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Pat SmithRev. Dr. Pat Smith

Interim Pastor

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"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.  


Pastor LeeRev. Dr. Myungku Lee

Associate Pastor, International Congregation

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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.  


 

Kerry Glann

Dr. Kerry Glann

Director of Music and Chancel Choir

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 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.


Peter Douglas headshot 1Peter Douglas

Organist

Peter Douglas is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and organist throughout Indiana and Ohio. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying at Ball State University and studies piano with Ray Kilburn. Peter is also an active church musician and has served previously as Senior Choral Scholar (Assistant Choirmaster) for Grace Episcopal Church in Muncie, IN; Associate Organist for St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster, OH; Director of Music (Choirmaster and Organist) for Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal) in Euclid, OH; and Organist/Contemporary Music Director at Dalton Presbyterian Church in Dalton, OH. Peter is also a choral conductor and composer; he was commissioned in August 2016 to compose an anthem for the centennial celebration of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wooster, OH. Peter is thrilled to join the First Presbyterian Church Music Ministry!

 


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Business Administrator

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gabbyGabriela Burciaga

Administrative Assistant

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Gabby began her work with First Presbyterian Church in December of 2016.  Born and raised in Mexico, Gabby moved to San Diego, CA in 2001 and to Parker City, IN in 2011.  She has education in accounting, office administration, medical billing and coding.  She has 20+ years of experience in customer service and 15+ years of experience in office administration.  Gabby brings a wealth of knowledge and organization to the office.  

Gabby has five children and a German Shepherd. Her youngest son, still at home, enjoys basketball and football.  Gabby also has 4 granddaughters ages 2-12 years old.  

 

Tracy Clinger croppedTracy Clinger

Director of Pre-Kindergarten

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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.