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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...

Dave Garvey, High School Youth Director

Dave comes to First Presbyterian Church with a long and varied history of youth ministry experiences. He has served at churches and parachurch organizations in Indiana, Tennessee and Wisconsin in roles ranging from staff to volunteer, most recently as the Youth Ministry Director at Crossroads...

Anna Kate Rader, Interim Youth Director

Anna Kate has been at First Presbyterian Church since 1999. She has served as an intern, Assistant High School Youth Director, Social Media Coordinator, and now has landed the role as the Interim Youth Director...

Ben Dreher, Youth Ministry Intern

Ben is a member of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Inc. (CYMT) class of 2022.  As a graduate resident, Ben serves at First Presbyterian Church of Nashville on a part-time basis while simultaneously earning a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary...

Ginger Sheppard, Youth Program Coordinator

Ginger Sheppard serves as part time Youth Program Coordinator. 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...


Youth Volunteers, please complete the Statement on Child Protection and Prevention of Child Abuse. You can also download a hardcopy for your reference/files: Statement on Child Protection and Prevention of Child Abuse (pdf).

Youth Education Committee

  • Rodney Przybylinski, Chair (Deacon, 2019)
  • Jess Andrews (Deacon, 2021)
  • Helayne Brittle
  • Trajan Carney (Deacon, 2021)
  • Betsy Funk
  • Shannon McGuffin
  • Margaret Polancich (Deacon, 2021)
  • Beth Rader (Deacon, 2021)
  • Alli Simpson
  • Adam DeVries – Staff Liaison

Youth Mission Committee

  • Will Hannon, Chair (Deacon, 2020)
  • Mary Lee Bartlett
  • Duncan Dashiff (Deacon, 2019)
  • Mary Earthman
  • Jay Milam (Deacon, 2021)
  • Rodney Przybylinski (Deacon, 2019)
  • Julie Roberts
  • Trajan Carney
  • Adam DeVries, Staff Liaison


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