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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.
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
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
Heather also serves as the Lake Huron Presbytery’s
Educator Certification Advisor.
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.
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.
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 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.