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Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 892-1591

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    Meet the Staff
REV. DR. JEFFREY D. WEENINK, Pastor/Head of Staff. Jeffrey is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the church’s ministry and mission. Jeffrey graduated with a BA degree from Alma College, a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He served as Student Assistant Pastor at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C.; Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Danville, IL; and Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Holt. Jeffrey has served on committees at the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly levels as well as leading work/study/mission/cultural exchange trips to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. He has also been a visiting Pastor to the Livingstonia Synod in Malawi, Central Africa and Pyung Buk Presbytery in South Korea.
            Jeffrey brings enthusiasm, intelligence, imagination, vision and hard work along with his abiding love for the parish ministry as head of staff.
            He and his wife, Jeanne, have three daughters, Jenneke, Justyne, and Jaime. Jeffrey began ministry in Bay City in April 1998.

HEATHER BAILEY, Christian Education Director. The development of our faith through education and learning is a major emphasis in our church. Heather has a B.S. degree in History/Education from Charleston Southern University. Her passion for education and the church led her to  undertake and complete the education necessary to become a Certified Christian Educator through the PC(USA). Some of her responsibilities include oversight of the church school, adult education, Children’s Moments, the Child Enrichment Center Board and teacher training. Her creativity and vision in ministry are best evident through  innovative events and programs such as: ALPHA, Vacation Bible School, Trunk or Treat, Hanging of the Greens, Bible Sunday, Lent Event, CE Volunteer recognition and others. Heather is married to James and they have two children, and two grandchildren. Heather’s enthusiasm also leads her to serve on the GLAPCE Board (Great Lakes Association of Presbyterian Church Educators) which is the regional division of the national professional association APCE (Association of Presbyterian Church Educators).  Heather also serves as the Lake Huron Presbytery’s Educator Certification Advisor.


CATHY SHORT
, Youth Director. Cathy began her career in youth ministry in 1989 as a volunteer junior high leader. Since 1991, she has directed all youth programming. But her responsibilities extend far beyond weekly youth group meetings. An innovator and motivator, Cathy has envisioned and built many programs and ministries in the church including Prayer Partners, Monkey Business (the youth newsletter), Next Door (college/young adult group), and Tuesday Night Talk (youth Bible Study).  Cathy also leads the annual Confirmation/Commissioning class and directs the youth musical. With a passion for mission, Cathy has taken groups of youth, college students and adults to summer workcamps in twenty states. She also coordinates the Week of Hope in Bay City.
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ANNA LEPPERT-LARGENT
Organist, Director of Music. Anna is a resident of Saginaw and currently works with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra as Production Manager/Librarian/SBYO Liaison/Grant Writer. Anna has considerable experience as a church musician, including: Organist & Choir Director, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Saginaw, Assistant Director of Music Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Saginaw (Anna’s spouse Greg is Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw.), Assistant Organist & Choirmaster, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis .
Anna holds a Master of Music in Organ, Minor in Music Education; a Bachelor of Music in Organ (with distinction), a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (with distinction) all from Indiana University.

CAROL COLLINS, Administrative Assistant. The church newsletter (the Herald is mailed semi-monthly from mid-August to mid-June) and the Sunday bulletin are Carol’s main responsibilities. She also maintains the membership rolls and the church calendar, along with numerous other duties. If you have questions regarding the newsletter or bulletin, please contact Carol daily by 4:40 p.m. Carol came to First Presbyterian Church in December 1992. She has served as an officer and is active in her own congregation. Carol and husband, Al, have two sons, Cheyne and Scott.

RON WARDYNSKI, Building Superintendent. Ron is responsible for the custodial work in the common areas of the church, the grounds outside the church, and for minor maintenance and repair of the facility.
           Ron is a lifelong resident of Bay City and a Navy veteran. He and his wife, Jaqueline, have one son, Matthew. Ron enjoys camping and spending time with his family.

   

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