Pastors & Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Manhattan, KS
Jason Pittman – Senior Pastor
Jason comes to First Presbyterian having served congregations in Iowa and Michigan. Born and reared in Arkansas, Jason received his B.A. in Religion/Philosophy and History from Lyon College (formerly Arkansas College, a small, Presbyterian-related school in the foothills of the Ozarks), and his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. But if you ask him, none of that matters when compared to the joyful privilege it is to love and serve Christ Jesus. He loves to tell the story of how Christ was first made known to him. So, ask him – preferably over a cup of coffee!
He is married to Kelly (also ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA), and together they have two children, Kathryn and Benjamin, and a blockheaded Chocolate Labrador, Copper. In his free time, you might find Jason pickin’ and grinnin’ on one of several stringed instruments, making a visit with his family to a national park, or out on a clear night stargazing with this family and marveling at God’s handiwork.
Office & Building Staff
Deirdre Lamarre – Office Manager
My name is Deirdre, I’m a mother of 2 adult children and I have one granddaughter. Originally from New Hampshire, I have had great opportunities to live in so many locations, experiencing so many new and exciting, diverse people and cultures. Out of all my travels, I have returned to Kansas out of the love for a peaceful and joyful way of life.
Therese Szatkowski – Communications Coordinator
Hi, my name is Therese Szatkowski. I am the wife and military spouse to my husband and a mother to 2. I have an undergrad in Physical Education K-12 and a Master’s degree in Leadership. I am originally from Florida but have enjoyed being able to move around and experience the various states where the Army has sent us.
Shiloh Vick – Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries
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
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.