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Meet Our Staff

Tom Watkins
Senior Pastor

After serving churches in Raleigh and Wendell, North Carolina, Tom followed God’s call to Wilson. Here, you will find him in the pulpit almost every Sunday and around the church office during the week with an open door.  Tom loves teaching the Bible and helping the church discover how God’s word leads us to new venues of mission and ministry.  First and foremost, though, Tom seeks to lead as a pastor. He enjoys being with people in and around the church and has the ability to be himself in such as way that allows others to be themselves.  At native of Alabama, Tom is a graduate of Auburn University, Columbia Theological Seminary (master of divinity), and Union Presbyterian Seminary (doctor of ministry). He and his wife Julie have two young children, Mary Thomas and Jack.

 

Claire Colcord
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Nurture and Discipleship

At age 50, after working in the church for several years, Claire was surprised (gobsmacked really!) to be called to seminary and the pastorate.  Trusting that God surely knows best, Claire followed God’s call to FPC where she’s had her new role in the church repeatedly affirmed.  This move is a return south after serving in churches as far away as NJ and Tokyo.  “I love Wilson and feel the amazing warmth and openness of this faith community!” says Claire.  The Colcords have 4 grown daughters (and 4 terrific sons-in-law, 2 adorable grandchildren, and several granddogs) sprinkled up and down the east coast.  Claire is a staunch believer that God never asks us to “check our brains at the door”; she enjoys tough theological questions and biblical tensions, lively debate, deep discussion, and not having all the answers.

 

Daphne Bennett
Director of Weekday School

Daphne, her husband Brad, and daughters Rowan and Ava moved to Wilson from Houston, TX.  Daphne’s passion for children led her to become a career educator.  She’s worked for public and private schools and with preschools throughout the southeast.  She enjoys getting to know each Weekday School student and parent.

 

Joan Gibbs
Director of Music

Four vocal choirs and a hand bell choir keep Joan dancing from task to task.  Her lively music ministry is 28 years young (since 1985 at FPC).  Joan still inspires by sharing from her rich repertoire and her skills on the organ.  Her bachelor of science degree in music is from Barton College.  Joan and her husband Milo have two adult children, son Spencer, and daughter, Leslie, and include son-in-law, Jim, and grandsons, Bruin and Rance, in the family.  Being able to keep all the church and family balls aloft is Joan’s consistent prayer!

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Leigh Anne Orr
 Youth Director

Leigh Anne is first and foremost a child of the church and a follower of Jesus Christ. A native of Wilson, Leigh Anne grew up as an active member then leader in West Nash United Methodist Church. As a teen, her involvement in youth ministry carried her to district events throughout the Methodist church. After graduating from Fike High School, she attended Barton College where she graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education and a minor in mathematics. As an educator, she currently teaches math at Elm City Middle School. Leigh Anne enjoys being involved in our community. Over the years, she has volunteered with the Wilson Recreation Department, Relay for Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Robbie Page Memorial Wing of UNC Hospital. In her free time, she loves traveling to the beach, trying her hand at painting, reading new novels and taking early morning trips to fish. Leigh Anne is very excited to begin a new chapter in her life of faith and to honor Christ by working with the youth at First Presbyterian Church.

 

Dawn Breedlove 

Financial Administrator

Dawn joined the staff in 2009 after moving back to Wilson from Bath, NC.  She brings a wealth of experience in financial matters and accounting, as well as a deep love of anything North Carolina – from BBQ to basketball.  Husband Kevin and their blended family of three teens Emily, Lauren, and Nicholas keep her busy. One might think a financial administrator would choose green as a favorite color, but Dawn bleeds Tarheel blue!

 

Jennifer Meade
Manager of Church Operations

Jennifer is FPC’s hub for general knowledge, printed publications, calendar keeping, and good humor.  Any question she can’t answer, she knows who can.  Jennifer graduated from Clemson University with a degree in graphic communications, and will forever be loyal to her Clemson Tigers.  She and her sons, Will and Thomas, keep house with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who they’ve been house-training for four years!

 

Alan Martin  Maintenance

Alan is somewhat like Santa Claus for us.  We don’t always see him, but we see the results of his labors and are always grateful.  For twenty-five years Alan’s second job caring for our property and our buildings has co-existed with his first career for Firestone.  He and his wife Janet, who teaches in our Weekday School, have five grown daughters and a slew of amazing grandchildren – just ask him!

 

Jim McKinnon, Pastor Emeritus

Jim served as senior pastor for First Presbyterian for more than 25 years. Though he is retired, he really kind of isn’t.  He preaches every week for local Presbyterian congregations, serves on many boards, and keeps wife Louise hopping, and spreads Christ’s love and goodwill wherever he goes. Ask him about his grandchildren!

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Service Times & Directions

Our Worship Schedule

Sunday Early Light: 8:45 am

Sunday School: 9:45 am

Sunday Service:11:00 am

Weekday Services

Wednesday Night: 6:00pm

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414 Sunset Road
Wilson, NC 27893
(252) 243-3115