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Senior Pastor

The Rev. J.D. Georlett

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Pastor Georlett was born and raised in Moline Illinois which is part of the Quad Cities, a community right on the Mississippi River on the Iowa/Illinois border.  He attended Augustana College in Rock Island Illinois and graduated in 1989 with a B.A. in Business Administration--Finance. 

J.D. worked as a Youth Minister at Christ Presbyterian Church in Toledo Ohio, where he met and married his wife Laura in 1993.  J.D. owned a Servicemaster franchise in Toledo specializing in disaster restoration for three years before selling the business to go to Fuller Seminary in 1995.  He graduated from Fuller in Pasadena California with an M.Div. in 1998.  While in Seminary, J.D. did inner-city ministry in Phoenix Arizona at Historic First Presbyterian and then was the Singles Minister at Glenkirk Presbyterian in Glendora California. 

After graduation, J.D. pastored two yoked Presbyterian churches in Delphos and Middle Point Ohio for a year while completing ordination requirements in 1999.  J.D. served as Pastor of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church for the last 13 years in Rock Island Illinois prior to coming to First Pres Muncie. 

Pastor Georlett and his wife Laura have three children, Pierce, Kayla, and Grant.

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Rev Lee

Associate Pastor,
Korean Congregation

The Rev. Dr. Myungku Lee

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The Rev. Dr. Myung Ku Lee, Pastor, Korean Congregation, was born in Korea. He was a minister for 15 years in his country prior to July 1, 2000, when he was called to be the minister for the Korean Congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Muncie.
He received a B.A. in Christian Education from the 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 SoongShil University. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.

Reverend Lee's wife,  Hyejung Lee Cho is a Registered Nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital. Together they have two children, Sunwoo and Jiwu.  Sunwoo attends Indiana University Bloomington.  Jiwu is a Junior at Purdue University. 

 Kirby

Organist/

Music Coordinator

Dr. Kirby Koriath

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Organist and Director of the Chancel Choir, Kiby Korath is also coordinator of graduate programs at Ball State University and professor of organ, church music, and harpsichord. Prior to joining the Ball State faculty in 1971, he was an instructor of music at Kent State University.  He holds the master of divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, and the doctor of musical arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. His teachers include Russell Saunders, Fernando Valenti, M. Alfred Bichsel, Robert Bergt, and Paul Manz. Dr. Koriath has given numerous organ recitals nationally and has appeared as soloist with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. 

Other activities include building and restoring early keyboard instruments, providing consultations to churches on organ installations, and research in the areas of computer applications in the arts, keyboard studies, and issues in higher education.

 Don E

Director, Celebration

Worship Team

Dr. Don Ester

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Don Ester serves as the Praise and Worship Leader at First Presbyterian. He is a member of the Ball State University School of Music faculty, serving as Professor and Area Coordinator of Music Education. He and his wife, Carol, grew up together in Kirkland, Illinois. A 1980 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, he holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Don has taught in the public schools and has served as a full-time church musician in Bloomington, Illinois.

He brings creativity, leadership and a spiritual quest to The Celebration Worship Team at First Presbyterian.


Cathy

Director of Mission & Small Group Activity

Cathy (Thea) Alexander

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Cathy Alexander, a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church, serves as our Director of Mission and Small Group Activity.  A graduate of DePauw University, Cathy and her husband, Dan led the senior high Sunday school for many years and have been heavily involved in mission activities within the church. 

Cathy encourages all the children of the church to call her “Thea” which is the Greek for aunt.  Cathy’s best friend lives in Greece and her children dubbed Cathy “Thea” many years ago and now her nieces and nephew use the nickname, too.

 “Thea” and Dan have two children, both graduates of our Pre-School.  Their daughter, Cassie, is a Junior at Indiana University Bloomington, and son, Jack Mitchell, is a Freshman at Indiana University Bloomington.  Their household consists of 6 horses, two dogs, four cats, and a tank of fish.

Jane

Administrative Assistant

Jane Smith

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Jane Smith is our “Southern transplant”, having moved to Indiana from Atlanta, Georgia, in October of 2010.  She has served as the Administrative Assistant here at First Presbyterian since January of 2011, bringing skills and experience from earlier administrative positions in a variety of industries and organizations, including a Presbyterian church in Atlanta where she served as administrative assistant and later as office manager. 

Jane enjoys serving others through her administrative gifts and is grateful for the opportunity to do so at First Presbyterian.  She is happily married to Mark Smith of Anderson, and loves being a part of the Smith family which includes 4 stepsons, 3 daughters-in-law, 2 adorable granddaughters, and a new baby grandson!

 

Lisa

Business Administrator

Lisa Ulrich

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Tracy Clinger-cropped

Director of Children's Ministry

Tracy Clinger

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Tracy serves as the Director of Chilfen's Ministry and has responsibility for infants through 5th grade church and First Presbyterian 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.