Rev. Dr. Pat Smith
"Each breath we take, each moment we have, is to be lived in full devotion to God as we step increasingly into the ways of Jesus." These words express Pat's desire for all people and for our congregation as he serves us as Interim Pastor.
Pat grew up in five different states as the youngest of child of a Marine Corps officer. His faith took hold in significant ways during high school and college in Tennessee. After marrying the former Laura Knapp of Kansas City, MO and graduating from seminary in the Chicago area, he served in various pastoral roles in Georgia. Tennessee, Indiana (twice), Alabama and New York.
Pat considers life an adventure that is full of opportunities around every bend. He is excited and grateful that he gets to journey alongside our church during this time of transition and transformation.
The Smiths have two grown sons. Elder son Caleb is Executive Pastor of Epikos Church in Milwaukee, WI where he lives with his wife Tisha and their two sons, Jackson and Tucker. Younger son Andrew is Associate Winemaker at Soter Vinyards in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Andrew's wife, Julia, is Director of Hospitality and Events at Soter.
Pat loves playing attention to people, long conversations around tables where food and drink and life are shared, walking downtown Muncie, kayaking and Friday breakfast dates with Laura. Reading, watching movies, silent retreats and an occasional round of golf are some of Pat's other interests.
Rev. Dr. Myungku Lee
Associate Pastor, International Congregation
Pastor Lee was born in Korea. He was a minister for 15 years in his country until he was called to be the minister of the International Congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Muncie in 2000.
He received his B.A. in Christian Education from Seoul Theological Seminary in 1984, a Th.M. in Social Religion from the Methodist Theological Seminary in 1987, and a diploma in Social Work from SoogShil University. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Anderson University in Anderson, IN.
Reverend Lee's wife, Hyejung Lee Cho is a registered nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital. Together they have 2 children, Sunwoo and Jiwu.
Dr. Kerry Glann
Director of Music and Chancel Choir
Director of Music & Chancel Choir Director Kerry Glann is the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Ball State University, where he conducts the Concert Choir and Women's Chorus and teaches conducting and choral literature courses. He was previously on the music faculty of Kent State University and taught in the public schools of Ohio. He holds a BM in music education from Bowling Green State University, an MM in conducting from Kent State University, and a DMA in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.
An experienced theatre conductor, Kerry spent 17 seasons as musical director of The Huron Playhouse, a non-profit, professional-grade summer theatre in Huron, Ohio, where he led performances of over thirty productions. He has conducted opera for professional and university companies and has been on the staff of the Bigfork Sumrner Playhouse in Bigfork, Montana.
Kerry grew up in the First Presbyterian Church of Huron, Ohio, where his mother is still the choir director. Before moving to Muncie, he served as Director of Music at the Kent United Church of Christ in Kent, Ohio.
Praise Team Director
Anna is excited to join the staff and congregation of First Pres. Muncie. A born and raised Hoosier, Anna has lived all over Indiana. She is the daughter of Rev. Jeff and Julie Buck and the second of four children. Coming from a musical family, singing has always been a significant aspect of her life. She has been singing at church and performing locally since she was very young. It was while receiving her bachelors in Music Education from Indiana State University that she discovered her love and affinity for opera. Most recently, Anna graduated with a masters in vocal performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently pursuing an artist diploma at Ball State University. It is by the grace of God that Anna has been given this opportunity to serve Him as Praise Director with such a loving and talented team of musicians. Her prayer is that the time of worship would further the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have yet to hear it and that it would be a time of praise, reflection, conviction, and exhortation to those who call Jesus their Lord and Savior.
Sunwoo was born in Seoul, Korea, has lived permanently in the U.S. since he was ten. Sunwoo began studying the piano as a preschooler. When he was 12, his father recommended that he learn to play the organ to accompany the Sunday church services. His first lessons were with Jiyoung Jeoung, who was then a doctoral student at Ball State, and a year later he started taking organ lessons from Kirby Koriath. Although he was barely able to reach the pedals at that point, the organ's expansive colors and textures of sound fueled his passion for the instrument. He gave his first organ recital in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church when he was 14 years old. He also played the violin in middle school and high school orchestras.
Following graduation from high school, Sunwoo enrolled at Indiana University, receiving a scholarship from the Herbert Presidential Scholars Program. He pursued a double major in pipe organ performance at the Jacobs School of Music and in biology. In his junior year he traveled to Sweden for a summer course on the famous historical Cahman organ which dates from 1728. In the same year he was First Runner-Up in the RCYO-AGO, the Regional Competition for Young Organists of the American Guild of Organists, held in Indianapolis. In his senior year, he became a member of NOTUS: Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a group of twenty- four musicians chosen by competitive auditions, and participated in their Carnegie Hall debut in 2014.
After graduation, Sunwoo chose to pursue his desire to attend medical school.
Director of Pre-Kindergarten
Tracy graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching and a minor in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities. Tracy has 15 years teaching experience. Tracy is married to Jeff and they have two children; Mackenzie and Weston. During Tracy’s spare time she enjoys reading, being involved with activities at First Presbyterian Church and spending time with her family.
Lucas is currently a student at Ball State and will graduate in 2018. He graduated from the Indiana Academy on campus before attending Ball State.
Lucas is majoring in environmental management with honors and works in a lab studying soil remediation, hoping to publish the results as part of his honors thesis.
In his spare time, he coaches Cross Country and Track at Burris High School and enjoys running, backpacking, and playing the violin.
Lucas has attended First Pres. since 7th grade, and participated in many youth mission trips and two trips to the DR. Quoting Lucas, "this has been great place to grow up. This church has been a cornerstone for my life, and now I am looking forward to living and working here."