Our church is governed by its members, who commit to sharing faith and ministry together in this church and who elect leaders from among us each year to lead us in ministry and community.
Alex Peterson, Pastor
Since arriving in February 2017, Pastor Alex has truly come to love the people of the First Presbyterian Church of Lapeer. Alex grew up in Novato, CA, located between the Golden Gate Bridge and the heart of California’s wine country. Alex came to an adult faith while an undergraduate student at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and he met his wife, Carrie Sumrall, while they were both attending Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Alex was drawn to the people of this church by their eagerness to believe, share, and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he is honored to join this community in seeking and serving God. In his spare time, Alex enjoys board games, studying history, overanalyzing movies, walking his dog Charlie, and cooking new and exotic recipes. One of these days Alex hopes to remember to call it ‘pop’ instead of ‘soda’.
Renee Pearson, Secretary
Renee grew up and attended school here in Lapeer and is part of a well-known Lapeer family: the Harts. Renee has worked and volunteered at First Presbyterian for many years, starting off as a temporary bookkeeper but sticking around because, in her own words, “I just kinda fit. I’m part of the woodwork.” In many ways, this place has become a part of Renee’s own family, as her daughter grew up here, her husband is an active elder and deacon, her grandchildren now attend Sunday school in turn, and Renee herself volunteers as the church treasurer in addition to her secretarial work. Renee’s favorite parts of working here are the warm and welcoming people of this church and the family-friendly culture that gives her work flexibility so that she can enjoy quality time with the grandkids.
Carrie Sumrall, C.E. Director
Carrie has worn a lot of hats. She has worked for A Christian Ministry in the National Parks at the Grand Canyon, as a hospital chaplain in New Jersey, a hospice chaplain in California, a substitute teacher in Michigan, and as a volunteer Sunday school teacher at this church for almost two years. Now as the Christian Education Director, she is constantly looking for ways to bring her knowledge of theology, her appreciation for thoughtful inquiry, and her love of books, movies, adventure, and games to all levels of Christian education. If you get the chance, pull Carrie aside with a “Hey, y’all!” She’ll be happy to talk with you about her top five favorite things: faith, novels, coffee, art, and her dog.
Heather Hundt, Music Director
Mrs. Heather Hundt has served as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church since 2000. She directs the Chancel Choir and works with the Pastor, Worship & Music Committee, Organist and other church musicians to help plan and lead worship. Heather attended Central Michigan University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree with a major in instrumental music, a minor in choral music, and an emphasis in Flute. She holds a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Heather has been teaching music and band grades Pre-K through 8th grade for the last 20 years and enjoys working with her students in her classroom each day and preparing them for performances. Heather is married to Daniel Hundt, the Director of Bands at Lapeer High School. Together they have four children who are all musicians and members of First Presbyterian Church of Lapeer. Their family also includes their two dogs: Baby and Maggie. When not working or at church, the Hundt family loves to camp and spend time outdoors enjoying nature and our beautiful state of Michigan. Heather is grateful for the opportunity to serve as a worship leader at First Presbyterian Church of Lapeer and is blessed by the many friends that have become like family. She looks forward to many more years of service to her church.
Katherine Nold, Organist
Katherine Nold became the organist at First Presbyterian Church of Lapeer in Fall of 2018. Her love and passion for church music started in elementary school, playing piano for children’s church. Katherine finds nothing more exciting than leading the congregation in song and praise to the Lord. Katherine studied church music from International Academy of Music and is certified in piano pedagogy through the Music Teacher’s National Association. Katherine studied the pipe organ with teachers Leslie Wills and Doris Hall and was the top recipient of the American Guild of Organist-Detroit Chapter scholarship awards for three consecutive years. Katherine shares her love and passion through her music to students, maintaining a private studio in Oxford and is also an accompanist for Detroit County Day School. She is a board member for Michigan Federation of Music Clubs, a national organization that promotes awareness, scholarship awards and festival events to students of any instrument. Katherine takes great pride in her work at First Presbyterian, bringing together young and old, making a ‘joyful noise unto the Lord’!
Our session consists of church elders elected by the congregation to discern the will of God for our church and faithfully lead us in worship, witness, and service of God’s kingdom. Elders are elected for three-year terms and typically serve as committee chairs, and together as a session they work to empower others in faithful ministry across our church, community, and world. Our committees and the ruling elder appointed to them are:
List Of Church Elders
|Bob Grayhek ‘ 19||Worship & Music|
|Linda Hamilton ’19||Christian Education and Health Ministry|
|Bob Rowden ’19||Finance|
|Art Sieting ’20||Personnel and Nominating|
|Mike Mosher ’20||House and Technology|
|Sharon Galbreath ’20||Worship & Music|
|Lynne Butler ’21||Finance|
|Kathryn Lawter ’21||House|
|CJ Merriman||Clerk of Session|
Deacons have a Biblical mandate to a ministry of compassion, witness, service, and sharing the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by injustice, or anyone in distress. From visiting people recovering from injury or illness to providing financial or emotional support to those in distress, the deacons are elected to three-year terms by our congregation to lead our efforts to show God’s love in word and deed.
List of Deacons Officers
|Margaret Fansler ’19||Communion|
|Greg Pearson ’19||Kitchen Coordinator|
|Keith Byard ‘ 20||Treasurer|
|Ken Dick ’19||Phyllis Dickie ’19|
|Toni Emmons ’20||Carol Lyons ‘ 20|
|Chris Dungey ’20||Deb Moore ’21|
|Virginia Harris ’21||Darlene Placeway ’21|
|Jon Nugent ’21|