Church Staff

Pastor Rebecca A. Kahnt

Pastor Rebecca A. Kahnt

Pastor

The Reverend Rebecca "Becky" Anne Kahnt is the middle child of a mother who was Baptist and a father who was Catholic.  They decided they wanted to raise their children in a church, but neither wanted to belong to the church of the other.  So they compromised and became Presbyterian.  It was in the Presbyterian Church of Toms River that Becky found the best way to understand and express her faith finding that she was truly a Calvinist but more importantly, truly a child of God.  Baptized in 1985, confirmed in 1994 and ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in 2006, Becky has known that God has had a call on her and is excited each day to see what that call will bring.

In her ministry, Becky has served churches in New Jersey as a Director in Youth Ministry before she was ordained, in Pennsylvania as a Associate Pastor and in North Carolina as a Solo Pastor.

Becky is currently in the process of obtaining a Doctorate of Ministry through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Reformed Christian Spirituality.  In this process Becky has become a Spiritual Director, certified through the Pneuma Institute.

Becky has three children who humble her and inspire her everyday.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, writing and reading.

Chet Cooper

Clerk of Session

Larry Harris

Organist/Choir Director

JoEllen Kieffer

JoEllen Kieffer

Administrative Assistant

I feel very fortunate to have been hired at First Presbyterian Church in 2011 by then Pastor, Nick Mager.  When he retired, I had the pleasure of working with Pastor Carolyn Griffeth and now it is an honor to work with Pastor Becky, FPC's 13th Pastor, as her Administrative Assistant.

In my "younger days", I had worked for Attorneys here in downtown Youngstown.  I was a stay at home mom when my children were born.  When they were in Middle School, I went back to work at Boardman Local Schools.

I reside in Boardman with my husband, Dave, and have two wonderful children.  Alyson is a k-2 special education teacher in Rensselaer, Indiana and Drew is an Economic Consultant for United Health Care in Pittsburgh.  I also have a nine year old "lap dog".  She is a 75 pound yellow lab named Bailey.

If my husband and I are not traveling to see Aly and Drew, I love to read.  I also enjoy cross stitching and quilting.

Gina Eliser

Gina Eliser

Financial Secretary

David Todd

David Todd

Property Manager

I started at First Presbyterian on February 28, 2006.  I retired from AVI Food Systems in 2005 and live in Unity Township with my dog, Marley.  My daughter Sheila is married to Jim and has two children, my grandchildren, Alyssa and Travis.  I enjoy spending time with Rochelle Kelley, my family and friends, and  golfing.

Jean Shives

Jean Shives

Kitchen Coordinator

I started working at FPC on March 2, 2015 as the Kitchen Coordinator.  I also work at For Kids' Sake Daycare and Preschool in Boardman, Ohio.

I've been married to my husband, Michael, for 27 years.  We have two children.  Christopher who is 20 and Michelle who is 18.  We all reside in Boardman, Ohio.

Jerry Fullum

Jerry Fullum

Custodian

I am currently serving in my tenth year as a maintenance man at First Presbyterian Church.  As a journeyman machinist, I retired in May 2006 from Youngstown State University's College of Engineering and Technology.  A Navy veteran, I have been a member of Columbiana's American Legion Post 290 for over 36 years and am a member of the Post's Color Guard and  Honor Guard.  I reside in Austintown with my wife, Terry.

Samantha Gibbons

Samantha Gibbons

Housekeeping

I started at FPC in January of 2017.  I reside in Youngstown with my two sons, Jayden and Ian.  When I'm not working I like to spend time with my sons and read.

David Phibbs

David Phibbs

Security Attendant/Custodian

I started working at FPC back in May of 2016.  I am an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scout Troop 55.  I have two holder sisters, a younger brother and a niece and nephew.

Bryan Peterson

Security Attendant/Custodian

Don Jones

Don Jones

Security Attendant/Custodian

I was born and raised in the Youngstown area.  I am now retired and work part-time at FPC.  In the past, I have worked at GF Business and Equipment on the Northside for 17 years and 26 years at Hynes Industries in Austintown, Ohio.  I have two boys now living in the Carolina's.

Ryan Cochran

Ryan Cochran

Security Attendant/Custodian

My name is Ryan Cochran.  I am a lifelong resident of the Youngstown area.  I am a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School Class of 2014 and will be entering my senior year at Youngstown State University in the fall of 2017, where I study Political Science and History.  After graduation, I hope to attend law school and work as an Attorney in the future.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outside and catching up with friends and family.

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