Pastors/Directors

Tim Tinsley

Senior Pastor

Tim’s role as Senior Pastor to First Presbyterian Church began on March 7, 2010.  Prior to that, he served for 18 years at Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.  He received his Masters of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

 

 
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Chris Bowen

Pastor of Assimilation and Outreach
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Chris Bowen was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Dallas Theological Seminary. Before coming to First Presbyterian, he served for eight years as a Reformed University Fellowship campus minister at Kennesaw State University and Winthrop University.

 
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Chris Ehlers

Congregational Care Pastor
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Chris is a graduate of Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary.

 
 

 

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Richard (Dick) Fisher

Dick joined First Presbyterian Church as Pastor of Visitation. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Westminister Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1974, was ordained in 1975 and has been affiliated with PCA since 1982. More on his personal ministry, “You Last Forever” can be found at http://youlastforever.com

 

 
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Robert Row

Pastor of Children and Families
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“I long to love and equip students and their parents with the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ so they can do the work of ministry. I hope to not only teach them God’s Word but show them the love of Christ in life.

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Don Holwerda

Church Administrator
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Don recently joined the church staff after a career in school administration and development work.  He served as the Head of School for nearly 30 years at Chattanooga Christian School, a K-12 school of 1200 students.

 

 

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Tim Bond

Director, Camp Vesper Point
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Tim Bond is a native of Chattanooga and grew up attending First Presbyterian Church. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga earning degrees in English and Political Science.

 

 

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Michael Haberkorn

Youth Director

Born in Topeka, the capital of the great state of Kansas, in 1984, my education ( kindergarten through high school) was at  Cair Paravel-Latin, a private Christian School. Then, at Kansas State University, I heard God’s call to go to seminary to study to be a pastor. I moved to Dallas in 2007 to attend Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Theology degree.

 

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Jessica Hart

Assistant to the Youth Director
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Having moved to Tennessee from Illinois when she was just six years old, Jessica considers herself a native to the Chattanooga area. She grew up in Birchwood but has enjoyed living closer to downtown since college. While growing up, Jessica was plugged in at a local church and made a profession of faith when she was 8 years old.

 

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Sandy Pierce

Executive Director, World Missions
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Sandy has been involved in international ministry for 25 years—having served with Mission to the World, Cru, Greater Europe Mission, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and First Presbyterian World Missions.  She is a graduate of Auburn University and earned an MBA from UTC.  Sandy considers it a privilege and an honor to serve at First Presbyterian Church—since April 3, 2000— especially at this time in the history of the world.   

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Kelly Stultz

Director, Music and Arts
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Kelly Stultz is the Director of Music and the Arts and was called to the position on January 1, 2006. She leads the adult choir, special programs, musical outreach trips and events, concerts, Cherub Choir (ages 4, 5 and kindergarten), Handbell Choir, and volunteer instrumental ensemble. She also selects and leads the morning service music, oversees King’s Kids (older children’s choir) and teaches music for MOPS.

 

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Lauren Keck

Nursery Coordinator

I grew up in the East Tennessee area from Knoxville to Chattanooga to Dayton. However, I consider Chattanooga to be my hometown, the place I have come to know and love. I graduated from Bryan College in May of 2016 with a bachelor’s in Psychology. I am currently attending Richmont Graduate University in the hopes of receiving a Clinical Mental Health Degree in counseling.

 

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