planning

  †  Finance

  †  Property

  †  Stewardship

 

Congregational Nominating

Education & Formation
  †  Adult Education
  †  Children's Ministry

  †  College Ministry

  †  Spiritual Formation

  †  Youth Ministry

 

Membership

 †  Fellowship

 †  Membership Development

 

Mission & Ministry

  †  Hispanic Ministry

  †  Missions

  †  Peace & Justice

 

Personnel

 

Worship & Music

 

† Ministry teams that support the work of the committee

Deacons

 

The Board of Deacons is a group of church members elected by the congregation and called to serve as the primary assistants to the staff for pastoral care. Deacons serve for three-year terms; five are elected each year.

 

Deacons provide home communion, transport members who need a ride to church, deliver flowers, create and deliver "We Care" posters, send cards for special occasions, provide assistance for memorial services, and comfort families and members.

 

Class of 2015
Jennifer Hall
Kathy Herron
Diane Johnston
Diane Price
Tom Singleton

 

Class of 2016
Daryl Alsum
Barbara Chase
Bette Lou Cookson
Clara Ordoñez
Jon Raynor

 

Class of 2017
Bob Friday
Tish Goodale
Linda Hildebrandt
Raynette Lignos


Faith Community Nurses

The Board of Deacons supports the work of our Faith Community Nurses, professional Registered Nurses with additional training in holistic ministry.

 

Ellen Forbes and Cheryl Track started health ministries at First Presbyterian in 2007, with the mission to provide the church and community with education that focuses on health promotion and wellness as well as spiritual care and support in time of illness and grief.

Ellen Forbes, RN

Faith Community Nurse

 

Ellen Forbes ( RN, CNN, FCN) has been a professional RN for over 30 years, practicing for most of that time in the specialty of nephrology, and specifically in the area of renal failure. She has been employed in the chronic and acute dialysis setting, dealing with people facing chronic illness, limited life-styles and end of life decisions. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church, has served two terms at FPC: the Adult Education Committee and the Committee on Spiritual Formation Ministry. Ellen is currently serving in the Medical Reserve Corps of Sarasota County. Having completed the Certificate in Spiritual Formation of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, Ellen is presently acting as Labyrinth Facilitator at FPC.

Cheryl Track RN

Faith Community Nurse

 

Cheryl Track (RN, FCN) has been an ICU nurse since 1988. Leaving the hospital setting in 2013, she joined Right at Home, private duty home care, as a nurse care manager. Cheryl seeks to be a strong influence with the congregation in all areas of church life including worship, education, support networks and recreation. She works closely with the pastors, deacons and the Health and Wholeness Ministry Team to help parishioners who are in need of meals, visitation, respite care, transportation and community resources. You can reach Cheryl at 941-320-3828 or email her at 4tracks@comcast.net.