Reverend Dr. Rebecca Anne Kahnt
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 received her Doctorate of Ministry through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Reformed Christian Spirituality on May 31, 2019. 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.
Clerk of Session
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 little. 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 and a new son-in-law, Eric. Alyson and Eric were married on July 14, 2018. Aly is due June 17, 2020 with our first grandchild! Aly is a special education teacher at Wilson Elementary and Eric is a baseball coach at Youngstown State University. Drew lives in Pittsburgh and is an Economic Consultant for United Health Care and studying for his Actuarial License. I also have an eleven year old "lap dog." She is a 75 pound yellow lab named Bailey. If my husband and I are not busy going to Pittsburgh or baseball games, I love to read. I also enjoy cross stitching and quilting in my free time!
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.
I am currently serving in my twelfth 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.
I started working at FPC back in May of 2016. I am an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scout Troop 55. I have two older sisters, a younger brother and a niece and nephew.