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.


Pastors


Office & Building Staff

Joan Nelson – Office Manager

joan@firstpresmanhattan.com

She’s back! Joan was the church’s Administrative Secretary for ten years before retiring to become a rockstar. Two and a half years later, and while still playing music, she’s come back to the office to hold the fort down while the church looks to fill the position recently vacated by Sarah Diamond. She’s quick to remind folks, this is only temporary, there’s music to be played!

Caroline Olivo – Director of Communications

caroline@firstpresmanhattan.com

Caroline earned her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Liberty University in 2015. Her hometown is Greenville, South Carolina. Her husband is originally from New Jersey. Caroline and her husband, AJ, moved to Manhattan several years ago when the Army stationed her family at Fort Riley. Caroline previously worked for GTM Sportwear for four years as the staff accountant.

They became members of First Presbyterian Church shortly after their move here and have three children: Lucy, Gracie, and Abel, all of whom were born at Fort Riley. Caroline enjoys attending The Attic services on Sunday evenings and volunteering leading the praise and worship for adults and youth.

Stacey Montgomery – Visitor Relations and Hospitality Assistant

stacey@firstpresmanhattan.com

Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University.
Originally from Prairie Village, Kansas, Stacey, her husband, Joe, and daughter, Gracie, are members of First Presbyterian Church and are longtime Manhattan residents. Stacey volunteers to help with the church’s Food Pantry and the Community Outreach Breakfast. As part of her employment with the church, she will also be responsible for coordinating a dance program for children in nursery and daycare.

Julie Londeen – Bookkeeper

julie@firstpresmanhattan.com

Julie Londeen is our bookkeeper and liaison with our accountant. Julie is a University of Nebraska graduate, but has called Manhattan home for 30+ years. She and her husband, Eric, have two grown daughters, Kirsten and Emily.


Program Staff

Shiloh Vick – Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries

nursery.firstpresby@gmail.com

Shiloh Vick has been on staff at First Presbyterian Church for over five years and has been a member of the church for almost 15 years. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, ’93 (WHOOP!) with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Minor in History. She has lived in many states throughout her life as part of a military family, eight of them in her adult life, but calls Texas and Kansas both “home.” She has two amazing daughters, both in college, who would easily say any “downtime” is spent putting up bulletin boards and helping create sets for VBS, among other leisure time activities! She loves working with the awesome families in our congregation, but definitely draws her inspiration from our elder members who lead by example serving the Lord.

Dr. Reginald Pittman – Director of Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir

pittman@ksu.edu

Dr. Reg Pittman has been on the church staff since August of 1997. He’s the Director of Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir. The Chancel Choir provides anthems and other choral offerings for Sunday morning services, as well as additional services during the Lenten and Advent seasons. The Handbell choir also contributes to the music ministry during worship services throughout the year. Both choirs are comprised of church members, and high school and college students. Dr. Pittman is Professor of Music in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University. He’s the Chairman of the Voice Division and Director of Opera Activities. Dr. Pittman currently serves as Past-President of the National Opera Association and former Governor of the West Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Mitchell Jerko – Organist

Mitchell Jerko grew up in Saint Marys, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in piano and voice. From a young age, Mitchell started to play the piano and only studied organ for a few years. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Manhattan and received his master’s degree in vocal performance from Kansas State. Mitchell has performed a few roles at K-State such as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the magician in Menotti’s The Consul. During his graduate studies, Mitchell served as the graduate teaching assistant for the Vocal Division, teaching two levels of voice class to non-music majors. Mitchell has been an active musician in the church for over ten years and has served multiple roles in church music, including organist and music director. He previously served as organist at the First Presbyterian Church in Junction City for three years. Mitchell enjoys having the opportunity to serve another Presbyterian congregation as organist.

Damian Hilton – Youth Director

Scott Voos – Life Skills Case Manager

Scott holds a B.S. degree in Sociology and an M.S. degree in Educational Psychology from Kansas State University, certifications through Academic Coaching EDU program and Lifebound LLC. Scott has developed a heart of becoming a champion for others and especially those wandering about. Scott has worked in higher education and in a student affairs capacity for the past 10 years. Engagement ideas and motivational connections to purpose are what fuels Scott’s conversations. Father of 2 children and former college baseball and football student athlete. Philippians 2.3 direct Scott’s path.

Linda Couch- Wedding Coordinator

Linda has been in banking since 1982 and is currently a Commercial Loan Officer with Exchange Bank in Junction City. Originally from the Manhattan area, she moved away for 18 years and returned to live here. She has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. Linda transferred her church membership to FPC in June 2005 and jumped right in participating in Deacons, all-church celebration dinners, community meals, and assisting with the wedding coordinator. She took on the full responsibilities of the coordinator in 2015 and absolutely loves participating in the celebrations.

Wesley Garibay – PowerPoint Operator

Raul Garibay – Sound and Audio Operator