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FPC Leadership Team 2017

Session

Donna Bevington
Neal Crouse
Meredith Erwin
Phillip Morrison
George Morton
Casey Reynolds
Erin Selmier (Clerk of Session)
Hank Walters
Kendra Whipkey
Ralph Willard
Allen Woods

Staff

Rev. Terri Thorn

Pastor

Nancy Turner

Admin Assistant

Lisa Erwin

Presbyterian Preschool Director

Jennie Woods

Worship / Music Director

Leeza Finch

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Bud Hunter

Lead Accompanist

Leanne Piper

Soundboard Operator

Dan Erwin

Custodian

staff Biographies

The Reverend Terri A. Thorn, Pastor

The Rev. Terri Thorn was called by God and the congregation of First Presbyterian Church into a relationship of mutual trust and service to be our pastor, teacher, and head of staff in February 2011.  This well-timed match brought together Terri's heart for the needs of the local community and the congregation's desire to become a more active Christian presence and good neighbor in Lebanon and surrounding areas.    

Together we embarked on a journey of intentional prayer and discernment which led to the development of a Guiding Vision for First Presbyterian Church. Since then, we have followed the Holy Spirit's leading to become a faith community that focuses on what it means to be the church every day...and not just go to church on Sunday.  Pastor Terri is personally committed to learning continually, loving abundantly, and living faithfully and she lovingly challenges us to do the same.  

Terri is a second-career pastor, graduating with an Industrial Engineering degree from Purdue in 1986.   She received her Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in 2009 and was ordained on April 18, 2010 as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA).     

She and her husband Rob (who also graduated from Purdue with a degree Mechanical Engineering) are loyal Boilermaker fans and still hold out hope for another Rose Bowl bid (or NCAA Final Four) in their lifetime!   

They have two children, Julia and Mark.  Julia, a recent graduate from University of Indianapolis with a degree in Social Work, lives in Los Angeles, CA where she serves as a Young Adult Volunteer with the PC(USA).  Mark is a junior at Purdue University studying Finance and Accounting and carrying on the family passion for Purdue sports!  

(click here for a more complete bio of Rev. Terri Thorn)

LISA ERWIN, DIRECTOR OF PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL

Lisa Erwin has been Director of PPM since 2000. She holds a B.S. from Taylor University and an M.S. from Purdue University. Lisa has over 30 years of experience Education, Health Care, and Health Education/Fitness. She is a member of First Presbyterian and has served as Deacon and Elder along with participating in Hand bells, Choir, Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader, Nursery and Bible School Director.

 Lisa holds professional memberships with NAEYC, Zonta International, Delta Kappa Gamma and United Way Directors Forum. Honors include Who’s Who Among American Educators, Zonta Yellow Rose Recipient for Community Leadership and Mrs. Congeniality of Boone County.

Under Lisa’s leadership PPM has evolved from a Mother’s Day Out part time program to a Level 3 Paths To Quality, full time educational facility. The staff has also grown to 17 members including licensed teachers, bachelors, associate, and CDA level staff members. The Board and staff will be seeking Level 4 through the National Association for the Education of Young
Children this next year. Lisa’s vision for the preschool has been driven by community needs and God’s plan of providing quality, affordable childcare and education in a faith based environment.

Lisa is a Lebanon native. Her family has been a part of the FPC family since 1972. Lisa and her husband Dan have two children, Meredith and Gabe, and one grandchild, Abel.

Leeza Finch, youth ministry coordinator

Leeza Finch is a recent addition to FPC but she already feels like home! She is thrilled to join the congregation as their newly-minted Youth Ministry Coordinator. Leeza is thankful to be a part of First Presbyterian’s journey as we work together to shape and create a youth ministry that honors the firm foundation and treasured traditions of the church while enthusiastically embracing a new way of being together and living out God’s Gospel.

Leeza is a Hoosier native and has had an opportunity to serve as a youth worker for the last several years both here in Indiana and in Colorado. While her heart is in youth ministry she is blessed to work within the Health Information Management Department at St. Vincent Health Indianapolis and loves spending time with her family, friends, and Chihuahua, “Orli”.







NANCY TURNER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

As the Administrative Assistant, Nancy’s goal is for our church to be the face of the community for whomever walks in the door.

Nancy credits her family with establishing her strong Christian faith. As a youth her faith was enriched through youth programs as a Disciples of Christ, which continued into her adult years.  For the past 20 years she has followed the Presbyterian faith, a result of meeting her husband Steve who is a lifelong Presbyterian.

Born in Indianapolis, she spent over 30 years employed in the central Indiana area in Corporate America. Nancy has always worked with people while managing business locations, finding jobs for those in transition or the unemployed. In her “spare “time Nancy enjoys traveling, reading, swimming and water fitness/exercise. She and her husband Steve moved to Lebanon
in 2003.

She has found working at First Presbyterian Church very rewarding for the past 8 yrs.  Her responsibilities at FPC include maintaining financial records, membership records and communications.  She loves being that “go to person” for whatever needs to be done at that time.  She also enjoys representing the church and being a part of the mission and transition as FPC continues to change and evolve.

NELSON (BUD) HUNTER, LEAD ACCOMPANIST

Bud has served as Organist/Lead Accompanist at First Presbyterian Church since 2003. He provides appropriate music for worship services, weddings, funerals and special Christmas cantatas.

He graduated from the University of Evansville with a BME degree in Music Education and earned his MS degree from Indiana State University. Bud’s main career background was that of a Jr. and Sr. High School choral music educator, however, he has always found time on Sundays to direct church choirs or play the organ.

We are very fortunate to have the wonderful pipe organ we have here at the First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon which is a joy to listen to - as well as to play. Bud and his wife Nancy have two daughters, Gwen and Michelle (all of whom are musical as well).

LEANNE PIPER, SOUNDBOARD OPERATOR

Leanne Piper was baptized at FPC as an infant in 1970, the daughter of longtime members Ralph and Marjorie Burris. She was raised in the church, married George Piper (a good Catholic boy) and moved around a lot before settling back in Lebanon in 2001.

In addition to her now-converted spouse, Leanne also tries to keep up with schedules of her active four children, Mary, George III, Benjamin and Samuel.

Leanne is director of Infinity Post-Acute Network of 16 nursing and rehab communities throughout Indiana. On Sunday mornings, she works tech for FPC. Any technical difficulties you experience can most likely be attributed to user error.

DANIEL ERWIN, CUSTODIAN

Dan Erwin is the Custodian for First Presbyterian. He has been on staff since 2008. Dan has lived in various states, growing up in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Dan’s family transferred to Texas and he later moved to California attending Cerritos Community College. Dan also graduated from Lincoln Tech in Indiana. Dan’s work background has been in the Transportation Industry, Lifetouch Photography Inc., and has been an auto/truck mechanic.

Dan has served First Presbyterian as a choir member, Deacon, Stephan’s Minister, FPC Men’s Group, Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Nursery worker and Elder. Dan feels his position is a ministry and seeks to serve God and the congregation by maintaining the building and keep our wonderful facility clean.

Dan is married to Lisa and they have two children Meredith and Gabe, and a grandson Abel.