Pastors & Staff

Our staff use their many gifts and talents to serve our church and help to organize and care for the many aspects of the life of our church.


  • Rev. Cam McConnell – Pastor

Rev. Cam McConnell’s hometown is New Castle, PA.  He graduated from Monmouth College with a B.A. in government, and then received his M.Div from Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, IL.  He has served as an Associate Pastor at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, MN and as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, MI before he was called as Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan in 1997.  Cam is a fourth-generation Presbyterian minister, with two of his brothers also serving as Presbyterian ministers. His hobbies include running, a variety of athletics, and reading. He is a member of the Lakeview High School Hall of Fame in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. Cam is married to Jennifer McConnell and they have five grown children.

Program Staff

Shiloh Vick – Director of Children’s Ministries

Dr. Reginald Pittman – Chancel Choir Director





Susan Maxwell- Director of Children’s Music

Dr. Susan Gustavson Maxwell is the children’s choir director at First Presbyterian Church and leads activities such as weekly choir rehearsals, Christmas Pageant, summer music camp and music/worship time at VBS. As an Air Force family she was born in Colorado and then moved several places before settling in Topeka. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Music Education from Texas State University, her Masters in Performance from DePaul University and her Doctorate from the Conservatory at UMKC. Currently she serves on the faculty at Kansas State University with the bassoon studio and performs regularly with the Konza Faculty Woodwind Quintet. She also maintains a business that sells a bassoon reed profiler, used to help make bassoon reeds.,

Linda Couch- Wedding Coordinator





Julie Haynes- Events Coordinator

Julie is originally from Wichita.  After attending Kansas State University she decided to make Manhattan her home.  She opened Aggieville’s Rock A Belly Deli in June of 1986 and has subsequently been involved in opening 8 restaurants including Harry’s Downtown, So Long Saloon, and Taco Lucha.  She loves to cook and has catered for thousands.

Julie and her team joined the First Presbyterian staff taking over catering and kitchen responsibilities in the summer of 2016

Office & Building Staff

Sarah Diamond- Director of Operations and Development

Sarah recently earned her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. Her research focus encompasses the motivation and retention of volunteers in community-based non-profits. Sarah has extensive
experience serving in leadership and management roles in non-profits, including working in a similar capacity for another church in Manhattan. In addition to her position at First Presbyterian Church, Sarah also works at Kansas State University.

Sarah and her husband, Jeremy have two sons.  She enjoys spending time with her family, running, gardening, photography, riding horses, and volunteering.