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

Rev. Cam McConnell – Pastor

rc@firstpresmanhattan.com

Rev. Cam McConnell’s hometown is New Castle, PA.  He graduated from Monmouth College with a B.A. in government, and then received his Master of Divinity 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.


Office & Building Staff

Sarah Diamond- Director of Operations and Volunteer Development

sarah@firstpresmanhattan.com

Sarah holds a Doctor 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 Manhattan Christian College and manages a non-profit she formed to provide support for families impacted by congenital heart defects.

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

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.

Samantha Balombiny – Nursery Coordinator

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.