Leaders

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The Rev. Adam DeVries, Associate Pastor for Youth & Their Families

Adam DeVries has been at First Presbyterian Church since 1986 when he was five years old. He has served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and their Families since July 2014. He is a graduate of Sewanee, and received his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. Adam served as the High School Youth Outreach Director at the church from 2004 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010, Adam served as the Chaplain department head at Alliance Academy International in Quito Ecuador...

Ashley Higgins, Director of Young Adult Ministry to Couples and Parents

Ashley Higgins joined the First Presbyterian Church staff as Director of High School Ministries in August 2014. She is a graduate of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she majored in Anthropology. She received a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Masters of the Arts in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary...

Josh Rodriguez, Outreach Director of Young Adult and Youth Ministries

Josh graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary this past May. He was the recipient of the Robert K. Kelley Award in Youth Ministry, just as Ashley was before him. He has experience in youth ministry working at First Presbyterian Church in Montrose, Colorado. For two years of his time at Princeton, Josh gained experience in young adult ministry through serving on the leadership team of a house church network at Redemption Church of Bristol.

Anna Wheeler, Assistant High School Ministries Director

Originally from Memphis, TN, Anna joined the First Presbyterian staff as Assistant High School Ministries Director. Growing up in Memphis, Anna attended St. Mary’s Episcopal School and Germantown Presbyterian Church, and was (and still is!) an avid Tiger Basketball fan...

Kody Whitaker, Assistant High School Youth Director

Kody Whitaker joined the First Presbyterian Church staff as the Assistant Director of High School Ministries in May 2016. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where he studied Music ...

Miller Folk, Assistant Youth Program Coordinator

Miller was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She graduated from Auburn University in 2010 with a Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies. After college Miller lived overseas doing college ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ...

Christian Garvey, Assistant Youth Program Coordinator

Christian Wash Garvey joined the First Presbyterian Church staff as a Youth Program Coordinator in June 2016. A member of First Presbyterian Church since she was six weeks old, she is thrilled to join the youth staff ...

Ginger Sheppard, Youth Program Coordinator

Ginger Sheppard is back as part time Youth Program Coordinator after twelve years away. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia, attended Davidson College, and spent the summers of 1989-1991 working at First Presbyterian Church Nashville as a summer youth intern...

Jessica Campbell Waterman, The Five Thirty Worship Leader

Jessica Campbell Waterman is a native of Catawba, North Carolina and has lived in Nashville since 2006. Jessica graduated with from MTSU with a BA in Recording Industry and a MA in Mass Communications. She has been part of The 5:30 worship band since 2009 and has been a leader at First Baptist in Hattiesburg, MS; Cumberland Church in Franklin, TN; and currently leads at First Baptist Church in Downtown Nashville...


Youth Education Committee

Mary Lee Bartlett

Bryant Tirrill

Debbie Rieke

David Mahanes

Jim Shaub

Barbara Arrants

Scott McConnell

Lipscomb Davis

Jess Andrews

Adam DeVries – Staff Liaison


Youth Mission Committee

Helen Dale

David Rader

Debbie Rieke

Mary Earthman

Ellie Billington

Ducan Dashiff

Suzan Hindman

Mary Lee Bartlett

Ryan Walker

Jay Milam

Adam DeVries – Staff Liaison

 

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